September 24, 2006
Citizens for a Livable San Jose (CalSJ)
respectfully submit the following recommendations regarding the PDO/PIO in-lieu
fee alternatives and base changes proposed by Staff as of 8/31/06:
- Adjustment of fees to 100% of 2005 land values. Using the 2000 Federal census data as
required by the Quimby Act and bringing adjustment into the fees and
- Timing of changes
proposed to be 30 days following the 2nd reading of the
- Enhancement and
clarification regarding dedicated parkland: “…at least 1 acre in size…”
- Treating high-rise development in a manner
similar to other projects without payment delays, except as noted below.
- San Jose Downtown
Association’s recommendation to discount the first 2500 high-rise units in the downtown core (including current
pipeline units) with no private recreation credits under specific
conditions. If the proposal is
deemed legally viable, payment may be deferred on half of a project’s
units until Certificate of Occupancy (COO) is awarded. Payment must be at least 50% of land
value at time of COO, not less than 50% of 2005 land value, and 100% of
current land value must be in place throughout the city.
- Continued inclusion of SRO units as housing
type for purpose of calculating PDO/PIO.
- Continued exemption from PDO/PIO fees of Low and
Very Low Income units with a minimum 30-year restriction on them. We would also support a fee discount on
for-sale moderate-income units in 100% affordable developments only, if
deemed legally viable.
- Proposed additions to
amenities listed for private recreation credits (garden & pet
- Inclusion of “...or
recreational facilities…” to reflect language of the state Quimby Act and
allow more flexibility of fund usage (trails, community gardens…).
- Enhanced wording
regarding joint use agreements, and careful application of such agreements
to ensure financial justification and minimum levels of public access.
- Limiting private recreation credits and credits
for encumbered property on dual use sites to 25% (not 50%). This is a new policy that is
experimental and needs monitoring.
- Actively pursuing internal and external funding
HUD grants) and funding a staff position, if needed. This will ensure all citizens of San Jose,
regardless of economic status, have equal access to recreational
facilities. This will also compensate for the loss of previous RDA funding
through the voucher program, which has sunsetted.
CalSJ Does Not
- Two-year extension for
pipeline projects to obtain building permits or final maps in order to be
subject to the fee in place at the time the permit or map was approved by
Kerri Hamilton, Chair
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