The Burbank Assn. of Realtors is concerned about the wood-shake-roof ordinance the City Council is scheduled to review on Feb 21. This 20-year-old ordinance is to take effect August and we feel will this could have an effect on many homeowners who cannot afford to replace currently serviceable roofs and also hamper the real estate recovery in our own city.
In light of the fact that residents received permits for roof-overs without signing any documents indicating they were aware of the pending mandate to replace wood shake roofs and roof-over shakes by 2012 until 2000 — eight years after the ordinance was passed — we feel that it is fair to ask the Burbank City Council to support an eight-year extension on roof-overs and a two-year extension on wood shake roofs.
This extension, we believe, would give the city of Burbank ample time to find replacement money for the now-defunct Redevelopment Agency, which used to help those who needed financial assistance with improvements on their homes.