The Vail Fire and Community Development departments will be sponsoring informational workshops later this month and in February in preparation for implementation of new code amendments that will require ignition-resistant building materials and fire-resistant landscaping in Vail effective March 1. The sessions will be offered at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 and repeated at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. All workshops will take place at the West Vail Fire Station, located at 2399 N. Frontage Road W.
The two-hour sessions are free and will cover requirements of the code amendments as well as tools for professionals to use to comply with the new amendments. Architects, landscape designers, project managers, construction professionals and members of the public are encouraged to attend. Representatives from the town’s planning, building and wildland fire divisions will be on hand to provide an overview and answer questions. Once effective on March 1, the code amendments will apply to the construction of all new buildings and additions greater than 500 square feet submitted to the Design Review Board.
Amendments to the town’s design review standards and building codes requiring ignition-resistant construction materials and fire-resistant landscaping were unanimously approved by the Vail Town Council at its Dec. 17 meeting.
Fire Chief Mark Novak commends the Town Council for amending the code, citing it as a “measured step forward towards creating a safer community in the face of growing wildfire concerns.” The code amendments were supported and recommended for adoption by the town’s Building and Fire Code Appeals Board, Design Review Board and Planning and Environmental Commission.
For more information, contact Paul Cada, wildland program manager at 970-477-3475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org