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It All Adds Up: The Cost of Housing Development Fees in Seven California Cities

It All Adds Up: The Cost of Housing Development Fees in Seven California Cities

Author: Sarah Mawhorter, David Garcia and Hayley Raetz

Release Date: March 2018

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Development fees—which cities levy to pay for services needed to build new housing or to offset the impacts of growth on the community—make up an increasingly significant portion of the cost to build new housing in California cities.

Part of our Cost of Building Housing Research Series, the report looks at the amount, variability and transparency of development fees in seven California cities—Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Los Angeles, Irvine, Sacramento and Roseville.


It All Adds Up: The Cost of Housing Development Fees in Seven California Cities (Terner Blog)


Slate: Cities Are Trying to Make Housing More Affordable—by Making Some Rents More Pricey 

SF Business Times: Fremont’s eye popping housing fees, Moscone tops out, affordable housing battles and more in this week’s real estate digest

SV Business Times: City fees add $150,000 to cost of each new home in Fremont

ABC 10: What you should know about development fees and the fight for affordable housing

The Real Deal: Rising housing development costs bad news for LA’s housing crunch: report

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