Floodplain Development

Functions of Floodplains

Floodplains are an important asset to the community. They perform vital natural functions such a:

  • Aesthetic quality.
  • Groundwater recharge
  • Habitat for diverse natural wildlife populations
  • Maintenance of water quality
  • Moderation of peak flood flows
  • Prevention of erosion
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Temporary storage of floodwaters


It is the purpose of the flood protection regulations to:

  1. Protect human life and health
  2. Minimize property damage
  3. Encourage appropriate construction practices to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions by requiring that uses vulnerable to floods, including facilities which serve such uses, be protected against flood damage at the time of initial construction