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Clive Council Approves $1.25 Million for Flood Prone Property Buyouts

Clive Council Approves $1.25 Million for Flood Prone Property Buyouts

Voluntary program targets properties repeatedly flooded by Walnut Creek and North Walnut Creek

The City of Clive has initiated a voluntary buyout program that will minimize risks to life and property in areas repeatedly flooded by Walnut Creek and North Walnut Creek.  The City led program could include up to $1.25 million in buyouts of residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

The 2018 Flood Prone Property Buyout Program was unanimously approved by the City Council at its September 27th meeting.  The City will use a portion of its financial reserves to fund the program.  City taxes and fees are not being increased to purchase the properties.  The Council continues to have discussions about flood mitigation strategies and anticipates additional action in the future.

“We have dangerous flash floods on Walnut Creek and North Walnut Creek, and the frequency and intensity of that flooding is increasing,” said Clive City Manager Matt McQuillen.  “The properties we’re targeting have been flooded multiple times in the past decade.  In this case, the most effective way to protect lives and property from future loss is to remove the buildings and improve the natural floodplain function.”

This is a voluntary buyout program targeting the most flood prone properties in Clive.  The properties are concentrated in the University Boulevard neighborhood along University Avenue, 75th Street, and 78th Street.  This neighborhood had significant flood affects in 2008, 2010, 2015, and most recently in June 2018 causing displacement of families, damage or destruction of property, and risks to emergency responders.

Properties that are eligible for the program must meet the following criteria:

  • The property owner has voluntarily requested that the City of Clive purchase the property.
  • All Pre‐Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) property types (residential, commercial and industrial) may be considered. Pre‐FIRM properties were built before the City’s adoption of Floodplain Development Regulations on October 1, 1976.
  • The property must be located in the current regulatory floodplain/floodway along the University Avenue/Boulevard acquisition area (map below).
  • The property must have experienced documented repetitive damage from flooding from Walnut Creek and/or North Walnut Creek. For the purpose of this program, repetitive damage means flood loss from two or more events. One loss must have occurred during the June 2018 flood and exceed 25% of the current fair market value of the building (2017 Polk County Assessor). The second loss must have exceeded $5,000 of building damage.
  • The property has a lowest floor elevation (including basement) that results in at least 2‐feet of flood depth potential during a 1% annual chance flooding event.
  • No known environmental hazards on the property or within the building.

The City will mail notices about the program and application documents to all property owners in the acquisition area by October 8th. City Staff will conduct an informational meeting on Thursday, October 18th at 6:00pm in the Council Chambers of Clive City Hall. The informational meeting is provided for convenience and attendance is not required for a property owner to submit an application.

Applications from property owners in the acquisition area must be submitted by 5:00 P.M. on November 2, 2018.

Following submission of applications, the City will confirm that properties are eligible for the program and develop a prioritized list of acquisition candidates.  The prioritized list of acquisition candidates will be submitted to the City Council for approval at the December 13th Council meeting.

 If there is greater interest in the program than funding allows, the City will use the following criteria to prioritize properties (higher priority to lower:

  • Flood insured owner occupied single family residential properties with cumulative flood losses greater than 50% of the current fair market value of the building.
  • Flood insured rental occupied single family residential properties with cumulative flood losses greater than 50% of the current fair market value of the building.
  • Flood insured apartment/commercial/industrial properties with cumulative flood losses greater than 50% of the current fair market value of the building.
  • Residential properties (including apartments), without flood insurance.
  • Commercial/industrial properties, without flood insurance.

For more information regarding the program please contact the Clive Community Development Office at (515) 223-6221.  Program details are also available at this link:

https://www.cityofclive.com/government/community-development/flood-prone-property-buyout-program

2018 Flood Prone Properties Buyout Program Map

 

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