From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Kevin Duggan):
The latest proposal from city stormwater officials for upgrading the regulations — allowing non-residential development in the floodplain as long as it has “no adverse impact” on other properties — might be the solution sought by riverside property owners who hope to develop their land, she said. Or it may create a regulatory environment in which development would become cost prohibitive because of the need for engineering studies to show no harm would come from a project, she said. Mitigation efforts needed to prevent water from one property going to another during a flood event, such as channeling the river, could be too costly except for the largest and wealthiest developers, she said.
More Stormwater coverage here.