Longview’s building codes update gets resistance at public forum
Longview, TX — A plan to update Longview’s building codes was met with resistance Wednesday at a public forum attended by city officials and local builders and developers.
The new codes, which must be approved by the City Council, likely would increase the building cost of homes and other structures but also would prevent an increase in insurance rates.
“I’m afraid I am going to have to disagree with you ... if you think that this is not politically motivated with the government sticking their hand into every detail ... they just continue to regulate,” said Jim Fisher, who asked why the city is willing to change its codes because of the findings of a private organization. “I am not saying we don’t need the change; all I am saying is where do you come to the point where they are detailing every little tiny detail?”
The codes, issued by the International Code Council, the national creator of gold standard safety codes.
Fisher spoke at the forum Wednesday attended by about 20 builders and developers at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.
Fisher did agree that the updated codes could help Longview.
“There probably are some very viable changes that need to be made,” he said.
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