Dayton Officials Look At New Floodplain Measures

Members of Dayton's Planning Board reviewed state and Sheridan County floodplain revisions in a meeting this week as city officials put together a new floodplain ordinance for its residents by the end of the year.

Norm Anderson is a Dayton Town Council member and liaison to the planning board. He said board members met to review and summarize new floodplain maps and regulations. The Councilman said a revised ordinance is needed in order for Dayton to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.

The floodplain ordinance and accompanying maps determine development and transfer of properties within a floodplain. Anderson said Dayton is fortunate “there is hardly any undeveloped property” within floodplains in Dayton.

The councilman said a major departure for Dayton's floodplain ordinance will be how regulations are enforced. Dayton does not have a building inspector, so its regulations are enforced through issuance of an engineer's certificate.

Anderson said: “It's rather urgent that we get this done now” because there is a tight timeline between now and Jan. 1. The floodplain ordinance will require three readings, and must be adopted on third and final reading by the Dayton council's last meeting in December. Anderson said that places the first reading of the ordinance around the end of October or the first week of November at the latest.

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