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Webinar: Preventing Flood Damage Through Intermunicipal Project Review & Floodplain Overlay Districts

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Thursday, 13 September 2018, 10:30

Thursday, September 13, 2018. 10:30AM. Webinar: Preventing Flood Damage Through Intermunicipal Project Review & Floodplain Overlay Districts. Jayme Breschard Thomann, Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (G/FLRPC) and Stevie Adams, The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Sponsored by New York Department of Environmental Conservation. More information here.


Through funds provided by the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) under the authority of the New York Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act and by agreement with New York Sea Grant, Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council was awarded funding from the New York’s Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program for the Model Intermunicipal Floodplain Overlay District Local Law project.


The purpose of the project is to create a ready-to-use model local law that promotes intermunicipal project review, such as those commonly found useful in the General Municipal Law §239 Referral Process, to foster a No Adverse Impact approach that is effective in reducing and preventing flood problems. The creation of an intermunicipal floodplain overlay district is based on recommendations from the Flood Smart Action Plan; a multi-jurisdictional planning effort between G/FLRPC, TNC, and University at Buffalo to address flooding impacts in an innovative manner.


Recommendation 3 of the Flood Smart Action Plan is to “Adopt intermunicipal floodplain protection overlay district (POD) to require additional and intermunicipal review of site plans for building permits.” This webinar will review the steps involved in creating the model local law and how it can be customized for use by any interested municipality in New York State.

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