Legal Consequences of Adopting New Floodplain Maps in New Hampshire
12 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2013 Last revised: 3 Sep 2014
Date Written: July 2013
To mitigate damage from increased flooding many communities across the United States are considering whether to amend and expand floodplain maps and corresponding regulatory tools. Some local governments worry new regulations will give rise to litigation, as new laws may restrict development on private property. Using the state of New Hampshire as an example, this article discusses three challenges a local government may face when defending such regulations including that the ordinance exceeds the enabling authority, violates substantive due process, or violates equal protection.
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