The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

January 9, 2013

City eases restrictions in floodplain law

JOHNSTOWN — A few tweaks have been made to Johnstown’s floodplain ordinance in recent weeks.

The changes, passed as an amendment by City Council, took effect in late November. The board now is trying to make the public aware of the new regulations.

Most notably, the city previously had stricter requirements for the location of electrical distribution panels than even the Federal Emergency Management Agency stipulates.

Johnstown’s previous guidelines called for such panels to be placed at least 3 feet above the base flood elevation, defined on FEMA’s website as the “computed elevation to which floodwater is anticipated to rise during the base flood.”

Now, the panels only need to be at the level specified by FEMA.

“We are no longer stricter than what FEMA requires,” said Renee Daly, the city’s community and economic development director.

Melissa Komar, Johnstown’s land management coordinator, added, “We’re trying to not make things any more stringent than they need to be.”

Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, ventilation units and other similar apparatuses now must be located at or above the base flood elevation, or they can be designed or located in a way that prevents water from entering them.

The previous requirement was that such equipment could not be located below the regulatory flood elevation, a measurement of 1 foot beyond the 100-year floodplain.

Other small changes were made concerning application permits, enforcement, diagrams, notices and appeals.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Denne, Williams & Stanton Records hearing scheduled

    A Cambria County judge will consider complaints filed by two Johnstown residents seeking documents related to the city’s municipal waste water operation at hearing at the end of this month.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sen. Bob Casey Casey targets heroin

    The heroin trade has brought addiction, death, violence and theft to Johnstown and other Pennsylvania communities.
    Figuring out how to deal with those issues is difficult for local, state and federal officials.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drive-in to open with high-tech projector

    Drive-in movie theaters and the term “state of the art” seldom share the same sentence.
    But that will soon be the case for the Silver Drive-In, it’s owner said. The Scalp Avenue site, often marketed as a nostalgic summer night escape, soon will boast a high-end projector capable of displaying the latest and greatest blockbusters in razor sharp high-definition, theater owner Rick Rosco said.

    April 18, 2014

  • Sheetz work underway

    Earthmoving is underway at Richland Town Centre for a nearly 6,500-square-foot Sheetz store.
    And the real estate broker marketing the land says a 3,000-square-foot retail building will be built next door.

    April 18, 2014

  • Smith, Shakir Mosi Police seize heroin, money in Prospect

    Johnstown police reported that several bricks of heroin, along with $4,000 in cash and a handgun, were discovered in the city's Prospect neighborhood around 4 a.m. Friday. An arrest warrant has been issued for the man be­lieved to be the owner or renter of the two homes raided.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Comedy night targets serious problem

    Animal advocates are using comedy to take aim at a serious problem.
    The third annual Funny Fundraiser to benefit the Nardecchia Spay and Neuter Fund will be held at 8 p.m. May 16 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

    April 18, 2014

  • Local briefs 4/19/2014

    April 18, 2014

  • Early morning police raid in Prospect area leads to arrest warrant

    Johnstown police reported that several bricks of heroin, along with $4,000 in cash and a handgun, were discovered in the city's Prospect neighborhood around 4 a.m. this morning.

    April 18, 2014

  • Home is Where The Tribune-Democrat is Delivered!

    April 18, 2014

  • new councilman Judge fills City Council vacancy

    A lifelong Johnstown resident who has never sought election to public office was named Thursday to fill the vacancy on City Council.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo


Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads