Jefferson City could be close to finalizing tweaks to the city's building codes, which has been under review by several dozen contractors, designers, city planners and other business leaders over recent months.
The goal is to create robust building codes that are easy to use, but also balance business needs. While studying the codes, the citizens' committee also sought public input.
The city updates its building codes only once every six years, so the committee's work is an important step in the evolution of our building code.
We believe the committee's work has yielded positive changes. Among other things, the codes would be altered to:
Building codes affect us all, not just developers. They often aim to balance safety and affordability. If that balance is off, you could be buying/renting something that is unsafe, or you could be paying extra for unneeded safety measures.
So far, we like what we've seen in the proposed code changes. But if you don't, now is your time to act. Let your council representatives know how you feel. They'll get the new recommendations Aug. 7, and could vote on them soon after.