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Title: 19 - Fire Safe Regulations

Chapter: 04 - Administration

Section: 75 - Exceptions Intent

      The County seeks to protect the intent of the State Fire Safe Regulations while ensuring that no undue hardship occurs at the County level due to conditions peculiar to the County. The exceptions procedure is provided with the intent of ensuring that every individual who is negatively impacted will get a fair hearing before the local jurisdiction who are competent to judge the legitimacy of that individual's concerns. The local inspection authority together with the local representative of CAL FIRE is therefore directed to hear requests for exceptions to the provisions of these regulations on a case by case basis, making a comprehensive review of the circumstances in each case, taking special note of such factors as:
(a)     pre-existing development patterns that would cause strict imposition of these standards to entail hardship to the landowner not similarly situated;
(b)     existence of protected environmentally sensitive habitat or large trees; and
(c)     economic factors which may affect the affordability of housing as described in the Housing Element of the County's General Plan. (Ord. 2016-003)