Item: Avalanche hazard investigations, ordinances, and zoning, salt lake county, utah
Title: Avalanche hazard investigations, ordinances, and zoning, salt lake county, utah
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2004 International Snow Science Workshop, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Authors: David A. Scroggin, Jack Johnson Company, L. Darlene Batatian, P.G., Salt Lake County Geologist
Abstract: This presentation will discuss the development of an Avalanche Hazard Ordinance for Salt Lake County, Utah. The ordinance was enacted after recognition that urban development of high-end, hillside residential homes was encroaching into range-front avalanche hazard zones. The new ordinance was drafted by the County Geologist and an avalanche consultant by researching current requirements of other jurisdictions, identifying the standard of practice for avalanche investigations and design, and developing an Avalanche Special Study Area Map. The ordinance was adopted in 2002 as part of a major revision to the Geologic Hazards Ordinance (Chapter 19.75 of the Code of Ordinances) and avalanche hazard analysis is now considered during land use permitting in hillside development zones. The avalanche ordinance provides requirements for avalanche analysis, mitigation, and design.
Keywords: zoning, ordinance, slope analysis, hillside development, hazards, government approvals
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