CSAC Bulletin Article

Board of Forestry—Time for the 45-Day Rulemaking

March 25, 2021

The Board of Forestry hearing on the proposed Fire Safe Regulations took place on Monday, March 22. The purpose of this special meeting was to hear a proposal to move to a formal 45-Day Rulemaking process for the draft regulations. More than 20 elected county board members joined county planning staff, local fire directors, county engineers, and coalition representatives in opposing the staff proposal. The board acknowledged the huge local presence on the call and made particular note of the diversity and varying concerns raised by our members. At just under 5pm, the board approved the staff recommendation to adopt the 45-day rulemaking by a vote of 6-2 with board members Los Huertos and Husari on the dissent.

The board additionally stated that prior to submission of the documents to the Office of Administrative Law (which may take up to 3-4 weeks), the board would do the following:

  • Finalize the initial statement of reason;
  • Take in and incorporate additional comments from today’s meeting; and,
  • Make minor updates to some of the documents.

CSAC will continue to set our members up for the next steps—working with our coalition of Rural County Representatives of California, Urban Counties of California, CalCities, and County Engineers Association of California, along with the many planners and county counsel who have spent so much time on these regulations. Look for more details from CSAC as the Board of Forestry finalizes the regulations for comment.

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