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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook January 2013

    Date: January 2013

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Answering questions about FEMA certificates: who can seal an EC, is FEMA's EC required, and is FEMA's Floodproofing Certificate for design or 'as-builts"? And answering questions about how communities handle substantial improvement and substantial damage and modular buildings.

    Keywords: Building laws, Elevation certificate, Floodproofing Certificate, Substantial improvement, Modular buildings


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook January 2015

    Date: January 2015

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca Leatherbee, Tom

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Advice from the field -- handling dilapidated buildings under the substantial improvement/substantial damage rules, especially determining "pre-damage" market value and the definition exclusion for costs to correct existing (cited) violations.

    Keywords: Dwellings--Flood damage, Substantial improvement, Substantial damage, Property maintenance, Building laws


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook July 2016

    Date: July 2016

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: The substantial damage rule, Increased Cost of Compliance coverage in NFIP policies; and a post-flood source of data that insurance adjusters report to the NFIP that's supposed to be available to state and local floodplain managers.

    Keywords: National Flood Insurance Program, Compliance costs, Claims data, Flood insurance claims


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook July 2017

    Date: July 2017

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Historic structures – the benefits of processing applications as variances rather than applying the “definition approach.” To not be subject to Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage rules, historic structures must retain their historic designation. Highlighting the difference between variances and waivers.

    Keywords: Historic structures, Variance, Waiver, Buildings--Additions


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook March 2011

    Date: March 2011

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Historic structures – the benefits of processing applications as variances rather than applying the “definition approach.” To not be subject to Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage rules, historic structures must retain their historic designation – a determination that should be left to the historic preservation professionals.

    Keywords: Flood insurance--Law and legislation--United States, Historic structures, Variance


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook March 2016

    Date: March 2016

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Grab bag: new taller foundation doesn't trigger 50%; limitations on below-grade crawlspaces per TB 1; changes to the Floodproofing Certificate; shifting floodway boundaries.

    Keywords: Building laws, Foundation, Substantial improvement, Below-grade crawlspace, Floodproofing Certificate, Floodway


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook May 2011

    Date: May 2011

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: A grab bag of short topics, including whether we regulate below the BFE or below the lowest floor; measuring flood openings with fixed louvers; below-grade crawlspaces; citing FEMA’s Technical Bulletins in regulations; and Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage in floodways.

    Keywords: Building laws, Lowest floor, Flood opening, Technical Bulletins, Substantial improvement, Floodway


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook May 2019

    Date: May 2019

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Guest column featuring a commercial appraiser's assessment of why actual cash value (depreciated) is the best way to estimate market value for the purposes of making substantial damage and substantial improvement determinations. An example illustrates the method and explains some common mistakes made by others.

    Keywords: Market value, Actual cash value, Substantial improvement, Substantial damage


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook November 2015

    Date: November 2015

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Small towns cannot delegate full responsibility for floodplain management to another community. Interlocal agreements should be in writing and address designation of responsible parties on both sides; the town's higher standards (if any); and what happens when the agreement dissolves. Also, why it's important to correctly describe substantial improvement, rather than imply owners "cannot" exceed 50%. Highlighting the term "flood opening."

    Keywords: Floodplain management, Interlocal agreements, Substantial improvement, Flood opening, Delegation of authority


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook November 2016

    Date: November 2016

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Substantial Improvement - answering some questions not covered in the SI/SD Desk Reference (FEMA P-758): do the rules "prohibit" improvements? What costs/work can be excluded? Can you "back out" work to get below 50%? And why shouldn't use use "pre-FIRM" and "post-FIRM"? Followup on walk-out basements from September.

    Keywords: Building laws, Substantial improvement, Pre-FIRM, Post-FIRM, Walk-out basement, Floodplain management


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook September 2011

    Date: September 2011

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: An overview of the substantial damage rule and the Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage that is available when NFIP-insured buildings in SFHAs are substantially damaged by flood. Insurance adjusters are to supposed to submit data on buildings that “will probably be substantially damaged” – data that local officials can request from their NFIP State Coordinating Agency or FEMA regional office.

    Keywords: Floodplain management, Substantial damage, Claims data, Flood insurance claims


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  • Floodplain Manager’s Notebook September 2017

    Date: September 2017

    Author: Quinn, Rebecca

    Publisher: Association of State Floodplain Managers

    Summary: Grab bag: limiting what's stored in enclosures; limiting enclosure size; "open" versus "closed" foundations. What's the real objective of the Community Rating System?

    Keywords: Building laws, Substantial improvement, Community Rating System, Enclosures, Storage, Open foundation, Closed foundation, National Flood Insurance Program


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