Re: Fire regulations and cohousing
From: Laura Fitch, A.I.A. (
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 06:25:06 -0700 (MST)
Hi Sheila (and others)

How about a fire pond? I know that the schools that I have designed in rural areas have required fire ponds so that there would be adequate water supply for pumping. When they say equipment, do they mean big pumper trucks (big town expense!)? Could a pond AND possibly a pump (in adjacent pump house) substitute?


Laura Fitch, A.I.A.
Principal Architect

110 Pulpit Hill Rd.
Amherst, MA  01002
413-549-7918 (fax)

lfitch [at]

Fred H Olson wrote:

Sheila Braun <sbraun [at]>
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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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