With the August deadline for homeowners to change out their wood shake roofs looming, local Realtors concerned about a distressed housing market are expected to push the Burbank City Council on Tuesday to postpone the requirement.
Fears that the requirement would be too much of burden for struggling homeowners are in conflict with recommendations from fire officials, who say wood shake roofs dangerous fire hazards.
An ordinance passed in 1992 says wood shake roofs and roof-overs — roofs with fire-resistant materials covering wood shake — must be replaced by August 2012.
After listening to concerns from Realtors and fire officials in October, the City Council asked the two groups to get together and present options for a compromise.
Burbank Assn. of Realtors President Christopher Rizzotti said in a written statement prepared for the council meeting that the group supports an eight-year extension for roof-overs and a two-year extension for exposed wood roofs.