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All recreational vehicles must be on-site for fewer than 180 consecutive days and must be fully licensed and ready for highway use if parked in the floodplain in any zoning district. Furthermore, they should be roadworthy. In the Residential One (R1) and Residential Two (R2) zoning districts, a conditional use permit for private use camping is required to establish a recreational use.
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You can determine if your property is located in a floodplain by visiting Warren County's GIS website. Once there, click on the File Folder Icon on the toolbar and select the "Flood Zones" layer in the layer control panel. Alternatively, you can request a floodplain determination from the County Floodplain Manager or use the FEMA website to create a FIRMette for your property. The flood map for Warren County is 510166 and the Town of Front Royal is 510167.
To obtain a floodplain determination, you can contact the Planning and Zoning department with the address or tax map and parcel number for the property and speak to the County Floodplain Manager.
Yes, you can construct a single-family dwelling if your property is in the floodplain. However, you must adhere to the zoning criteria and requirements outlined in the Warren County Code Section 180-16 for approval to construct in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). It's advisable to schedule a meeting with the County Floodplain Manager prior to initiating any construction plans or the building permit process.