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File #: 23-278    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Minute Order Status: Action Item
File created: 10/4/2022 In control: City Council Meeting Agenda
On agenda: 10/24/2022 Final action:
Title: CC - ACTION ITEM: Discussion and Direction on Implementation of the City's Soft Story Seismic Retrofit Program, Including Financial Incentive Programs, Tenant Cost Sharing, and Staffing.
Attachments: 1. Incentives Study - Summary of Findings.pdf, 2. Cost Sharing – Comparison Jurisdictions.pdf, 3. Cost Sharing – Amortization Example.pdf
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CC - ACTION ITEM: Discussion and Direction on Implementation of the City's Soft Story Seismic Retrofit Program, Including Financial Incentive Programs, Tenant Cost Sharing, and Staffing.

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Meeting Date: October 24, 2022

Contact Person/Dept.: Tim Koutsouros / Planning and Development Services Department

Phone Number: (310) 253-5800

Fiscal Impact: Yes [x] No [] General Fund: Yes [x] No []

Attachments: Yes [x] No []

Commission Action Required: Yes [] No [x] Date:
Commission Name:

Public Notification: (E-Mail) Meetings and Agendas - City Council (10/19/2022)

Department Approval: Jesse Mays, Assistant City Manager (10/14/2022)
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RECOMMENDATION

Staff recommends the City Council discuss and provide direction on implementation of the City's Soft Story Seismic Retrofit Program, including financial incentive programs, tenant cost sharing, and staffing.


BACKGROUND

On September 27, 2021 the City Council adopted an Ordinance amending Chapter 15.02 of the Culver City Municipal Code (CCMC) by adding subchapter 15.02.500, Mandatory Seismic Strengthening Provisions for Existing Wood-Frame Buildings with Soft, Weak or Open-Front Walls. This Ordinance is the basis for the City's Soft Story Seismic Retrofit Program and requires owners of certain properties to make seismic (earthquake resistance) improvements to their buildings. During the Ordinance introduction on September 13, 2021, the City Council directed staff to further study financial incentives to reduce the fiscal burden on property owners and encourage owners to make the seismic improvements in a timely manner. City Council directed staff to return to City Council later to present its findings.


DISCUSSION

The City retained Degenkolb Engineers to assist in the implementation of the Soft Story Ordinance, including researching fee waivers and financial incentives. In July and Aug...

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