Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan

Background
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In 2003, the City of Redmond received a Community Assistance Visit from the Department of Ecology to evaluate the effectiveness of the City's flood hazard management program. With completion of the audit came several recommendations that led to some immediate updates to City procedures and also led to updates to the City's Critical Areas Ordinance that were adopted in 2005. The City's review of its own policies and procedures led to recognition of the need for a document that describes the program, evaluates the program's effectiveness, and identifies projects or programmatic improvements that will reduce flood hazards in Redmond.

This comprehensive approach to flood hazard management planning will provide for a better understanding of the streams and floodplain systems and ensure that flooding problems are not simply transferred to another location within the watershed, but are addressed in a comprehensive, watershed-wide manner. This approach will direct future flood hazard management expenditures in the most efficient and cost effective manner.

This Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan (CFHMP) was developed with input from the general public, neighboring jurisdictions, the City's Planning Department, the Natural Resources Division of the Public Works Department, and the City's Stormwater Maintenance Division.

The CFHMP was adopted by City Council on December 15, 2009, and approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology August 23, 2010.

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What is Comprehensive Flood Planning?
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A comprehensive approach to flood hazard management planning provides for a better understanding of the river, streams and watersheds in Redmond. This ensures that flooding problems are not simply transferred to another location within the basin, but are addressed in a comprehensive, basin-wide manner. This approach directs future flood hazard management expenditures in the most efficient and cost effective manner.

What is a CFHMP?
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A Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan is a planning document that gathers information about existing streams, rivers, land uses, and regulations related to flood hazard reduction; identifies goals for flood hazard reduction consistent with the needs of residents, businesses, and neighboring jurisdictions; and identifies flood hazards, evaluates alternative solutions and makes recommendations for future projects or program modifications to address these hazards. The CFHMP is produced in accordance with guidance from the Department of Ecology to make it eligible for FCAAP funding.

What is a FCAAP?
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The Department of Ecology provides financial assistance for flood control through the Washington State's Flood Control Assistance Account Program. More information about FCAAP can be found on the Department of Ecology website.

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How will the CFHMP Benefit the City?
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By developing and adopting this plan, the City of Redmond will most efficiently and effectively use Stormwater Utility fees to construct projects to help prevent impacts from floods. The plan also makes the City eligible for other grants for construction of these projects. By funding projects through grants, the City is able to use utility fees for other projects.

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