On September 27, 2018, the Clive City Council adopted a resolution approving the Flood Prone Property Buyout Program to acquire repetitively flood damaged property in the University Boulevard area of the Walnut Creek/North Walnut Creek floodplain. The first phase of the Buyout Program was allocated approximately $1.25 million dollars for property acquisition and resulted in the purchase of 10 properties. Clive City Council approved a second phase of property acquisitions and allocated an additional approximately $600,000 on October 10, 2019. The second phase resulted in the acquisition of 3 additional properties.
Based on the repeated flooding that has occurred and the likelihood that future flood events will have additional impacts, the City of Clive has determined that removing the vulnerable structures within the floodplain is the most appropriate long-term strategy for reducing the risks associated with public safety and property damage. Due to limited funding for immediate acquisitions, the City developed prioritization criteria that focuses the available acquisition resources on the properties that have received the greatest impact. The program eligibility requirements and the prioritization criteria were fully explained in the 2018 Flood Prone Property Buyout Program document. It is anticipated that similar criteria will be established when funds are available for further buyouts.
The application process is intended to assist the City in determining program eligibility in addition to identifying potential interest in future buyouts. Even if there is no interest in pursuing a buyout at this time, an application may be submitted if a future buyout program is initiated. Submitting a buyout application does not obligate an applicant to sell the property nor does it guarantee that the City will purchase the property. If an application is submitted, supporting documents must be attached to the application to substantiate the flood damage (copies of photographs, repair contract, insurance loss payouts, claims adjusters notes, public records, etc.). An application form will be made available when more funds are allocated to this project.