Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Clovis is Good for Business

Stevens BicyclesRetail, manufacturing and research industry leaders are discovering just that as they relocate and expand operations in this business-savvy community in the shadows of the Sierra Nevada. With a first-rate Community and Economic Development Department that makes it its business to know business, new companies increasingly are discovering the secret of Clovis. Consider Anlin Industries, Schneider Electric, Precision Plastics, Pathology Associates, APPL Labs, and many other companies that call Clovis home.

It’s no secret why companies such as these make Clovis their home:

  • Quality schools and the best in public safety services
  • Industrial Parks with great public improvements, a great climate, and easy commute 
  • A knowledgeable workforce
  • Close to major national parks
  • Central location to anywhere in the State. 

It makes for a community we like to call home. With a Community and Economic Development Department staff that puts its money where its mouth is, and gives its all to help make business work here, Clovis is becoming California's new economic frontier.

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Temporary Developer Fee Suspension

The City of Clovis has temporarily suspended the sewer and water major facilities impact fees between January 1, 2011 and June 20, 2012. This temporary suspension applies to office and industrial development as identified by the general plan to encourage employment generating development. 

To qualify, a developer must obtain Site Plan Review approval for a qualifying project prior to June 30, 2012. The developer would then be required to obtain construction permits within one year of the Site Plan Approval date. Sewer and water fee relief would be granted to projects meeting these deadlines and other criteria designated in the approved resolution. 

This opportunity is available for both new development and any planned expansion or relocation that includes expansion of existing office or industrial properties that qualify. 

For more information, please contact Tina Sumner at (559) 324-2080. 

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Core Area Fee Reduction
The City Council has authorized the reduction of development impact fees for in-fill development in the core area south of Sierra Avenue and west of Locan Avenue. In some cases, this program will reduce the fees by as much as 70%. For more information, please call (559) 324-2082.

Core Area Map (pdf)

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Two-year Reduction

Temporary two-year fee reduction on select development impact fees.

The basic parameters of the program are as follow: 

  • Reduces the Landfill Liner, Police, and Library fees to zero 
  • Reduces the parks fee by 40% 
  • Reduces the following fees by 35%  for oversize sewer, oversize water, non-potable water, utility undergrounding, Fire Department, outside travel lane, traffic, signals, bridges, quadrant intersections. 

All other fees remain the same. The fee reductions are for 24 months beginning. December 1, 2011.

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PBIA - No Development Fees

The City of Clovis does not have development fees for the Parking and Business Improvement Area (PBIA). The Old Town area is the venue for most community events in Clovis, including Big Hat Days, Clovis Rodeo, Clovis Farmer's Market, National Pole Vault Championship, Antiques and Collectibles Fair, and many other annual events that draw thousands of people to Clovis. 

Developers interested in developing in the PBIA area should contact Tina Sumner, Director, Community & Economic Development

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The Statewide Community Infrastructure Program (SCIP)

The Statewide Community Infrastructure Program (SCIP) is sponsored by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA) and allows property owners to finance the development impact fees that would be payable by property owners upon receiving development entitlements or building permits. The program also includes financing of public capital improvements directly. 

If a property owner chooses to participate, the selected public capital improvements and the development impact fees owed to the City of Clovis would be financed by the issuance of tax-exempt bonds by the California Statewide Development Authority. SCDA would then impose a special assessment on the owner's property to repay the portion of the bonds issued to finance the fees paid with respected to the property. 

The California Statewide Communities Development Authority is a joint powers authority sponsored by the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties. The member agencies of CSCDA include approximately 356 cities and all 58 counties throughout California, including the City of Clovis (the “City”). The City of Clovis is a member of CSCDA. 

For more information on the SCIP program, please visit the California Communities Website.

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