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  Item # 4.b.       
Meeting Date: 04/17/2013  
Requested by: Chuck King
Submitted By: Chuck King, Development Infrastructure Services
Department: Community Development & Public Works  

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SUBJECT:
*PUBLIC HEARING: ORDINANCE NO.'S (O)13-05 THROUGH (O)13-14, ADOPTING CERTAIN DOCUMENTS COLLECTIVELY KNOWN AS THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODES, THE 2011 ELECTRICAL CODE AND THE 2012 POOL AND SPA CODE
Removed from agenda on 4/15/13 at 4:50 p.m.
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends approval.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
This is an effort to update the building codes to the most recent editions, including an update to the associated amendments as necessary.

These editions reflect the most recent changes proposed, approved, and published on a national level, encompass changes to federal laws for accessibility and updated standards for energy conservation. Other updated standards and references are also included. 

Adoption of these codes is intended to help maintain consistency with neighboring jurisdictions such as Pima County, the City of Tucson and the Town of Sahuarita, all of whom have adopted these editions and currently have them in effect. Additionally the Town of Marana is in process of review for adoption of the same. 
BACKGROUND OR DETAILED INFORMATION:
Currently, the Town utilizes the adopted 2006 Codes, which have been in use since their effective date of January 1, 2007. Typically, codes are updated every 3 years and are adopted approximately one year after they are published. Due to depressed economic conditions and the fact that neighboring jurisdictions were also not considering adoption on the regular 3 year cycle, the 2009 editions were not proposed for consideration.

Staff worked with neighboring jurisdictions to review the Codes and develop proposed amendments to maintain regional consistency. The code editions and amendments proposed for consideration are the most recently published editions of the International Codes and of the National Electrical Code, and the most recently updated version of the Oro Valley Pool and Spa Code.

These codes represent the latest in technological advances, code development and improvements on a national level, and the latest in performance requirements related to energy and water conservation. The amendments proposed have been reduced significantly from previous code cycles, and other than the administrative provisions specific to Oro Valley, are closely aligned with those adopted by other local jurisdictions. The codes also reflect changes to federal law, and the amendments address state laws enacted since adoption of the previous code editions.

The 2012 International Building Codes are developed by code and industry professionals through a series of submittals and hearings on a national level. They are vetted at code development hearings, and ultimately voted on at final action hearings. The International Building Codes are adopted by most government organizations, including many departments of the federal government. They reflect the latest technological advances, are designed to prevent threats to life and safety, and during the last several code cycles, have increasingly addresed energy conservation. The 2012 Energy Conservation Code represents a 30% increase in energy efficiency over the 2006 edition.

In addition to the International Codes, the 2012 Oro Valley Pool and Spa Code represents an update to our currently adopted 2008 edition. It also accounts for technological advances, such as specifically incorporating federal law designed to prevent bather entrapment, and provides very clear language that is easily understood in regard to pool and spa safety features. 

The 2011 National Electrical Code is produced by the National Fire Protection Association. This code has also been advanced with consideration of new technology and addresses electrical life-safety at its core. Some of the greatest changes through the last two code cycles address safe installations of photovoltaic (solar) systems. New requirements are in place to protect the end users as well as first responders who encounter live power systems even after electrical systems have been shut down.

This will also directly improve our ISO (insurances services organization) rating, which should return to the high level previously attained.
FISCAL IMPACT:
The fiscal impact to the Town is nominal. Cost of copies, training of staff and implementation have been accounted within the current adopted Town operating budget.
SUGGESTED MOTION:
I MOVE to (adopt or deny) Ordinance No.'s (O)13-5 through (O)13-14, adopting the 2012 editions of the International Residential Code, International Building Code, International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fire Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Ppoperty Maintenance Code, the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code, and the 2012 edition of the Oro Valley Pool and Spa Code, with amendments thereto, and to repeal all ordinances that are in conflict with these codes and amendments.
Attachments
(O)13-05 International Building Code 2012
(O)13-06 International Residential Code 2012
(O)13-07 International Plumbing Code 2012
(O)13-08 International Mechanical Code 2012
(O)13-09 International Fuel Gas Code 2012
(O)13-10 International Fire Code 2012
(O)13-11 International Property Maintenance Code 2012
(O)13-12 Energy Conservation Code 2012
(O)13-13 Pool and Spa Code 2012
(O)13-14 National Electric Code 2011


    

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