Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 4 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampton Zoning Ordinance as follows?
Delete Article II – Districts. Section 2.4 Special Flood Hazard Area in its entirety and replace with New Section 2.4 Floodplain Management Ordinance. The new Floodplain Management Ordinance includes a purpose statement, definitions, language regarding authority and applicability, administrative provisions, floodplain administrator designation and responsibility, permitting requirements, floodplain development requirements, specifications for flood elevation determination, structure requirements, requirements for detached accessory structures, requirements for coastal high hazard areas, and procedure for variances and appeals.
Amend Article IV – Dimensional Requirements. Table II, Section 4.4 Maximum number of stories/feet and the Footnotes to add a New Footnote 33 specifying the maximum height (in feet) may be exceeded by not more than one foot where the lowest floor of a structure is required to be elevated.
Delete Article XI – Construction Provisions. Section 11.6 Floodplain Development Regulations in its entirety (these regulations are incorporated under the proposed New Section 2.4.)
Recommended by the Planning Board
What it means: This Article deletes current Zoning Ordinance Sections 2.4 and 11.6 and replaces those sections with new language under Section 2.4. This new language is largely based on the State’s model Floodplain Ordinance. Most of the current requirements will remain unchanged, although there are some differences in the wording. The substantive changes include: providing Administrative Provisions, organizing the floodplain development standards by type of development rather than repeating for each floodplain zone, outlining Building Permit application requirements, elevating new or substantially improved structures by one foot above the base flood elevation, and providing standards for detached accessory structures.
Those in favor say: For the most part, these are housekeeping and organizational updates. One change of note is that for every foot above base flood elevation a structure is built, it can add a foot of height, even if it puts the structure above the standard height limitation.
Those against say: No one spoke against this Article at the Deliberative Session.
Fiscal Impact: No tax impact.