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“Making Rural Development Multifamily Projects Accessible” Based on work by Larry Fleming. RD Olympia State Office, April 2014. Accessibility Laws. Four Federal laws impact accessibility for MFH projects:. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973)

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making rural development multifamily projects accessible based on work by larry fleming
“Making Rural Development Multifamily Projects Accessible” Based on work by Larry Fleming

RD Olympia State Office, April 2014

accessibility laws
Accessibility Laws

Four Federal laws impact accessibility for MFH projects:

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973)
  • The Fair Housing Amendments Act (1988)
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (1991)
  • The Architectural Barriers Act (1968)
examples of most common site plan accessibility issues
Examples of most common Site Plan accessibility issues:

No accessible route connecting major elements on site: parking-office-apartment- all amenities and public transportation.

There are prescribed maximum slopes to comply with law: the slope of walking surfaces in walking direction should not exceed 1:20 (5%), accessible parking not steeper than 1:50 (2%), ramps not steeper than 1:12 (8.333%), ramp landing 2% slope maximum, sidewalk in front of exterior door on the accessible route 2% maximum.…

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Example: 307.4 Vertical Clearance under the stairs shall be 80 inches minimum. Rails or other barriers shall be provided where the vertical clearance is less than 80 inches

example changes in level greater than inch 13 mm in height shall be ramped
Example: Changes in level greater than ½ inch (13 mm) in height shall be ramped.
  • Sidewalk or threshold
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Example: FIG. 502.4 PARKING SPACE ACCESS AISLE 502.7 Identification703.6.3.1. Signs identifying van parking spaces shall be 60 inches minimum above the floor of the parking space.

accessibility requirements
Accessibility Requirements
  • Purchase or Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings / Facilities
    • UFAS: make accessible “to the extent possible”, (grants / direct loans) (judgement calls)
    • ADA: only if / when item repaired, (guaranteed only loans)
  • Self Evaluation / Transition Plan
    • Involve State Architect and / or Civil Rights Coordinator / Manager
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