San Diego’s commercial and residential building trade associations filed suit against the county of San Diego on May 31, citing unreasonable overcharging for roads and calling the new transportation impact fee a fatal blow to retail and industrial development here.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are the Building Industry Association of San Diego County, and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, San Diego Chapter. According to a press release from the BIA on May 31, “the goal of the lawsuit is to change the (fee) to one that is fair, reasonable and accurately reflects the impacts from new development.”
The legal action came more than a month after the San Diego County Board of Supervisors adopted the fees by a 4-1 vote on April 13.
In some places the adopted retail fee will be as high as $62 per square foot, which translates into a $2.48 million tax on a typical 40,000-square-foot grocery store.
The Building Industry Association of San Diego County stressed the importance of the legal action to compel the county to change the fee, according to the press release.