Tracking permits in flood prone areas

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Residential and commercial development in flood-prone areas can be a
challenge to manage for many local governments. In addition to dealing
with residents or businesses for permitting, inspections, etc, the
federal government is also involved to ensure all construction and
documentation is compliment with regulations that limit what can and
cannot be built. As part of the Community Rating System (CRS), a program
that allows local municipalities to show that they’ve taken efforts to
mitigate potential flood damage to properties build in a floodplain in
order to help reduce residents’ flood insurance rates, the Village of
Winnetka Public Works department decided to map out the locations of all
permits issued in areas that are susceptible to flooding to help get a
better idea of the amount of construction being conducted in these
areas.

To accomplish this, the Public Works department asked the Village’s
Geographic Information System (GIS) department to map addresses for
permit applications issued in the floodplain from 2000-2010 to determine
the level of development within these areas. The permit information was
provided by the Community Development department and was restricted new
construction or properties where significant renovations were done.
Once these addresses are mapped, the data was loaded into an
internet-based mapping application available to all village employees so
it could be shared and reviewed by all departments involved in the CRS
program. In addition to the spatial location of each permit, information
on the type of permits, and if multiple permits were issued, is also
provided.

Tracking permits in flood prone areas

Blog_Trackingpermitsinfloodproneareas.png

Residential and commercial development in flood-prone areas can be a
challenge to manage for many local governments. In addition to dealing
with residents or businesses for permitting, inspections, etc, the
federal government is also involved to ensure all construction and
documentation is compliment with regulations that limit what can and
cannot be built. As part of the Community Rating System (CRS), a program
that allows local municipalities to show that they’ve taken efforts to
mitigate potential flood damage to properties build in a floodplain in
order to help reduce residents’ flood insurance rates, the Village of
Winnetka Public Works department decided to map out the locations of all
permits issued in areas that are susceptible to flooding to help get a
better idea of the amount of construction being conducted in these
areas.

To accomplish this, the Public Works department asked the Village’s
Geographic Information System (GIS) department to map addresses for
permit applications issued in the floodplain from 2000-2010 to determine
the level of development within these areas. The permit information was
provided by the Community Development department and was restricted new
construction or properties where significant renovations were done.
Once these addresses are mapped, the data was loaded into an
internet-based mapping application available to all village employees so
it could be shared and reviewed by all departments involved in the CRS
program. In addition to the spatial location of each permit, information
on the type of permits, and if multiple permits were issued, is also
provided.