Merced City Council to discuss fire codes, zoning change

The Merced City Council will hold a public hearing on new building and fire codes and consider a zoning change for property at G and 23rd streets at tonight’s meeting.

The council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the council chamber on the second floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

Every three years, the state fire and building codes are reviewed and updated to reflect changes in the building industry and in technology. The action before the council reflects the updates in the codes, according to a City Council press release.

The zoning change and general plan amendment to the two parcels of property near G and 23rd streets would change them from neighborhood commercial to general commercial. The change broadens the kinds of businesses that would be allowed to operate on the property. The city owns the property, having purchased the land when it built the G Street underpass.

The council will meet in closed session at 6 p.m. to confer with legal counsel regarding initiating litigation and to confer with labor negotiators, the release said.

The council agenda is posted online at and is available outside the chamber before the meeting. Request to Speak cards are available at the meeting or can be downloaded from the city’s website. Cards must be turned in to the city clerk in order for a person to be recognized by the council.

City Council meetings are streamed live on the Internet. A link to the live meeting is on the city’s home page. The city will add a video of the council meeting to YouTube for people who were unable to watch it live. These services are in addition to the live broadcast of the meeting on Comcast’s Government Channel 96.