Legislation alters flood-area zoning height exemptions

AN AMENDMENT TO flood-prone area zoning laws related to the elevation of homes above flooding projections has reined in potential massive height variances for new homes. It is expected to result in more-resilient homes being built in Rhode Island. This home in North Kingstown along Narragansett Bay was built with the idea that flood waters could flow through the bottom floors without disturbing living space above. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
AN AMENDMENT TO flood-prone area zoning laws related to the elevation of homes above flooding projections has reined in potential massive height variances for new homes. It is expected to result in more-resilient homes being built in Rhode Island. This home in North Kingstown along Narragansett Bay was built with the idea that flood waters could flow through the bottom floors without disturbing living space above. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
PROVIDENCE – Among the bills signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo following the most recent legislative session, one included a zoning ordinance amendment that affects coastal and flood-zone home-height allowances. The amendment was related to property-height variances in flood zones for new and renovated buildings, with the end goal of mitigating flooding hazards…

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