Critical Facilities and Lodging Facilities Ordinance - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
"Substantial improvement" means any repair, reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition or improvement of a structure, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the structure before the "start of construction" of the improvement. This term includes structures that have incurred "substantial damage," regardless of the actual repair work performed. For the purposes of this definition, "substantial improvement" is considered to occur when the first alteration of any wall, ceiling, floor, or other structural part of the building commences, whether or not that alteration affects the external dimensions of the structure. The term does not, however, include either: 1) any project for improvement of a structure to comply with existing state or local health, sanitary, or safety code specifications that are solely necessary to assure safe living conditions; or, 2) any alteration of a structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places or the Colorado Inventory of Historic Places or designated as an individual landmark under section 9-11-2, "City Council May Designate Or Amend Landmarks and Historic Districts," B.R.C. 1981.
"Substantial modification" means any expansion or enlargement of a structure that equals or exceeds 50 percent of the floor area of the structure intended for human occupancy, considered cumulatively, commencing July 12, 1978.
Only in the floodplain conveyance zone.
There are emergency sirens in place for most city drainageways.
Compliance would be required for development exceeding 25 percent of the value of the existing building, development requiring a floodplain permit, or within a 10-year implementation window.
Yes, the cost assessment is included in the "Current Study Results" section of the Critical Facilities Web page.
The focus for the city is the floodplain within the city limits. A blue ribbon panel looked at alternatives to complete upstream mitigation on Boulder Creek. In order to mitigate for the 100-year flood, substantial modifications would need to be made to Boulder Creek, which would have impacts on the riparian habitat and aesthetics of the creek corridor and would require significant financial investment. Currently, there are no plans to make substantial modifications to Boulder Creek.
Floods in this area would happen too quickly. Although using automatic flood gates as a floodproofing measure is an option.
"Floodproofing" means any combination of structural and nonstructural changes, modifications or adjustments to structures or real property that reduces or eliminates flood damage to improved or unimproved real property, water and sanitary facilities, structures and their contents.
Critical land uses involving non-habitable buildings are included in the regulation.
Yes, City Council will review the draft ordinance and could decide on a “No Action” option.
Facilities that meet the “Hazardous Material Facility” definition are included. These facilities have been identified and notified.
Recertification would be required for development exceeding 25% of the value of the existing building or development requiring a floodplain permit.
The regulation is tied to critical land uses located in the 500-year floodplain, not specific building addresses.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:28