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ORDINANCE 2301 <br />ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS <br />AMENDING CHAPTER 9 (FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION) OF THE TOWN CODE <br />REGARDING WEED ABATEMENT REGULATIONS <br />WHEREAS, the Town of Los Gatos; has traditionally adopted Chapter 49 of the California <br />Fire Code (with amendments) which incorporates the legal requirements associated with State <br />mandated defensible space; <br />WHEREAS, the State mandates 100 feet of defensible space around buildings and <br />structures within Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones; <br />WHEREAS, State law allows for jurisdictions to adopt additional defensible space <br />standards based on severity of wildfire risk; <br />WHEREAS, the Los Gatos Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) planning area includes <br />primarily Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ) areas. <br />WHEREAS, the Town Council recognizes that in addition to the State mandated <br />requirements the development and maintenance of defensible space is essential to reducing <br />wildfire risk within the community; <br />WHEREAS, the proposed amendment changes will reduce the risk of wildfire and <br />effectuate safer passage for first responders and residents in the event of a wildfire; <br />NOW, THEREFORE, THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF LOS GATOS DOES ORDAIN AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br />SECTION II <br />CHAPTER 49 REQUIREMENTS FOR WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE FIRE AREAS <br />Section 4902 Definitions of Town Code Chapter 9 are hereby added/amended to read as <br />follows: <br />DEFENSIBLE SPACE. An area around the perimeter of a structure in which vegetation, debris, <br />and other types of combustible fuels are treated, cleared, or reduced to slow the rate and <br />intensity of potentially approaching wildfire or fire escaping from structure(s). <br />REDUCED FUEL ZONE. In this area of the defensible space, efforts are placed on ensuring <br />fuels/vegetation are separated vertically and horizontally depending on the vegetation type. <br />1of5 <br />Ordinance 2301 February 4, 2020 <br />