The City of Ojai is holding a public hearing regarding potential adoption of a Reach Code Ordinance at the November 10, 2020, City Council meeting. A reach code is a code that reaches beyond the state minimums. The proposed Reach Codes would limit the use of natural gas in favor of electric appliances in new construction, unless an exemption applies.

The ordinance includes exemptions for temporary buildings (construction trailers), attached ADUs, free standing ADUs that would require an electrical panel upgrade, stationary emergency generators, any portions of a building that contains any residential units deed-restricted to be affordable housing, and any project where compliance would adversely affect the project’s participation in a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program agreement.  The ordinance also includes an exemption for any remodel or modification to a residential or non-residential building issued a certificate of occupancy or equivalent final approval before January 1, 2021 – including new or modified outbuildings, accessory structures and equipment, pool heaters, spa heaters, outdoor fireplaces, and outdoor cooking facilities. An exemption is also included for new or modified restaurants, and new or replacement swimming pool heaters and related equipment.

The City Council meeting will be a webinar held via Zoom. Please visit the City of Ojai webpage at https://ojaicity.org/2020-council-agendas-and-reports/ to view the agenda and for more information, including how to submit a public comment.