Cost Accounting in Local Government

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Mandatory Approval of Accessory Dwelling Units

In July I wrote about the State Legislature requiring easier paths to increasing residential Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) construction (SB 1069).  This action is no doubt a massive intrusion into local planning and is rife with problems, but it’s too late to debate those points. Now it’s time to deal with them and try to […]

Accessory Dwelling Units

Many of you have been wrestling with integrating the recently passed State legislation (AB 2299 and SB 1069) that requires most cities to accommodate second dwelling units, referred to as “accessory dwelling units,” within your development rules and regulations. Regardless of your own city ordinances on the issue, the new state law is probably more […]

Two Not-So-Scary DIF Collection Requirements

Description and discussion of the reporting requirements of Development Impact Fees.

Development Impact Fees for Mature Cities

A little over two years ago I got a call from Chu Thai, the Management Services Director with the City of Monterey Park.  He called to ask me what I thought about development impact fees for the City.  I thought, what? Development Impact Fees (DIFs) for a built-out City?  I frankly didn’t see it.  I’m […]

Police Level of Service

Police management staff often discuss Levels of Service (LOS) staffing in terms of “officers per 1,000 residents.”    Since it is often a simplistic comparison from one agency to another, it simply does not have much value.     This method can be rebuffed by the simple question, “If you have 1.18 officers per 1,000 residents, and the […]

Development Impact Fee Calculation – Demystified

The calculation of Development Impact Fees (DIFs) sounds very technical and it can be, but the process is not insurmountable.  First off a consultant can take you through the process, but the consultant will need a great deal of input from staff. Without staff involvement, the report simply can’t be completed.   Having done this a […]

Preparing for El Nino

Local Government Preparations for El Nino

It’s all about the Lane Miles

Simply stated, if your circulation system is at its maximum in terms of lane miles, but all of a sudden you have to absorb a 20% increase in traffic demand, you have a transit problem.

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