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File Number: 120501
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File Number: 120501 File Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
Version: 0 Reference: 12-57 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: DELEGATION OF FLOOD PLAIN REGULATION Introduced: 3/14/2012
Requester: Regulatory and Economic Resources Cost: Final Action: 7/3/2012
Agenda Date: 7/3/2012 Agenda Item Number: 7L
Notes: 6WKS/4WKS REQUIRED. X/120775. Title: ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 8 ARTICLE III OF THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CODE ADOPTING A LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE AMENDMENT PERTAINING TO THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES IN FLOOD HAZARD AREAS OF INCORPORATED AND UNINCORPORATED MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PROVIDING SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE [SEE AGENDA ITEM NO. 8M2]
Indexes: FLOODPLAIN REGULATION
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 7/3/2012 7L Adopted P
REPORT: First Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed ordinance into the record. Hearing no questions or comments, the County Commission members voted on the foregoing ordinance.

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 6/13/2012 1F2 Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Geri Bonzon-Keenan read the foregoing proposed ordinance and Agenda Item 3G into the record. Hearing no objections, the Committee considered agenda items 1F2 and 3G simultaneously. Chairwoman Edmonson relinquished the Chair to Vice-Chairwoman Jordan. Vice-Chairwoman Jordan opened the public hearing on the foregoing proposed ordinance. She closed the public hearing after no one appeared wishing to speak. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote. Chairwoman Edmonson resumed the Chair.

Board of County Commissioners 4/4/2012 Municipalities notified of public hearing Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 6/13/2012 4/3/2012

Board of County Commissioners 4/3/2012 Tentatively scheduled for a public hearing Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 6/13/2012

Board of County Commissioners 4/3/2012 4C Adopted on first reading 6/13/2012 P
REPORT: First Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed ordinance into the record. Hearing no questions or comments, the Commission proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed ordinance as presented. The foregoing proposed ordinance was adopted on first reading and set for a public hearing before the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.

Board of County Commissioners 3/20/2012 Requires Municipal Notification

County Attorney 3/14/2012 Assigned Eduardo W. Gonzalez 3/16/2012

County Mayor 3/14/2012 Assigned County Attorney 3/20/2012
REPORT: PERA (1st Reading) - Eduardo Gonzalez assisted - Comm. Edmonson Sponsor

County Mayor 3/14/2012 Assigned Jack Hartog 3/14/2012

Legislative Text


TITLE
ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 8 ARTICLE III OF THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CODE ADOPTING A LOCAL ADMINISTRATIVE AMENDMENT PERTAINING TO THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES IN FLOOD HAZARD AREAS OF INCORPORATED AND UNINCORPORATED MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PROVIDING SEVERABILITY, INCLUSION IN THE CODE, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA

Section 1. That Chapter 8 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida, is amended as follows:
Chapter 8 BUILDING CODE
ARTICLE III. FLORIDA BUILDING CODE
Sec. 8-31. - Local technical amendments to Florida Building Code.

[[Secs. 8-32 - 8-39. - Reserved.]]
>>Sec. 8-32. Local Administrative Amendments

(A). The County hereby adopts the following Local Administrative Amendment modifying Chapter 1 of the Florida Building Code.

SECTION 103
POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE FLOODPLAIN ADMINISTRATOR

103.1 Scope. In accordance with F.S. sec. 553.73, the Appointing Authority of Miami -Dade County and the Municipalities may delegate the authority to enforce the floodplain provisions of the Florida Building Code to a floodplain administrator, the Building Official, or any other appropriate agency or combination thereof.

103.2 Intent. A floodplain administrator, the Building Official, or any other appropriate agency or combination thereof, as designated, is authorized and directed to administer and enforce the flood provisions of the Florida Building Code and any adopted flood hazard ordinances. The designated authority shall delegate such duties and assignments as may be deemed necessary to carry out provisions of the Florida Building Code and any adopted flood hazard ordinances, to render interpretations consistent with the intent and purpose of these codes and may establish policies and procedures in order to clarify the application of their provisions.

103.3 General. Where, in any specific case, different sections of the Florida Building Code or adopted flood hazard ordinances specify different materials, methods of construction or other requirements, the most restrictive shall govern.

Secs. 8-33 - 8-39. - Reserved. <<

Section 2. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or provision of this ordinance is held invalid, the remainder of this ordinance shall not be affected by such invalidity.
Section 3. It is the intention of the Board of County Commissioners, and it is hereby ordained that the provisions of this ordinance, including any sunset provision, shall become and be made a part of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida. The sections of this ordinance may be renumbered or relettered to accomplish such intention, and the word "ordinance" may be changed to "section," "article," or other appropriate word.
Section 4. This ordinance shall become effective ten (10) days after the date of enactment unless vetoed by the Mayor, and if vetoed, shall become effective only upon an override by this Board.
Section 5. This ordinance does not contain a sunset provision.

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Date:

To: Honorable Chairman Joe A. Martinez
and Members, Board of County Commissioners

From: Carlos A. Gimenez
Mayor

Subject: Ordinance Creating a Local Administrative Amendment to Allow Delegation of
Floodplain Regulation to Appropriate Municipal and County Agencies

STAFF RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation
The proposed ordinance is intended to establish a local administrative amendment specifically designed to complement existing Municipal and County regulations, delegate regulation to appropriate agencies to satisfy the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), to coordinate enforcement of flood provisions contained in the Florida Building Code, and to meet the requirements of section 553.73(5), F.S.

It is recommended that the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners adopt the proposed ordinance.

Scope
The proposed ordinance has county-wide impact.

Fiscal Impact/Funding Source
There is no fiscal impact to Miami-Dade County or the municipalities.

Track Record/Monitor
Not applicable.

MANAGER'S BACKGROUND
Background
Every year flooding causes hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of damage to homes and businesses around the country. Standard homeowners and commercial property policies do not cover flood losses. To meet the need for this vital coverage, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The 2007 Florida Building Code (FBC 2007) – effective statewide through March 14, 2012 - did not include flood resistant design and construction provisions. In order to participate and satisfy the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) (44 CFR part 59-60) each local jurisdiction was required to enact legislation for the regulation of flood resistant development and construction. All jurisdictions in Miami-Dade County have enacted local flood hazard legislation which allows participation in the NFIP.

At the request of the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM), the Florida Building Commission convened a Flood Resistant Standards Workgroup charged with developing recommendations for integrating the International Code Series flood damage-resistant provisions for buildings and structures in the Florida Building Code. As a result, during the code development process for the 2010 edition of the FBC (FBS 2010), the Florida Building Commission determined it is appropriate that the building code address all hazards that may affect Florida’s communities so that all environmental conditions and loads are accounted for when buildings or structures are planned, designed, constructed, and inspected. Additionally, the Florida Building Commission adopted ASCE 24 Flood Resistant Design and Construction Standards by reference into the FBC 2010.

The Florida Building Commission established March 15, 2012 as the state wide adoption date of the FBC 2010 and presented the final code version for the first time at the end of November 2011, as an online document for viewing only. Review and discussion of the new code provisions and the referenced standard by local municipal building officials, local floodplain administrators and local environmental resource officials followed thereafter. In Miami-Dade County, 34 local jurisdictions enforce the flood resistance requirements through adopted ordinances. These ordinances are enforced by a variety of entities. In some cases, the Building Official is the floodplain administrator, in other cases flood requirement enforcement is delegated to other regulatory agencies or a combination of agencies. Inconsistencies and possible conflicts will occur if local floodplain management regulations cannot be delegated to appropriate agencies.

The State legislature understood that by placing flood requirements in the building code many local jurisdictions could be adversely affected by assigning the building official as the exclusive enforcing authority. In recognition of this fact, a statutory change enacted in 2010 explicitly allows for adoption of administrative amendments that “may assign the duty to enforce all or portions of flood-related code provisions to the appropriate agencies of the local government”. As the law indicates a local administrative amendment must be adopted by the local administrative body.

553.73, Florida Statutes
(5) Notwithstanding subsection (4), counties and municipalities may adopt by ordinance an administrative or technical amendment to the Florida Building Code relating to flood resistance in order to implement the National Flood Insurance Program or incentives. Specifically, an administrative amendment may assign the duty to enforce all or portions of flood-related code provisions to the appropriate agencies of the local government and adopt procedures for variances and exceptions from flood-related code provisions other than provisions for structures seaward of the coastal construction control line consistent with the requirements in 44 C.F.R. s. 60.6. A technical amendment is authorized to the extent it is more stringent than the code. A technical amendment is not subject to the requirements of subsection (4) and may not be rendered void when the code is updated if the amendment is adopted for the purpose of participating in the Community Rating System promulgated pursuant to 42 U.S.C. s. 4022, the amendment had already been adopted by local ordinance prior to July 1, 2010, or the amendment requires a design flood elevation above the base flood elevation. Any amendment adopted pursuant to this subsection shall be transmitted to the commission within 30 days after being adopted.

In January 2012 representative floodplain administrators from local municipalities reached final consensus regarding the language for a local single administrative amendment to the Florida Building Code in order to synchronize flood enforcement in Miami-Dade County. A single ordinance modification has been created which would be applicable for all jurisdictions in Miami-Dade County. This ordinance is intended to establish a mechanism by which each jurisdiction may delegate the duties of floodplain regulation to the appropriate agencies. In this way, those jurisdictions which elect to maintain the status quo regarding floodplain regulatory duties may have an approved means do so. A companion resolution will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners to delegate floodplain regulation to the appropriate agency for Unincorporated Miami-Dade County.


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