The recent article in The Tribune regarding the SLO City Council’s recent decision to drastically reduce park fees for developers in the Margarita area was disturbing on several fronts (“Fees for development in Margarita area of SLO to be reduced,” July 24).
From the article, it sounds like the council violated the requirements of the specific plan and thus the general plan. Secondly, it would seem that all of the city’s developer fees are now up for “negotiation.” This is a slippery slope and hardly seems fair to developers who have quietly paid required fees in the past.
Lastly, whatever happened to the notion that “new development must pay its way”? Is SLO so desperate for growth that it’s willing to put a tax and service burden on those of us who already live here?