Homeowners may have options rebuilding their homes after Carr Fire
REDDING, Calif. —
The Shasta County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance on Tuesday allowing residents in rural and unincorporated areas affected by the Carr Fire to comply with a building code from more than 20 years ago.
The Shasta County's Resource Management Director Paul Hellman said the reason behind the department choosing of the building code from 1997 is to eliminate some restrictions that might make construction more expensive for residents wanting to rebuild. The ordinance is called Limited Density Owner Built Rural Dwelling and applies to the entire rural areas impacted by the Carr Fire in Shasta County.
Hellman said the ordinance would allow owner-occupied properties to be built under standards that are less restrictive than the current building code standards, which could be more cost saving to rebuild.
However, they are adding some safety requirements in the building code under the ordinance for individuals to follow if they decide to rebuild under the program.
"[A] couple of things that we are requiring that were not part of [building code] 1997, which include fire sprinklers systems, and also meeting the materials and construction methods for exterior wildfire exposure. So those are parts of the current building code that the board applied to these new homes built, regardless of whether they're new homes or rebuilt homes," said Hellman.
The ordinance will have to go through several steps and approvals before it goes into effect. If it does, Hellman said the ordinance will be good until the end of November of 2021.
During the Redding City Council meeting on Tuesday evening, council members discussed ideas for temporary housing for residents in Redding impacted by Carr Fire.
Redding's City Manager Barry Tippin said currently they're focusing on debris removal and working on providing adequate living quarter for residents.
Tippin said the city is considering different housing possibilities for residents during the rebuilding process.
"Right now, the law would allow somebody to have a RV on their property as they rebuild provided that there's enough space. It would not allow you to take a recreational vehicle and put it on a friend's property in a different neighborhood. The law does not allow that nor does our code so we have to change our ordinance to allow that to happen and what the council would like to see is us provide that opportunity but also put some controls in place," said Tippin.
Tippin said people should check with their insurance provider about how much it actually covers before moving forward with the moving process.