HAILEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission met Tuesday morning for a public hearing to update the city’s code to meet state standards and recommendations reflecting flooding earlier this year.
Floodplain managers are currently in the midst of gathering input from the commission board and public to give to the city council for ordinance adoption.
"We received one letter from a local attorney who lived in the floodplain and would have an effect on property — mostly just questions about it, and the answers really are that most of this is mandated by insurance by the flood insurance program," said Rebecca Bundy, floodplain manager.
The changes include being more compliant with such flood insurance program and being more specific about what can be done without a permit. This includes minor things, such as landscape maintenance, planting and repairing underground utility.
They also propose one additional foot of free board as a requirement.
"That means that the living floor of the house needs to be elevated another foot above the regulatory flood elevation," said Bundy. "And that would apply to new construction and structures that have been damaged or substantially improved."
The commission will meet once more on Dec. 12. Officials hope to have a new code in place by next spring.