New Virginia Building Code Could Alter Coastal Neighborhoods

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A regulation in Virginia’s new building code could alter the look and feel of some neighborhoods near the state’s coast in the coming decades.
The Virginian-Pilot said on Tuesday that this change will affect some of the historic neighborhoods in the Hampton Roads area at high risk flood areas.
Newly built houses or those in need of significant improvements should be built according to the same standards as structures built closer to the Atlantic Ocean or the Chesapeake bay.

The regulation applies to many homes where the Federal Emergency Management Agency calls the coastal A region.

Authorities say about 800 properties in Virginia Beach could be affected. Environmental groups said the change would make the houses safer and easier to sell.

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