Chapter 16.60


16.60.010    Generally.

16.60.020    Council.

16.60.030    Director.

16.60.040    Federal insurance administrator.

16.60.050    Floodplain.

16.60.060    Floodplain fringe.

16.60.070    Floodway.

16.60.080    Maintenance.

16.60.090    One-hundred-year flood.

16.60.100    Stream improvements.

16.60.110    Substantial improvement.

16.60.120    Watercourse.

16.60.010 Generally.

Whenever the words set out in PMC 16.60.020 through 16.60.120 are used in this division they shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this chapter. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 88.101)

16.60.020 Council.

“Council” means the City Council of the City. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 88.101(a))

16.60.030 Director.

“Director” means the Director of Development Services of the City. (Ord. 854 § 4, 2022)

16.60.040 Federal insurance administrator.

“Federal insurance administrator” means the administrator designated by the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 88.101(i))

16.60.050 Floodplain.

“Floodplain” means a land area in and adjoining a river, stream, watercourse, ocean, bay or lake, which is likely to be flooded. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 88.101(e))

16.60.060 Floodplain fringe.

“Floodplain fringe” means all that land lying within the 100-year floodplain that is not within a floodway, where a floodway has been defined. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 88.101(g))

16.60.070 Floodway.

“Floodway” means the channel of a river or other watercourse and the adjacent land areas required to carry and discharge a flood. The selection of the floodway shall be based on the principle that the area chosen for the floodway must be designed to carry the waters of the 100-year flood, without increasing the water surface elevation of that flood more than one foot at any point. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 88.101(f))

16.60.080 Maintenance.

“Maintenance” means cleaning, removing obstructions, and repair of existing facilities to the satisfaction of the Director. Obstructions include vegetation, shrubs, trees, tree stumps, limbs and foliage, debris, trash, rubbish, waste matter, deposits of dirt, sand or rock, walls, structures, building materials or any other material which, in the opinion of the Director, may impede, impair, restrict or divert the flow of water from its natural course. Removal of natural siltation is not considered a maintenance item. (Ord. 85 § 1(c), 1983; Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 88.101(k))

16.60.090 One-hundred-year flood.

“One-hundred-year flood” means a flood estimated to occur on an average of once in 100 years (one percent probability of occurrence each year) which is determined from an analysis of historical flood rainfall records and computed in accordance with the current San Diego County Flood Control District Design and Procedure Manual. (Ord. 85 § 1(b), 1983; Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 88.101(d))

16.60.100 Stream improvements.

“Stream improvements” means a complete system of approved drainage or flood-control facilities constructed in accordance with the San Diego Flood Control Design Procedure Manual approved by the Board of Supervisors of the County on May 19, 1970, and filed with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors as Document Number 427201 and as amended by the Board of Supervisors of the County on July 8, 1975, and filed with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors as Document Number 506917; and constructed in accordance with San Diego County Standards adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the County April 1, 1960, and filed with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors as Document Number 357917. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 88.101(j))

16.60.110 Substantial improvement.

“Substantial improvement” means any repair, reconstruction, or improvement of a structure, the cost of which equals or exceeds 50 percent of the market value of the structure either:

1. Before the improvement is started; or

2. If the structure has been damaged, and is being restored, before the damage occurred.

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 alteration to comply with existing State or local health, sanitary, building or safety codes or regulations; or

2. Any alteration of a structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places or a State Inventory of Historic Places. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 88.101(h))

16.60.120 Watercourse.

“Watercourse” means any watercourse, stream, river, creek, ditch, channel, canal, conduit, culvert, drain, waterway, gully, ravine, arroyo, or wash in which waters flow in a definite direction or course either continuously or intermittently, and any area adjacent thereto subject to inundation from a 100-year flood. (Ord. 29 § 1, 1981; CC § 88.101(c))