Construction workers on the roof of new housing units. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

San Benito High trustees okay first reading of school impact fees policy

The board is scheduled to adopt the second reading on Oct. 26.

There are only a couple dozen homes completed at Twin Oaks, with a goal of 170. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister turns down impact fee reduction for senior housing development

Developer argues he should not have to pay a $2.2 million park fee as the project includes a community center for its residents.

When new impact fees go into effect in approximately 30 days, they will increase the cost of a single-family home from $46,708.78 to $59,983.35, a 28% jump. Fees will increase the cost of multi-family homes of two or more bedrooms will increase from $34,106.63 to $44,968.51, a 32% jump. The fees will increase the cost of studios from $29,000.43 to $30,094.31, or 3.7%. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister City Council increases impact fees

Councilman Marty Richman says this will price locals out of the housing market.

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OPINION: Bad Road Ahead – How the Board of Supervisors Added Decades and Millions to the Route 25 Widening Project

Who benefited from the votes that stopped collecting Route 25 widening impact fees from new development?


Government / Politics

City manager says new homes have been planned for decades

Bill Avera explains that the current construction boom is the result of decisions made years ago


Government / Politics

County plans to change when impact fees paid as $1 million worth go uncollected

County supervisors move ordinance forward to require fees be paid when developers apply for building permits; another $430,000 of fees is owed on expired permits


Government / Politics

Supervisors move forward on impact fees to fund library expansion

Board approves methodology for determining impact fees to fund construction of 25,000-square-food library

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COMMENTARY: Local Government Erroneously Blames Growth Problems On Others

The truth is that the majority of growth-related problems are public sector failures