Quality of Services

Infrastructure

Update Engineering Standards and City Code Framework

Due: December 2025

Principle: Enforcing the federal Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water, and Endangered Species Act through best practices. Providing computer-aided drafting, design services, special analysis, GIS application, and enterprise system integration while maintaining or replacing infrastructure and accommodating new construction projects.

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 prepared by a professional group or committee which are believed to be good and proper engineering practices and which contain 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 in the City limits. All improvements, repairs and new developments are required to adhere to approved construction standards which have been approved by 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

The work on this strategic result is complex and will require multiple years to complete. Potential changes must be fully researched, shared with stakeholders and be approved by City Council. Please check back on a quarterly basis for updates.


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