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File #: 21-204    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Discussion
File created: 2/9/2021 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 3/3/2021 Final action:
Title: Community Development Fees Review
Attachments: 1. Att.A - Chapter 5 Proposed Ordinance, 2. Att.B - Chapter 14 Proposed Ordinance, 3. Att.C - Chapter 17 Proposed Ordinance, 4. Att.D - Chapter 18 Proposed Ordinance
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AGENDA DATE: 3/3/2021

Community Development Fees Review

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Presentation and discussion of proposed updates to Community Development fees

ITEM TYPE: Regular Information Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Kamptner, Herrick, Walker, Filardo, Allshouse, S.

PRESENTER (S): Steven Allshouse


REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: Under the provisions of Chapters 5, 14, 17, and 18 of the County Code, the Department of Community Development (CDD) charges fees for a number of services that the Department provides to the development community and the general public. The purpose of the fees is to help CDD recover a portion of the cost of providing these services.

In August of 2008, the Board adopted a policy for updating the levels of existing fees. This policy provides for biennial fee adjustments, based on Board-approved salary adjustments. Under this approach, if Board-approved staff salaries increased cumulatively by a certain percentage over the course of the two years, CDD fees would increase by that same percentage. This policy has not been routinely applied. Most CDD fees were last adjusted on November 1, 2015, although some fees were adjusted as recently as November 1, 2018 and as far back as July 1, 2014.

The lack of increase in fee levels over the course of several years has made it progressively challenging for CDD to cover the cost of providing services, including the provision of mandated services. In addition, staff has recently identified several CDD costs that the current County Code does not address, which further constrains the department's ability to provide efficient services.

On January 6, 2021, the Board adopted a Resolution of Intent to update the CDD fees. The Board's public hearing is scheduled for April 21, 2021.

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