ANTIOCH -- This city is looking to create a more consistent policy for how it charges developers to serve new growth.
A major piece of Antioch's revised growth management program is establishing a specific set of one-time charges on builders to cover new facilities and services needed to handle growth, such as roads, parks and police services.
The recently released draft Development Impact Fee looks at Antioch's projected future growth, needed facilities and cost estimates and a nexus showing how much new development should be expected to pay for those costs.
The study sets a maximum fee of $7,198 per single-family unit, $4,692 per multifamily unit, and 77 cents per nonresidential square foot. Sewer and water, school district and regional road fees would stay the same.
Under Antioch's old growth system, a prospective developer had to score a certain number of points on a system to receive entitlements and offer certain local improvements, such as roads or parks, said Tina Wehrmeister, the city's community development director. Over time, that morphed into builders offering money, she said.
Walter Kieser, senior principal with Economic & Planning Systems Inc., the study's author, said that Antioch's system was uncommon.
"Antioch is trying to become less unusual and increase the certainty that a developer knows what they will have to pay without any undue discretion," he said.
The new fees will actually be less than before, as the old charges at the height of the economy in the early 2000s were about $10,000 to $14,000 per unit, Wehrmeister said.
Antioch's residential development is expected to increase from 34,000 units to 44,800 as the city builds out, according to the study. That would increase its population from about 105,000 to 132,000. Future costs to accommodate that growth is $124.8 million, with new growth being on the hook for about $66.8 million of it.
After years of rampant growth in the 1990s, Antioch voters passed Measure U in 1998, an advisory measure aimed at phasing in new home construction to account for land-use and financial planning. It also said that growth should pay its own way through fees and other methods.
Bob Glover, executive director of the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area, said he skimmed over the study and sent the city a letter requesting a meeting with staff to further discuss the study and growth plans.
Antioch's planning commission agreed when it weighed in on study last week, requesting city staff meet with local stakeholders to discuss the study and what would be a reasonable trigger for growth metering. The City Council will consider adopting the new fees early next year.
Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.
To view the study, go to the city's website at www.ci.antioch.ca.us and click on the Development Fee Impact Report.