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Township Sets Hearing For Flood Law Changes

Sanatoga Creek flooding during 2011 that occurred on North Sanatoga Road

SANATOGA PA – Comments on proposed changes to Lower Pottsgrove’s floodplain ordinance, which is being revised primarily to meet state and federal agency requirements, will be accepted during a public hearing scheduled for Feb. 18 (2016; Thursday) by the township Board of Commissioners at 6:45 p.m., before the start of its regularly scheduled 7 p.m. meeting in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd.

The hearing was announced Thursday (Feb. 11) in a lengthy legal advertisement published on the board’s behalf. The amended law must be adopted by no later than March 2, according to the township engineering firm of Bursich Associates, and deals with new definitions, property uses in designated floodplain areas, construction requirements and structural improvements, and related matters.

The township’s designated floodplain generally follows a corridor of land that lines both sides of Sanatoga Creek and other lesser streams as they cut across Lower Pottsgrove. The township in 2011 estimated about 200 or more property owners would be affected by future flood law and map changes. Owners of those properties might also experience changes in coverage of or costs for their home insurance policies, it said at the time.

The hearing was approved by commissioners at their Feb. 1 meeting, and the advertisement states they intend to “adopt and enact” the law once the hearing has ended. The event is free to attend and open to the public, as is the regular board meeting.

The revisions have already been submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Community Economic Development and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for review.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 1 meeting):

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