On February 2, 2005, staff received an update letter from
DRH Design Group, Inc. (DRH). The engineers have obtained
additional topography of the site for the floodplain study.
The next step will be to perform the hydraulic calculations
to yield an elevation. If the results are favorable, the
material would be submitted to the County and then to the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for evaluation.
DRH notes that most of the buildings lie above the elevation
of Route 17. This shows that the water definitely flows
over the road, before the buildings are inundated. In
addition, the length of Route 17 that acts as a weir for
this water is quite long. This should keep the depth of the
water low. The combination of these factors should receive
favorable results for the study. However, DRH would still
have to prove this to FEMA.
Another update will be provided in 60 days.
of this request is to obtain rezoning approval for 9.6 acres
from RA (Rural Agricultural) to I-2 (Industrial-General).
The purpose is to allow the continued use of existing
commercial wash bays, the filling of propane tanks, as well
as the rental of ten (10) buildings to accommodate various
other businesses. The property is located on the southeast
side of Ritchie Road (Route 644). The entire property is
within the 100-year floodplain. Two structures have a
Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) from FEMA that removes them
from the floodplain.
Project Update (November):
Per the Board of Supervisors’ direction, the applicant has
secured the firm of DRH Design Group, Inc. (engineering,
planning and surveying consulting) to conduct a floodplain
study. The firm sent written notification to County staff
on October 14, 2004, to confirm that it is performing the
technical work for the applicant’s FEMA analysis. The
letter also indicates that upon completion of the work, a
formal submission will be made to the County. Staff will
provide an updated staff report to the Board upon receipt
and evaluation of the aforementioned study.
on the referenced rezoning application will occur until this
floodplain study has been completed and filed with the
County and FEMA. The Board of Supervisors provided the
applicant two meeting deadline extensions to provide written
commitment and a firm to complete the referenced study.
Both actions have been met through the applicant’s attached