After two deferrals, the Santa Clara City Council is scheduled to decide on increases to parks fes at its meeting on January 12, 2016. Santa Clara imposed significant fee increases on new residential construction in 2014, raising rates from a maximum of $500 per unit to more than $22,000 per multi-family unit and $30,000 for a single-family home. The 2014 ordinance also authorized annual fee increases and a new study commissioned by the city purportedly shows that land values have skyrocketed across Santa Clara to roughly $5 million per acre. That equates to a fee increase of more than 30 percent for multi-family units and 50 percent for single-family units. If adopted, the new multi-family fee would exceed $30,000 per unit and the single-family rate would top $46,000 per house. Click here to view the staff report and land valuation study. Click here
to view the BIA opposition letter.