BY ANTHONY O’REILLY
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed an executive order ordering to suspend height restrictions on buildings so they can meet new flood elevation standards following Sandy.
“We are beginning the process of updating our building code and zoning regulations so that new construction meets standards that reflect the best available data about flood and climate risks,” said Bloomberg.
The city also increased the required minimum flood proofing elevation in order for buildings to be able to withstand further damage in the future.
“This limited and targeted suspension of zoning regulations in the flood zones shown on the newly issued FEMA flood-risk maps will help ensure that new and rebuilt homes and businesses and other buildings will be safeguarded from coastal flood waters,” said City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden.
The city recently released data from FEMA about coastal flood risk and giving residents advice on how to rebuild in the case of damage. The updated maps were the first significant change in more than 25 years.
The city plans to work with the federal government to put in assistance programs for those affected by Sandy, helping them to meet the new elevation standards.