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Posted on: October 14, 2020

Apply to serve on the Building Code Advisory Committee

opportunity to serve

Applications being accepted through October 28

On October 12, 2020, the City Commission endorsed a program to update the city’s flood mitigation code, building code and zoning code as they relate to flood protection, starting with appointing a five-member committee, to be chaired by City Commissioner John Valdes.  

While the commission agreed there is a need to update the current code’s flood protection rules, it is also important to define specific goals of the citizen advisory committee, and the individual requirements that must to be met in order to serve on the committee.

Applicants should have experience in at least one of the following professions to be considered:

  • Architect
  • Landscape Architect
  • Structural Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Building Construction
  • Building Contractor
  • Historic Preservation
  • Real Estate 

The goals of the Building Code Advisory Committee include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Protect older homes from flooding by new homes that are required to be constructed at higher elevations.
  • Safeguard the Historic District’s integrity while providing ways to “lift” historic buildings out of flood zones while protecting our historic streetscapes.
  • Provide incentives for property owners to use building techniques which do not require land filling for new home construction.
  • Limit the amount of impervious surface that is allowed on residential lots.  There is currently no limit to the amount of paving a homeowner can do on their property.

The deadline to apply to serve on the Building Code Advisory Committee is Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at 5:00pm.  Apply to serve here.

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