This chapter shall apply to all areas of special flood hazards within the jurisdiction of Black Diamond.
(Ord. No. 997, § 2(3.1), 2-7-2013)
The areas of special flood hazard identified by the Federal Insurance Administration in a scientific and engineering report entitled "The Flood Insurance Study for King County and Incorporated Cities" dated May 16, 1995 and 2005, and any revisions thereto, with an accompanying flood insurance rate map (FIRM), and any revisions thereto, are hereby adopted by reference and declared to be a part of this chapter. The flood insurance study and the FIRM are on file at the City of Black Diamond. The best available information for flood hazard area identification as outlined in Section 15.24.130(B) shall be the basis for regulation until a new FIRM is issued that incorporates data utilized under Section 15.24.030(B).
(Ord. No. 997, § 2(3.2), 2-7-2013)
The ordinance codified in this chapter is not intended to repeal, abrogate, or impair any existing easements, covenants, or deed restrictions. However, where the ordinance codified in this chapter and another ordinance, easement, covenant, or deed restriction conflict or overlap, whichever imposes the more stringent restrictions shall prevail.
(Ord. No. 997, § 2(3.3), 2-7-2013)
In the interpretation and application of this chapter, all provisions shall be:
Considered as minimum requirements;
Liberally construed in favor of the governing body; and
Deemed neither to limit nor repeal any other powers granted under state statutes.
(Ord. No. 997, § 2(3.4), 2-7-2013)
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 hazards or uses permitted within such areas will be free from flooding or flood damages. This chapter shall not create liability on the part of Black Diamond, 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 hereunder.
(Ord. No. 997, § 2(3.5), 2-7-2013)