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2009-29-201 - Amending the Flood Plain Management Ord City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: October 28, 2009 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading: (Enter X in box) 1st Reading 2nd Reading X X Public Hearing: (Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: N/A Advertising Requirement: (Enter X in box) Yes No X Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: NA X N/A Sponsor Name City Manager Danny Crew Department: Public Works Short Title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, AMENDING ARTICLE VI, SECTION (A), OF ORDINANCE NO. 2009‐20‐192, THE CITY’S FLOOD PLAIN MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE; PROVIDE THAT THE CITY COUNCIL SHALL SERVE AS THE VARIANCE AND APPEALS BOARD; PROVIDING FOR ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE Staff Summary: The City of Miami Gardens joined the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on June 21, 2004. Participating in the NFIP allows City residents and businesses to purchase flood insurance at reasonable rates, and qualifies the City for federal disaster assistance and grant programs in the event of a declared disaster. Participation in the NFIP also ensures that citizens are protected from flood damage through enforcement of flood protection standards throughout the City. On September 8, 2009, the Council approved a revised City Floodplain Management Ordinance, which streamlined the prior County ordinance. At that time, the Zoning Appeals Board was named as the appellate board to hear variance and appeals requests from the standards of the new Ordinance. This amendment places the authority to decide appeals and variances with the City Council, since they meet on a regular basis and can hear appeals and variance requests in a timelier manner. ITEM I-1) ORDINANCE FIRST READING/PUBLIC HEARING Amending the City's Flood Plain Ordinance 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 Recommendation: It is recommended that City Council approves the amendment to the Floodplain Management Ordinance, designating itself as the Variance and Appeals Board. Attachment: None