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A. These regulations are promulgated in order to promote the public health, safety and general welfare, to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions and to ensure an appropriate pattern of buildings and development in specific areas by provisions designed:

1. To protect human life and health;

2. To minimize expenditure of public money for improvements that may have otherwise been necessary due to placement of fill or construction of substantially elevated buildings;

3. To minimize the displacement of floodwaters or substantial alteration of floodwater flows due to placement of fill material; and

4. To promote a pattern of urban development that maintains an appropriate physical and visual connection with existing streets, sidewalks, buildings and other improvements.

B. These regulations are not intended to supersede Chapter 15.16 SMC, Flood Damage Prevention. In the case of conflict between this chapter and Chapter 15.16 SMC, the more restrictive of the two regulations shall apply.