TRPA increases fees for new development |

TRPA increases fees for new development

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency governing board on Wednesday unanimously agreed to raise fees to reflect increased construction costs.

New development or redevelopment are assessed air- and water-quality mitigation fees, which go into a fund that collects interest and is used to purchase sensitive lots around the Basin.

“That’s been successful here at Tahoe to preserve the most sensitive lands that we shouldn’t be building on,” said Julie Regan, the agency’s chief of communications.

The board raised water-quality fees to $1.86 per square foot of development, up from $1.54.

Air-quality fees for commercial development were raised to $36.20 per daily vehicle trips from $30. Residential development projects will be charged $325.84 per daily vehicle trips, compared to $270.

The fee increases were based on the California Construction Cost Index and were needed to keep up with high costs of environmental improvement project implementation, as well as increasing land values, according to a report issued by the bistate planning agency.

Mitigation fees are generally adjusted every five years, when the agency also reviews its environmental threshold evaluations.

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