A 50-percent temporary reduction of operational development fees for residential and commercial projects was extended by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Operational development fees, or Rule 310, regulate certain emissions caused when projects generate motor vehicle trips.
Every year the Air Pollution Control District assesses the needs and implications of Rule 310, said Air Pollution Control Officer Brad Poiriez.
“At this time it’s been recommended to you that we continue the 50-percent reduction that has been in place for the last three years,” he said to the board.
The recommendation comes due to the economic situation and the recovery that is slowly happening in the county, Poiriez said.
Supervisor John Renison asked whether the issue would be revised around November.
Poiriez confirmed that while adding that the fee extension is valid until the end of the year.
Rule 310 fund
On a related but different agenda item, agreements between APCD and La Brucherie Produce, JCSD Farms and El Centro for the use of the Rule 310 Mitigation Project Fund were approved by the board.
Cities, private developers and the public can apply for the mitigation funds, said Poiriez.
Last fiscal year about $177,000 came into this fund, according to a report to the board.
This funded the proposals from La Brucherie Produce and JCSD Farms to purchase new agricultural engines and the paving of the Sunflower Elementary School east parking lot.
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Here are three things that happened at Tuesday’s meeting
1 The contract between Imperial Valley College and the county for assessment and job club services for CalWorks participants was renewed by the Board of Supervisors. The cost of the contract is about $520,000.
2 The submittal of an application to the Caltrans Bicycle Transportation Account Program to build a bicycle lane on Clark Road from El Centro city limits south to Willoughby Road was approved by the board. If awarded, the grant would cover 90 percent the $1.8 million project.
3 The county pledged to the state agency CalRecycle to have $270,000 for the Palo Verde solid waste site and about $347,000 Niland solid waste site for any corrective action if required, according to a report to the board.
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