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Board approves changes to floodplain ordinance

The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors voted 5-2 Tuesday night on several amendments to the county’s Floodplain Management Ordinance, a move that could potentially save most flood insurance holders in the county more money on their premiums.

According to Garrey Curry, assistant county administrator for community development, the amended ordinance was required to reference the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Flood Insurance Study prepared for the county by FEMA. Both of these items will become effective Nov. 19.

One of the major proposed changes in the ordinance dealt with construction in the Coastal A Zone to meet building code requirements of the V and VE zones, which are considered higher hazard areas as they are closer to the shore and wave action during a storm.

With the new floodplain management ordinance, construction in the Coastal A Zone will face the same requirements as those closer to the shore. Among requirements are not including fill for structural support ...

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