Here are some of the major features of the proposed floodplain regulations:
Two new zoning districts one for the floodway and another for floodway fringe would be created .
As is the case with current regulations, no construction would be allowed in the floodway, the channel that typically carries the stream of water.
The floodway fringe would actually be an overlay to add to existing zoning. The fringe would begin where the floodway ends, taking up the rest of the 100-year floodplain.
Development could take place on fringe lots that are already platted, but with some restrictions.
Property within the floodway fringe may not be subdivided or lots split to create additional buildable lots.
No more than 50 percent of the portion of a platted lot within the floodway fringe may be covered with impervious surfaces.
Lots within the floodway fringe that are not currently platted are restricted to a series of open-space and agricultural uses. A detailed list can be found at www.lawrenceplanning.org.
Existing buildings within the floodway fringe can be rebuilt, but not expanded, if substantially damaged or destroyed.
Property owners near small creeks and streams must have their property surveyed to determine the floodplain before developing the land.