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RESOLUTION NO. 2007-123 <br />RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS <br />MAKING FINDINGS FOR MODIFYING UNIFORM BUILDING AND FIRE CODES <br />WHEREAS: <br />A. Section 17958 of the Health andSafety Code requires that cities choose between adopting <br />ordinances and regulations imposing uniform codes setting rules and regulations for building, fire, <br />mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and housing, or submitting to the regulations adopted by the state <br />Department of Housing and Community Development. <br />B. The Town of Los Gatos, in Chapters 6 and 9 of the Town Code, had previously adopted <br />the uniform codes. <br />C. On January 30, 2007, the State of California adopted new uniform codes, which the Town <br />must adopt before January 1, 2008. <br />D. Sections 17958.5 and 17958.7 of the Health and Safety Code permits cities to modify the <br />uniform code requirements if it makes an express finding that such modification is reasonably <br />necessary because of local climatic, geological, or topographical conditions. <br />E. On November 5, 2007, the Town Council voted to introduce an ordinance adopting the <br />new uniform codes with modifications. <br />F. The Town of Los Gatos experiences low humidity, high winds and warm temperatures <br />during the summer months creating conditions which are particularly conducive to the ignition and <br />spread of grass, brush and structure fires. <br />G. The Town of Los Gatos is situated adjacent to active earthquake faults capable of <br />producing substantial seismic events. <br />H. The Town of Los Gatos is partially located in rugged, steep, and heavily vegetated <br />hillsides accessible over limited roadways that are in areas steep, narrow, and circuitous. <br />I. Because the Town is divided by a creek, freeways and other traffic corridors, and is <br />partially located in hillside areas with limited access, the occurrence of a major earthquake would <br />significantly impact the ability of fire crews to respond to emergencies should one or more bridges <br />collapse or be substantially damaged. Additionally, fire suppression capabilities will be severely <br />limited should the water system be extensively damaged during the seismic event. <br />H. Due to these climatic, geological, and topographical conditions, mitigation measures are <br />necessary such as automatic fire suppression systems, communications systems, access to buildings, <br />Page 1 of 2 <br />