Amending Chapter 61 of the Legislative Code pertaining to Zoning Fees.
STATEMENT OF FINDINGS BY THE COUNCIL:
WHEREAS, Zoning Code Section 61.302, Application forms and fees, prescribes fees to defray the costs of zoning permits and approvals pursuant to MN Stat. §§ 462.351-364, which require fees to be fair, reasonable, and proportionate to the actual cost of the service for which the fee is imposed; require zoning fees to be prescribed by ordinance; and require Planning Commission review and recommendation for Zoning Code amendments; and
WHEREAS, the cost of providing services for which zoning fees are imposed was studied in 2010, and in January 2011 the City Council adopted an ordinance setting zoning fees at an appropriate percentage of the cost to the City for review and administration of each particular type of zoning application, generally between 60% and 100% of the estimated cost; and
WHEREAS, inflation data for Minneapolis-Saint Paul and for state and local government show inflation in City costs between 8.9% and 9.8% in the five years from 2010 to 2015; and
WHEREAS, in January 2016 the City Council adopted an ordinance that increased zoning fees collected by the Department of Safety and Inspections by 3%, which did not include most zoning fees collected by the Department of Planning and Economic Development; and
WHEREAS, the costs to the City of various types of zoning reviews and applications, the inflation of these costs since the fees were last increased, and draft amendments to Zoning Code Section 61.302, Application forms and fees, to reflect these costs were reviewed by the Zoning Committee of the Planning Commission on December 22, 2016; and
WHEREAS, the full Planning Commission considered the recommendations of the Zoning Committee on December 30, 2016, and made its recommendations on amendments to Zoning Code Section 61.302, Application forms and fees, in Resolution 16-59 and forwarded them to the City Council; an...Click here for full text