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Section 1. Purpose and Establishment
Certain areas of the Town of Swan’s Island are subject to periodic flooding, causing serious
damages to properties within these areas. Relief is available in the form of flood insurance as
authorized by the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968.
Therefore, the Town of Swan’s Island, Maine has chosen to become a participating community in
the National Flood Insurance Program, and agrees to comply with the requirements of the
National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (P.L. 90-488, as amended) as delineated in this Floodplain
Management Ordinance.
It is the intent of the Town of Swan’s Island, Maine to require the recognition and evaluation of
flood hazards in all official actions relating to land use in the floodplain areas having special flood
hazards.
The Town of Swan’s Island has the legal authority to adopt land use and control measures to
reduce future flood losses pursuant to Title 30-A MRSA §3001-3007, 4352 and 4401-4407.
The National Flood Insurance Program, established in the aforesaid Act, provides that areas of
the Town of Swan’s Island having a special flood hazard be identified by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency and that floodplain management measures be applied in such flood hazard
areas. This Ordinance establishes a Flood Hazard Development Permit system and review
procedure for development activities in the designated flood hazard areas of the Town of Swan’s
Island, Maine.
The areas of special flood hazard are identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
in a map entitled “Flood Insurance Rate Map - Town of Swans Island, Maine, Hancock County”,
dated March 1, 1987, which is hereby adopted by reference and declared to be a part of this
Ordinance.