Developer Fees

The city charges developers certain impact fees for new construction. I contend that the fees charged are insufficient, leaving taxpayers having to pay the difference via General Fund expenditures or debt service on their utility or property tax bills.

The following table illustrates the impact 3,000 single family homes with 3,4 and 5 occupants have on parks, schools and water.  Schools suffer the most impact.  The number provided demonstrate  the scale of impact and represent an approximation of cost.

Developer impact fees for school are set by state law. Developers pay a little less than $5.00  per square foot in fees to impacted high school and elementary districts. 3,000 2,000 square foot homes would generate $30,000,000 in developer fees, 3,000 1,600 square foot homes would generate $24,000,000 in developer fees while the actual cost could be $200,000,000. School districts have to pay the difference.  Most of the difference is paid by local school bonds financed by existing property owners. I feel developers should be paying a larger share. Oxnard could impose a school impact fee of $20,000 to $30,000 per bedroom for those residential units that have more than 2 bedrooms.

I have asked city council numerous times to have a study session regarding the impact new housing has on the infrastructure. Infrastructure   impact fees based upon the number of bedroom being built could be used towards parks, water, and public safety mitigation.

Number of Homes 3000
Average Number of Residents  per Home 3 4 5
Total Number of New Residents 9000 12000 15000
Parkland needed in acres at 4 acres per thousand 36 48 60
Cost to develop 1 acre of parkland
$100,000 $1,200 $1,600 $2,000
$300,000 $3,600 $4,800 $6,000
$500,000 $6,000 $8,000 $10,000
Cost to Build 1 High School 2,400 Students
Estimated Student Generation Per home 0.14 0.19 0.24
Total Student Generation 1,286 2,286 3,571
$70,000,000 $12,500 $22,222 $34,722
$80,000,000 $14,286 $25,397 $39,683
$90,000,000 $16,071 $28,571 $44,643
Cost to Build 1 Jr. High School 1,200 Students
Estimated Student Generation Per home 0.07 0.10 0.12
Total Student Generation 643 1,143 1,786
$25,000,000 $4,464 $7,937 $12,401
$30,000,000 $5,357 $9,524 $14,881
$35,000,000 $6,250 $11,111 $17,361
Cost to Build 3 K – 6 Schools 2400 Students
Estimated Student Generation Per home 0.25 0.33 0.42
Total Student Generation 2,250 4,000 6,250
$75,000,000 $23,438 $41,667 $65,104
$90,000,000 $28,125 $50,000 $78,125
$105,000,000 $32,813 $58,333 $91,146
Total Fiscal Impact for Schools per House
$170,000,000 $40,402 $71,825 $112,227
$200,000,000 $47,768 $84,921 $132,688
$230,000,000 $55,134 $98,016 $153,150
GREAT Program  $240,000,000  for 28,000 Homes $8,571.43
Estimated Impact Fees per Home $98,292.06

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