January 02, 2009 – Bossier Parish, Louisiana: Bossier Parish, Louisiana has awarded an agreement to Louisiana IBTS to provide NFIP Flood Plain Program services, including:
- Flood Zone Determination
- Flood Zone Permitting
- Flood Way Verification
- Flood Plain Program Document Management
- Elevation Certificate Tracking
- Photo Management
- Building Permit/Flood Permit Integration
- Electronic Web-based NFIP Management
- Flood Plain Enforcement
- Community Rating System Implementation
- Flood Insurance Rate Map Management
- Compliance Verification
- Map Printing (Including DFirms)
- Electronic Data Backup
- Flood Plain Ordinance Review & Revisions
Due to the discovery of the Haynesville Shale natural gas deposits, it became increasingly difficult to process all the applications in a timely manner in order to provide accurate and efficient flood plain reviews. These reviews became even more of a challenge as the state of Louisiana passed statewide Uniform Construction Codes (LSUCC) that needed to be blended with the National Flood Insurance Program to ensure Federal, State and local construction codes were not being compromised so that the parishes’ flood insurance program would not be placed in jeopardy. The parish recognized the efficiency in reviewing the Flood Plain Development applications at the same time as the Construction Code reviews.
IBTS will provide Flood Plain Program assessment of their current process and developed a viable and sustainable Flood Plain Management Program that would provide efficiency and full compliance with all required laws, ordinances and codes. IBTS will also provide web-based software that will allow the permits and documentation to be processed in tandem with the Building Permit software already in place for over 1,000 permits a year. This permitting flood plain management software will enable all flood plain documents, Firmettes, Elevation Certificates, pictures and numerous other supporting documents to be attached to and tracked with a specific permit. IBTS is providing this service in order to ensure full compliance with documentation that of the NFIP.
IBTS has appointed Greg Blount, Louisiana Branch Manager, and Fred White, Master Code Professional, to function as the primary staff for this project. Mr. White will act as the Building Official for the project while Mr. Blount will be responsible for policy, client satisfaction and overall management of the contract.