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City Considers New Fee Structure For Development
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As the City of Oakdale continues to grow, its infrastructure and facilities require modification along with additional equipment needed to serve the new development areas. Since these additions are required as a direct result of development, the city relays these costs to the developers.

According to Public Services Director Thom Clark, in a presentation to the city council on Jan. 19, new master plans were subsequently developed for water, wastewater, streets and storm drainage to recognize the changes between the city’s 2015 and 2030 General Plan.

Future development is planned for the East F Street Corridor Specific Plan and Area 3 of the recently annexed portion of the Crane Crossing Specific Plan. Additionally, portions of the Crane Crossing Specific Plan and the Sierra Pointe Specific Plan, currently outside of the city limits, are planned for annexation within the life of the 2030 General Plan.

Clark said these areas will provide future residential and nonresidential development potential for the city.

Oakdale last updated its Capital Facilities Fee (CFF) schedule in 2009. Since that time the city has adopted a new 2030 General Plan which requires the fee schedule to be modified and updated.

According to Clark, the city’s planned development areas and planning horizon have significantly changed from those in the 2009 Nexus Study. The City Council also recently adopted Water, Wastewater, Streets, and Storm Drainage Master Plans. The facilities and costs recommended in the four Master Plans are sized based on the city’s reduced development area of the 2030 General Plan.

The adoption of the new fees will mitigate the impacts on the city of future development. Updated facilities costs as well as the addition of new facilities to the Oakdale’s capital improvement costs have created the need for the updated fees.

According to Clark’s presentation, the proposed fees represent a reduction compared to the current fees, but fees may be adjusted in future years to reflect revised facility standards such as state or federal grants, revised costs, inclusion of additional capital improvements, or changes in demographics or the land use plan.

In addition to such adjustments, the fees would be inflated each year.