Last night the San Luis Obispo City Council voted to lower the base water impact fees charged to developers of new residential units. The new Water Development Impact Fee for a studio of 450 sq. feet or less is now $3232. This is down from the previous fee amount of $12,735 . This is a big change. Fees for larger homes are also lower but not quite as much… multi family homes are $7542 (down from $12,735) and single family water impact fees are $10,775 (down from $15,919)
In addition the base wastewater development fees (for a studio) have dropped to $1119 from a previous rate of between $3079 to $3849. Muliti family wastewater fees are 2610 and single family wastewater fees are 3729. Depending on where the unit is located there may still be some additional fees based on lift station (catchment area basin) issues etc.
So if you are wanting to build a separate studio apartment on your lot… the water and wastewater development fees have dropped from $15,079 down to $4351! 29% of what it used to be! Previous to this Studio development was penalized as there was no separate smaller ratio reserved for tiny units.
Over the past decade or so there have been almost NO small studio’s built in the City of SLO because of this price issue. I think the new fee structure will mean that folks with “detached bedrooms” will now be able to legally convert them to secondary dwelling unit studios without the huge fees. Hopefully this will mean a bunch of affordable studio sized rental housing gets created. We do really need this type of small housing here.
Water fees Wastewater fees Total
$3232 $1119 $4351 Studio
$7542 $2610 $10,152 Multi Family
$10,775 $3729 $14,504 Single Family
$12,735 $3079 $15,814 Studio
$12,735 $3079 $15,814 Multi Family
$15,919 $3849 $19,768 Single Family