Goal 3 Flood Hazards

Goal HAZ-3: Protect life and minimize property damage from potential flood hazards.

Various parts of Hayward are subject to flooding during major storm events, including shoreline areas and upland areas located along streams, creeks, and drainage ways.  The geographic extent of local flood hazards are anticipated to increase in the next century as a result of rising sea levels caused by global warming.  Extreme weather conditions caused by global warming could also increase flooding risks during major storms.  This goal and its supporting policies are designed to minimize damage and risks associated with flood hazards, including flood hazards associated with extreme weather caused by global warming.  Related policies that address rising sea levels are discussed under Goal 4.

The City shall coordinate with the Federal Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that Federal Insurance Rate Maps correctly depict flood hazards in the city. 

Inter-governmental Coordination (IGC)

The City shall implement Federal, State, and local requirements related to new construction in flood plain areas to ensure that future flood risks to life and property are minimized. 

Regulation and Development Review (RDR)

The City shall maintain and enforce a Plain Management Ordinance to:

·         Promote public health, safety, and general welfare by minimizing public and private losses due to floods,

·         Implement the Cobey-Alquist Plain Management Act, and 

·         Comply with the eligibility requirements of the National Insurance Program.

Regulation and Development Review (RDR)City Master Plans, Strategies, and Programs (MPSP)

The City shall coordinate with the Alameda County and Water Conservation District to evaluate the need to expand the capacity of flood control facilities based on changing flood conditions associated with global warming and extreme weather. 

Inter-governmental Coordination (IGC)

The City shall promote greater public awareness of flooding hazards and promote resources and programs to help property owners protect their homes and businesses from flood damage. 

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