City Council Postpones Fire Code Ordinance Indefinitely
During Tuesday’s Formal City Council meeting, council voted 8 to 0, with President Scott Hente, a Mountain Shadows resident recused, to postpone the proposed emergency fire code ordinance requiring specific building codes in the Mountain Shadows area for two weeks until three community meetings could be held — Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Chipeta Elementary School Gymnasium located at 2340 Ramsgate Terrace and Sept. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Together Center located at 6840 Centennial Boulevard, Suite A.
The emergency ordinance was to amend the 2009 International Fire Code as a result of findings from the Waldo Canyon Fire.
After public comment and learning that a more comprehensive ordinance which included all the city’s hillside neighborhoods would be on the agenda in four weeks, council voted to resend their motion to postpone for two weeks and voted to postpone indefinitely the ordinance to amend the 2009 International Fire Code.
The vote was 8 to 0 with President Hente recused.
“It was apparent to council that the city could still accommodate impacted residents and provide similar code changes for all hillside areas in the city,” stated Jan Martin, president pro-tem, “often, in an attempt to help residents, the city can rush ahead without hearing from the people who are most impacted. It makes a difference when we slow down long enough to gather public input. I was especially appreciative of the citizens who came yesterday to offer their comments on this important issue.”