City Code Framework

By December 2025: The Engineering Standards and City Code Framework will be updated

Description:

STANDARDS: a technical standard is an established norm or requirement. It is usually a formal document that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes, and practices. The documents are prepared by a professional group or committee, which is believed to be a good and proper engineering practice and contains mandatory requirements.

CODES: a code is a set of rules and specifications or systematic procedures for design, fabrication, installation, and inspection methods prepared in such a manner that it can be adopted by legal jurisdiction. Codes can be approved by local, state, or federal governments and can carry the force of law. The main purpose of codes is to protect the public by setting up the minimum acceptable level of safety for buildings, products, and processes.

Significance:

The Engineering Code of Standards and Specifications for the Design and Construction of Public Improvements was adopted by the City and was made effective on January 12, 2016. 

The standards and City code framework apply to all infrastructure and construction work within City limits. All improvements, repairs and new developments are required to adhere to approved construction standards which have been approved by the City Council.  

The engineering standards and City codes are used by developers, construction managers, engineers, and other parties who design, build, and/or construct projects in the City. 

It is important that the City's engineering standards and City codes are continuously updated to meet regulatory requirements and other known standards. As engineering practices change and improve, it is necessary for the City to ensure its engineering standards and codes reflect the changes. 

Analysis:

During 2021, the Engineering team continued their work updating engineering standards and City code framework by completing draft engineering standards and specifications. The team will be proposing new milestones in 2022 to ensure work continues in order to meet this strategic result by December, 2025.