ORDINANCE NO. 471U
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES DESIGNATING VERY HIGH FIRE HAZARD SEVERITY ZONES, AMENDING THE 2007 CALIFORNIA FIRE CODE, AMENDING TITLE 8 OF THE RANCHO PALOS VERDES MUNICIPAL CODE AND DECLARING THE URGENCY THEREOF.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES HEREBY ORDAINS AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Chapter 8 of Title 8 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code is hereby amended by adding new Section 8.08.060 thereto to read as follows:
“Section 8.08.060. Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone Maps. The City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes hereby designates Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones, as recommended by the Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the County of Los Angeles Fire Department, as designated on the maps entitled Fire Hazard Severity Zone, which are on file in the City’s Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department.”
Section 2. The maps entitled Fire Hazard Severity Zone are hereby attached to this Ordinance as Exhibit A and incorporated herein by this reference.
Section 3. CEQA Findings. The City Council hereby finds that it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the adoption and implementation of this Ordinance may have a significant effect on the environment. The Ordinance does not authorize construction and, in fact, imposes greater restrictions on certain development in order to protect the public health, safety and general welfare. The Ordinance is therefore exempt from the environmental review requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations.
Section 4. Severability. If any section, subsection, subdivision, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or place, is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by the decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this Ordinance. The City Council hereby declares that it would have adopted this Ordinance, and each and every section, subsection, subdivision, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, subdivisions, sentences, clauses, phrases, or portions thereof be declared invalid or unconstitutional.
Section 5. Urgency Findings. The Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection recently completed the preparation of the attached Maps and submitted them for review by the City and the County of Los Angeles Fire Department. The Fire Department and the City recently completed their review of the Maps. With the mapping completed, the City is required by State law to adopt the Fire Hazard Severity Maps by July 1, 2008. This is because the new fire prevention construction requirements adopted with the new 2007 Building Code, which are related to the new fire hazard maps, go into effect on that date. To protect the public, health, safety and welfare, it is imperative that the maps and the new building code provisions become effective simultaneously and be in effect by July 1, 2008. Accordingly, to meet this deadline, it is necessary to adopt this urgency ordinance, which will become effective immediately upon adoption. This ordinance is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, safety and welfare, declares the facts constituting the urgency, and is passed by at least a four-fifths vote of the City Council. Accordingly, this measure is adopted immediately upon introduction pursuant to Government Code Section 36934 and shall take effect immediately pursuant to Government Code Section 36937(b).
PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED, this 20th day of May, 2008.
/s/ Douglas W. Stern
/s/ Carla Morreale
STATE OF CALIFORNIA )
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES )ss
CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES )
I, Carla Morreale, City Clerk of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, do hereby certify that the whole number of members of the City Council of said City is five; the foregoing Ordinance No. 471U was duly and regularly adopted by the City Council of said City at a regular meeting thereof held on May 20, 2008, and that the same was passed and adopted by the following roll call vote:
Ayes: Clark, Gardiner, Long, Wolowicz, and Mayor Stern