Grass Valley development impact fee expected to increase next year |

Grass Valley development impact fee expected to increase next year


What: Grass Valley City Council meetings

When: 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month

Where: Grass Valley City Hall, located at 125 E. Main St.

Future developers of infrastructures or facilities in Grass Valley will likely see their development impact fees go up 2.2 percent for the upcoming year, if a proposition for the increase is approved during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

A public hearing to discuss the annual inflation increase is scheduled to take place 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Grass Valley City Hall.

“This offsets an impact a developer has when they build a new house; from there they pay that fee, that fee is used to expand or add additional capacities,” said Public Works Director Tim Kiser.

City staff collects impact fees from developers to defray all or a part of the cost of public facilities related to the project.

Some examples of projects that require the developers to pay an impact fee include residential development, hospitals, parks, and schools.

Kiser said the staff studies the Impact Fee Programs and the Engineering News-Record Construction Cost Index for San Francisco annually to adjust the impact fee.

The Engineering News-Record Construction Cost Index, or ENR-CCI, is like a cost of living index for the construction industry, Kiser said.

“We look at the ENR-CCI index,” said Kiser. “We raise and lower our cost, based on that index,”

The new fee will be applied July 25, if the council approves it.

Also on Tuesday, council members are expected to make a decision on the second reading of a text amendment to add manufacturing/processing and manufacturing/small shops as permitted uses in a business park at the Whispering Pines Corporate Community near Brunswick and Idaho-Maryland roads.

If approved, the Whispering Pines Specific Plan SP-1A Corporate Business Park designation area will allow food products processing and incubators.

But companies interested in carrying cosmetics and drugs, chemical laboratories, and dry cleaning will need to acquire a conditional use permit through the planning commission, subject to approval by the city council.

In other business, council members will hear about the general fund budget report for the fiscal year 2016-2017.

For more information related to the city council meeting, visit:

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu email, or call 530-477-4236.

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