Saturday, July 21, 2012

See and Comment on New Floodplain Maps for Western Meck

Public meetings will be held next week to show draft floodplain maps
affecting more than 7,000 individual properties on Charlotte-
Mecklenburg's west side from Cornelius to Pineville.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services is redrawing floodplain
maps, sometimes called Flood Hazard Maps, for the entire county.
(Image shown is stock photo, not local.) The remapping is being done
in phases over several years. The newest set of floodplain maps is for
Phase 2. It includes western sections of Charlotte, Cornelius,
Huntersville and Pineville along with a small portion of Davidson.

Postcards have been mailed to thousands of property owners whose land
may be affected by the new, draft floodplain maps. The mailers invite
residents to one of three open house meetings where Storm Water
Services staff will meet individually with property owners, use
computers to show how the new maps might affect their property, and
answer residents' questions. Drop-in meetings will be held:

Huntersville – Monday, July 23, 6 to 8 p.m.

CPCC-Merancas (North) Campus, 11920 Verhoeff Drive

Center City – Tuesday, July 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
Hal Marshall Services Center (free parking), 700 North Tryon
Street, Charlotte

Pineville – Wednesday, July 25, 6 to 8 p.m.

The Hut Meeting Center, 413 Johnston Drive

Residents can also see the new, draft floodplain lines and make
comments or ask questions using an online, interactive map. The draft
maps for Phase 2 must go through local and federal review and are not
expected to take effect for regulatory (development) or insurance
purposes until 2014.

New floodplain maps for central and southeastern Mecklenburg County
(Phase 1) were shown to the public starting in 2010 and are currently
being reviewed by the federal government. Those maps are expected to
take effect in 2013. Updated floodplain maps for northeastern
Mecklenburg County (Phase 3) will be ready for public viewing in 2014
and will likely take effect in 2016.

The maps show land along larger creeks which has a specific risk of
flooding. In the regulated floodplain, new development and
redevelopment is restricted and most mortgage-holders must buy flood