June 4, 2015 – The Tillamook County Department of Community Development is pleased to announce the end of the permit moratorium in the Nestucca River’s Special Flood Hazard Area in Pacific City. A permit moratorium was enacted in April, 2014, on both the Nestucca and Nehalem Rivers as a result of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) audit of Tillamook County’s floodplain administration. FEMA required that Tillamook County re-examine the floodway boundaries on these rivers. The Tillamook County Department of Community Development, the County’s designated agency for administering the development regulations contained in the National Flood Insurance Program, contracted with Portland-based WEST Consultants to perform hydrologic studies of both the Nehalem and Nestucca Rivers. Both studies were finished in the fall of 2014, and the Nehalem River moratorium was ended on February 11, 2015.
Because of several issues at the Federal level with the Endangered Species Act, the Nestucca River map revision was more complicated. However, those issues have been addressed, and Tillamook County’s flood elevations have been accepted by FEMA. It is important to note, however, that the map revisions will not be completely final until September 24, 2015. However, because the flood elevations are now effective, citizens are now able to build to the elevations specified in the map revision. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Tillamook County Department of Community Development at (503) 842-3408.