Letter to the editor: Excess Coverage Mitigation Fee represents policy at its worst
For most, I expect the words Excess Coverage Mitigation Fee has little meaning, for those who are interested, it means the amount of “coverage” on your property that is in excess of that which is allowed by our planning agency after it implemented its rules. In short, if your property had lots of existing coverage prior to the establishment of the agency’s regulations, you are now required to pay the Excess Coverage Mitigation Fee on your property each time you make a modification until your mitigation fee is paid off. It is difficult for me to think of a better way to promote decay and stagnation within our communities.
Does our planning agency issue a citations on previously existing and excessively tall buildings after a building height is established? No.
Does our planning agency issue a citation on previously existing and brightly colored buildings after a color ordinance is established? The answer is no again, the reason is because they are grandfathered as existing previous to the rule.
I know of no other planning agency that has embraced this system of rule, and to me it appears as nothing more that a thinly veiled disguise to procure revenue.
Even if the Excess Coverage Mitigation fee is legal, it represents policy at its worst and should be rescinded immediately.
It is my opinion that our planning agency could be more productive if they stop the policy of treating the applicants as marks in a carnival.
South Lake Tahoe