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Hearing tonight on revised Floodplain Management Plan

The Gloucester Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7:30 tonight in the colonial courthouse to consider a recommendation for re-adoption of the county’s Floodplain Management Plan.

Chairman Larry Dame said the plan was originally adopted Sept. 1, 2009, and now has been revised. The purpose of the plan, he said, is to document and analyze the county’s existing coastal flood management practices.

In addition, Dame said the plan recommends feasible solutions to strengthen the county’s overall flood management system.

Gloucester is required to revise its Floodplain Management Plan every five years, said planning/zoning director Anne Ducey-Ortiz. In that way, she said in a July 29 memorandum to the commission, the county can continue to participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program.

In 1995, Gloucester received a Class 9 rating (1-10, with 1 the best), which qualified county residents for a 5 percent discou...

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