Jump-starting infill development is the focus of a new city ordinance being advanced today by Fresno City Councilmember Clint Olivier.
His draft ordinance, called the Best Utilization of Infill Land Development Act, or BUILD, would eliminate some development fees for new residential construction on small vacant lots within the city.
It would waive fees that go to pay for police, fire, traffic and parks services.
In a statement, Olivier said it is a way to spur development an implement the city's new general plan, which focuses on growth in existing neighborhoods.
"The BUILD Act makes it easier for our blighted area to be filled-in with new development. The fees that would be affected are those that have already been paid. It's more fair, and it fast-tracks much needed infill development," said Olivier.