Areas of Gallatin are subject to periodic inundation of flood waters which could result in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, and impairment of the tax base, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety and general welfare. Some of these flood losses are caused by the cumulative effect of obstructions in floodplains, causing increases in flood heights and velocities; by placing uses in areas vulnerable to floods; or constructing buildings that are inadequately elevated, flood-proofed, or otherwise unprotected from flooding.
The State of Tennessee General Assembly has Title, 13, Chapter 7, Sections 13-7-201 through 13-7-210, Tennessee Code Annotated, delegated the responsibility to local governments to adopt regulations designed to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of its citizenry. The City of Gallatin has adopted regulations to manage construction in flood zones including limits on constructing improvements to a property, excavating, or placing earthen fill.
See Gallatin Zoning Ordinance Section 10.03 for more information on regarding flood zone requirements.