Policies and Programs
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,
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.
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.
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.