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Bartholomew County Commissioners approve flood plain limits

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Bartholomew County Commissioners gave their initial approval this morning to new flood plain regulations that will place limits on what can be built in areas prone to flooding.

The board voted 3-0 to accept the recommendation from the County Plan Commission and a study committee which looked at new regulations in the wake of the 2008 flood.

Jeff Bergman, director of the city/county planning department, said the committee of about 20 members has worked on the recommendations for more than a year. Among the changes, all development would be prohibited in the flood way — the area of the flood plain where floodwaters move the quickest and which is the most sensitive to flooding.

The City Council will be asked to approve the same changes at its 6 p.m. Tuesday meeting. County Commissioners will consider the second and final approval on the changes at its meeting at 10 a.m., Feb. 18.

Look for more information in Tuesday's Republic.

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