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9.19 TOWNSHIP OF SPARTA

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9.19 TOWNSHIP OF SPARTA This section presents the jurisdictional annex for the Township of Sparta HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN POINT OF CONTACT The following individuals have been identified as the hazard
9.19 TOWNSHIP OF SPARTA This section presents the jurisdictional annex for the Township of Sparta HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN POINT OF CONTACT The following individuals have been identified as the hazard mitigation plan s primary and alternate points of contact. Primary Point of Contact Ernest Reigstad, Police Chief 65 Main Street, Sparta, NJ Phone: (973) Alternate Point of Contact Eric Powell, Municipal Engineer 65 Main Street, Sparta, NJ Phone: (973) MUNICIPAL PROFILE Sparta Township is located in southwestern Sussex County and has a total area of 38.9 square miles. According to the U.S. Census, the 2010 population for the Township of Sparta was 19,722. The Township is bordered to the north by Lafayette and Hardyston Townships, to the south by Byram Township and Hopatcong Borough, to the east by Morris County and to the west by Andover and Lafayette Townships. Streams that flow through Sparta Township include: Wallkill River and its tributaries, Russia Brook tributaries, Sparta Junction Brook, Wildcat Branch, Sparta Glen Brook, Tar Hill Brook tributaries, and Lubbers Run tributaries. Lake Mohawk is a large lake located in the southwest corner of the Township. Other lakes and ponds are located throughout the Township as well. The following unincorporated communities are located within the Township: Ackerson, Woodruffs Gap, Houses Corner, Sparta Junction, Sussex Mills, Upper Mohawk, and Lake Mohawk. Growth/Development Trends The following table summarizes recent residential/commercial development since 2010 to present and any known or anticipated major residential/commercial development and major infrastructure development that has been identified in the next five years within the municipality. Refer to the maps later in this annex which illustrate the hazard areas along with the location of potential new development. Table Growth and Development Location Property or Development Name Type (e.g., Res., Comm.) # of Units/Structures (address and/or Block & Lot) Recent Development from 2010 to present Roundtop at Sparta Residence 124 Woodport Road Chapel Hill Residence 30 Father John s Lane Jersey Investors Commercial 4 Town Center Drive Known Hazard Zone(s) Could not locate Could not locate Could not locate Description/Status of Development 100% complete 90% complete 75% complete Windsor Lake Residence homes Fox Run Road ne ~50-60% complete Known or Anticipated Development in the Next Five (5) Years 100+ Residence/8 Could not rth Village Residence/Commercial Rt. 15 rth Commercial locate Could not Millrace Village Residential 54 Units Glen Road locate * Only location-specific hazard zones or vulnerabilities identified. Site Plan Approval Site Plan Prelim DMA 2000 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Sussex County, New Jersey NATURAL HAZARD EVENT HISTORY SPECIFIC TO THE MUNICIPALITY Sussex County has a history of natural and non-natural hazard events as detailed in Volume I, Section 5.0 of this plan. A summary of historical events is provided in each of the hazard profiles and includes a chronology of events that have affected the county and its municipalities. For the purpose of this plan update, events that have occurred in the county from 2008 to present were summarized to indicate the range and impact of hazard events in the community. Information regarding specific damages is included, if available, based on reference material or local sources. This information is presented in the table below. For details of these and additional events, refer to Volume I, Section 5.0 of this plan. Table Hazard Event History Date(s) of Event Event Type FEMA Declaration # (If Applicable) County Designated? June 14, 2008 Lightning N/A N/A March 11-12, 2011 August 26 September 5, 2011 September 28 October 6, 2011 October 26 vember 8, 2012 Heavy Rain and Flooding Hurricane Irene Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee Hurricane Sandy N/A DR-4021 DR-4039 DR-4086 N/A Yes Yes Yes Summary of Damages/Losses Germany Flats. Damage to pumps, controls & water supply facility. A mudslide in the Township forced the closure of County Route 620 for two to three days. Sussex Mills Road was closed for two to three days due to a mudslide. Stateion Road was closed for three days due to slope failure and subsequent restoration work. Route 15, near the Bagel Station, was flooded. Sewer lines from Lions Gate were exposed due to high flows in the river. There was basement flooding on Valley Manor Drive. Public Assistance was requested by the Township. Sussex Mills Road was closed for two to three days due to a mudslide. Stateion Road was closed for three days due to slope failure and subsequent restoration work. Route 15, near the Bagel Station, was flooded. Sewer lines from Lions Gate were exposed due to high flows in the river. There was basement flooding on Valley Manor Drive. Public Assistance was requested by the Township. Hurricane Sandy resulted in widespread power outages for up to 14 days in the Township. There were numerous road closures due to downed trees and power lines. The Buttonwood well house was damaged from fallen trees. There was damage to Ungerman Field broken light poles and damage to fencing. The Town Hall lost roof shingles and there was damage to the DPW salt dome. Alpine School lost power due to damaged service lines. The bleachers and press box at Sparta School were also damaged. There were numerous private homes that suffered damage due to fallen trees. Public Assistance was requested by the Township HAZARD VULNERABILITIES AND RANKING The hazard profiles in Section 5.0 of this plan have detailed information regarding each plan participant s vulnerability to the identified hazards. The risk ranking methodology is presented in Section 5.3. However, each municipality had the opportunity to adjust the final ranking based on municipal feedback. The following summarizes the hazard vulnerabilities and their ranking in the Township of Sparta. For additional vulnerability information relevant to this jurisdiction, refer to Section 5.0. DMA 2000 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Sussex County, New Jersey Hazard Risk/Vulnerability Risk Ranking The table below summarizes the hazard risk/vulnerability rankings of potential hazards for the Township of Sparta. Table Hazard Risk/Vulnerability Risk Ranking Hazard type Estimate of Potential Dollar Losses to Structures Vulnerable to the Hazard a, c Probability of Occurrence Risk Ranking Score (Probability x Impact) Hazard Ranking b Dam Failure Damage estimate not available Occasional 24 * Drought Damage estimate not available Frequent 30 Earthquake 100-Year GBS: $0 500-Year GBS: $2,296,088 2,500-Year GBS: $37,195,525 Occasional 28 Flood 1% Annual Chance: $12,217,391 Frequent 18 Geologic Hurricane GBS Exposed to Carbonate Rock Areas: 100-year MRP: $1,298, year MRP: $7,146,354 Annualized: $66,034 $809,670,046 Frequent 36 ** Frequent 48 r'easter Damage estimate not available Frequent 48 Severe Weather Severe Winter Weather Wildfire 100-Year MRP: $1,298, year MRP: $7,146,354 Annualized: $66,034 Estimated Value in the Extreme, Very, and Hazard Areas: 1% GBS: $30,839,931 5% GBS: $154,199,657 Frequent 48 Frequent 51 $109,041,519 Frequent 24 Hazardous Materials Damage estimate not available Frequent 36 tes: * The hazard ranking was changed due to the location of high hazard dams in the municipality ** The hazard ranking was changed for this hazard based on input from the municipality, population exposed, and/or event history. GBS = General building stock; MRP = Mean return period. a. The general building stock valuation is based on the custom inventory generated for the municipality and based on improved value. b. = Total hazard priority risk ranking score of 31 and above = Total hazard priority risk ranking of Low = Total hazard risk ranking below 15 c. Loss estimates for the severe storm and severe winter storm hazards are structural values only and do not include the estimated value of contents. Loss estimates for the flood and earthquake hazards represent both structure and contents. Potential flood loss estimates were generated using Hazus-MH 3.0 and the 2011 FEMA DFIRM for the 1-percent annual chance event. For the geologic and wildfire hazards, the improved value and estimated contents of buildings located within the identified hazard zones is provided. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Summary The following table summarizes the NFIP statistics for the Township of Sparta. DMA 2000 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Sussex County, New Jersey Table NFIP Summary Municipality # Policies (1) # Claims (Losses) (1) Total Loss Payments (2) # Rep. Loss Prop. (1) # Severe Rep. Loss Prop. (1) # Policies in 1% Flood Boundary (3) Township of Sparta 61 6 $32, Source: FEMA, 2014 te (1) Policies, claims, repetitive loss and severe repetitive loss statistics provided by FEMA and are current as of vember 31, 2014 and are summarized by Community Name. Please note the total number of repetitive loss properties excludes the severe repetitive loss properties. The number of claims represents claims closed by 11/31/2014. te (2) Total building and content losses from the claims file provided by FEMA Region 2. te (3) The policies inside and outside of the flood zones is based on the latitude and longitude provided by FEMA Region 2 in the policy file. te (4) FEMA noted that where there is more than one entry for a property, there may be more than one policy in force or more than one GIS possibility. Critical Facilities There are no critical facilities located in the FEMA 1% or 0.2% annual chance flood boundary. Other Vulnerabilities Identified by Municipality The hazard profiles in Section 5.0 have detailed information regarding each plan participant s vulnerability to the identified hazards. Further, mitigation projects have been identified that may more specifically detail vulnerabilities in the community. There are no additional vulnerabilities identified at this time CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT This section identifies the following capabilities of the local jurisdiction: Planning and regulatory capability Administrative and technical capability Fiscal capability Education/Outreach and Community classification Self-Assessment of Capability National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System Integration of Mitigation Planning into Existing and Future Planning Mechanisms Planning and Regulatory Capability The table below summarizes the regulatory tools that are available to the Township of Sparta. Table Planning and Regulatory Tools Tool/Program (code, ordinance, plan) Planning Capability Do you have this? (Yes/) If Yes, date of adoption or update Authority (local, county, state, federal) Dept./Agency Responsible Master Plan Yes 1984 Local Planning Master Plan Capital Improvements Plan Yes Local Engineering/ DPW Floodplain Management/Basin Plan Code Citation and Comments (Code Chapter, name of plan, explanation of authority, etc.) DMA 2000 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Sussex County, New Jersey Table Planning and Regulatory Tools Tool/Program (code, ordinance, plan) Do you have this? (Yes/) If Yes, date of adoption or update Authority (local, county, state, federal) Dept./Agency Responsible Code Citation and Comments (Code Chapter, name of plan, explanation of authority, etc.) Stormwater Management Plan Yes Local Engineering Element of Master Plan Open Space Plan Yes Local Planning Element of Master Plan Stream Corridor Management Plan Watershed Management or Protection Plan Economic Development Plan Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Yes Local Planning Element of Master Plan Yes Local Police OEM Emergency Response Plan Yes Local Police OEM Post-Disaster Recovery Plan Transportation Plan Yes Local Planning Element of Master Plan Strategic Recovery Planning Report Other Plans: Regulatory Capability Building Code Yes State & Local Zoning Ordinance Yes Local Chapter 18 Subdivision Ordinance Yes Local Chapter 18 NFIP Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance NFIP: Cumulative Substantial Damages Yes Federal, State, Local NFIP: Freeboard Yes State, Local Growth Management Ordinances Site Plan Review Requirements Stormwater Management Ordinance Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Natural Hazard Ordinance Post-Disaster Recovery Ordinance Real Estate Disclosure Requirement Other [Special Purpose Ordinances (i.e., sensitive areas, steep slope)] Construction Official Chapter 28 Yes Local Chapter 18 Yes Local Planning Chapter 18 Yes Local Engineering Chapter 18 State Division of Consumer Affairs State Uniform Construction Code Act (N.J.S. 52:27D-119 et seq.) N.J.A.C. 13:45A-29.1 DMA 2000 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Sussex County, New Jersey Administrative and Technical Capability The table below summarizes potential staff and personnel resources available to the Township of Sparta. Table Administrative and Technical Capabilities Administrative Capability Resources Is this in place? (Yes or ) Department/Agency/Position Planning Board Yes Community Development Mitigation Planning Committee Yes Public Safety Committee, STEP, CERT Environmental Board/Commission Yes Community Development Open Space Board/Committee Economic Development Commission/Committee Yes Community Development Maintenance Programs to Reduce Risk Mutual Aid Agreements Technical/Staffing Capability Planner(s) or Engineer(s) with knowledge of land development and land management practices Engineer(s) or Professional(s) trained in construction practices related to buildings and/or infrastructure Yes Yes Yes Sparta Police Department, Fire Department and Surrounding Towns Town Engineer Town Engineer Planners or engineers with an understanding of natural hazards Yes Town Engineer NFIP Floodplain Administrator Yes Construction Official Surveyor(s) Personnel skilled or trained in GIS and/or Hazus-MH applications Scientist familiar with natural hazards Yes Town Engineer Emergency Manager Yes Police Chief Grant Writer(s) Yes Consultant Staff with expertise or training in benefit/cost analysis Professionals trained in conducting damage assessments Fiscal Capability The table below summarizes financial resources available to the Township of Sparta. Table Fiscal Capabilities Financial Resources Community Development Block Grants (CDBG, CDBG-DR) Capital Improvements Project Funding Authority to levy taxes for specific purposes User fees for water, sewer, gas, or electric service Impact Fees for homebuyers or developers of new development/homes Stormwater Utility Fee Incur debt through general obligation bonds Incur debt through special tax bonds Incur debt through private activity bonds Accessible or Eligible to Use (Yes//Don t Know) Yes/ Grant consultant Yes/Town Engineer CFO Yes/ Town Council Yes/ Utility Director Yes/ Municipal CFO Don't Know Don't Know DMA 2000 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Sussex County, New Jersey Table Fiscal Capabilities Financial Resources Withhold public expenditures in hazard-prone areas Other Federal or State Funding Programs Open Space Acquisition Funding Programs Other Accessible or Eligible to Use (Yes//Don t Know) Don't Know Yes/ Township Engineer Yes/ Planning Education/Outreach and Community Classifications The table below summarizes education/outreach programs the community participates in and the classifications for community program available to the Township of Sparta. Table Education/Outreach and Community Classifications Program Community Rating System (CRS) Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) Public Protection (ISO Fire Protection Classes 1 to 10) Storm Ready Firewise Disaster/Safety Programs in/for Schools Organizations with Mitigation Focus (advocacy group, non-government) Public Education Program/Outreach (through website, social media) Public-Private Partnerships N/A = t Applicable. NP = t Participating. Do you have/participate in this? (Yes/) Yes Classification (if applicable) Date Classified (if applicable) Yes Class Yes TBD Website/Facebook The classifications listed above relate to the community s ability to provide effective services to lessen its vulnerability to the hazards identified. These classifications can be viewed as a gauge of the community s capabilities in all phases of emergency management (preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation) and are used as an underwriting parameter for determining the costs of various forms of insurance. The Community Rating System (CRS) class applies to flood insurance while the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) and Public Protection classifications apply to standard property insurance. CRS classifications range on a scale of 1 to 10 with class 1 being the best possible classification, and class 10 representing no classification benefit. Firewise classifications include a higher classification when the subject property is located beyond 1,000 feet of a creditable fire hydrant and is within five road miles of a recognized fire station. Criteria for classification credits are outlined in the following documents: The Community Rating System Coordinators Manual The Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule The ISO Mitigation online ISO s Public Protection website at The National Weather Service Storm Ready website at DMA 2000 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Sussex County, New Jersey The National Firewise Communities website at Self-Assessment of Capability The table below provides an approximate measure of the Township of Sparta s capability to work in a hazard mitigation capacity and/or effectively implement hazard mitigation strategies to reduce hazard vulnerabilities. Table Self-Assessment of Capability Area Planning and Regulatory Capability Administrative and Technical Capability Fiscal Capability Community Political Capability Community Resiliency Capability Capability to Integrate Mitigation into Municipal Processes and Activities. Degree of Hazard Mitigation Capability Limited (If limited, what are your obstacles?) Moderate X X X X X X National Flood Insurance Program NFIP Floodplain Administrator (FPA) Jan Opt Hof, Construction Official Flood Vulnerability Summary The Township does not maintain lists or inventories of properties that have been damaged by floods. During Irene, Lee and Sandy, the Township only experienced damage from wind/trees, not flooding. Substantial Damage estimates were not declared for any of these events. It is unknown if any residents are interested in mitigation. Resources The construction official is the sole person assuming the role and responsibilities of the Township's FPA. The FPA does not provide any NFIP administrative services/functions or outreach/education regarding flooding to the community. The FPA indicated that they do not feel adequately supported or trained to fulfill the role as the FPA. Continuing education and/or certification training on floodplain management would be welcomed. Compliance History The Township entered the NFIP on October 16, 1984 and is currently in good standing with the program. It is unknown as to when the most recent compliance audit was conducted. Regulatory The FPA is unsure if the Township's flood damage prevention ordinance exceeds the FEMA and state minimum requirements. There are other local ordinances, plans and programs that support floodplain management within the Township. The Township does not participate in CRS and is currently not interested in joining or attending a CRS seminar. DMA 2000 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Sussex County, New Jersey Community Rating System The Township of Sparta does not participate in the Community Rating System (CRS) program. Integration of Hazard Mitigation into Existing and Future Planning Mechanisms For a community to succeed in reducing long-term risk, hazard mitigation must be integrated into the day-today local government operations. As part of this planning effort, each community was surveyed to obtain a better understanding of their community s progress in plan integration. A summary is provided below. In addition, the community identified speci
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