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Floodplain Ordinance and Maps

In August 2012, the Board of Supervisors enacted Ordinance No. 2012-01, Cambridge Township’s Floodplain Management Ordinance. The Ordinance was required pursuant to the provisions of the Pennsylvania Flood Plain Management Act, in order to establish regulations and requirements for construction, development and use of land within areas which are subject to flooding and to provide for the administration and enforcement of the regulations.

The intent of these provisions it to promote the general health, welfare and safety of the community, by encouraging the utilization of appropriate construction practices in order to prevent or minimize flood damage, thereby minimizing danger to public health and safety by protecting water supply and natural drainage.  It also aims to reduce financial burdens imposed on the community by preventing excessive or harmful development in areas subject to flooding, as well as secures the availability of Federal Flood Insurance for property within floodplain areas.

In passing the Cambridge Township Floodplain Management Ordinance, the Township also incorporated FEMA’s Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and the accompanying Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).  Any areas of Cambridge Township located in the 100 Year Floodplain are identified in the FIS and FIRMs issued by FEMA.

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) can be viewed online at the FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) which is the is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). You can use the MSC to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risk.

The FEMA Flood Map Service Center can be found here.

Documents and forms applicable to Floodplain Management are provided below in the Floodplain Management Document List.

For additional information, please contact the Zoning Officer, Debra E. Merritt at (814) 398-8327, or email

Floodplain Management Document List

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