Loudoun Plans Floodplain Informational Meetings, Sets Up Help Line

Loudoun County planners will hold two public information meetings for landowners affected by proposed modifications to the county’s Floodplain Overlay District.

Additionally, the county is taking questions by email at flood-maps@loudoun.gov or on the Floodplain Help Line at 703-737-8746.

A Planning Commission public hearing in December drew a large crowd of worried homeowners who had received notifications that their homes may be affected by floodplain changes, but were unclear what that meant. The county mailed approximately 8,200 notification letters. Speakers at the public hearing criticized the map included in the mailing as being unreadable, and others were confused by the language in the letter.

But adopting updated floodplain boundaries, prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is a fairly routine bit of business for the county. In fact, it is one of the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program; if the county does not adopt the new maps, every property owner in Loudoun with federally backed flood insurance could lose that insurance.

Staff members from the Department of Building and Development will be on hand at the informational meetings to answer questions from individual landowners whose property may be in the floodplain. Computer stations will be available to help landowners locate their property on the proposed Floodplain Overlay District map. Prior to the meetings, property owners may access an interactive map of the proposed Floodplain Overlay District, which allows the user to search by parcel identification number or street address. The mapping program and additional information are available online at loudoun.gov/FODZMap.

The proposed Floodplain Overlay District affects in whole or in part about 3,700 parcels of land, or 21,000 acres, in the major floodplain and about 4,600 parcels, or 9,000 acres in the minor floodplain.  The floodplain includes lands adjacent and near any stream that drains an area of 100 acres or more.

Both information meetings will be held in the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St. SE, in Leesburg. They will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon; and Thursday, Feb. 2, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

rgreene@loudounnow.com
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