Citing new federal insurance requirements, Clatsop County will soon make alterations to land use rules that will affect several hundred property owners in flood-prone areas.

County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to update flood-hazard maps and revise land use rules, including requirements for property owners to pay for a permit when developing their land or seek approval before altering structures. In order for roughly 700 property owners in unincorporated, flood-prone areas of the county to be eligible for the National Flood Insurance Program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has mandated the changes.

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