Today’s paper: County reduces developers’ fees

February 7, 2012

We will provide updates as soon as we have details, but wanted to make sure you knew this —

from: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/pima-county-reduces-development-fees/article_be5f5930-51bf-11e1-acde-0019bb2963f4.html

Pima County will give developers a break on fees for plans and plan extensions because so many projects are on hold due to poor economic conditions.

“We all recognize the symptoms of the economy. Let’s call this a sick-leave policy for the home-building industry,” Supervisor Ray Carroll said at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

The board approved changes that include giving developers three years instead of one year to get plans approved. Developers will also be allowed to buy a two-year extension for approved plans at the same price as the annual fee it replaces. The board also suspended a planned 2 percent fee increase for this fiscal year.

There have been 212 extensions filed in three years at an average price of $925 per extension, said County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.

Lower revenue from the fees will be made up from the general fund, he said.

Supervisor Sharon Bronson said she called for the changes after developers contacted her about plan extensions that were about to expire. Their projects are on hold until better financing is available and buyer demand improves.

“As I reviewed the fees, I thought they looked a little steep,” she said.

The Southern Arizona Home Builders Association supported the changes.

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at bpallack@azstarnet.com or 573-4346.

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