By Dick Evons
Retired California Developer
Growth and the resulting problems it causes are a top priority for many voters in the approaching city elections.
I haven’t heard any candidates offering to slow the growth or protect those who already live here.
Boise and Idaho have been discovered, and are drawing multitudes–just the beginning of the WonderRush, (a personal and family Joy for the senses, more precious and fulfilling than silver or gold).
Financing its preservation must be perpetual by assuring that the “price of admission” to our way of life is addressed, well thought out, and fair.
Essentials include; Proper Development Fees that fully cover all expenses created by the new residential and commercial building.
The impact fees to provide for the required infrastructure such as roadways, water, sewer, utilities, schools, libraries, parks and proper administration are steps to be required before building permits are granted. The process must include; effective Traffic engineering, and soil seports, as examples of what we have seen going wrong when not properly addressed.
The last California development project I was involved with, assessed Fees of $50,000.00 per unit for a mixed- use development which included residential and commercial.
Here in Boise, I found that similar impact fees were a mere $200 per unit, thus creating an incentive to overbuild and shift costs from the developer to the citizen taxpayer.
The results are showcased in recent headlines, quoting current homeowners’ concerns of not being able to remain in homes, they lived in for decades, due to the increased property taxes. Realistic impact fees would certainly serve to slow the growth.
If you are tired of the traffic congestion, lack of schools, parks, libraries, due to rampant growth, demand explanations from those seeking your vote for Mayor of Boise.
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