City Council passes fire access ordinance, council procedures
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:
- Councilmembers will be sworn in at the first January meeting.
- Members abstaining from voting shall give the reason why they abstained.
- The reason for a councilmember's absence will be stated.
- Study sessions are informal, with random seating, and terms of address will be first names, except when addressing the Mayor.
- Members are allowed to raise new issues in the study session open item during the last 15 minutes of the session.
- The presiding officer will have the discretion of addressing items brought up during the public comment period, referring them to staff for resolution or a future study session, or thanking them for their comments.