City Council to Discuss Development Impact Fees
On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, the City Council will discuss the potential merits and drawbacks of Development Impact Fees and consider whether such fees should be established in the City of Santa Barbara. The Council Agenda Report can be viewed here.
A development impact fee is a monetary exaction charged by a local government to an applicant in connection with approval of a development project for the purpose of defraying all or a portion of the cost of public improvements, public services, and community amenities related to the project (Gov. Code § 66000(b) & (d)). A development impact fee is not a tax or special assessment; it is voluntary, charged only to new development, designed and used to fund new capital improvements, public services and community amenities needed to serve development, and must be reasonably related to the cost of the improvement, service, or amenity provided by the local agency.
As stakeholders in the Land Development Team process, the City encourages you to participate in this discussion. You are invited to attend this hearing and address your verbal comments to the City Council. Written comments are also welcome up to the time of the hearing, and should be addressed to the City Council via the City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 1990, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-1990.
The regular City Council meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.