Greater Irvine Chamber Helps Defeat Harsh Development Fee Proposal
Friday, September 15, 2017
For the past two months, the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce has been working to combat a 108 percent traffic mitigation fee increase proposal that would affect residents, businesses, and hotels in the Irvine Business Complex (IBC).
The fee update, reexamined by the City of Irvine every two years, contained a proposal to increase the fees associated with developing in the area by a minimum of 108 percent. Originally adopted in 2010, the IBC Vision Plan created mixed-use and residential standards to facilitate the evolution of the area which was primarily office, industrial, and commercial use. At the time, the city developed a fee matrix for any new developments that were to be built. Between 2010 and 2015, the next time the city made updates to the plan, the fees increased by 21 percent. The most recent proposal represented a 108 percent increase over the 2016 rate.
Greater Irvine Chamber Director of Government Affairs Whit Peterson spoke before the City Council on Sept. 12 to oppose this massive increase.
The Greater Irvine Chamber partnered with the Building Industry Association to work out a compromise proposal, landing on a plan that would tie the fee permanently to the Construction Cost Index (CCI). The City’s Transportation Committee agreed and ultimately so did the City Council. The City Council voted 5-0 to coincide with the Transportation Commission’s recommendation to increase the fees by CCI.
The Greater Irvine Chamber thanks the Transportation Committee and the Irvine City Council for the measured approach to the issue.
For more information about the Greater Irvine Chamber’s advocacy work and how to become involved, contact Whit Peterson.
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