Friday July 11, 2014

At their July 22, 2014 meeting, the City Council is scheduled to consider the adoption of two new ordinances. The first deals with regulating street excavations and encroachments and authorization of a street degradation fee and five-year street excavations and encroachments moratorium. The second is a Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter Improvement In-Lieu Fee.

BACKGROUND on protection for newly paved streets

Since 2009, the City has allocated additional resources to paving and street maintenance efforts as part of a strategy to increase the City’s overall Pavement Condition Index (PCI). As a result, the City’s overall PCI has increased from 53 in 2008 to 62 in 2014 (with 100 being the best). The proposed street degradation fee and five-year street excavations and encroachments moratorium will help to discourage trench cutting into newly paved streets, thereby helping to protect the City’s investment into improved pavement conditions.

Under the proposed Ordinance, excavations such as trench cutting would be prohibited for a period of five years from the completion of pavement improvement projects. Furthermore, any abutting property owners and service providers will need to complete all anticipated trench cutting prior to the date of commencement of the pavement improvement projects. A listing of streets that are proposed to be included in the five-year excavation and encroachment moratorium and a list of anticipated upcoming pavement improvement projects may be viewed here or at Department of Public Works, 1600 First Street. If it is deemed necessary to perform trenching in a street surface, the applicant would be required to repair the area where a trench was cut and pay the proposed Street Degradation Fee:

Street Degradation Fees:

Fees collected related to the degradation of City streets shall be equated as follows:

If the street is still under the 5-year Streets Excavation and Encroachment Moratorium:
Degradation Fee = (street replacement cost of $1.56 per square foot) x
(10% Degradation) x (Square feet of surface degraded by proposed work*)

If the street is no longer under the 5-year Streets Excavation and Encroachment Moratorium, but has a PCI of 80 or above:
Degradation Fee = (street replacement cost of $1.56 per square foot) x
(5% Degradation) x (Square feet of surface degraded by proposed work*)

*Square feet of surface degraded by the proposed work will be determined at time of permit review

Background information, including the Agenda Report and proposed Ordinance and Resolution, concerning the establishment of a Street Degradation Fee will be available from the City Clerk’s Office, 955 School Street, or on the City’s website at www.cityofnapa.org on the Friday before the meeting and may be available earlier depending on the completion and photocopying of the report.

BACKGROUND on Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter Improvement In-Lieu Fee 

This fee would be applicable when a proposed development project is in an area where less than 50% of the frontage along the street where the property in question is located has existing sidewalk, curb and/or gutter. In such circumstances, in lieu of the property owner completing the sidewalk, curb and/or gutter work immediately, the property owner may pay the City to conduct the work on their behalf as part of a larger future project. An engineer’s estimate of the public improvements costs related to sidewalk, curb and/or gutter (where applicable) would be used to determine the cost of the in-lieu fee.

The collected funds would be held in a trust fund until sufficient revenues have been collected to install a significant portion of sidewalk, curb and/or gutter or included as part of a larger City project. The proposed program will benefit neighborhood esthetics by maintaining consistent public infrastructure for each block and providing funding towards the future installation of public improvements.

Background information, including the Agenda Report and proposed Ordinance and Resolution, concerning the establishment of a Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter Improvement In Lieu Fee will be available from the City Clerk’s Office, 955 School Street, or on the City’s website at www.cityofnapa.org on the Friday before the meeting.