Chapter 15.50


15.50.010    Fire hazard regulations.

15.50.020    CPTED safety requirements.

15.50.010 Fire hazard regulations.

A. Purpose. The purpose of this section is to implement the provisions of the general plan safety element with regard to fire hazards and to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare, protect life and property, and minimize damage to public facilities and utilities located within fire hazard areas.

B. Applicability. The regulations in this section shall apply to all areas within the city determined to be within a “very high fire hazard severity zone,” as indicated on the safety policy map in the general plan safety element, and shall also apply whenever a fuel modification plan has been required as a condition of development approval or when otherwise required by applicable regulations administered by a public agency.

C. Fire Hazard Reduction. All development subject to these regulations shall be provided with effective fire protection by means of fuel modification programs, access roads, sufficient water supply, landscaping and open spaces, and such other methods that the fire chief has determined will ensure the public health, safety and welfare.

D. Fuel Modification Requirements.

1. A preliminary fuel modification plan shall be approved by both the fire chief and the planning director prior to the first discretionary action on the project.

2. Fuel modification zones established on an approved fuel modification plan shall have the same force and effect as regulations set out in the text of this zoning code.

3. The design and width of fuel modification zones shall be established on each fuel modification plan as required by individual site conditions.

4. A fuel modification maintenance program providing for continuous maintenance of fuel modification areas shall be prepared and implemented. The maintenance program shall be included as part of each fuel modification plan and shall include the maintenance of irrigation systems and landscaping, the periodic re-thinning of vegetation, and other measures needed to keep fuel modification zones in a fire safe condition.

5. The cost of the design, implementation and maintenance of any fuel modification program shall be the responsibility of the property owner. [Ord. 2010-126 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-123 § 3 (Exh. A)].

Cross-references: fire code, Chapter 13.04 AVMC; subdivision fire protection, AVMC 14.10.160; fuel modification in coastal zone overlay district, AVMC 15.26.050.

15.50.020 CPTED safety requirements.

All development within the city shall conform to the requirements of the city’s crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) requirements as set out in Appendix A of this code. [Ord. 2010-126 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 2010-123 § 3 (Exh. A)].