Owners of property designated within the city’s floodway or floodplain for the first time could receive notices informing them their land is in flood-prone areas.
An ordinance sponsored by Antioch-area Metro Council members Sam Coleman and Duane Dominy would require Metro to send out written notices to citizens whose land is added to the list of floodplain and floodway properties after new flood maps are published for Davidson County.
The bill is set to go before the council Tuesday on the first of three votes.
“There’s no mandate on them notifying local citizens,” Coleman said. “I realize that this may cost a few pennies to have us do, but I thought it should be a part of our mandate to let people know.”
The proposal comes as Nashville approaches the one-year anniversary of the city’s historic flood that occurred during the first weekend of May 2010.
Coleman said floodplain notices could be valuable when individuals consider different types of home insurance. In addition, he said owners are required to disclose a property’s floodplain status when selling their properties.
According to the Metro Planning Department, 6,498 parcels touch the city’s floodway, the area most susceptible to future flooding. Another 9,410 parcels touch only the 100-year floodplain.
Coleman said it’s too early to know how many notices would be sent to property owners after the city’s new flood maps are updated in the coming months.