DM development fees revisited
When only one resident showed up at the Design Review Board’s Sept. 17 public workshop on development fees, the meeting turned into a roundtable discussion.
The group, which included city staff and the mayor, agreed that changes should be made to the fee schedule, which governs how much is charged for everything from processing plans for a new development to tree removal permits.
The potential changes discussed last Thursday evening will be brought to the Del Mar City Council in a public hearing tentatively scheduled for late October for a final decision.
The findings of a recent accounting study on Del Mar’s fee schedule revealed that the city loses about $750,000 yearly in direct costs resulting from the work required to approve design project permits.
Their permit fees only cover 30 percent of their expenditures for the project, and Design Review Board members expressed their intention to put more of the financial burden on the applicant.
The deficit comes out of the city’s general fund, taking money from other potential public and community uses.
Alternatives on the table are to increase fees to cover up to 70 percent of costs or to try and reclaim all direct costs.
The city is also entertaining the idea of changing permit payments for larger projects to a deposit-based payment plan to reduce city costs on more complex projects and fees for smaller, less complex projects.
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