West Hollywood is one of the latest cities in California to get the ball rolling on seismic compliance ordinances. A City Council meeting took place on April 3rd, 2017 to discuss the seismic ordinance. An advisory group concluded that approximately 780 soft-story buildings would need to be retrofitted. City officials are extending their implementation of their ordinance for another year to step through more details and come to a final agreement on unresolved concerns.
At the meeting, the council decided with a 3-2 vote that the following chapters of the ordinance are passed:
- Mandatory retrofit of wood-frame buildings with soft, weak, or open-front walls
- Voluntary seismic strengthening for cripple walls and sill plate anchorage in existing wood-frame buildings
With this vote, they will revisit seismic retrofitting for non-ductile and unreinforced masonry buildings in 60 days. At that time, they will also revisit the cost-recovery program and available pass-through amounts for property owners.
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Proposed West Hollywood Seismic Policy
According to the latest city council meeting the proposed seismic policies and summaries have been presented and made public and for review. At-a-glance highlights and details of the proposed policies and seismic summaries can be found below courtesy of the city council presentation.
Time Period for Compliance
|Required Action by Owner||Submit Screening Report||Submit Retrofit Plans||Obtain Permit & Commence Construction||Complete Construction|
|Milestone||1 year||2 years||4 years||5 years|
|from notice to the Owner||from notice to the Owner||from notice to the Owner||from notice to the Owner|
Soft-story buildings will be categorized into three priorities with higher occupancy buildings being required to comply first. The breakdown is as follows:
|Priority I||Buildings containing 16 or more dwelling units|
|Priority II||3 stories or more containing fewer than 16 dwelling units|
|Priority III||Buildings not falling within the definition of Priority I or II|
The latest information on the timelines and the full council meeting details including a copy of the presentation can be found on West Hollywood’s seismic retrofit program web page.