Government Affairs Report – 1/2/14

January 2, 2014
William Mutch VP of Government Affairs

William Mutch
VP of Government Affairs

Happy New Year!

Board of County Commissioners Approves HBA Position Regarding Fire Codes

On December 17th, the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners approved an amended series of Fire Codes incorporating HBA’s suggested amendments into the 2009 International Fire Codes.  These changes included the removal of the rural water fund and also exempted individual single family lots from a fire review as part of the subdivision process.  Fire reviews will only be required for large subdivisions defined as those over 5 lots by the County’s Land Development Code (LDC) where water supplies, access roads and addressing needs will be identified and required.  County staff has also been directed to begin a process of reviewing the Land Development Code to ensure consistency with the fire code and that a workable process for fire reviews (especially within the Wild land Urban Interface) are included in the LDC.  Please contact Marla Novak for more information at:  marla@cshba.com or (719)231-3906.

City of Fountain Postpones Action on Fire Codes

On December 17th, HBA worked with the City of Fountain Fire Department, and City Council, urging a delay of the adoption of proposed fire code amendments until a joint working group could be formed between HBA and the City of Fountain for a full review.  The City of Fountain City Council gave their unanimous approval to the working group process and HBA looks forward to working with the City on the next code adoption process.  Prior to the Council action, HBA had provided comments to the City of Fountain Fire Department and HBA’s comments were well received by the Department and incorporated into the proposal before Council on the 17th.   HBA is reviewing the proposed changes and will meeting with fire department staff on January 10th.  Please contact Marla Novak for more information at:  marla@cshba.com or (719) 231-3906.

HBA Provides Comments to the EPC 1041 Transportation Package

Also on December 17th, Kyle Campbell with Classic Consulting, appeared before the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners during their work session regarding implementation of their proposed 1041 regulations for transportation.  HBA had previously provided comments to this regulatory package through a working group process and HBA’s comments were incorporated into the draft.   The County Commissioners have moved the package forward to a future hearing date along with the HBA recommendations.  HBA’s suggested changes dealt with consistency of transportation definitions between the 1041 rules and the County’s Engineering Criteria Manual (ECM).  HBA’s main concerns were outlined during the working session with the Commissioners and re-affirmed:

That a 1041 permit is not required for:

1)      Arterial highways and interchanges and collector highways planned or constructed within the scope of an application under the El Paso County Land Development Code;

2)      Arterial highways and interchanges and collector highways owned, maintained, or constructed by El Paso County

3)      Arterials highways and interchanges and collector highways included within funding categories A, B, or C of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority.

HBA greatly appreciates the collaborative process on this regulatory package with El Paso County, and HBA will continue monitoring this issue as it moves through the approval process with the Board of County Commissioners.  Please contact William Mutch for more information at:  william@cshba.com or (719) 592-1800 Extension 16

William D. Mutch

Vice President of Government Affairs

Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs

4585 Hilton Parkway, Suite 100

Colorado Springs, CO  80907

william@cshba.com

719-592-1800 ext. 16

720-308-3497 Cellular

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