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Bill Detail: HB23-1075

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Title Wildfire Evacuation And Clearance Time Modeling
Status Governor Signed (05/12/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Local Government
  • State Government
House Sponsors M. Snyder (D)
J. Joseph (D)
Senate Sponsors T. Exum Sr. (D)
House Committee Agriculture, Water and Natural Resources
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/19/2023

Section 1 of the bill directs the office of emergency management
(office) to provide resources and technical assistance to an eligible entity
to conduct evacuation and clearance time modeling and to publish the
results to an interactive website. An eligible entity includes a fire
department, governing body of a political subdivision, local or
interjurisdictional emergency management agency, or homeowners'
association that is located in or provides services to a wildfire risk area.
The office is required to conduct an outreach and education campaign to
advise eligible agencies of the program.
On and after July 1, 2026, each local and interjurisdictional
emergency management agency that has jurisdiction in a wildfire risk area
must perform evacuation and clearance time modeling and include the
information in the emergency management plan for its area.
Section 2 requires that, beginning on January 1, 2024, for
proposed developments of a certain size, a developer must perform
evacuation and clearance time modeling for the proposed development
and submit the information to the local government that will consider the
application for a development permit for approval. A local government
cannot approve an application for a development permit submitted on or
after that date unless the application includes the evacuation and
clearance time modeling and the local government determines that it is
adequate for the proposed development.

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