Penn Valley school board to visit developer fee initiative |

Penn Valley school board to visit developer fee initiative

The Penn Valley Union Elementary School District board of trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Williams Ranch School Library, 14804 Pleasant Valley Road in Penn Valley. Among several action items on the board agenda, a public hearing will be held in reference to a proposal to increase school facilities fees for local contractors and developers.

The initiative, which was tabled two weeks ago by the Nevada Joint Union High School District, and adopted by Nevada City, Grass Valley, and Pleasant Ridge Union school districts, would increase fees on residential projects within each individual district by adopting a fee of $3.36 per square foot, an uptick of more than 35 cents over the current fee.

Commercial and industrial development projects would increase by 7 cents, with a fee in the amount of 54 cents per square foot. To enact the fee increase, school districts must conduct a developer study to determine the impact of the anticipated increase in commercial or industrial employees on the cost of providing school facilities.

“The developer fee study is part of what is being done with the consortium for Nevada County,” District Superintendent Angela Haick said. “So all the public school districts go in on it together, and have the developer fee study done by an outside organization, and then we take the recommendations and we all move forward simultaneously to adopt the recommendations done by the outside consortium.”

The developer fee was established by the California Legislature in 1986 to authorize school districts to levy school impact fees on residential and commercial or industrial development for the purpose of funding construction or reconstruction of school facilities.

The legislation was established to provide adequate school facilities for the student population increases that new developments generate. Maximum fees associated with the policy could subsequently be increased every two years. Local school districts have not voted to increase the fees since 2008.

“It’s just a procedural process where they’ll look at the current economic indicators and they determine if things need to be adjusted to meet current needs,” Haick said. “So yes we are part of that consortium and along with all the other schools in Nevada County.”

For more information call the district at 530-432-7311.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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