Survey Plans

From time to time we receive survey plans with “assumed” elevations rather than the actual elevations. Assumed elevation data is problematic.

First, assumed data does not allow the reviewing board to compare one property to another (in the past decade we have had projects in almost every neighborhood).

Second, building height is now based upon average existing natural grade. Knowing the true elevation, again, provides the reviewing board the best understanding of how tall a structure will be.

Third, finally and most importantly, about one third of the residential properties lie within the pending flood zones. Assumed elevations provide no basis for understanding whether the proposed improvements on a property comply with flood elevation requirements.

So, just a heads up, the Planning and Board of Appeals are looking for real elevation data, not assumed.


2 thoughts on “Survey Plans

  1. Marcia McCarthy

    I paid for & gave the town copies of our property’s actual elevation. It shows that our first floor is at 13 feet. does this mean we are ok seeing FEMA new number is 11 feet ?

  2. Daniel Fortier Post author

    Marcia, Did you give the elevation certificate to the Building Department? If so, get a copy to provide to your insurance company they will need it. Also, is the first floor that is at 13 feet the lowest floor? The rules state that the floor of a basement, if any, is the lowest floor.

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