By David Rosenfeld
With development on an upswing in Redondo Beach, city leaders have decided to triple the fees residential developers pay to fund and maintain public parks, making them by far the highest in the South Bay.
In a rare 5-0 vote by a City Council ideologically split along growth issues, the panel increased from $7,500 to $25,000 the capped amount developers will have to pay for each unit in a residential development. Developers adding more than 50 units have the option to set aside a portion of land for parks.
The charges are known as Quimby fees, based on the state law that authorized them. The City Council previously voted in June as part of budget discussions to raise the rates to $15,000.
Redondo Beach city staff had to look as far as Newport Beach — which charges at $26,125 — to find a cap higher than Redondo Beach. Nearby, Manhattan Beach charges $1,817 per unit and Hermosa Beach charges $14,096 in Quimby fees for condos and $7,332 for all other new units.
The rate hike would likely bring in an additional $250,000 to $2 million, according to a city staff report.
Councilman Nils Nehrenheim said he supported the rate hike because it is necessary to counteract the city’s housing density.
“As we densify and lose more green space, people use our parks more,” Nehrenheim said. “These fees are going just to maintain these parks as well. As we look up and down the coastline, we are way more dense than most other cities.”
Among the beach cities, only Hermosa Beach surpasses Redondo Beach in density, according to an analysis by the Los Angeles Times based on census data. With…
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