Fire code re­quires road ac­cess


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to the LCRA through Jan. 4.

The re­view will take an un­de­ter­mined amount of time, said Jim Richard­son, man­ager of water ser­vice man­age­ment for LCRA.

“We’re just fol­low­ing the guide­lines of the LCRA,” Ship­ley said Mon­day. “This is an op­por­tu­nity of the pub­lic of see­ing what we’re in­tend­ing ... and an­swer any ques­tions they have.”

One of the big­gest con­cerns raised by nearby res­i­dents is the lack of roads lead­ing to the devel­op­ment site.

Keith Pow­ell, pres­i­dent of the Co­manche Trail Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, said he’s wor­ried about re­sponse times for an emer­gency. The neigh­bor­hood as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sents about 92 homes in the area.

“We have a whole com­mit­tee set aside just to man­age the fire risk in my neigh­bor­hood,” Pow­ell said. “This ma­rina im­poses an in­cred­i­ble fire risk to our com­mu­nity. It would be a deal breaker with­out road ac­cess and a fire­break be­tween the ma­rina and the hill­side. I wouldn’t take the fire­break alone.”

The ma­rina would be sur­rounded by pri­vate land and the Bal­cones Cany­on­lands Pre­serve, so a road would be un­likely.

Aus­ti­nite Loree Pitts, who has a home across the lake from the pro­posed ma­rina site, said she also is con­cerned.

“I don’t want it to be that some­thing hap­pens over that and some­one said, ‘No one told me this.’ I want ev­ery­one to know about it and ev­ery­one signs off on this,” she said.

John Durham, as­sis­tant fire chief for Travis County Emer­gency Ser­vices District No. 6 Lake Travis Fire Res­cue, said the district adopted a fire code that re­quires road ac­ces­si­bil­ity for emer­gency ve­hi­cles and equip­ment.

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