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Placer County to reconsider cost of in-lieu housing fees

Developers could soon pay a new workforce housing fee for projects in Placer County.

The county will host two workshops in June, one in each region, to hear comments on two affordable housing fee studies released on May 25.

The studies were completed for the east and west slopes of the county to "establish the relationship between development and the housing demands it creates," according to a press release.

The purpose of the Eastern Placer County Fee Study, according to its text, is to establish a reasonable relationship between new residential and non-residential development and the demand for workforce housing, and to determine the maximum workforce housing fees.

Currently, the county requires new development to include housing for at least 50 percent of the new employees the project generates, but that does not include seasonal employees who are employed on a temporary basis during the region's busy summer and winter months. Developers have the option to pay an in-lieu fee rather than building the housing.

According to the study, the "maximum justifiable fees" established by the document are not meant to cover the full cost of constructing workforce housing. Several fee structure options are presented in the study for the board of supervisors to decide on.

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The meeting for eastern Placer County is scheduled for June 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. The meetinf or western Placer County, addressing that version of the study, is schedulled for June 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Community Development Resources Center in Auburn.

Written comments may also be emailed to Principal Planner Shawna Purvine at spurvine@placer.ca.gov, or sent to her by mail at 3091 County Center Dr., Auburn, CA, 95603.

Comments will be accepted through mid-July, according to the county, when the issue is expected to go before the board of supervisors.

Amanda Rhoades is a news, environment and business reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at arhoades@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2653. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @akrhoades.