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- 31. Bill Whittle: Best Speech of 2012
Our Conservative Message is Unbeatable! (Some of) our Republican messengers are losers.Click here to read more
- 32. Gilbert Town Council to discuss 2012 International Codes: July 30
Gilbert Watch recently posted an article titled The 2012 ICC's New Regulations: Will Gilbert Adopt them? If you would like to gain some insight into the pro and con discussion at the Town Council level about the wisdom of adopting several hundred pages of new regulations in Gilbert, please attend the Tuesday, July 30 Study Session. This is a discussion only; no votes will be taken.
The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Gilbert Municipal Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, beginning at 4:00 pm.
If you cannot attend, you can watch the meeting on Gilbert Live Channel 11. Gilbert keeps an archive of past meetings, so, if you cannot watch it live, you can watch it later at your convenience.
Here is the item as it is stated on the Agenda:
2. Presentation and discussion on the adoption of the following technical codes:
2012 International Building Code
2012 International Residential Code
2012 International Mechanical Code
2012 International Plumbing Code
2012 International Fuel Gas Code
2012 International Energy Conservation Code
2012 International Fire Code
2012 International Green Construction Code
2011 National Electric Code
2013 Code for the Enforced Removal or Abatement of Prohibited Conditions, and Arizonans with Disabilities Act and possible amendments thereto as set forth in the Town of Gilbert Building and Construction Regulations 2013 edition.
The following chart depicts the proliferation of just one family of codes: International Residential Code:
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- 34. The 2012 ICC's New Regulations: Will Gilbert Adopt Them?
There is a meeting of the Town Council on July 30 in which the issue of the 2012 International Code Council (ICC) building code adoption will be discussed. This is a public meeting. You are strongly encouraged to attend. It will be held in the Council Chambers of the Gilbert Municipal Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive, beginning at 4:00 pm. The agenda should be published in the next few days.
The Gilbert Town Council will soon be making a decision about what, if any, International Codes they will adopt. The last time they adopted a set of codes from the ICC was in 2006. Normally, the ICC issues a new set of code updates every 3 years. However, because of the recession of 2009, the builders in Arizona lobbied the state legislature to pass a law (A.R.S. 9-805) that did not allow municipalities to adopt any newer building code.
Without that law, Gilbert likely would have passed it, forcing many builders, contractors, and future home buyers out of Gilbert.
That didn’t stop the ICC from dreaming up about 940 code “updates,” which appear in a stack of several code books in their 2012 version.
The question is not: “Are these codes sound”? The question is: “Should they be made law”?
Codes, when “adopted” by a town or city council become law. They aren’t optional. They affect everyone who must abide by them. This includes the builders, architects, draftsmen, plumbers, electricians….all kinds of tradesmen. They also affect the end consumer. Code updates increase the cost of a new home or building.
The myriad of codes that have been imposed on Gilbert citizens affect and create work for every Town employee who is involved with interpreting and enforcing every code, from initial plan design and approval, building inspections, compliance, fire safety. The adoption of new codes will add hundreds of new regulations. Many builders will profit by the additional work and pass the cost on to citizens. The citizens will eventually bear the cost of all the expensive fees, inspections, and hours it takes to design, review, and inspect. This will cost families millions of additional dollars very quickly.
The Hidden Cost to All Gilbert Homeowners in your Homeowners Insurance policy
- 35. Gilbert, AZ among "Most Saintly" in America
A. J. LaFaro was right, when he said, ""When I die and go to heaven I want to go to Gilbert … because Gilbert reflects the values that I believe in… and is home to lawmakers who oppose Medicaid expansion.” See Maricopa County GOP Head A. J. LaFaro in battle for Party's Future.
It looks like Gilbert is indeed a slice of Heaven. Gilbert was recently ranked the 2nd Most Saintly City in America. We can thank the good citizens of Gilbert for this honor.
The judging criteria was based on the following Seven Deadly Sins:Click here to read more
- 36. Fines & Jail Time for Keeping Chickens in Gilbert
Let's say you keep 5 chickens in your backyard in Gilbert. Your children consider them pets and have named them Honey-Bun, Suzie, Blondie, Wanda, and Pumpkin. You consider them a source of nutritious food. Let's say you are unfortunate enough to live in a subdivision that is zoned SF-6 or SF-7. Other people in other parts of Gilbert are allowed to have chickens. They have bigger lots. But your lot is only 6,000 or 7,000 square feet. Your chickens are illegal.
Before I go into the details of this story (having changed the names of the chickens to protect their privacy), it's important for you to know that until 2005 when Gilbert's Land Development was "updated," you could have legally kept your five little chickens.Click here to read more
- 37. Nielson Ray's Response to Town Management's Proposed Amendments to the 2012 ICC Codes.
Gilbert Watch recently published Gilbert Sticks a Branding Iron in Our Eye. Nielson Ray sent the following email to the Town Council and other interested parties after he read Larry Taylor's proposed Amendments, which are referenced in that article. Mr. Taylor is the Town's Plan Review and Inspection Manager.
To whom it may concern,
In 2008 all building in Arizona was going through a hard time. Materials were expensive, land prices were through the roof, workers were demanding more pay, and the economy crashed. Future home owners could not get loans, and jobs were getting hard to find. Many builders and contractors went out of business.
What were the cities doing to help the building industry to keep going or help new homeowners to be able to build in their cities? In Gilbert's case, they did little to help. They were even going to pass the 2009 ICC codes into law. But builders in Arizona lobbied to the state legislature to pass a law that did not allow municipalities to adopt any newer building codes during the Great Recession. (A.R.S. 9-805).Click here to read more
- 38. Terry Organ's Response to Town Management's Proposed Amendments to the 2012 ICC Codes
Gilbert Watch recently published Gilbert Sticks a Branding Iron in our Eye. Terry Organ sent the following email to the Town Council and other interested parties after he read Larry Taylor's proposed Amendments, which are referenced in that article. Mr. Taylor is the Town's Plan Review and Inspection Manager.
Sent June 19, 2013
To whom it may concern,
I am a general contractor who has lived in the Town of Gilbert for over 25 years. I have built many custom homes over the years all across the valley and in several counties in our state including many homes in Gilbert. I attended one of the public meetings where some of the new 2012 ICC codes were highlighted in a presentation. I was very disturbed at what I heard concerning these codes, and I voiced my opinion accordingly.
- 39. "Gilbert Sticks a Branding Iron in our Eye"
Enter the name Rusdon Ray in the Gilbert Watch search box, and you will see about 10 articles devoted to why the Gilbert Town Council should NOT pass 1,000 new "code updates" on the construction industry, and on Gilbert families. You will see evidence of the herculean efforts made by Rusdon, industry professionals, tradesmen, and private citizens on why these codes are mostly irrelevant to life/safety issues. Rusdon and his team are unpaid volunteers fighting for individual liberty and the free market.
Gilbert's Town Management is urging the Council to pass the latest ICC (International Code Council) codes into law. For the last 10 years, towns and cities are passing these types of codes into law in lockstep all across America.
It is the proliferation of government regulations on steroids, at the local level.
Here is my question to each Gilbert Town Council member: