Climate change and other factors have impacted many coastal regions. FEMA (federal emergency management agency) has been conducting studies and plans for how local towns can adjust to these issues. The seacoast of NH and Dover are impacted by these findings. Dover has issued new floodplain maps and these can be reviewed on line or at the city hall. Give Dave a call if you are unsure if your home could be impacted.
Courtesy of the Dover Town Offices
“New floodplain maps for the City of Dover, prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of a nationwide program to update coastal flood hazard maps, were approved by the City Council in August. The new maps are posted on the Department of Planning and Community Development website under the “Maps” heading, here. As a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Dover was required to adopt the new maps and incorporate them into the City‘s floodplain regulations.
Along with preparing to adopt the new maps and an amended floodplain ordinance, the Planning Department engaged in an ongoing floodplain education and outreach program.
“Our goal is to inform our property owners about the changes being implemented and how they may be affected,” said Christopher Parker, Assistant City Manager: Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives. “The City of Dover regulates development in the floodplain, and the FEMA update includes some properties that were not previously affected.”
As part of this effort, the new floodplain maps are posted on the Planning Department’s website. Hard copies are available for viewing in the Planning Department office, located on the first floor of City Hall and open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Department also recently completed a mailing to affected property owners to inform them of the City‘s floodplain management program. The brochure was designed and printed by local companies and funded by a Coastal Community Resilience Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC).”