Floodplain Regulations

The Delaware River Basin Interstate Flood Mitigation Task Force issued a report in July 2007 identifying recommendations for a proactive, sustainable and systematic approach to flood damage reduction. One of the six priority management areas identified by the Task Force was floodplain regulations.

In May 2008, Commissioners from New Jersey and Pennsylvania requested that that a subcommittee of the DRBC Flood Advisory Committee (FAC) be formed to address Task Force Recommendation FR-1: Catalog, Evaluate and Update Existing Floodplain Regulations in the Basin.           

The Floodplain Regulations Evaluation Subcommittee (FRES) was formed in November 2008 to review and evaluate the similarities and differences in floodplain regulations throughout the Delaware River Basin and to develop and present recommendations on the potential for more effective floodplain management throughout the basin. The Floodplain Regulations Evaluation Subcommittee delivered its report to the DRBC Flood Advisory Committee on May 19, 2009. The report reviews and evaluates existing floodplain regulations throughout the Delaware River Basin and presents recommendations for more effective floodplain management to the FAC. The release of the report and its presentation to the FAC do not implement nor recommend a means of implementing new land use regulations.

Following a review of the FRES report, FAC members met on August 26, 2009 to discuss the subcommittee's recommendations. Following deliberation and some modification, the FAC presented its findings and recommendations for more effective floodplain regulations to the DRBC Commissioners and public on October 22, 2009.

Should the Commission decide to move forward with any of the recommendations, a full rulemaking process will be conducted with public notice and opportunities for public comment.

Flood Advisory Committee Recommendations For More Effective Floodplain Regulations In The Delaware River Basin (October 2009)