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File #: 22-773    Version: 1
Type: Consent Calendar Status: Passed
File created: 9/7/2022 In control: City Council/Public Financing Authority
On agenda: 9/20/2022 Final action: 9/20/2022
Title: Adopt Ordinance No. 4260 amending Chapter 17.56 of the Huntington Beach Municipal Code relating to the Fire Code Approved for introduction 9/6/2022 - Vote: 7-0
Attachments: 1. Att#1 Ordinance No. 4260, 2. Att#2 Legislative Draft HBMC Chapter 17.56 Buildings and Facilities, Amended, 3. 9/6/22 Supp Comm - PPT
REQUEST FOR CITY COUNCIL ACTION

SUBMITTED TO: Honorable Mayor and City Council Members

SUBMITTED BY: Al Zelinka, City Manager

VIA: Scott M. Haberle, Fire Chief

PREPARED BY: Kevin Justen, Senior Administrative Analyst

Subject:
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Adopt Ordinance No. 4260 amending Chapter 17.56 of the Huntington Beach Municipal Code relating to the Fire Code
Approved for introduction 9/6/2022 - Vote: 7-0
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Statement of Issue:
The City Council is requested to adopt an ordinance to amend Chapter 17.56 of the Huntington Beach Municipal Code relating to the Fire Code. This ordinance will add clarifying language regarding allowable exceptions for fire apparatus access road requirements.

Financial Impact:
Not applicable.

Recommended Action:
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Adopt Ordinance No. 4260, "An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Huntington Beach Amending Chapter 17.56 of the Huntington Beach Municipal Code Relating to the Fire Code."
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Alternative Action(s):
Do not approve the Ordinance, and direct staff accordingly.

Analysis:
Ordinance No. 4260 (Attachment 1) would revise Section 17.56 of the Huntington Beach Municipal Code. This section currently allows the Fire Code Official to deviate from existing Fire Code requirements for fire apparatus roads, but does not provide specifics regarding when or how deviations may occur.

After reviewing Fire Department operational tactics, and consulting with fire suppression staff, the proposed revision was created to add clarifying language to provide the Fire Code Official and potential developers with the specific requirements for exceeding the current 150 foot access standard currently listed in this section. This requirement relates to the distance from the fire apparatus access road to all portions of the facility.

The Department receives multiple requests each year to deviate from this section of the Code and an Alternate Materials and Methods proposal is required for every request. This revision wi...

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