City of Monessen, PA
Westmoreland County
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The Zoning Officer of the City and the Office of Code Enforcement is hereby appointed to administer and enforce this chapter and is referred to herein as the Floodplain Administrator.
A permit shall be required before any construction or development is undertaken within any area in the City that is a special flood hazard area.
A. 
The Floodplain Administrator shall issue a permit only after it has been determined that the proposed work to be undertaken will be in conformance with the requirements of this and all other applicable codes and ordinances of the City, and Acts of the Legislature and Congress.
B. 
Prior to the issuance of any permit, the Floodplain Administrator shall review the application for the permit to determine if all other necessary government permits required by state and federal laws have been obtained, such as those required by the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act (Act 1966-537, as amended);[1] the Pennsylvania Dam Safety and Encroachments Act (Act 1978-325, as amended);[2] the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Act (Act 1937-394, as amended);[3] and the U.S. Clean Water Act, Section 404, 33 U.S.C. § 1344. No permit shall be issued until this determination has been made. Further, if the application proposes new construction or development in the identified floodplain area, the Floodplain Administrator shall require that the applicant seek and obtain a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection Regional Office [see Article IV, § 230-19A(2)(b)].
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 750.1 et seq.
[2]
Editor's Note: See 32 P.S. § 693.1 et seq.
[3]
Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. § 691.1 et seq.
C. 
During the construction period, the Floodplain Administrator or other authorized official shall inspect the premises to determine that the work is progressing in compliance with the information provided on the permit application and with all applicable municipal laws and ordinances. He/she shall make as many inspections during and upon completion of the work as are necessary.
D. 
In the discharge of his/her duties, the Floodplain Administrator shall have the authority to enter any building, structure, premises or development in the identified floodplain area, upon presentation of proper credentials, at any reasonable hour, to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
E. 
In the event the Floodplain Administrator discovers that the work does not comply with the permit application or any applicable laws and ordinances, or that there has been a false statement or misrepresentation by any applicant, the Floodplain Administrator shall revoke the permit and report such fact to Council for whatever action it considers necessary.
F. 
The Floodplain Administrator shall maintain all records associated with the requirements of this chapter including, but not limited to, permitting, inspection and enforcement.
G. 
The Floodplain Administrator shall consider the requirements of the 34 Pa. Code and the 2009 IBC and the 2009 IRC, or latest revisions thereof.
A. 
Application for such a permit shall be made, in writing, to the Floodplain Administrator on forms supplied by the City. Such application shall contain the following:
(1) 
Name and address of applicant.
(2) 
Name and address of owner of land on which proposed construction is to occur.
(3) 
Name and address of contractor.
(4) 
Site location, including address.
(5) 
Listing of other permits required.
(6) 
Brief description of proposed work and estimated cost, including a breakout of flood-related cost and the market value of the building before the flood damage occurred, where appropriate.
(7) 
A plan of the site showing the exact size and location of the proposed construction as well as any existing buildings or structures.
B. 
If any proposed construction or development is located entirely or partially within any identified floodplain area, applicants for permits shall provide all the necessary information in sufficient detail and clarity to enable the Floodplain Administrator to determine that:
(1) 
All such proposals are consistent with the need to minimize flood damage and conform with the requirements of this and all other applicable codes and ordinances.
(2) 
All utilities and facilities, such as sewer, gas, electrical and water systems, are located and constructed to minimize or eliminate flood damage.
(3) 
Adequate drainage is provided so as to reduce exposure to flood hazards.
(4) 
Structures will be anchored to prevent floatation, collapse, or lateral movement.
(5) 
Building materials are flood-resistant.
(6) 
Appropriate practices that minimize flood damage have been used.
(7) 
Electrical, heating, ventilation, plumbing, air-conditioning equipment, and other service facilities have been designed and/or located to prevent water entry or accumulation.
C. 
Applicants shall file the following minimum information plus any other pertinent information as may be required by the Floodplain Administrator to make the above determination:
(1) 
A completed permit application form.
(2) 
A plan of the entire site, clearly and legibly drawn at a scale of one inch being equal to 100 feet or less, showing the following:
(a) 
North arrow, scale, and date;
(b) 
Topographic contour lines, if available;
(c) 
The location of all existing and proposed buildings, structures, and other improvements, including the location of any existing or proposed subdivision and development;
(d) 
The location of all existing streets, drives, and other accessways; and
(e) 
The location of any existing bodies of water or watercourses, identified floodplain areas, and, if available, information pertaining to the floodway, and the flow of water including direction and velocities.
(3) 
Plans of all proposed buildings, structures and other improvements, drawn at suitable scale showing the following:
(a) 
The proposed lowest floor elevation of any proposed building based upon North American Vertical Datum of 1988;
(b) 
The elevation of the base flood;
(c) 
Supplemental information as may be necessary under 34 Pa. Code, the 2009 IBC and the 2009 IRC, or the latest revision thereof.
(4) 
The following data and documentation:
(a) 
If available, information concerning flood depths, pressures, velocities, impact and uplift forces and other factors associated with a base flood elevation.
(b) 
Detailed information concerning any proposed floodproofing measures and corresponding elevations.
(c) 
Documentation, certified by a registered professional engineer or architect, to show that the cumulative effect of any proposed development within an special floodplain area (See § 320-19B.) when combined with all other existing and anticipated development, will not increase the base flood elevation more than one foot at any point.
(d) 
A document, certified by a registered professional engineer or architect, which states that the proposed construction or development has been adequately designed to withstand the pressures, velocities, impact and uplift forces associated with the base flood elevation. Such statement shall include a description of the type and extent of floodproofing measures that have been incorporated into the design of the structure and/or the development.
(e) 
Detailed information needed to determine compliance with § 320-24F, Storage, and § 320-25, Development which may endanger human life, including:
[1] 
The amount, location and purpose of any materials or substances referred to in §§ 320-24F and 320-25 which are intended to be used, produced, stored or otherwise maintained on site.
[2] 
A description of the safeguards incorporated into the design of the proposed structure to prevent leaks or spills of the dangerous materials or substances listed in § 320-25 during a base flood.
(f) 
The appropriate component of the Department of Environmental Protection's "Planning Module for Land Development."
(g) 
The proposed location of any excavation or grading is proposed, and a plan meeting the requirements of the Department of Environmental Protection, to implement and maintain erosion and sedimentation control.
(h) 
The information submitted in this Subsection C(4) shall include calculations, plans and reports which support the submission, and shall conform to FEMA requirements.
(5) 
Applications for permits shall be accompanied by a fee, payable to the City based upon the estimated cost of the proposed construction as determined by the Floodplain Administrator.
(a) 
Council shall establish a fee schedule, by resolution, which it may modify from time to time.
A copy of all applications and plans for any proposed construction or development in any identified floodplain area to be considered for approval shall be submitted by the Floodplain Administrator to the County Conservation District for review and comment prior to the issuance of a permit. The recommendations of the Conservation District shall be considered by the Floodplain Administrator for possible incorporation into the proposed plan.
A copy of all plans and applications for any proposed construction or development in any identified floodplain area to be considered for approval shall be submitted by the Floodplain Administrator to the City Engineer for review and comment.
After the issuance of a permit by the Floodplain Administrator, no changes of any kind shall be made to the application, permit or any of the plans, specifications or other documents submitted with the application without the written consent or approval of the Floodplain Administrator. Requests for any such change shall be in writing, and shall be submitted by the applicant to Floodplain Administrator for consideration.
In addition to the permit, the Floodplain Administrator shall issue a placard that shall be displayed on the premises during the time construction is in progress. This placard shall show the number of the permit, the date of its issuance, and shall be signed by the Floodplain Administrator.
A. 
Work on the proposed construction and/or development shall begin within 180 days after the date of issuance and shall be completed within 12 months after the date of issuance of the permit or the permit shall expire unless a time extension is granted, in writing, by the Floodplain Administrator. Construction and/or development shall be considered to have started with the preparation of land, land clearing, grading, filling, excavation of basement, footings, piers, or foundations, erection of temporary forms, the installation of piling under proposed subsurface footings, or the installation of sewer, gas and water pipes, or electrical or other service lines from the street.
B. 
Time extensions shall be granted only if a written request is submitted by the applicant, which sets forth sufficient and reasonable cause for the Floodplain Administrator to approve such a request.
A. 
Notices. Whenever the Floodplain Administrator determines that there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a violation of any provisions of this chapter, or of any regulations adopted pursuant thereto, the Floodplain Administrator shall give notice of such alleged violation as hereinafter provided. Such notice shall:
(1) 
Be in writing;
(2) 
Include a statement of the reasons for its issuance;
(3) 
Allow a reasonable time not to exceed a period of 30 days for the performance of any act it requires;
(4) 
Be served upon the property owner or his agent as the case may require; provided, however, that such notice or order shall be deemed to have been properly served upon such owner or agent when the notice has been served personally by the Floodplain Administrator or upon passage of three days from the placement of the notice in the U.S. mail;
(5) 
Contain an outline of remedial action which, if taken, will effect compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Penalties.
(1) 
Any person who fails to comply with any or all of the requirements or provisions of this chapter or who fails or refuses to comply with any notice, order or direction of the Floodplain Administrator shall be guilty of a summary offense and upon conviction shall pay a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 plus costs of prosecution.
(2) 
In addition to the above penalties all other actions are hereby reserved, including an action in equity for the proper enforcement of this chapter.
(3) 
The imposition of a fine or penalty for any violation of, or noncompliance with, this chapter shall not excuse the violation or noncompliance, and shall not be construed as permission by the City that it may continue. All such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations and noncompliance within a reasonable time.
(4) 
Any development initiated or any structure or building constructed, reconstructed, enlarged, altered, or relocated in noncompliance with this chapter may be declared by City Council to be a public nuisance and abatable as such.
(5) 
The failure to comply with a provision of this chapter, or with any notice, order or direction of the Floodplain Administrator after service of due notice and compliance within the time specified by the Floodplain Administrator or within a reasonable time, shall constitute a further violation and authorize the Floodplain Administrator to issue further citations and prosecute until compliance is accomplished.
A. 
Any person aggrieved by any action or decision of the Floodplain Administrator concerning the administration of the provisions of this chapter may appeal to City Council. Such appeal must be filed, in writing, within 30 days after the decision, determination or action of the Floodplain Administrator.
B. 
Upon receipt of such appeal, Council shall set a time and place, within not less than 10 days or not more than 30 days, for the purpose of considering the appeal. Notice of the time and place of the appeal hearing shall be given to all parties.
C. 
Any person aggrieved by any decision of Council may seek relief therefrom by appeal to the Court of Common Pleas of Westmoreland County, as provided by the laws of the Commonwealth, including the Pennsylvania Flood Plain Management Act.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 32 P.S. § 679.101 et seq.