RE: Fire regulations and cohousing
From: Casey Morrigan (
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 14:04:01 -0700 (MST)
We failed to take into account what the fire chief might tell us during
development (why was that?  don't know) and as a result had quite a bit of
plan redrawing to do.  A good relationship with the local chief ended up
being important, as he walked through the site and saw what really had to be
done, apart from the adversarial directives that seemed to develop without
personal contact. (another lesson in why someone who can handle
relationships during development was important).

Of course we had to get smoke detectors in our houses.  We do not have
sprinklers or smoke detectors in our common house.  We did have to make it
so a fire truck could drive up our plaza and reach our upper units.

Does another local fire dept. have the equipment?  Would it really be needed
for your devel?  etc.

Good luck tonite.


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We have a hearing tonight with the town of Charlotte?s planning commission
for preliminary subdivision approval (2nd hearing), and yesterday the fire
chief submitted a letter to the planning commission recommending that no
multi-family units be built in Charlotte until they buy the equipment
necessary to deal with multi-family fires.

What has been the experience of other cohousing communities (in particular
multi-family and very closely clustered) with issues like these? I?ve looked
through the archives & found little on fire regulations & cohousing, &
thought maybe some people on the list had personal experience they?d be
willing to post (today, if possible, so we can use it in our discussions

Thanks in advance.


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