Divide community group asks for help with County Fee Relief
A coalition of builders, church pastors, business leaders and homeowners all came together at the Mother Lode Church in Coloma last week to tell county elected leaders they could use some relief from the county’s excessive permit and impact fees.
The meeting was sponsored by the Rural Communities Recovery Cooperative, a group of Divide area community leaders and stakeholders, whose goal is to promote residential construction and remodeling on the Divide.
Ron Wolsfeld, the group’s leader, gave a presentation updating the community as to the cooperative’s activities over the last year and outlining the organizations objectives including: reduction in county impact fees, streamling the permit process, elimination of all traffic impact fees for granny flats and creating a path for amnesty for buildings without permits.
“The whole idea here is to stimulate jobs,” said Wolsfeld. “We have the land, we have skilled tradesmen and we have the need for additional housing and remodeling but when 30 percent of the cost of new construction goes to county fees, nobody except the very wealthy can afford to build here.”
Attending the meeting were Supervisor Ray Nutting and ...