City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17E
Chapter 17E.030
Section 17E.030.170

Title 17E Environmental Standards

Chapter 17E.030 Floodplain Management

Section 17E.030.170 Essential Public and Critical Facilities within Special Flood Hazard Areas
  1. Construction of essential public facilities, as defined in SMC 17C.190.530, or another critical facility shall be, to the extent possible, located outside the limits of the special flood hazard area.
  1. Construction of new essential public facilities shall be permissible within the special flood hazard area if no feasible alternative site is available.
  1. Facilities constructed within the special flood hazard area shall have the lowest floor elevated three feet or more above the level of the base flood elevation at the site or to the height of the 500-year flood, whichever is higher.
  1. Floodproofing and sealing measures must be taken to ensure that toxic substances will not be displaced by or released into floodwaters. All facilities shall have access routes elevated to or above the level of the base flood elevation.
  1. Access to and from the facility should also be protected to the height utilized above.

Date Passed: Monday, October 25, 2021

Effective Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021

ORD C36118 Section 13