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City Of Ann Arbor Wants Higher Building Standards For Floodplain Area

City of Ann Arbor
Floodplain area.

The City of Ann Arbor is considering higher building standards for properties within the city’s floodplain area. 

The goal is to minimize water damage for both residential homes and commercial structures.  The proposed changes prohibit any additional residential development in the floodway that includes areas around the Huron River and Allen Creek.  Jerry Hancock is the stormwater and floodplain programs coordinator for the city.  He explains another change that’s being proposed.

Jerry Hancock: Require buildings to be built one-foot higher than the current regulation.

If the city approves the changes, current home or business owners who have properties in the floodplain area will not have to make any changes to their existing structures.  The city will host a webinar for the public on July 16th to provide more information on the proposed changes.  For details, click here.   

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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