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    Hillside development regulations

    I am working on developing regulations for hillside development. Our code currently states that development on slopes > 30% shall be permitted only with a variance. Unfortunately, that is all that it says. Developers think this is an outdated regulation and insist that anything can be engineered. I have the authority to require additional information to be submitted. This is what I came up with so far: engineered stamped soils report and slope analysis, side section illustration of the proposed cut.

    Is there a certain % slope that is unbuildable?

    Thanks!

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    I am interning in a small community in Oregon and actually just ran across this issue today while reviewing a subdivison tentative plan. I have only been here for about a month now and can't provide much expertise, but we require a geotechnical report for anything over 15%. Hope this helps a little if you need anything else I can look through our Land Development Code and help you out.

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    Have you looked at the following -
    Colorado Springs' Hillside Development Guidelines Manual
    http://www.springsgov.com/Page.asp?NavID=1177

    Planning for Hillside Development by Robert Olshansky APA PAS 466
    http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/planning/P...evelopment.pdf

    Hillside and Ridgetop Regulations: A Recommendation for Asheville
    http://www.maconnc.org/planning/Hill...'ville.pdf
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    GEOTECHNICAL

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    Quote Originally posted by abrowne View post
    GEOTECHNICAL
    The geotechnical engineers will report that anything can be constructed on any slope (based on my California and Ide ho' experience). And of course, they want to design the foundation. Slope is not much of an issue here in Florida.

    The topic is a slippery slope (pun intended).

    In other words, I have no answer.

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    Slope is not much of an issue here in Florida.

    The topic is a slippery slope (pun intended).
    Off-topic:
    The only slippery slopes one might find in Florida are the Water Slides in a Water Park.
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    Thanks. The PAS advisory will be helpful.

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