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County to discuss flood insurance, zoning regulations

November 4, 2013


Property owners in some parts of rural Douglas County could learn Wednesday whether their premiums for flood insurance will soon go up or down.

Officials from the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Water Resources will brief Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday about the county's flood insurance rating under the federal Community Rating System.

That's a voluntary incentive program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Communities that participate can qualify for discount premiums under the National Flood Insurance Program by adopting floodplain management practices that meet three goals: reducing flood damage to insurable property, strengthening and supporting the insurance aspects of the NFIP and encouraging a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

Commissioners will receive that report when they meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the County Courthouse.

Also Wednesday, commissioners will conduct a study session to discuss possible changes to zoning codes dealing with agritourism.

Commissioners voted last month to put a moratorium on issuing any new agritourism permits, pending a review and possible amendments to the codes they adopted in January.

Those codes allow people to conduct certain kinds of tourism-related businesses on property zoned for agricultural use. But permits involving activities that attract more than 100 people at a time are require a public hearing before the commission. Commissioners also may attach conditions to those permits.

Commissioner Jim Flory called for the moratorium and review following controversy over a permit application for a proposed commercial pumpkin patch operation in southeast Douglas County.


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