Floodplain Management

FEMA Flood Maps Changes Update

The City of Miramar is updating its Floodplain Regulations
Dear Residents,
The Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary program that provides flood insurance premium discounts to communities that implement programs and measures that exceed the minimum floodplain management requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP). On January 1, 2021, the CRS will begin implementing a new prerequisite for freeboard for all participating and new CRS communities, which shall be adopted and enforced no later than the first verification cycle visit after January 1, 2021. Specifically, Section 211 of the 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual will be revised to say,

In order to be a Class 8 or better…

(1) The community must meet all the Class 9 prerequisites; and

(2) The community must adopt and enforce at least a 1-foot freeboard requirement (including equipment or mechanical items) for all residential buildings, including manufactured homes, constructed, substantially improved, and/or reconstructed due to substantial damage, throughout its Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) where base flood elevations have been determined on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) or in the Flood Insurance Study (FIS), except those areas that receive open space credit under Activity 420 (Open Space Preservation).

The City of Miramar is a CRS Class 8 community, which means that properties located in “flood zones” get a 10-percent flood insurance premium reduction. Currently, the City’s adopted Floodplain Ordinance provides that residential buildings and substantially improved residential buildings have their lowest floor, including basement, be built with a one-foot freeboard above the base flood elevation (BFE). However, this one-foot freeboard requirement does not include manufactured homes, as well as electrical systems, equipment and components, heating, ventilating, air conditioning, plumbing appliances and plumbing fixtures, duct systems, and other service equipment. In compliance with the January 2021 deadline to adopt and enforce the new CRS Class 8 Freeboard Prerequisite, the City is amending its Floodplain Ordinance to extend the one-foot freeboard requirement to manufactured homes, as well as mechanical equipment and utility items.

For more information, please contact Nixon Lebrun, AICP, MPA, CFM, Assistant Director, at (954) 802-2543 or email

On December 31, 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released updated preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs or flood maps) that are expected to replace substantial portions of the current circa 2014 flood maps.  Once adopted, these preliminary flood maps will be used to establish actuarial flood insurance rates and flood insurance purchase requirements for affected property owners.

These changes to the flood maps are the result of a comprehensive coastal flooding study performed by FEMA between 2014 and 2019.  Initially, FEMA indicated to County and municipal staff that the anticipated impacts of the coastal study were primarily to areas east of I-95.  However, the preliminary results indicate that the effects of coastal tidal flooding extend west of I-95 (mostly, but not exclusively, in the southern portions of the county). In fact, the City of Miramar will be particularly affected by the proposed changes to the flood maps. The recently preliminary released flood maps show that as many as 20,335 properties are proposed to be added to the Flood Zones and would thus require to purchase flood insurance, while only 409 are proposed to be removed from the SFHAs properties and to no longer require flood insurance.

FEMA will host a Community Consultation Officer (CCO) meeting between 3 – 5 pm on Wednesday February 5, 2020 to discuss the recently released preliminary flood maps. This meeting, which will be held at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center located at 201 N.W. 84th Avenue in Plantation, will provide an opportunity to government officials, i.e., floodplain administrators/CRS coordinators, emergency managers, representatives of building/permitting, planning/zoning and engineering offices, who use the FIRMs, to:

  • Review the preliminary flood maps, provide input and discuss concerns with representatives from FEMA, the State of Florida and the coastal study mapping team;
  • Learn about the map adoption process; and
  • Ask questions about the flood risk mapping initiative.
The aforementioned CCO meeting is not intended for the general public. City residents, who may have questions and/or concerns about the proposed map changes and how their properties will be affected, are instead encouraged to attend one of the of the following Public Flood Risk Open House events, which FEMA will host:
  1. Monday, February 3:  4 – 7 p.m. (Charles F. Dodge City Center; Pembroke Pines, FL)
  2. Thursday, February 6:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Emma Lou Olsen Civic Center; Pompano Beach, FL)
  3. Thursday, February 6:  4 – 7 p.m. (Anne Kolb Nature Center; Hollywood, FL).
Following the community meetings, FEMA will publish in the Federal Register a notice of the proposed flood maps, as well as two (2) public notices in the Sun Sentinel, after which, a six-month appeal period will commence.  At the end of the appeal period, sometime in late 2020 or early 2021, FEMA will have an indefinite amount of time to resolve the appeals and issue a letter of final determination. Once FEMA makes the final determination, there will be six months for the Broward County Commission to adopt the flood maps before they take effect sometime in late 2021 or early 2022.  Following is the schedule of the community meetings.
To see whether your property will be affected by the proposed changes, please click on link below:
Broward FEMA Flood Map Preliminary

  • Type in your address in the Find Address box in the upper right hand corner. (Example: 1 NE 5th Street, 33060)
  • Once the pop-up box designating the approximate location of your address on the map appears, find your house and click it.
  • A new pop-up window will appear with the old and new FEMA flood zone designations for your address.