A RESOLUTION RELATING TO LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (LIDs) AND ESTABLISHING: THE CITY'S PARTICIPATION IN LIDs; THE POTENTIAL UNIT METHOD TO DETERMINE ASSESSMENTS; THE MAXIMUM ASSESSMENT FOR RESIDENTIAL LOTS AND REQUIRED PROCESS TO INCLUDE NEIGHBORHOODS IN LID PLANNING.
THE CITY OF ASHLAND RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. City Participation in LIDs.
A. Except as provided in paragraph B, the city shall contribute the following amounts to reduce assessments in any local improvement district (LID) formed after the date of this resolution to improve local streets serving a residential neighborhood:
60% of the total costs for sidewalk improvements;
75% of the total costs for storm drain improvements;
20% of the total costs for street surface improvements; and
50% of the total costs for engineering and administrative.
B. Unless the council so directs by further resolution, no contribution will be made by the city under this section for LIDs formed after the date of this resolution if the LID improvements are required to be made by an owner or developer as a condition of approval for a subdivision or partition.
SECTION 2. Potential Unit Method to Be Utilized. In determining the method to be utilized for charging assessments against benefitted properties in LIDs formed after the date of this resolution to improve local streets serving a residential neighborhood, the potential unit method, rather than the frontage foot method, shall be the preferred method. The potential unit method is that method which determines the maximum number of potential units on properties within a proposed local improvement district by taking into consideration the zoning, densities, topography, transportation, utilities and such other factors as necessary to evaluate the development potential of the properties. The planning department shall be responsible for initially determining the potential units for each property within a proposed LID.
SECTION 3. Maximum Assessment on Residential Properties.
A. The maximum amount any residentially zoned lot may be assessed as a benefitted property within an LID to improve local streets serving a residential neighborhood and which is formed after the date of this resolution is $4,000 plus $4,000 for each potential unit within such residentially zoned lot. This maximum amount shall be increased to account for inflation annually on April I st based on the Engineering News Record Construction Cost Index (ENR Index) for Seattle, Washington. The current index is established at 5990.77.
B. There shall be no maximum amount, however, on lots owned by the city or on lots where the LID improvements are required to be made by an owner or developer as a condition of approval for a subdivision or partition.
C. Prior to the adoption of the assessment resolution levying final assessments as provided in AMC § 13.20.060.E:
1. Any owner may pay the estimated assessment on the lot and potential units, plus ten percent, or
2. Any owner not subject to subsection B above, may pay the lesser of the estimated assessment on the lot and potential units, plus ten percent, or the maximum amount described in subsection A above.
Upon such payment, the assessment shall be deemed satisfied and the final assessment resolution shall reflect that the assessment has been paid.
SECTION 4. Neighborhood Planning Process. Prior to the formation of an LID, city staff shall notify the residents of the affected neighborhood of the possibility of the LID formation. Residents shall be given the opportunity to comment and make suggestions on initial street design and potential units. Minimum street standards shall be maintained, however, unless the council by resolution specifically authorizes specific changes for a particular project.
This resolution was read by title only in accordance with Ashland Municipal
Code Section 2.04.090 duly PASSED and ADOPTED this 2nd day of February,
Barbara Christensen, City Recorder
SIGNED and APPROVED this 3rd day of February 1999
Catherine M. Shaw, Mayor
Reviewed as to form:
Paul Nolte, City Attorney
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