Image courtesy of LA County Fire. Recovery after Woolsey Fire.

Overview

The Los Angeles County (County) Department of Regional Planning is in the process of developing the Community Wildfire Protection (CWP) Ordinance. The CWP Ordinance was formerly named, and referenced in the General Plan, as the Reduce Damage From Wildfire Ordinance. The CWP Ordinance is being drafted in response to the February 11, 2020 motion by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The CWP Ordinance will amend the Los Angeles County Code Title 21 (Subdivisions Code) and Title 22 (Planning and Zoning Code) to address adequate evacuation egress during wildfire events, to improve public safety, and to reduce risks to development located within Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (VHFSHSZ).

A concurrent effort to address wildfire is the Countywide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CCWPP).  The CCWPP aims to identify local hazardous fuel reduction projects that may be implemented to reduce wildfire risk.  It is an opportunity for communities to identify their local wildfire risks and preparation needs.  Unlike the CWPO which is a regulatory document that mandates specific requirements for new development, the CWPP is not a required plan and has no regulatory effect.

The CWP Ordinance is based on recommendations made by the After Action Review of the Woolsey Fire Incident and the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) Final Recommendations to Reduce Wildfire Risk to Existing and Future Development: Los Angeles County, California.


Draft Community Wildfire Protection Ordinance

Now available for public review and comment!

We are pleased to announce that the Draft Community Wildfire Protection (CWP) Ordinance is now available for public review and comment. Please use the links to the right to download the documents.

For ease of review, the CWP Ordinance is divided into three parts: Amendments to Title 21 (Subdivisions); Amendments to Title 22 (Hillside Management Ordinance); and Amendments to the Hillside Management Ordinance Design Guidelines.

Code amendments are identified by underlined text, and deletions are identified by strikeouts.

Public comments will be collected until Monday October 3rd, 2022. After comments have been received, the CWP Ordinance will be revised and released back to the public for final review and comment. To submit comments or questions, please use the link below or email us directly at at: safety@planning.lacounty.gov


Background

The CWP Ordinance has been supported by a grant for the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW, pronounced “SEE-PAW”) assistance program.

CPAW is a national program that provides communities with expertise from professional land use planners, foresters, and fire behavior specialists to recommend improvements to local policies and codes. In 2020, the County was one of the six communities chosen to receive technical assistance from the CPAW program. Technical assistance included an analysis of the County’s land use regulations and recommendations to increase safety and reduce the threat of wildfire to homes and business. The County collaborated with CPAW’s team of professional land use planners, foresters, risk modelers, researchers, and local community stakeholders to identify opportunities to address wildfire through the planning process.


Maps

CAL FIRE maps Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (VHFHSZ) in both State Responsibility Areas (SRA) and Local Responsibility Areas (LRA). These maps are generated by CAL FIRE’s Fire and Resources Assessment Program (FRAP) based on relevant factors such as fuels, terrain, and weather.

Please use the map link below to determine if your property is within a VHFHSZ.


Contact

For more information or to submit comments, please email us at: safety@planning.lacounty.gov.