By Henry T. Chou, Esq.
On June 17, 2013, FEMA issued revised flood maps for Atlantic, Hudson, Monmouth and Ocean Counties that reflected dramatic changes from the initial Advisory Base Flood Elevation (“ABFE”) maps issued in December 2012. To the relief of many homeowners and municipal officials, the revised flood maps show substantially scaled back Coastal “V” Zones (areas subject to severe 3-foot wave action), where substantial elevation measures are required.
The “V” Zones in the four counties were reduced by approximately 45%. Property owners who had the “V” Zone designation removed are now designated as being in the “A” Zone, where floodproofing requirements are less onerous. In practical terms, the change in designations means that many property owners no longer have to elevate their homes using pilings, which is an expensive and technically difficult proposition.