This chapter shall apply to all areas of special flood hazard within the jurisdiction of the City of Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey.
The areas of special flood hazard for the City of Hoboken, Community No. 340222, are identified and defined on the following documents prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
A scientific and engineering report "Flood Insurance Study, Hudson County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions)," dated August 16, 2006.
Flood Insurance Rate Map for Hudson County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions), as shown on Index and Panel Numbers 0043, 0044, 0106, and 0107, whose effective date is August 16,2006.
Advisory base flood elevations and Advisory Flood Hazard Maps whose effective date is February 22, 2013. These documents shall take precedence over previous panels and FIS in construction and development regulations only. Where the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and the Advisory Flood Hazard Area (AFHA) Maps conflict or overlap, whichever imposes the more-stringent requirement shall prevail.
The above documents are hereby adopted and declared to be a part of this chapter. The Flood Insurance Study and maps are on file at the office of the Floodplain Administrator at City Hall, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030.
No structure or land shall hereafter be constructed, located, extended, converted, or altered without full compliance with the terms of this chapter and other applicable regulations. Violation of the provisions of this chapter by failure to comply with any of its requirements (including violations of conditions and safeguards established in connection with conditions) shall constitute a misdemeanor. Any person who violates this chapter or falls to comply with any of its requirements shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined $2,000 or imprisoned for not more than 30 days, or both, for each violation, and in addition shall pay all costs and expenses involved in the case. Nothing herein contained shall prevent the City of Hoboken from taking such other lawful action as is necessary to prevent or remedy any violation.
This chapter is not intended to repeal, abrogate, or impair any existing easements, covenants or deed restrictions. However, where this chapter and another ordinance, easement, covenant, or deed restriction conflict or overlap, whichever imposes the more-stringent restrictions shall prevail.
In the interpretation and application of this chapter, all provisions shall be:
The degree of flood protection required by this chapter is considered reasonable for regulatory purposes and is based on scientific and engineering considerations. Larger floods can and will occur on rare occasions. Flood heights may be increased by man-made or natural causes. This chapter does not imply that land outside the areas of special flood hazard or uses permitted within such areas will be free from flooding or flood damages.
This chapter shall not create liability on the part of the City of Hoboken, any officer or employee thereof or the Federal Insurance Administration for any flood damages that result from reliance on this chapter or any administrative decision lawfully made thereunder.