What is a Hazard Mitigation Plan?

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, as amended, requires that local governments develop and adopt natural hazard mitigation plans in order to receive certain Federal assistance. In 2006 a regional Hazard Mitigation Plan was adopted for the West Piedmont area, comprised of the Counties of Franklin, Henry, Patrick, and Pittsylvania, and the Cities of Danville and Martinsville and the Towns of Chatham, Boones Mill, Gretna, Hurt, Ridgeway, Rocky Mount and Stuart. This plan was drafted in order to study the West Piedmont Regions risks from and vulnerabilities to natural hazards and to make recommendations on mitigating the effects of such hazards. This plan is required to be updated every five (5) years and it is now that time. As part of the five (5) year update, the City is requesting citizen input on the hazards, and impacts that are caused within the region. Please take a few minutes and complete this survey so that we can better address those hazards that impact this area.

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1. Do I need zoning approval for my new business?
2. How is my property zoned?
3. Can I operate a business from my residence?
4. Where can I park my boat or RV at my residence?
5. Where can I get a plat of my property?
6. What is a Hazard Mitigation Plan?
7. Why did I receive a letter from the City about a Public Hearing?
8. How can I find out more about new development?
9. How can I find out if my property is within a historic district?
10. What are the regulations for installing/constructing a fence?
11. What are the regulations for building a shed (accessory building) and/or new addition on my house?