PROPERTY OWNERS MAY APPEAL FLOOD MAPPINGS IN ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP
Property owners have until May 15, 2018 to appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) which have been released for the entirety of Morris County, including properties located in the Township of Rockaway.
These preliminary maps have been prepared by FEMA. Anyone who lives in or near a flood zone or near a waterbody is strongly encouraged to review these preliminary maps to see if they are affected.
Hard copies of the FEMA preliminary FIRMs have been provided to the Township Municipal Building and are on file for public review within the Rockaway Township Engineering Department. Both the Engineering Department and the Township Municipal Building are located at 65 Mount Hope Road in Rockaway Township, New Jersey 07866.
The FEMA preliminary FIRMs can also be viewed online or downloaded at the FEMA Flood Map Service Center. To find a flood map, input “Rockaway Township” in the search box, click “Show All Products,” look under “Preliminary Products,” and download the “Preliminary FIRM Panels.”
Digital versions of the FEMA maps are also available online at: https://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=16bb8a9ebcac47da913e6e9f4ecf30ab.
Online tutorials on how to understand the FEMA FIRMS are available at: https://www.fema.gov/online-tutorials. Additional resources can be found on the Morris County website at: https://planning.morriscountynj.gov/firms/.
Once finalized and adopted, the maps will be used to determine if flood insurance is required for properties, as well as rates that residential and commercial properties will be required to pay to the National Flood Insurance Program. The maps will also be utilized when reviewing development plans and enforcing floodplain management regulations.
The FEMA FIRMs currently in effect for the Township are over thirty years old. Given the long-standing impact of the preliminary maps, the Township encourages property owners to take this opportunity to review, and if necessary, appeal FEMA’s determinations.
As requested by the County and by FEMA, appeals should be submitted through the municipality. To allow time for local processing, all appeals must be submitted in writing with supporting documentation by May 1, 2018, attention James Lutz, Township Engineer, 65 Mount Hope Road, Rockaway, New Jersey 07866. Pursuant to directions from FEMA, only appeals of the proposed flood hazard determinations supported by scientific or technical data can be considered before FEMA makes its final flood hazard determination. We ask that this information be included with your submission.
Until the new maps are adopted, the existing ones will remain in effect.