Floodplain Development

All waterways can flood.  Some rivers and streams flood more often and with more potential damage.  These Special Flood Hazard Areas (regulated Floodplains) typically have at least a 1% chance of flooding in any given year—over a 30-year mortgage, that adds up to a 26% chance of being flooded at least once!  As of 2017, over 330 buildings in Archuleta County are located in a regulated Floodplain.

Flood hazard areas are subject to periodic inundation which results in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, and impairment of the tax base, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety and general welfare.

Any development on property in a regulatory floodplain (Special Flood Hazard Area) requires a Floodplain Development Permit.

Development:  The division of a parcel of land into two or more lots; the construction, reconstruction, conversion, structural alteration, relocation or enlargement of any structure or use; any mining, excavation, landfill or land disturbance; any new use or extension of a permitted use; or the extension or alteration of the scope of a use, as well as the storage of equipment or materials.

Are you in the floodplain?  Check the FEMA Flood Map Service Center or call the Planning Department at 970.264.1390.