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June 22, 2022

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BUILDING AND FIRE BOARD OF APPEALS REGULAR CALLED MEETING Wednesday June 22, 2022 @ 1:30 PM- IN PERSON PERMITTING DEVELOPMENT CENTER/ 4TH FLOOR, CONF RM 4001 6310 WILHELMINA DELCO DR AUSTIN, TEXAS Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may only register to speak on an item once either in-person or remotely and will be allowed up to three minutes to provide their comments. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register, contact rick.arzola@austintexas.gov CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Ron Buys(Kitchen); Tim Arndt(Tovo); Alan Schumann-Chair(Adler); Marco Fiorilo(Ellis) Bobby Johns(Madison); Ben Abzug(Renteria); Aubrey Brasfield-V Chair(Fuentes) A.J Juraska(Pool); Gary Wilks(Kelly); Jim Rumbo(Alter) AGENDA CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMUNICATION: GENERAL The first 10 speakers signed up prior to the meeting being called to order will each be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES- Minutes from Special Called Meeting from April 27, 2. DISCUSSION- To consider an Ordinance amending Title 25 of the City Code related to 2021. floodplain regulations 3. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Rick Arzola at Development Services Department, Building Inspections, at (512) 974-2417, for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711.

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BUILDING AND FIRE BOARD OF APPEALS REGULAR CALLED MEETING REVISED AGENDA Wednesday June 22, 2022 @ 1:30 PM- IN PERSON PERMITTING DEVELOPMENT CENTER/ 4TH FLOOR, CONF RM 4001 6310 WILHELMINA DELCO DR AUSTIN, TEXAS Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may only register to speak on an item once either in-person or remotely and will be allowed up to three minutes to provide their comments. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register, contact rick.arzola@austintexas.gov CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Ron Buys(Kitchen); Tim Arndt(Tovo); Alan Schumann-Chair(Adler); Marco Fiorilo(Ellis) Bobby Johns(Madison); Ben Abzug(Renteria); Aubrey Brasfield-V Chair(Fuentes) A.J Juraska(Pool); Gary Wilks(Kelly); Jim Rumbo(Alter) AGENDA CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMUNICATION: GENERAL The first 10 speakers signed up prior to the meeting being called to order will each be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES- Minutes from Special Called Meeting from April 27, 2. DISCUSSION- Discussion only on proposed code revision and regulations related to 2021. commercial and residential redevelopment 3. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Rick Arzola at Development Services Department, Building Inspections, at (512) 974-2417, for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711.

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BUILDING AND FIRE BOARD OF APPEALS REGULAR CALLED MEETING Wednesday May 25, 2022 @ 1:30 PM- IN PERSON PERMITTING DEVELOPMENT CENTER/ 4TH FLOOR, CONF RM 4001 6310 WILHELMINA DELCO DR AUSTIN, TEXAS Public comment will be allowed in-person or remotely by telephone. Speakers may only register to speak on an item once either in-person or remotely and will be allowed up to three minutes to provide their comments. Registration no later than noon the day before the meeting is required for remote participation. To register, contact rick.arzola@austintexas.gov CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Ron Buys(Kitchen); Tim Arndt(Tovo); Alan Schumann-Chair(Adler); Marco Fiorilo(Ellis) Bobby Johns(Madison); Ben Abzug(Renteria); Aubrey Brasfield-V Chair(Fuentes) A.J Juraska(Pool); Gary Wilks(Kelly); Jim Rumbo(Alter) AGENDA CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMUNICATION: GENERAL The first 10 speakers signed up prior to the meeting being called to order will each be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES- Minutes from Special Called Meeting from April 27, 2. DISCUSSION- To consider an Ordinance amending Title 25 of the City Code related to 2021. floodplain regulations 3. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Rick Arzola at Development Services Department, Building Inspections, at (512) 974-2417, for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711.

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BUILDING AND FIRE BOARD OF APPEALS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING Wednesday April 27, 2022 @ 1:30 PM- IN PERSON PERMITTING DEVELOPMENT CENTER/ 4TH FLOOR, CONF RM 4001 6310 WILHELMINA DELCO DR AUSTIN, TEXAS CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Ron Buys(Kitchen); Tim Arndt(Tovo); Alan Schumann-Chair(Adler); Marco Fiorilo(Ellis) Bobby Johns(Madison); Ben Abzug(Renteria); Aubrey Brasfield-V Chair(Fuentes) A.J Juraska(Pool); Gary Wilks(Kelly) AGENDA CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMUNICATION: GENERAL The first 10 speakers signed up prior to the meeting being called to order will each be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES- Minutes from Regular Called Meeting from August 25, 2. DISCUSSION- Exterior Deck Replacement in WUI 2021. 3. DISCUSSION AND ACTION a. 2022 Board Schedule b. Election of Officers 4. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Rick Arzola at Development Services Department, Building Inspections, at (512) 974-2417, for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711.

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Agenda Addendum original pdf

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BUILDING AND FIRE BOARD OF APPEALS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING Wednesday April 27, 2022 @ 1:30 PM- IN PERSON PERMITTING DEVELOPMENT CENTER/ 4TH FLOOR, CONF RM 4001 6310 WILHELMINA DELCO DR AUSTIN, TEXAS CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: Ron Buys(Kitchen); Tim Arndt(Tovo); Alan Schumann-Chair(Adler); Marco Fiorilo(Ellis) Bobby Johns(Madison); Ben Abzug(Renteria); Aubrey Brasfield-V Chair(Fuentes) A.J Juraska(Pool); Gary Wilks(Kelly) AGENDA ADDENDUM CALL TO ORDER PUBLIC COMUNICATION: GENERAL The first 10 speakers signed up prior to the meeting being called to order will each be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 6. DISCUSSION- Flat Top Fence Resolution approved by Council. ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days (48 hours) before the meeting date. Please call Rick Arzola at Development Services Department, Building Inspections, at (512) 974-2417, for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711.

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DSD Engagement- Safe Fence Resolution original pdf

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Safe Fence Resolution Purpose To provide an update regarding the 2022 Safe Fence Resolution # 20211104-039 History • November 9, 2020 - Beth Culver and proponents of change presented to the board a possible code change that would impact fence design for the life and safety of children, pets, wildlife and contractors in our community. • June 4, 2021 – Building and Fire Board Working Group met to draft resolution for fence safety requirements.  Group Members  Rick Arzola  Tony Hernandez  Julie Damian  David King  Alan Schumann  Ashley Juraska  Aubrey Brasfield • June 23, 2021 - Board Member Juraska made a motion to recommend the resolution, Chairman Schumann seconded the motion. Motion passed 6-0. Council Direction  Initiated amendments to the Technical Codes to address dangerous fence design including spiked pickets, spiked bars and other spiked decorative elements that protrude above the top horizontal bar of a fence.  Directed the City Manager to work with stakeholders to explore: o Requiring flat top styles on new fences of all lengths o Applying flat top fence requirements to all new fences of six feet tall or shorter o Applying flat top fence requirements to substantial fence repairs or remodeling of 50% or more of an existing fence Engagement Schedule Internal Audience External Audience Questions/Comments

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Building and Fire Board of Appeals Regular Called Meeting August 25, 2021 Building and Fire Board to be held August 25, 2021 at 1:30 PM with Social Distancing Modifications in a Regular Called Meeting Public comment will be allowed via telephone; no in-person input will be allowed. All speakers must register in advance (August 24 by noon). All public comment will occur at the beginning of the meeting. To speak remotely at the Building and Fire Board Meeting, residents must: •Call or email the board liaison at 512-550-5836 or at rick.arzola@austintexas.gov no later than noon, (the day before the meeting). The information required is the speaker name, item number(s) they wish to speak on, whether they are for/against/neutral, and a telephone number or email address. •Once a request to speak has been called in or emailed to the board liaison, residents will receive either an email or phone call providing the telephone number to call on the day of the scheduled meeting. •Speakers must call in at least 15 minutes prior to meeting start in order to speak, late callers will not be accepted and will not be able to speak. •Speakers will be placed in a queue until their time to speak. •Handouts or other information may be emailed to rick.arzola@austintexas.gov by Noon the day before the scheduled meeting. This information will be provided to Board and Commission members in advance of the meeting. •If this meeting is broadcast live, residents may watch the meeting here: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch- atxn-live Junta de Apelaciones de Edificios y Bomberos Reunión ordinaria 25 de agosto de 2021 El edificio y la junta contra incendios se llevará a cabo el 25 de agosto de 2021 a la 1:30 p.m. con modificaciones de distanciamiento social en una reunión ordinaria. Se permitirán comentarios públicos por teléfono; no se permitirá ninguna entrada en persona. Todos los oradores deben registrarse con anticipación (24 de agosto al mediodía). Todos los comentarios públicos se producirán al comienzo de la reunión. Para hablar de forma remota en la reunión del edificio y la junta de bomberos, los residentes deben: • Llame o envíe un correo electrónico al enlace de la junta al 512-550-5836 o al rick.arzola@austintexas.gov a más tardar al mediodía (el día antes de la reunión). La información requerida es el nombre del orador, los números de artículo sobre los que desean hablar, si están a favor / en contra / …

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Contractor Registration Program original pdf

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Contractor Registration Program Beth Culver, AIA, CBO, PMP Assistant Director, Building Official August 25, 2021 Building a Better and Safer Austin Together RECAP: Questions Insurance & Bonding • What amount of insurance is reasonable? • What amount of bond is reasonable? Metrics & Compliance • What can we measure to demonstrate equitable outcomes? • What is an appropriate response to contractors who are unable to comply with program requirements? Exemptions & Incentives • What incentives or benefits for participation do you see possible? • What exemptions should be considered? Building a Better and Safer Austin Together 2 RECAP: Current Staff Considerations • All Building and Demolition contractors register prior to the issuance of any Identifies contractor as licensed by Texas (if applicable). Consists of contact information (including Texas license, if applicable). Registration permit(s). • • Offenses Failure to register is an offense. • • A person may not: o Allow another to use a permit in an unlawful or fraudulent manner; o Perform, or cause to be performed, work that causes injury to a person or property; o Fail or refuse to display a license or permit to perform work when requested by the o Request inspections of work that is incomplete or work that has not been properly building official; reviewed by the permit holder; o More than 5 expired permits. • Offenses reported to licensing agencies, if applicable. Building a Better and Safer Austin Together 3 RECAP: Current Staff Considerations modified • All Building and Demolition contractors register prior to the issuance of any Identifies contractor as licensed by Texas (if applicable). Consists of contact information (including Texas license, if applicable). Registration permit(s). • • Offenses Failure to register is an offense. • • A person may not: o Allow another to use a permit in an unlawful or fraudulent manner; o Perform, or cause to be performed, work that causes injury to a person or property; o Fail or refuse to display a license or permit to perform work when requested by the o Request inspections of work that is incomplete or work that has not been properly building official; reviewed by the permit holder; o More than 5 expired permits. • Offenses reported to licensing agencies, if applicable. Building a Better and Safer Austin Together 4 RECAP: Current Staff Considerations Non-compliance • Notification of offense, with 3 months to resolve • 6 month period for first-time …

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Building and Fire Board of Appeals Regular Called Meeting July 28, 2021 Building and Fire Board to be held July 28, 2021 at 1:30 PM with Social Distancing Modifications in a Regular Called Meeting Public comment will be allowed via telephone; no in-person input will be allowed. All speakers must register in advance (July 27 by noon). All public comment will occur at the beginning of the meeting. To speak remotely at the Building and Fire Board Meeting, residents must: •Call or email the board liaison at 512-550-5836 or at rick.arzola@austintexas.gov no later than noon, (the day before the meeting). The information required is the speaker name, item number(s) they wish to speak on, whether they are for/against/neutral, and a telephone number or email address. •Once a request to speak has been called in or emailed to the board liaison, residents will receive either an email or phone call providing the telephone number to call on the day of the scheduled meeting. •Speakers must call in at least 15 minutes prior to meeting start in order to speak, late callers will not be accepted and will not be able to speak. •Speakers will be placed in a queue until their time to speak. •Handouts or other information may be emailed to rick.arzola@austintexas.gov by Noon the day before the scheduled meeting. This information will be provided to Board and Commission members in advance of the meeting. •If this meeting is broadcast live, residents may watch the meeting here: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch- atxn-live Junta de Apelaciones de Edificios y Bomberos Reunión ordinaria 28 de Julio de 2021 El edificio y la junta contra incendios se llevará a cabo el 28 de julio de 2021 a la 1:30 p.m. con modificaciones de distanciamiento social en una reunión ordinaria. Se permitirán comentarios públicos por teléfono; no se permitirá ninguna entrada en persona. Todos los oradores deben registrarse con anticipación (27 de julio al mediodía). Todos los comentarios públicos se producirán al comienzo de la reunión. Para hablar de forma remota en la reunión del edificio y la junta de bomberos, los residentes deben: • Llame o envíe un correo electrónico al enlace de la junta al 512-550-5836 o al rick.arzola@austintexas.gov a más tardar al mediodía (el día antes de la reunión). La información requerida es el nombre del orador, los números de artículo sobre los que desean hablar, si están a favor / en contra / …

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Building and Fire Board of Appeals Regular Called Meeting July 28, 2021 Building and Fire Board to be held July 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM with Social Distancing Modifications in a Regular Called Meeting Public comment will be allowed via telephone; no in-person input will be allowed. All speakers must register in advance (July 27 by noon). All public comment will occur at the beginning of the meeting. To speak remotely at the Building and Fire Board Meeting, residents must: •Call or email the board liaison at 512-550-5836 or at rick.arzola@austintexas.gov no later than noon, (the day before the meeting). The information required is the speaker name, item number(s) they wish to speak on, whether they are for/against/neutral, and a telephone number or email address. •Once a request to speak has been called in or emailed to the board liaison, residents will receive either an email or phone call providing the telephone number to call on the day of the scheduled meeting. •Speakers must call in at least 15 minutes prior to meeting start in order to speak, late callers will not be accepted and will not be able to speak. •Speakers will be placed in a queue until their time to speak. •Handouts or other information may be emailed to rick.arzola@austintexas.gov by Noon the day before the scheduled meeting. This information will be provided to Board and Commission members in advance of the meeting. •If this meeting is broadcast live, residents may watch the meeting here: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch- atxn-live Junta de Apelaciones de Edificios y Bomberos Reunión ordinaria 28 de Julio de 2021 El edificio y la junta contra incendios se llevará a cabo el 28 de julio de 2021 a la 2:00 p.m. con modificaciones de distanciamiento social en una reunión ordinaria. Se permitirán comentarios públicos por teléfono; no se permitirá ninguna entrada en persona. Todos los oradores deben registrarse con anticipación (27 de julio al mediodía). Todos los comentarios públicos se producirán al comienzo de la reunión. Para hablar de forma remota en la reunión del edificio y la junta de bomberos, los residentes deben: • Llame o envíe un correo electrónico al enlace de la junta al 512-550-5836 o al rick.arzola@austintexas.gov a más tardar al mediodía (el día antes de la reunión). La información requerida es el nombre del orador, los números de artículo sobre los que desean hablar, si están a favor / en contra / …

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DSD Presentation Stakeholder Engagement original pdf

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Contractor Registration Program Beth Culver, AIA, CBO, PMP Assistant Director, Building Official July 28, 2021 Building a Better and Safer Austin Together AGENDA • Welcome & Introductions • Historical Overview of Contractor Registration Program • Expired Permits Data • Examples of Registration Programs • Stakeholder Engagement Plan • Questions Building a Better and Safer Austin Together 2 AGENDA • Welcome & Introductions • Historical Overview of Contractor Registration Program • Expired Permits Data • Examples of Registration Programs • Stakeholder Engagement Plan • Questions Building a Better Austin Together 3 Historical Overview of Contractor Registration Program Recommendation 12 Create a residential contractor registration program. To ensure contractors are held accountable for all permits they have pulled – not only expired permits, IGI recommends developing a residential contractor licensing program. The license would require the payment of an annual fee and include an annual “performance review” of expired permits. If desired, DSD could also require all contractors doing work in Austin to have a background check and provide proof of insurance. Both San Antonio and Dallas stop contractors from pulling permits if contractors fail to comply with permit and inspection requirements. Building a Better and Safer Austin Together 4 Historical Overview of Contractor Registration Program Demolition Licensing and Bonding Requirements (page 8) During the stakeholder engagement process, both internal and external stakeholders expressed support for adopting a registration program for building and demolition contractors. While the focus of Council’s resolution was primarily demolitions, there are equally compelling reasons for requiring contractor registration for new construction as well. Building a Better and Safer Austin Together 5 Historical Overview of Contractor Registration Program Resolution No. 20201001-011 City Council initiates amendments to City Code Title 25 (Land Development) to establish a contractor registration program for building and demolition permitting consistent with the direction in this Resolution. c) metrics for determining whether the program promotes equitable outcomes and does not create a disproportionately negative impact on small businesses, women-owned businesses, or minority-owned businesses; d) incentives or process advantages for contractors who remain in good standing with the registration program, such as a streamlined application review process; f) exemptions from mandatory registration for individuals in a manner that considers equity and acknowledges the affordability pressures on both homeowners and tenants and on residents of both single-and multi-family structures. Building a Better and Safer Austin Together 6 AGENDA • Welcome & Introductions • Historical Overview of Contractor …

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Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals Board Meeting Approved Minutes The Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals met in a Regular Called Meeting on July 28, 2021 via Web Ex Video Conference Board Member, Brasfield called the meeting to order at 2:21 p.m. Board Members in Attendance: Ashley Juraska, Tim Arndt, Bobby Johns, Ben Abzug, Aubrey Brasfield and Ron Buys Board Members Not in Attendance: Marco Fiorilo and Alan Schumann Staff in Attendance: Rick Arzola (DSD), Beth Culver (DSD), Jaime Castillo (DSD) July 28, 2021 1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The minutes from the June 23, 2021 Regular Called meeting were postponed to the next board meeting as board members did not have chance to review it. Next meeting is tentatively scheduled for August 25, 2021 2. DISCUSSION- Development Presentation of Contractor Registration Program – Assistant Director and Building Official of Development Service Department Beth Culver, provided a presentation to Board members and interested parties of the Flat Top Fence workgroup, contractor registration program. In her presentation, Beth outlined Historical overview of the registration program, data of expired permits, examples of registration programs and Stakeholder Engagement plan. In the Historical overview, Beth’s goal is to hold contractors accountable for all permits issued to trade contractors as well as to general contractors who register with the city and to develop with other municipalities, a registration program for building and demolition contractors that is supported by internal and external stakeholders and then followed by initiating a resolution to incorporate amendments in establishing a registration program that is consistent with building and demolition work for all contractors pulling permits with the City of Austin. This registration program this will provide enforcement on staff to go after contractors that have extensive expired permits and hold them accountable for unfinished and paid work to homeowners and businesses. Examples of these current programs that DSD oversee is what the Electrical board has in their registration. Offenses against electrical contractors who violate the registration of work performed at the site with suspension of their registration if the contractor has 3 or more violations in a 12 month period. Volume Builder program, penalizes volume builders who commit errors for their continuous submitted work and other municipalities programs with their registration programs that the City of Austin is looking at to possible emulate into their registrations. The final piece of this is to conduct Stakeholder Engagement plan. A …

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Building and Fire Board of Appeals Regular Called Meeting June 23, 2021 Building and Fire Board to be held June 23, 2021 at 1:30 PM with Social Distancing Modifications in a Regular Called Meeting Public comment will be allowed via telephone; no in-person input will be allowed. All speakers must register in advance (June 22 by noon). All public comment will occur at the beginning of the meeting. To speak remotely at the Building and Fire Board Meeting, residents must: •Call or email the board liaison at 512-550-5836 or at rick.arzola@austintexas.gov no later than noon, (the day before the meeting). The information required is the speaker name, item number(s) they wish to speak on, whether they are for/against/neutral, and a telephone number or email address. •Once a request to speak has been called in or emailed to the board liaison, residents will receive either an email or phone call providing the telephone number to call on the day of the scheduled meeting. •Speakers must call in at least 15 minutes prior to meeting start in order to speak, late callers will not be accepted and will not be able to speak. •Speakers will be placed in a queue until their time to speak. •Handouts or other information may be emailed to rick.arzola@austintexas.gov by Noon the day before the scheduled meeting. This information will be provided to Board and Commission members in advance of the meeting. •If this meeting is broadcast live, residents may watch the meeting here: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/watch- atxn-live Junta de Apelaciones de Edificios y Bomberos Reunión ordinaria 23 de Juno de 2021 El edificio y la junta contra incendios se llevará a cabo el 23 de juno de 2021 a la 1:30 p.m. con modificaciones de distanciamiento social en una reunión ordinaria. Se permitirán comentarios públicos por teléfono; no se permitirá ninguna entrada en persona. Todos los oradores deben registrarse con anticipación (22 de juno al mediodía). Todos los comentarios públicos se producirán al comienzo de la reunión. Para hablar de forma remota en la reunión del edificio y la junta de bomberos, los residentes deben: • Llame o envíe un correo electrónico al enlace de la junta al 512-550-5836 o al rick.arzola@austintexas.gov a más tardar al mediodía (el día antes de la reunión). La información requerida es el nombre del orador, los números de artículo sobre los que desean hablar, si están a favor / en contra / …

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Item #2: Resolution, On Creating additional safety requirements for dangerous fence design WHEREAS, the Austin City Council adopted section 9-4-41 Restriction on use of barbed wire fence in 1992 (source:1992 code section 10-1-9;ord. 031023-13; ord. 031211-11) recognizing the dangers of such fence, other fence designs have been identified as equally dangerous to also include loss of life; and WHEREAS, it is recognized that other existing fence requirements are intended to isolate a hazard such as 25-2-899 (E) (2) and the swimming pool code with no consideration for the potential dangers of the fence itself; and WHEREAS, the primary concern being entrapment and impalement of children who by nature are climbers, citizens performing roof and gutter maintenance, and animals that jump over fences; and WHEREAS, neighborhood councils across the U.S have recognized the dangers and cost of spiked pickets, spiked bars and other spiked decorative elements that protrude above the top horizontal bar of a fence. People, pets, and wildlife have been killed or seriously injured; and WHEREAS, affordability is a high priority for the Austin community; and WHEREAS, alternative styles of flat top fences are already manufactured and available to purchase at equivalent cost; and WHEREAS, according to Chapter 2-1-3 of the city code, it is the duty of the Board to “Advise the city council regarding appropriate City Code amendments that create a safe environment for all citizens in the City of Austin.” NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BUILDING AND FIRE CODE BOARD OF APPEALS: The Board of Appeals recommends the Austin City Council direct the City Manager to initiate a code amendment process, with full stakeholder involvement, to consider an amendment to 25- 12 Technical Codes for the City of Austin to address dangerous fence design including spiked pickets, spiked bars and other spiked decorative elements that protrude above the top horizontal bar of a fence; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: Life cycle costs should be taken into consideration, utilizing data from all reputable sources; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: The code amendment should not apply to fences over 6 ft. in height and should apply to new fences and should consider applying the code amendment to substantial fence repairs.

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Lakeway Ordinance original pdf

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Presentation of Flat Top Fences original pdf

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Flat Top Fence Resolution Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals Meeting - 6/23/2021 Kade Damien Kade passed We can honor Kade By passing this resolution one month shy of his third birthday when his head became trapped between two bars on an iron fence. and prevent other kids, animals, and adults from becoming harmed. we can encourage council to start the code amendment process to help ensure safe fencing for everyone. What is this resolution doing? 01 02 03 Asking Council Stakeholders Actual Code Language to start a code amendment process would be involved in the code amendment process would be finalized later Flat-top fences are available: 01 At equivalent cost 03 Without the safety risk 02 With security features 04 Today Flat top fences don't cost additional money compared to decorative fencing. Picketed and spiked fencing is often decorative to begin with; security can still exist with a flat top. Impalement and entrapment risks are diminished when spikes are removed and slats are appropriately spaced. These fences are already on the market. DIY Examples Daycare DIY Shopping Center Before (top) and after (bottom) Before (left) and after (right) This would not apply to: Existing fences Fences over 6 feet Only new fences, or possibly fences that are being repaired Only fences six feet and under, with the goal to cover fences most at risk of harming children and animals Questions?

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