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2016 Coastal Floodplain Maps Update


Before you built in the flood zone, you’ll need a Flood Development Permit which is available at the Planning and Zoning Office.


To find out if your property is in a flood zone, follow the maps links below, or stop by the Planning Office where staff can help determine if your proposed development is in the floodplain or how the proposed flood maps might affect your project.



Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are being updated for all coastal areas of Homer EXCEPT the Homer Spit which was updated in 2013. The map updates may affect insurance rates and how you can develop your property. These maps are expected to be officially adopted in 2016.

Proposed maps by area:

West Baycrest Bluff

Baycrest and Westhill Bluff

Hidden Way to Ocean Drive including Old Towne and Beluga Lake/Slough

Kachemak Drive

East of Kachemak Drive

Current maps by area:

Hidden Way to Ocean Drive including Old Towne and Beluga Lake/Slough

Kachemak Drive

East of Kachemak Drive

Not sure if/how your property will be affected?, please contact the Planning and Zoning Office at 235-3106 or

National flood-related information is available at

  • Flood risks
  • The National Flood Insurance Program
  • Residential and Commercial coverage
  • Preparation and Recovery

Flood Protection Information and Resources:

An unanchored fuel tank can easily be moved by flood waters, posing serious threats not only to you, others, and your property, but also to public safety and the environment.  This 3-page guide provides instructions and illustrations for anchoring fuel tanks.

National Flood Insurance Program:  Mandatory purchase of Flood Insurance Guidelines is available at the Homer Public Library REF 368.1222 NAT and more Information for Property Owners is available online.

Answers to Questions about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides the basic understanding of the NFIP program and the answers to some frequently asked questions.  Available at the Homer Public Library(2006) 368.1222 ANS or the 2013 version is online.

Coastal Construction Manual:  Principles and Practices of Planning, Siting, Designing, Constructing, and Maintaining Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas (2011) provides information about hazard identification, siting decisions, regulatory requirements, economic implications and risk management.   The second part contains in-depth description of design, construction, and maintenance practices that, when followed, will increase the durability of residential buildings in the harsh coastal environment and reduce economic losses associated with coastal natural disasters.  The primary audience is design professions. Updated in 2011 the CD version is available at the Homer Public Library 363.349 COA or online.

On the coast: a guide promoting an understanding of coastal processes and good stewardship of coastal property on the Kenai Peninsula, by Smith, Orsen an Alaska author is available at the Homer Public Library 551.457(AKA)SMI.