Goal PFS-6: Maintain flood control infrastructure to adequately protect life and property from flooding.
Much of Western Alameda County lies in a floodplain protected by the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District(ACFCWCD). The Hayward planning area spans across three flood protection zones that include natural creeks, improved creeks, earthen channels, concrete channels, and underground pipes.The three zones also include two drainage canals, eleven pump stations, and two reservoirs.
Policies in this section require construction of adequate flood protection facilities. Flood protection policies will also be implemented by the City to improve flood control infrastructure and control urban runoff. The City will work with the ACFCWCD in the development of major and regional stormwater facilities.
Related goals and policies in the Hazards Element address flood hazards and rising sea levels.
The City shall work with Alameda County and Water Conservation District, State, and Federal agencies to ensure existing and new levees are adequate in providing flood protection.
The City shall support implementation of the Alameda County and Water Conservation District Zone 3A Master Plan Study, which identifies improvement projects and expected maintenance activities to ensure 100-year flood protection in and around Hayward.
The City shall continue to cooperate with Alameda County and Water Conservation District, State, and Federal agencies in securing funding to provide 200-year flood protection.
The City shall encourage the preservation of urban creeks to maintain existing floodplain storage.
The City shall prohibit new development within a minimum distance of 50 feet of the landside toe of levees. Development may encroach within this 50-foot area provided that levee improvements are made to the standard levee section consistent with local, regional, State, and Federal standards.
The City shall require new development adjacent to a flood protection levee to dedicate the levee footprint in fee to the Alameda County and Water Conservation District or the appropriate responsible agency.