11.102.1 Purpose and Intent. The intent of this district is to encourage the development of single-family homes on smaller lots, allow for two-family dwellings (attached or detached), and accommodate the mixing of these housing types in a manner that will encourage a stable residential neighborhood. This district can also act as a transitional use between the R-1, Single Family Residential District and other more intense districts.
FYI: The change allows for conversions of existing structures into dwellings only in the Two Family Residential District, commonly referred to as 'R-2.' But, it does not allow for the same conversion (or development) in the Single-Family Residential District (R1), or in any zoning district within the floodplain. Any development in the floodplain requires a floodplain development permit from the city.
And finally, sometime after July 1, 2023 the FEMA will audit the city's floodplain development. From what I gather they will take an aerial photo of the city from five years' ago (in this case 2018) and compare it to a current aerial photo (in this case 2023) and note any changes. They then will go to city hall and ask to review the permits for said improvements - which according to the FEMA is any man-made change.
If your property is in the floodplain, and you have made changes without getting a permit, please contact City Hall at 785-437-2311 to discuss the matter. Keep in mind, that even if your home is "out" of the floodplain the rest of your lot could be "in" the floodplain. The following link is to the new floodplain map.