|Follow us on Twitter|
|Like us on Facebook|
New Wake County Digital Flood Maps Available for Review
RALEIGH – On Monday, October 5th, Wednesday, October 7th, Thursday, October 8th, and Thursday, October 15th, 2015, residents and business leaders in Wake County communities will be able to review and discuss the latest flood hazard and flood risk data.
Now available digitally, preliminary flood hazard information can be layered on top of the county’s parcel data so property owners can better determine potential risks to their land. An open-house event will be held 5 pm – 7 pm on Monday, October 5th in the Holly Springs Cultural Center, located at 300 West Ballentine Street in Holly Springs, North Carolina. On Wednesday, October 7th, the open house will be held 7 pm – 9 pm, at the Barwell Park Community Center, located at 5857 Barwell Park Drive in Raleigh, North Carolina. On Thursday, October 8th, the open house will be held 6 pm – 8 pm, at the Wake Forest Town Hall, located at 301 S. Brooks St. in Wake Forest, North Carolina. The final open house will also be held 6 pm – 8 pm, at the Bond Park Community Center, located at 801 High House Rd. in Cary, North Carolina.
Residents can access the flood hazard data online at http://fris.nc.gov/fris/. Digital flood hazard data also can be viewed by calling the Wake County Environmental Services Department at 919-856-7541, or the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) at 919-825-2341.
The public meetings provide an opportunity for residents to see the results of the revised studies and new flood hazard areas. County and municipal employees will be on hand to help residents locate particular properties from the flood hazard data and determine their level of flood risk. Representatives from the NCFMP will make a short presentation on the flood study process, how the new digital hazard data can be used to reduce future flood losses, and how the preliminary hazard data may impact flood insurance and floodplain management. Attendees also may see a demonstration of the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System. Following the presentation, state emergency management representatives will be available to answer questions about the hazard data update process, flood insurance coverage and floodplain management.
The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program was established in 2000 with a mandate to update flood hazard data for all 100 counties. Through a partnership with FEMA, the state was charged with creating and maintaining the Flood Insurance Study for all North Carolina communities. Since 2003 the NCFMP has analyzed, updated and digitized the flood hazard data for all 100 counties and associated communities in North Carolina. This preliminary flood hazard data was developed based on local community requests for new flood hazard risk studies for the updated streams. Please note that only those portions of the revised streams have been updated. Therefore, some communities in the county will not have new flood hazard data, although adjacent counties may have some updates due to the seamless statewide format for the mapping program.
For more information on an individual property’s flood risk, visit http://fris.nc.gov/fris/.
The Planning Department provides assistance and direction to property owners and residents and also serves as technical staff support for the Board of Commissioners, Planning Board, Tree Board, Technical Review Committee and Board of Adjustment. Through the preparation of land use plans and the administration of existing land use ordinances, it is our goal to ensure responsible and thoughtful land development so as to foster a thriving and healthy community.
The Planning Department handles tasks such as flood plain development permitting, minor and major subdivision plat review, new address assignments, code enforcement, site plan and landscape approval, zoning inspections, and issuance of building permits.
Long range planning projects include maintaining the comprehensive plan and multi-modal transportation plan, performing computerized mapping using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), conducting population and housing studies, and responding to grant and funding opportunities.