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April 2009 Public Meetings

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will host two public workshops in April to provide opportunity for the public to review and offer input on the proposed update language that DWR intends to submit to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC). These proposed updates to the California Building Standards Code are intended to reduce the consequences of major flooding (in particular, floods that have a � percent chance of occurring each year, also called the "200-year" flood event) for buildings located in areas protected by the facilities of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan*. The final proposal package will be submitted to CBSC by July 1, 2009; thereafter public engagement will follow the CBSC process. The workshop agenda and the proposed Code update language are available below. The proposed Code update language will be revised and reposted on this website at by April 7, 2009. The same agenda will be used for both workshops. Previous public meeting materials are available for reference.

Intended Audience:Floodplain Administrators; Government Officials; Building, Planning, and Public Works staff; Developers; Builders; Architects; and interested parties from the General Public

Meeting Topics:Context of project: brief history of major flood hazards and how Project is integrated with other FloodSAFE programs and projects; and DWR's Project objectives and goals. The majority of time will be allocated to discussing the proposed Code update. There will be time for questions and answers.

San Joaquin Valley Region
Date:                    Monday, April 13, 2009
Time:                    1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost:                    FREE
Meeting Location:  Sam Pipes Conference Room, located in the Merced Civic Center
                             678 W. 18th Street, Merced 95340

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Sacramento Valley Region
Date:                     Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Time:                     10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost:                     FREE
Meeting Location:   Center for Collaborative Policy in Sacramento
                              815 S Street, 1st Floor, Sacramento, CA 95811

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Disabled Access Workshop
Date:                     Thursday, April 30, 2009
Time:                     12:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost:                     FREE
Meeting Location:   Sacramento Convention Center
                              1400 J Street, Room 130, Sacramento, CA 95814

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Disabled Access Webinar
Date:                     Monday, May 4, 2009
Time:                     2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost:                     FREE
Meeting Location:   Register to access webinar. Call 916-657-4111 to hear discussion.

Review comments can be provided prior to the workshops by emailing them to Brian Walker at Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Kari Fraguela, (916) 653-8036. Background information on the broader FloodSAFE Initiative is available at

For more information, please see below or contact Maria Lorenzo-Lee at, or Brian Walker at or (916) 574-1451.

*The updated Codes, once approved by the California Building Standards Commission, will apply in "areas protected by the facilities of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) where flood levels are anticipated to exceed three feet for the 200-year flood event." The CVFP Plan is currently under development and will be approved in 2012. The facilities are currently being identified for the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. They have been identified within the following counties: Butte, Colusa, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Madera, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, and Yuba. Determination of additional facilities is ongoing. It is possible that facilities may be identified from the remain Central Valley counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Lassen, Mariposa, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Benito, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, and Tuolumne.