Council wrap-up

Panel approves development impact fees and funding for organizations

The City Council meeting agenda for Tuesday (June 5) was packed, with the issues taking discussion past midnight. Here are highlights:

• The panel approved the 2018-19 budget unanimously.

• After more than 2 1/2 years and at least $550,000 spent a consultant, the city approved the update of the Development Impact Fee program, which sets fees for builders to account for impacts on public infrastructure. Street facilities fees, which were previously more than $11,000 per single-family unit, were reduced to about $9,300. Councilman Andrew Coolidge was the only “no” vote.

• Four parcels (about 13 acres) of former Redevelopment Agency land near the airport valued at $764,000 were sold to Kevin Avila for commercial and industrial development.

• Federal funds via the Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnerships Program will go to the following organizations: Community Action Agency ($26,000), Chico Housing Action Team ($24,000), Meals on Wheels ($17,000), Peg Taylor Center ($19,208), Jesus Center ($19,208) and Catalyst Domestic Violence Services ($19,208).