Floodplain Development

The Wood County Planning Commission is the lead agency in charge of administering permits and regulating all development located within Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) in the County. These SFHA areas are areas designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as areas that are prone to periodic flooding.

Despite the flat topography of Wood County, floodplains and floodplain related problems are still a large problem in Wood County. Given our tight clay soils and shallow bedrock, areas saturated from floodwaters tend to recede and drain much slower.

In order to protect against loss of life and property, The Wood County Planning Commission has established a set of standards for building within SFHA areas. These standards include requirements such as minimum building elevations, and no net loss provisions that require that all portions of the SFHA that are altered due to development be replaced by creating additional floodplains at the development site.

Wood County Flood Damage Reduction Regulations

 View Flood Damage Document  Effective 6/26/2011

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