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December 12, 2006 Public Hearing:

  1. Amendment to the Soft Story Ordinance (BMC Chapter 19.39) to Provide the American Society of Civil Engineers Standard 31, Section 3.0, as the Technical Standard for the Analysis of Subject Buildings with a Concrete or Structural Steel Podium Ground Story

The Department of Planning and Development is proposing an ordinance amending Berkeley Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 19.39 (the Soft Story Ordinance). The adopted Soft Story Ordinance requires owners to file with the City an engineer’s report analyzing seismic weaknesses for buildings on the Inventory of Soft Story Potentially Hazardous Buildings using Chapter A4 of the 2003 International Existing Building Code for wood-framed portions.  Some subject buildings have ground stories constructed with concrete or concrete masonry unit walls and a rigid diaphragm of concrete or structural steel over the ground story. This ground story provides a podium upon which the wood-framed residential portion of the building is erected.  Because Chapter A4 does not provide standards for such buildings, the Building Official has prepared a modification to Chapter A4 to add standards for the engineering evaluation of such buildings. Under the proposed amendment, Chapter A4 is modified to provide that the concrete or structural steel portions of such buildings shall be evaluated using the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Standard 31 Section 3.0.

 

Copies of ASCE Standard 31 are on file with the City Clerk and are open to public inspection.

 

The first reading of the ordinance amending BMC Chapter 19.39 will be at the regular City Council meeting of December 5, 2006. As required by Government Code Section 50022, a public hearing is scheduled during the regular City Council meeting on December 12, 2006.  Upon conclusion of the public hearing, the Council may, at its discretion, hear, approve and adopt a second reading of the ordinance.

 

For further information, please contact Project Manager Dan Lambert at (510) 981-7406, or access the Soft Story Program link on the web site: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/buildingandsafety.


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City Clerk Department
2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, California  94704
Telephone (510) 981-6900; TDD (510) 981-6903; Fax (510) 981-6901
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
E-mail:
clerk@ci.berkeley.ca.us
Graphic: New Information Note: Some City buildings and services will be closed to the public on holidays and reduced services days. Access the City's Holiday and Reduced Service Days Schedule.