Several years of negotiations between Tulare County and the Council of Cities related to land use and the process for the possible collection of development impact fees could wrap up this week.
The Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday to consider staff recommendations to review and approve memorandums of understanding (MOU) with seven incorporated cities. The MOU’s cover items such as: future challenges to Tulare County’s 2030 General Plan Update; revenue sharing; and development impact fees. The City of Dinuba has already reached an agreement with the County on the matters to be considered.
Tulare County Administrative Officer Jean Rousseau, Resource Management Agency (RMA) staff and the Council of Cities have been working toward a mutual beneficial Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that establishes:
- Coordination for long range land use planning.
- Sharing of transient occupancy tax, commonly referred to as hotel occupancy tax, and sales tax.
- Mutual beneficial agreements and programs that assist in the off-setting of costs for increased public services due to the anticipated population growth within Tulare County.
- The Cities can comment on the County’s General Plan Update but not challenge it legally.
The Council of Cities has concluded their efforts and now each individual city is being presented with an MOU that implements the spirit of the concluded negotiations.
“We are pleased to have reached this point in our negotiations with the Council of Cities,” said Jean Rousseau, Tulare County Administrative Officer. “The MOU’s for the Board to consider will be a win-win for both the County and its incorporated cities.”