Goals and Purpose
Purpose: The City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) and FEMA are in the process of updating borough-wide flood zone maps. Flood zones are based on both scientific and community-provided data that helps identify areas with the potential for storm and flood events that may put lives and property in danger. Using recent topographical and engineering data, the CBJ has been working closely with FEMA to gather more precise information. This ensures the flood maps will be as accurate as possible.
Targeted Outcome: Updated maps that will be used by community officials for future development, land use mapping, hazard mitigation planning, and implementation of the City’s flood management ordinance and policies. Map designations inform flood insurance rates for properties that have federally backed loans. Updated maps are a requirement for CBJ participation in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.
To Date: Approximately 191 properties have been removed from the Special Flood Hazard Area and 45 properties have been added.
2nd Release of Revised Flood Maps
Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps
As a result of public comments from the 2018 public process, a second round of revisions have been released for additional public comment. The minor revision is shown as a thin pink line. This revision affects a sliver of coastline that is only 5 – 10 feet wide, from Lena Point to West Juneau. A zoom is required on the map to see affected area. The revision reduction affects approximately 400 parcels. Approximately 20 structures will be removed from the flood zone. For more information on the full project, see timelines tab.
Appeal/Comment Period: July 24 – October 21, 2019
Tee Harbor Flood Maps
Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps
Applicable area is along the Tee Harbor coastline and surrounding area. As a result of comments received in 2018, CBJ worked with FEMA to develop a precise study of the Tee Harbor area. This study has greatly improved the accuracy of the maps and will result in lower flood insurance rates. Though these draft maps are available to the public for review, the appeal/comment period has not yet begun. The CBJ will notify affected property owners when the appeal period has officially opened.
Appeal/Comment Period Projected Start: Mid-November
Appeal/Comment Period Projected End: Mid-February
Phase 1 | Discovery
2013 | The CBJ acquired grant funding from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program to collect improved aerial imagery and topographic mapping data (LiDAR – Light Detection and Ranging). The CBJ presented the new LiDAR data to FEMA as justification for why the current flood maps were inaccurate and a new new study was needed. These improved data-sets were not available for the study that produced the effective maps adopted in August 2013, but laid the groundwork for the more accurate revisions being made today.
Phase 2 | Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)
August 25, 2017 | Preliminary draft maps had a soft release and a detailed review was conducted by city officials.
January 9, 2019 | FEMA formally presented the study results at a Consultation Coordination Officer Meeting, and the draft maps were released publicly on the CBJ and FEMA’s websites.
April 4, 2018 | The CBJ and FEMA hosted an Open House for the community. Topics of discussion included:
- Background of the National Flood Insurance Program
- Flood Study Map Update Information
- The process and schedule for updating the Juneau flood maps
To see the information and presentations from the Open House, visit our meetings tab.
April – June 2018 | A 90 day appeal and comment period commenced, allowing the public to document concerns on the preliminary maps. Each comment that provided more precise technical or scientific data was evaluated in order to improve the accuracy of the maps.
Phase 3 | Additional Public Appeal and Comment Period (Current Phase)
July 2018 – July 2019 | CBJ and FEMA have been reviewing the scientific and technical data received, and improving the accuracy of the flood maps.
July 24 – October 21, 2019 | A second 90-day public comment period has commenced. This appeal/comment period addresses only the minor revisions depicted by the pink line referenced in the map link. This second round of changes is uniformly positive, due to an across-the-board reduction in the floodplain for the affected areas. The revision affects a sliver of coastline that is only 5′-10′ wide, from Lena Point to West Juneau, affecting approximately 400 parcels. Approximately 20 structures will be removed from the flood zone.
August 28, 2019 | CBJ and FEMA will host another Open House with presentations and information on the maps and what this means to the public.
August 29, 2019 | FEMA will conduct a 3-hour surveyor training course on how to accurately complete FEMA elevation certificates.
FEMA will spend the next 3-6 months reviewing the appeals/comments and incorporating them into their final determination.
Phase 4 | Adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)
January – April 2020 | Project arrival date for the Letter of Determination
FEMA will send the CBJ a Letter of Final Determination concerning the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM). After the CBJ receives the Letter of Final Determination, the CBJ Planning Commission and Assembly have 6 months to adopt the new maps and a compliant floodplain management ordinance in order to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program allows property owners to obtain lower cost federal flood insurance, and also allows the CBJ to accept federal flood disaster assistance in the event of an emergency.
July – October 2020 | Projected end of project
After the CBJ adopts the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), they are considered effective. Insurance is now rated on these maps. Maps are expected to be adopted and finalized sometime between July – October 2020.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Assembly Chambers, City Hall
FEMA Region X Regional Flood Insurance Liaison, Scott Van Hoff, will be conducting a 3-hour surveyor training course on how to accurately complete FEMA elevation certificates.
- No Presentations
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Dzantik'l Heeni Middle School Commons
- Open House Agenda
CBJ welcomes FEMA representatives to inform the community on the most recent updates to flood maps and next steps.
- No Presentations
Appeals & Comments
To submit appeals and comments, please complete the appropriate form below, and return to:
Teri Camery | Senior Planner, Floodplain Administrator
907.586.0755 | Teri.Camery@juneau.org
Amy Liu | Planner
907.586.0764 | Amy.Liu@juneau.org
Public Noticing Efforts
As a local municipality, it is important to the CBJ to outreach the public as thoroughly and efficiently as possible. CDD holds itself to high standards regarding public outreach through inclusivity and community engagement, core values to our mission.
- Webpage with links on CDD homepage
- Webpage highlight on CBJ homepage prior to Open Houses
- Facebook notifications
- Press releases to media
- 1,755 physical mailings sent to all property owners within, or adjacent to, a flood zone to inform them of the project and the April 4, 2018 Open House
- April 2018 Open House Event – 160+ in attendance
- Responded to 150+ flood map inquiries
- Presentation to Realtors Association on May 8, 2018
- Article in City Corner on June 15, 2018
- Direct phone and email outreach to CBJ and State agencies
- Presentations to CBJ Planning Commission and Assembly
We are in the process of another large outreach for phase 3 of the project. Stay tuned for updates on these noticing efforts.