San Luis enacts new development fees
SAN LUIS, Ariz. — The city will charge a variety of new fees to builders and developers for new residential or commercial construction projects.
The fee package is scheduled to take effect 30 days after its unanimous approval by the San Luis City Council at its meeting Wednesday.
Under the resolution approved by the council, San Luis is not raising existing fees but enacting new ones that are allowed by city ordinance but have never been in place, city officials say.
The new fees are intended to raise additional revenue to cover the city's full cost of handling of builders' and developers' applications for various rezonings, land use and construction permits, said city officials.
However, council members said they had sought to adopt a fee package that would not discourage construction in a city where building has already stalled in the recession.
“This is not the time to raise fees,” said Mayor Gerardo Sanchez, “but rather to apply those that we haven't been charging up to now.”
Before this week's vote, the city's fee schedule had not been reviewed or updated in almost a decade, Sanchez said.
The new schedule is the result of a study that began in the summer, when the city's Development Services Department presented various fee proposals to the council. The department's director, Sharon Williams, said the fee schedules of Yuma and Somerton were reviewed as part of efforts to develop a package for San Luis.
Among the new fees are:
• $500 per land use category to make a minor map amendment to the city's general plan.
• $600 per land use category for a major map amendment to the general plan.
• $250 for a zoning text amendment.
• $40 for a temporary use permit for a residence and $125 for a non-residential temporary use permit.
• $263 for a subdivision text amendment.
• $989 for a street name change.