Members of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners adopted an amended version of International Code. The code outlines minimum building requirements for new construction in the unincorporated areas of Johnson County.
During an April 18 meeting, commissioners unanimously approved the code update. However, commissioner Michael Ashcraft, who represents part of Olathe, said there are provisions of it that made him uncomfortable.
Specifically, Ashcraft said the code adopts building codes that make new buildings safe and also energy efficient. He worried the energy efficient portions may be unnecessary, costly and burdensome.
Commissioners agreed that county staff will meet with builders within a year of the code’s adoption to determine if it is too onerous.
“It is my intent, one of the things about adopting the energy code is not exactly the cost to homebuilders, but the payback to homeowners,” Mallory said. “These (energy efficiency) provisions will pay back to the homeowners over time. We want to track that. I don’t know how yet.”
The code commissioners adopted mirrors the code Olathe recently adopted, and according to a briefing sheet provided to the board, the cities of Shawnee, Lenexa, De Soto, Gardner, Spring Hill, Mission and Merriam are also moving toward adopting the 2012 International Code. The cities may amend the code to reflect individual standards. For example, Brown told the commission Overland Park codes are typically more stringent than in other parts of the county.
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