BOS looks at rolling back building fees
Granny flats, decks, garages and general remodeling construction should be easier and cheaper for the average homeowner and small builder by the new year. Tuesday, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors followed the lead of the Rural Communities Coalition and voted unanimously to reduce building permit fees by 25 percent on a range of small building projects. In addition, the board revised a policy that granted deferral of Traffic Impact Mitigation fees from five years to 15 years. To qualify for the deferral, an applicant will have to pay 20 percent of the TIM at time of occupancy or completion rather than the entire fee prior to obtaining the building permit.
Ron Wolsfeld of Georgetown led the coalition’s presentation to the board Tuesday afternoon but later introduced a dozen speakers from local chambers of commerce, the Builders Exchange, Divide school officials, Rotary Club and a number of pastors from the area. With one voice, they described a scene of quiet desperation on the Divide as small contractors, construction workers and their families have overwhelmed local food closets, been forced to take jobs far from home or moved out of the area altogether. The solution by general agreement is to bring construction back and not only to the Divide but to the whole county, and the sooner the better.
During board discussion, Chairman Ron Briggs interjected the caveat that the new policy needs “to help families and not just guys who build, rent the property and move on.”
Speaking in favor of the proposed policy changes, Michael Ranalli, ...