Alliance and partners legally challenge changes to Park System Development Charge methodology



Alliance and partners legally challenge changes to Park System Development Charge methodology

The Alliance and Homebuilders Association of Metro Portland, Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Building Owner Manager Association, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Oregon Chapter, Commercial Association of Broker filed a Writ of Review in Multnomah County Circuit Court that challenges the new Park System Development Charge (SDC) methodology as being out of compliance with state laws that govern how SDC's are assessed.
The Alliance and Homebuilders Association of Metro Portland, Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Building Owner Manager Association, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Oregon Chapter, Commercial Association of Broker filed a Writ of Review in Multnomah County Circuit Court that challenges the new Park System Development Charge (SDC) methodology as being out of compliance with state laws that govern how SDC's are assessed. On May 27, 2015, Portland City Council voted 3-2 in support of the new methodology, which results in a massive fee hike targeted for the city’s parks and recreation program. The new System Development Charges (SDC) would significantly impact residential and commercial development – adding thousands of dollars in fees to even a modest 1,800 sq. ft. house and doubling and, in some instances, quadrupling park-related fees on businesses. Park system development charges are not new, but the methodology used for this most recent park SDC update is.