§42-355.
Special Fill Permits
A.
Purpose. Special Fill Permits in the flood fringe may be granted by the Flood Damage Prevention
Board in particular cases meeting specific community need and subject to appropriate conditions and
safeguards.
(1)
Proposed encroachment would not result in any increase in the flood levels during the occurrence
of the base flood; and,
(2)
Special Fill Permit, if granted will result in no net decrease in flood storage capacity on the parcel
upon which the fill is proposed; and,
(3)
Proposed encroachment will not violate any other Federal, State or Henderson County laws, rules,
ordinances, or regulations; and,
(4)
Special Fill Permit, if granted, will comply with the Comprehensive Plan, and that, if granted, it
will advance a public or community purpose, and that such purpose is sufficiently substantial to
justify issuance of the Special Fill Permit.
Any grant of a Special Fill Permit by the Flood Damage Prevention Board may include conditions, which
must be satisfied by the applicant. These conditions must be based on evidence presented at the hearing,
and must be related to increasing the flood-control capabilities of the parcel for which the fill permit is
sought.
B.
Permit Issuance. The Flood Damage Prevention Board shall have the power to grant permits for special
fill in the flood fringe. In order to grant a Special Fill Permit, the Flood Damage Prevention Board must
conclude that the:
C.
Application.
(1)
Application. The application for the permit shall be on a form provided by the Floodplain
Administrator, and shall be submitted prior to any fill activity requiring a Special Fill Permit. The
application shall include the following:
a.
Certification, on a form as published by FEMA, or acceptable alternative form approved
by FEMA, of hydrological and hydraulic analyses, performed in accordance with
standard engineering practice, that the proposed encroachment would not result in any
increase in the flood levels during the occurrence of the base flood; or
b.
Technical documentation in the form of hydraulic analysis of the existing and proposed
conditions. This documentation shall be either: complete runs of existing and proposed
conditions using the HEC II/HEC-RAS step backwater analysis computer program as
prepared by the US Army Corp. of Engineers for the analysis of flow plan hydraulics; or
c.
An alternative method currently approved by FEMA for use in the revision process for
FEMA flood maps. In this case, the engineer shall provide a letter from FEMA indicating
that the method used is acceptable; and,
d.
Any other technical documentation in the form of detailed site and construction plans,
showing that all requirements of Article VIII (Natural Resources) Subpart A (Flood
Damage Prevention) are met.
e.
The application shall also include certification of hydrological and hydraulic analyses,
performed in accordance with standard engineering practice, demonstrating that the
Special Fill Permit, if granted, will result in no net decrease in flood storage capacity on
the parcel upon which the fill is proposed.
f.
The application shall include information demonstrating compliance with the
Comprehensive Plan, and demonstrating the substantial public or community purpose(s)
which the Special Fill Permit, if granted, will advance. Examples of substantial public or
community purpose(s) advanced by the Special Fill Permit, if granted, which must be
demonstrated include:
1.
Advancing a governmental purpose, which includes promoting and preserving
use of land for agriculture.
2.
Meeting public infrastructure needs.
3.
Projects which fall under the Board of Commissioners’ Economic Incentives
Guidelines.
4.
Redevelopment projects which have the effect of substantially increasing the
flood-control capabilities of the parcel.
g.
A complete listing of the names and mailing addresses of all owners of real property
adjacent to the parcel upon which the Special Fill Permit is proposed.
  
(2)
Fees. Any review fee established by the Commissioners shall be submitted with the application.
The Board of Commissioners shall establish a Schedule of Fees, charges and expenses, and a
collection procedure, for permits, plan review, inspections, and other matters pertaining to Article
VIII (Natural Resources) Subpart A (Flood Damage Prevention). No application for a permit or
certificate shall be processed unless or until such fees, as established, and all estimated expenses
have been paid in full, nor shall any action be taken on appeals before the Henderson County
Flood Damage Prevention Board unless and until any fees and estimated expenses have been paid
in full.
D.
Staff Review. The Floodplain Administrator shall review the application for compliance with Article
VIII (Natural Resources) Subpart A (Flood Damage Prevention) and transmit the application to Federal,
State and local agencies for review and comment. The Floodplain Administrator shall place the application
on the agenda of the first regular Planning Board meeting after at least 30 days from the receipt of a
complete application.
E.
Formal Review.
(1)
Henderson County Planning Board Review and Recommendation. The review by the Planning
Board shall not be quasi-judicial in nature.
a.
Public notification of the Planning Board meeting shall comply with the provisions of
§42-371 (Quasi-Judicial Process Standards). The Floodplain Administrator shall be
responsible for all necessary public notifications.
b.
The Planning Board shall hear a summary and review of the application by the
Floodplain Administrator, evidence as presented by the applicant, and such other
evidence as the Planning Board may find useful.
c.
The Planning Board shall, within 60 days of the date the application is first considered by
the Planning Board, issue its recommendation to the Flood Damage Prevention Board as
to the grant or denial of the application.
(2)
Flood Damage Prevention Board Public Hearing. The Flood Damage Prevention Board shall hold
a quasi-judicial public hearing that complies with the provisions of §42-371 (Quasi-Judicial
Process Standards).
a.
Public notification of the Flood Damage Prevention Board meeting shall comply with the
provisions of §42-371 (Quasi-Judicial Process Standards). The Floodplain Administrator
shall be responsible for all necessary public notifications.
b.
The Flood Damage Prevention Board shall consider a summary of the proposed project
from the Floodplain Administrator, evidence in support of the project and concerning the
issues upon which proof must be submitted under Article VIII (Natural Resources)
Subpart A (Flood Damage Prevention) from the applicant, evidence from adjacent
property owners, and such other evidence as the Flood Damage Prevention Board finds
useful.
c.
The Flood Damage Prevention Board shall reach a decision within 45 days of the
conclusion of the quasi-judicial hearing.
F.
Permit Validity. A Special Fill Permit shall be construed as permission to proceed with work and not
as authority to violate, cancel, alter, or set aside any of the provisions of Article VIII (Natural Resources)
Subpart A (Flood Damage Prevention) or any regulations included by reference. Issuance of a permit shall
not prevent the Floodplain Administrator from thereafter requiring correction of errors in plans or
construction, or violations of Article VIII (Natural Resources) Subpart A (Flood Damage Prevention).