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File #: 21-417    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Zoning Item Status: Passed
File created: 3/30/2021 In control: Planning and Building
On agenda: 4/20/2021 Final action: 4/20/2021
Title: Comment Letter Regarding March 15 Draft of California Board of Forestry 2021 Amendments to the State Fire Safe Regulations
Attachments: 1. Staff Report, 2. Attachment 1 - Draft Comment Letter.pdf, 3. Comment Letter Proposed Revisions to the State Mininum Fire Safe Regulations.pdf

To: Board of Supervisors

From: Planning and Building Department

Agenda Section: Departmental

Comment Letter Regarding March 15 Draft of California Board of Forestry 2021 Amendments to the State Fire Safe Regulationsend

That the Board of Supervisors:
1. Consider the draft comment letter regarding California Board of Forestry (BOF) 2021 Amendments to State Fire Safe Regulations in Attachment 1;
2. Receive public comment;
3. Revise the comment letter as necessary;
4. Authorize the County Administrative Officer to modify the letter in a manner consistent with the County's position expressed elsewhere in the letter to address changes in the proposed State Fire Safe Regulations that may be subsequently approved by the BOF; and
5. Authorize the Chair of the Board to sign and send the final letter to the Board of Forestry after the rulemaking has officially begun.

Funding to support preparing this staff report is included in the General Fund contribution to the Long-Range Planning unit, 1100-282

The state Board of Forestry (BOF) is proposing to update the State Fire Safe Regulations (FSRs) that apply in State Responsibility Areas (SRA), which covers more than 2/3rds of Humboldt County. A staff report for the January 12th Board of Supervisors agenda contained background information regarding FSRs, described the characteristics of SRA in Humboldt County, and provided details regarding the implication for development in the unincorporated area of Humboldt County within SRA. The staff report noted that among the proposed changes were a reduction to the maximum dead end road length and a requirement that all development, including the construction of a new home on a legal lot, be required to upgrade all roads serving the parcel to meet FSR standards (including dead end road requirements).

The Board reviewed the January Draft State FSRs, considered how the changes may...

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