03/09/05 — County board OKs first subdivision in floodplain since Hurricane Floyd

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County board OKs first subdivision in floodplain since Hurricane Floyd

By Barbara Arntsen
Published in News on March 9, 2005 1:51 PM

The Wayne County Planning Board approved Tuesday the construction of the first subdivision with multiple lots in a flood plain since Hurricane Floyd struck.

Final approval of the subdivision is up to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, since the county's flood-plain map would have to be amended.

After the flooding from Floyd in 1999, the county changed its subdivision ordinance to prohibit lots that were entirely in a flood plain. But there is an amendment process allowing a map change, subject to FEMA's approval, said county Planning Director Connie Price.

Charles Raynor, Linwood Smith, and Hugh Pate, the developers of the Madison Creek subdivision, have applied to FEMA for the amendment. The proposed development is in Stoney Creek Township, on the Church of God Road at Patetown Road.

Only nine of the 102 lots in the two-phased development are in the county flood plain. The developers plan to raise the elevation of the lots by two to three feet by bringing in filler material.

The lots are located in the back portion of the subdivision, they said, and wouldn't be developed until the second phase of the project.

Lot sizes in the development are 30,000 square feet.

Planning Board Chairman Wayne Aycock asked Price how often FEMA approved such flood-map amendments.

"I've not had multiple lot experience," Price said, "but from what I understand, other areas haven't had any problem with getting approval."

Because the lots are in the second phase of the project, the developers can begin with the first phase, planning board members said. Price said they should know FEMA's answer by the time the second phase is scheduled to begin.

If the amendment isn't approved, Price said, the developers can redesign the second phase and allow more open space.

"I don't know where the fill will come from, but it won't be from that area," he said. "They'll be bringing it in from somewhere else. It will move the boundary closer to Slough Creek."