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LS 8.6.15 <br />ORDINANCE NO. NS -2883 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br />OF SANTA ANA AMENDING CHAPTERS 8 AND 14 OF <br />THE SANTA ANA MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING THE <br />DEFINITION OF A HIGH -RISE STRUCTURE /BUILDING <br />THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA DOES ORDAIN AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br />SECTION 1. The City Council of the City of Santa Ana hereby finds, determines, <br />and declares as follows: <br />A. Prior to municipal amendment of the 2013 California Building Code, the <br />definition of high -rise building is "any building of any type of construction or <br />occupancy having floors used for human occupancy located more than 75 feet <br />above the lowest floor level having building access ". <br />B. Historically and locally, the high -rise building definition was established at 55 <br />feet above the lowest floor level having building access due primarily to <br />previous reach limitations of fire apparatus such as ladders to this level or <br />height. This revised definition has been traditionally carried over for the past <br />several code cycles including the last code cycle authored by the Orange <br />County Fire Authority (OCFA). It maintained the revised definition in part to <br />simplify the transition of the City to OCFA and to encourage consistency of <br />said high -rise building definition in all of Orange County. The amendment was <br />not based on topographic, geologic, or climatic provisions that is allowed and <br />required of any code amendment by the California Building Standards <br />Commission. <br />C. Building codes and building technology continue to evolve affording increases <br />in passive and active life safety provisions. Automated fire suppression <br />systems, smoke control, fire - rating of assemblies, and compartmentalization <br />are but a few elements that make buildings safer to occupy, egress, and <br />ingress by fire personnel to fight fires. Additionally, firefighting methods and <br />fire technology continue to also advance. This joint progression is what allows <br />the building code to be amended back to the State Fire Marshal's minimum of <br />classifying high -rise buildings per the original adopted code language of 75 <br />feet above the lowest floor level having building access. <br />D. In the International Building Code, the nation's model code and on which the <br />California Building Code is based; high -rise is also defined at 75 feet. <br />Reverting back to the original code language benefits development in not <br />having to impart code criteria that is developed for taller structures. <br />Ordinance No. NS -2883 <br />od Page 1 of 4 <br />