Local governmental units may permit variances to the provisions of their floodplain management ordinances where it appears that by reason of exceptional circumstances the strict enforcement of the local ordinance would cause undue hardship and strict conformity with the standards would be unreasonable, impractical, and not feasible under the circumstances. Variances granted by local governmental units must be consistent with the general purpose of these standards and the intent of applicable state and national laws and programs. Although variances may be used to modify permissible methods of flood protection, no variance shall provide for a lesser degree of flood protection than stated in these standards.
MS s 104.05
June 11, 2008