Wildfire Ordinance Update

A special study session was held on August 6, 2018. The first reading of the ordinance was held at the August 21 Council Business Meeting. The second reading of the ordinance was held scheduled for the September 4 Council Business Meeting. During the September 4 Council Business Meeting, the City Council directed staff to either bring the current Ordinance back to Council at the next Business Meeting for a second reading, or to bring back a modified Ordinance to Council for a first reading in four weeks providing requested information on budget impact and insurance. The second reading is scheduled for September 18, 2018. 

Ashland Fire and Rescue originally presented a proposal to the City Council on April 15, 2014 requesting the boundary of Ashland’s designated Wildfire Lands be expanded to all properties within the City Limits, and requested the standards for development in Wildfire Lands be updated to reflect the current best practices.  

To help comprehensively examine the wildfire risk facing the community,  and consider potential mitigation strategies facing the City,  Mayor Stromberg convened an ad-hoc wildfire hazard committee comprised of representatives from the Tree Commission, Planning Commission, Wildfire Mitigation Commission, Ashland Fire and Rescue and Planning Department Staff.  In consideration of the wildfire risk facing the community,  the ad-hoc wildfire hazard committee has been developing a multi-faceted approach to reducing risks throughout the City.  This approach includes:
  • Expanding the existing wildfire overlay zone to newly include all properties within the City
  • Adopting specific land use ordinance amendments to establish standards for fire prevention and control plans, and fuel management requirements to be carried out in conjunction with new development activities within the City.
  • Adopting by ordinance a prohibited flammable plant list, which would preclude such highly flammable plants from being newly planted within 30 feet of any structure within the City.
  • Creating a community information program where residents can review the wildfire risk in their neighborhoods, and address their individual risk factors on their individual properties.

Upcoming Public Meeting:
 A Special Study Session and Public Forum on the Wildfire Mitigation Ordinance was held on August 6, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 1175 E. Main Street. You can view the materials presented here

Public Meeting Archives: 
Planning Commission Public Hearing 6/26/2018 

Wildfire Mitigation Commission 3/21/2018
Tree Commission 3/08/2018
Planning Commission Study Session 2/27/2018
Planning Commission Study Session 2/23/2016
Tree Commission 12/10/2015

Background Information
Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) Documents

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