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Town of Sidney Council Meeting Highlights: April 25, 2022

Sidney, BC.;

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Overnight staffing of Fire Department reduces building code restrictions on single family homes, duplexes and small multi-family developments

New building restrictions that came into place in 2020 as a result of fire response times have now been lifted due to 24/7 staffing of the Sidney Fire Department.

In 2020, the Fire Department did not have staffing levels needed to guarantee a response time of less than 10 minutes 90% of the time to structural events. This led to a change in building code requirements for single family homes, duplexes and smaller multi-residential developments. The restrictions limited windows and doors on walls facing nearby homes, influencing the design of some new homes in Sidney.

In February 2022, Council approved 24/7 staffing of the Fire Department, improving response times. The building restrictions from 2020 have now been lifted, which will increase design options for new buildings.

Staff Report      Video (1:18:45)

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Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith