Re: drivable emergency access. was RE: "Cohousing Overlay"asZoning Regulation
From: Kay Argyle (
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:22:51 -0700 (PDT)
We showed the literature on the grass pavers and a sample to a local fire
station head. He indicated he didn't personally have experience with them,
but didn't see a reason they couldn't be used for an emergency access.

"... I am totally unaware of situations where firefighters have
walked away from a blaze because they disagree with a tree or a turning

I have strong views about externalizing costs. The fact that firefighters
will do their job regardless, doesn't let the architect, builder, home
owner, etc., off the hook. Quite the contrary. 

>From a more self-interested standpoint, consider that, if a firefighter goes
on disability or a fire truck gets damaged, your tax dollars pay for it.
Moving the planting location of a tree a couple of feet away from the
emergency access is far cheaper than a new windshield for a fire truck.

Taken into account from the beginning of a design process, safety features
don't need to cost a fortune, cause inconvenience, or be ugly.

Wasatch Commons


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