A duplex used to sit on a now vacant lot near Clinton and Freeway 41, but for years it has sat empty, collecting trash in this residential neighborhood. Olivier says a small developer wanted to rebuild, but the $10,000 in "impact fees" turned him away.
“These fees, in addition to the flood control district fees and FUSD fees, made the project too expensive and he couldn't build on it,” said Olivier.
Impact fees are for infrastructure, like street lights and sewer connections, and services for parks, police and fire. Olivier says those things already exist in established neighborhoods. Further, property taxes collected from a new home outweigh losing revenue from impact fees.
“It's not fair to levy oppressive fees on people who want to build in a neighborhood that is already in place,” said Olivier.
There are more than two thousand residential vacant lots in
“They get overgrown. You see trash, carts, mattresses; everything in there but nice houses,” said Roa.
One of the city's long term goals is to increase infill projects from 5% to 40% of construction. The BUILD Act will go in front of council members next week.
“This isn't about big developers, this isn't about big tracts of land. This is about the ‘onesies’ and ‘twosies’ in our neighborhoods, that if we can build on them, we're going to lift up everyone,” said Olivier.