During 2020, Planning Services staff worked with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on proposed changes to the FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area Map. The county mailed notifications to affected property owners pursuant to §15.2-976 of the Code of Virginia. The appeals period through FEMA was open for property owners who wished to dispute proposed changes to their flood hazard risk designation.
All appeals were submitted at the end of 2020. FEMA has finalized the Special Flood Hazard Area Map; this map went into effect in May 2022. There is no longer an ongoing appeals process. As a result, some properties may now lie in the floodplain and owners may receive notice from mortgage companies regarding flood insurance. For questions about flood insurance, please visit FEMA’s information page at www.fema.gov/flood-insurance.
Residents with questions should contact Planning Services at (540) 672-4574.