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City Council passes fire access ordinance, council procedures

City Council by Jeff Switzer, staff reporter
Following several months of discussion, the Woodinville City Council has approved 6-0 a "fire apparatus access road" ordinance, adding a new subsection to the existing building and construction code for the City of Woodinville.
   The ordinance is highlighted by the possible sprinklering of single-family homes if three or more single-family dwellings are not accessible within 150 feet of the first story exterior wall by the fire district, limited either by topography or substandard roads.
   Also covered by the ordinance are private garages, carports, sheds, and agricultural buildings. The ordinance also details the dimensions required for access.
   Council discussions have revolved around the possible increase to the cost of affordable housing if developers can opt for sprinklers rather than standard roads. Other discussions also have addressed the fire chief's role in the approval process of sprinklering, though his determinations can be appealed and also come under the purview of the city manager.

In other council action:
   The council passed their amended procedures 6-0. Highlights include: