Critical Facilities and Lodging Facilities Ordinance
Recent and historical floods have demonstrated that flooding of critical infrastructure (such a hospitals or wastewater treatment plants) disrupts needed services, increases costs and delays the economic recovery of a community. Additionally, life safety issues increase during flooding if facility occupants are unprepared and unaware of the best ways to respond. Due to Boulder's significant flood risk and to ensure that crucial services remain available and life safety issues are addressed during a flood, the city is developing a potential critical facilities and lodging facilities ordinance (Draft March 8, 2013).
In 2011, a previous version of this ordinance was introduced that included some emergency plan requirements for "mobile populations" facilities (like restaurants, theaters, etc.). These requirements were removed from the most recent draft. Staff is no longer recommending a requirement for mobile populations facilities.
Critical facilities and lodging facilities include:
The Comprehensive Flood and Stormwater Master Plan calls for the development of flood protection standards for critical facilities located in city's floodplains, consistent with federal guidance. The plan also states that existing floodplain regulations should be periodically reviewed and updated to reflect changing community needs and to reduce risks to people, property and the environment.
The city's Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan calls for an ordinance to regulate new construction and improvements for critical facilities in the city's floodplains in order to protect these facilities from potential flood losses and damages that could render them unusable during an emergency.
The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System provides guidance to help local governments determine what land uses are critical and should be protected from flood damage.
Using these federal guidelines, three management strategies were developed and presented to the community for feedback. Based on the input received, city staff is recommending the following management strategy as part of the proposed critical facilities ordinance.
Flood protection measures for at-risk populations, essential services and hazardous materials facilities (not including lodging facilities).
Emergency management plans for at-risk populations, essential services, hazardous materials facilities and lodging facilities.
To date, the city has identified approximately 80 facilities that could be required to implement emergency management plans. Of those 80 facilities, approximately 40 critical facilities have been identified that could be required to implement flood protection measures.
City staff has been working with local community groups, potentially-impacted facility managers and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce to inform and engage the public about the proposed ordinance. Analysis of economic impacts.
Please note: The draft ordinance and analysis of economic impacts may change due to ongoing input received from the community, city boards and City Council. The ordinance and analysis of economic impacts will be updated as new information becomes available.
Based on questions staff has received, a list of frequently asked questions is available.
City staff will request a recommendation on the draft Critical Facilities and Lodging Facilities Ordinance.
City Council - First Reading
City Council - Second Reading
Planning Board Meeting
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Water Resources Advisory Board (WRAB) Public Hearing - March 18, 2013
Water Resources Advisory Board (WRAB) Public Hearing - Dec. 17, 2012
City Council Meeting - Cancelled
Planning Board Public Hearing - Aug. 4, 2011
Water Resources Advisory Board (WRAB) Public Hearing - March 28, 2011
Water Resources Advisory Board (WRAB) Public Hearing - Jan. 20, 2011
Public Hearing Informational Open House - Aug. 24, 2010
The city appreciates your continued involvement in the public process and development of the proposed critical facilities mobile populations ordinance. We welcome your feedback and questions.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:28