Policies and programs can be developed that could could increase the community’s flood resiliency. Key elements include:

  • Flexibility to focus strategies on specific areas or basin-wide, as appropriate

  • Typically lower costs than infrastructure projects

  • Encouraging property owners to participate in flood mitigation efforts, on individual properties and in the larger community,

 
 
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Program 1: Reduced-rate flood insurance: Programs to allow qualified property owners to apply for flood insurance at a reduced cost.

Washington County and the City of Beaverton are working to help residents receive more affordable flood insurance through the Community Rating System National Flood Insurance Program.

  • The program can provide reduced flood insurance premiums for properties within or adjacent to a regulated floodplain.

  • The premium reduction amount grows as the “rating” of Washington County and Beaverton improves.

  • The County and the city can receive a better rating for completing tasks that help mitigate flooding, such as providing public information about flooding or updating local flood data.

 
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Program 2: Community education and technical assistance: Programs to help community members prepare their properties for more resilience to flood impacts and provide opportunities to contribute to flood management strategies.

  • Community education programs make information accessible and help improve understanding and stewardship throughout the drainage area.

  • Technical assistance helps property owners manage flood risk through flood proofing, flood elevation certificates or flood insurance consultation.

  • Potential partners include local governments, non-government organizations and conservation districts.

  • Effectiveness depends on the level of community participation. The more community is involved, the more effective the programs will be.

 
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Program 3: Creek corridor land management: Programs to potentially help control activities near creeks.

  • Purchase of property or easements near creeks to keep floodplains clear of development or enable future structural projects such as retention ponds.

  • Develop additional policies to help control the types of development or redevelopment near creeks, such as increased buffer zones or mitigation requirements.