No way to the proposed building and planning fees revision and amendments
We, residents of the unincorporated San Mateo county, feel that the county is not justified in adding a great number of sizeable planning and buildings fees as well as increasing most frequently assessed fees by 17% or more. Such an increase in current basic fees is not necessitated by a change in the market conditions or an increase in the work responsibilities of the Planning and Building department. For example, basic filing fee and flat rate permit fee, ones of the most frequently used fees, are going up 38% and 18% respectively. Permit appeal fee is up 221% to a whopping $1000 effectively barring applicant's access to justice. Permit extension fees, the service that adds virtually no additional burden on the department, is going from 0 to $250 (minor work) and $800 (major work), etc. Also, we believe that this greatly expanded fees structure creates a major and unnecessary bureaucratic burden on the development of the area at the time when such development is vital to the economic health of our community. This power expansion has little to do with the Planning and Building department’s general constitutional mandate to provide for health and safety of the county residents. It infringes upon county homeowners rights of private property and therefore we firmly oppose it.