Chapter 19.30


19.30.010    Purpose

19.30.020    Terms And Definitions

19.30.030    Applicability

19.30.040    Amount Of Fee

19.30.050    Payment Of Fee

19.30.060    Credits And Waivers

19.30.070    Exemption

19.30.080    Use Of Funds

19.30.090    Appeals

19.30.100    Supplementary Provisions

19.30.110    Severability

19.30.120    Time Limitation For Judicial Review

19.30.010 Purpose:

City council finds that the cumulative impact of all new development under the general plan will result in unacceptable decreases in public services. To prevent these undesirable consequences, public facilities, equipment and vehicles must be provided at a rate which will accommodate the expected residential growth in the city. The city council acknowledges that the demand for public facilities is shared by new development as well as existing development. The general facilities fee apportions the cost of the necessary public facilities among the different categories of new and existing users according to the reasonably estimated demand that each group of users places upon public facilities. (Ord. 427 §2, 2001)

19.30.020 Terms And Definitions:

For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated in this section:

A.    "Business use" means any commercial, retail, office or industrial use.

B.    "Developer" means an individual or entity submitting an application for a building permit or other entitlement for development.

C.    "Development" means:

1.    New residential unit, including conversion of an existing unit to more than one unit.

2.    New business uses.

D.    "Future growth" means the total amount of potential new development in the city permitted under the general plan. Future growth is expressed in terms of gross square footage for business use development and in terms of the number of dwelling units for residential development.

E.    "Public facilities" means those improvements necessary to provide general municipal facilities, equipment and vehicles identified in the "General Facilities Development Impact Fee Calculation Report" dated January 2001, and other improvements in connection therewith, as may be determined by the city council from time to time, which are not otherwise provided by, or required of, development within the city pursuant to title 16, "Subdivisions", title 17, "Zoning", or title 15, "Buildings And Construction", of this code. Public facilities shall also include architectural, administrative, legal, planning, environmental and other services required in connection with the implementation of this chapter and the construction of the foregoing improvements. (Ord. 427 §2, 2001)

19.30.030 Applicability:

Except as otherwise expressly provided in this chapter, the general facilities fee required under this chapter is payable with respect to each development within the city for which a building permit or other entitlement for development is issued on or after the effective date hereof. (Ord. 427 §2, 2001)

19.30.040 Amount Of Fee:

A.    The amount of the fee shall be determined by the building department prior to issuance of the building permit, based upon the following: Residential uses $274.59 per unit Business uses $0.094 per gross square foot

B.    In the event that a developer is not satisfied with the calculation of the fee by the building department, the developer may submit a written request that the type of land use and the amount of the fee required of the development be determined by the city manager.

C.    The developer shall be notified in writing of the city manager’s determination about the type of land use and the fee applicable to the development. Such determination shall be made within thirty (30) days of the city manager’s receipt of the developer’s request for the city manager’s determination. The developer may appeal the determination of the city manager to the city council in accordance with the provisions of section 19.30.090 of this chapter. (Ord. 427 §2, 2001)

19.30.050 Payment Of Fee:

A.    The entire fee shall be paid prior to the date of final inspection or the date of issuance of certificate of occupancy, whichever occurs later, and no final inspection shall be completed and no certificate of occupancy shall be issued until said fee is paid in full.

B.    Prepayment of the general facilities fee shall not be accepted by the city unless prepayment is authorized in a development or other agreement. (Ord. 427 §2, 2001)

19.30.060 Credits And Waivers:

A.    Credits: If the developer desires to construct a public facility, the developer and the city may enter into an agreement regarding a credit against the public facilities fees due.

B.    Waivers: Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, the general facilities fee shall be waived, in whole or in part, in those cases where in a subdivision improvement agreement or other contract between the city and a developer, the city has specifically agreed to such a waiver in consideration of other mitigation actions. Those actions shall have a reasonable relationship between the new development, the needed public facilities, and the estimated cost of those public facilities. (Ord. 427 §2, 2001)

19.30.070 Exemption:

Unless a development or other agreement provides otherwise, the following development projects shall be exempt, in whole or in part, from the general facilities fee otherwise required by this chapter:

A.    Residential development consisting of the repair or replacement of a residential unit, on a one to one basis.

B.    Business use development consisting of the repair or replacement of structures, provided that such repair or replacement does not result in any conversion or change in land use, or any enlargement of gross floor area beyond that of the previous structure. (Ord. 427 §2, 2001)

19.30.080 Use Of Funds:

The fees paid pursuant to this chapter shall, except for temporary investments, be placed in a separate fund in a manner to avoid commingling of the fees with other revenues or funds of the city, and shall be used solely for the purpose of acquiring and constructing the public facilities, identified by the city council in the "General Facilities Development Impact Fee Calculation Report" dated January 2001, or general municipal public facilities included in the city’s capital improvement plan. Any interest income earned on the fund shall also be deposited therein and shall only be expended for the purposes set forth in this chapter. (Ord. 427 §2, 2001)

19.30.090 Appeals:

A developer may appeal to the city council any determination made pursuant to this chapter. All appeals shall be in writing and shall be filed within fifteen (15) days of the date of mailing to the developer any written notice of the applicable determination. Any appeal not filed within such period shall be deemed waived. The city council shall set the matter for hearing within forty five (45) days of the date of receipt by the city clerk of the notice of appeal. (Ord. 427 §2, 2001)

19.30.100 Supplementary Provisions:

It is the intent of the city council that the fees required by this chapter shall be supplementary to the fees, dedications or conditions imposed upon development pursuant to the provisions of the subdivision map act, California environmental quality act, and other state laws and city ordinances, policies or conditions which may authorize the imposition of fees, dedications or conditions thereon. (Ord. 427 §2, 2001)

19.30.110 Severability:

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any person, association, corporation or to any property as to whom or which it is beyond the power of the city to impose the fee provided in this chapter. If any sentence, clause, section or part of this chapter, or any fee imposed upon any person or entity is found to be unconstitutional, illegal or invalid, such unconstitutionality, illegality or invalidity shall affect only such sentence, clause, section or part of this chapter, and shall not affect or impair any of the remaining provisions, sentences, clauses, sections or other parts of this chapter, or its effect on other persons or entities. It is declared to be the intention of the city council that this chapter would have been adopted had such unconstitutional, illegal, invalid sentence, clause, section or part of this chapter not been included herein, or had such person or entity been expressly exempted from the application of this chapter. To this end, the provisions of this chapter are severable. (Ord. 427 §2, 2001)

19.30.120 Time Limitation For Judicial Review:

In accordance with the provisions of section 66022 of the California Government Code, any judicial action or proceeding to attach, review, set aside, void or annul this chapter shall be brought within one hundred twenty (120) days of its effective date. (Ord. 427 §2, 2001)