Meeting Date APRIL 02, 2013
Agenda Item #5. Resolution Supporting Merced Regional Enterprise Zone Expansion #3.
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AGENDA ITEM: Resolution Supporting Merced Regional Enterprise Zone Expansion #3.
MEETING DATE: April 2, 2013
PREPARED BY: Jose Antonio Ramirez, City Manager
REVIEWED BY: Jose Antonio Ramirez, City Manager
RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 2013-_, supporting the Merced Regional Enterprise Zone Expansion #3.
The City of Livingston is part of the multi jurisdictional Merced Regional Enterprise Zone (MREZ) which also includes the cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Los Banos and Merced, and Merced County. The MREZ was established on December 17, 2006, by the California State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The purpose of the Enterprise Zone designation is to improve economic conditions through tax incentives for businesses located in the zone to create jobs and attract private investment.
After the designation of an Enterprise Zone, HCD will accept requests to expand a Zone’s boundaries to include commercial and industrial zoned parcels as well as agricultural zoned parcels with special use permits which may have been missed or overlooked during the original application process. The State allows for Enterprise Zone expansion by no more than 15% of the total acreage in the Zone.
The Merced Regional Enterprise Zone is comprised of 42,730 acres which allows 6,409.644 acres for expansion over the life of the Zone. The first MREZ expansion was approved July 26, 2010 and added 1,877.17 acres. The second expansion, approved September 27, 2011, added 185.66 acres. The third expansion will add 43.54 acres which will leave a balance of 4303.27 acres remaining for expansion.
According to the Enterprise Zone Act, Chapter 12.8, Section 7074 (b) of the California Government Code, each of the adjacent jurisdictions’ governing bodies approves the expansion by adoption of a resolution. All of the cities plan to go before their governing councils and receive approval of this third expansion. So as to not delay processing the application for expansion with HCD, staff recommends that the City Council adopt the resolution approving the third expansion of the Merced Regional Enterprise Zone boundaries within Merced County, pending receipt of each city’s resolution.
Request the Council adopt a resolution approving the third expansion of the Merced Regional Enterprise Zone boundaries within Merced County, subject to receipt of expansion approval from the cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Los Banos, Merced and Merced County.
1. Resolution No.2013-
2. Existing Zone Boundary Map, Exhibit A
3. Proposed Zone Boundary Map, Exhibit B
RESOLUTION NO. 2013-
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIVINGSTON APPROVING THE EXPANSION REQUEST OF THE MERCED REGIONAL
ENTERPRISE ZONE BOUNDARIES
WHEREAS, the City of Livingston currently participates in an enterprise zone that was established on December 17, 2006 and has jurisdiction over the existing zone (Exhibit A) as well as proposed expansion areas; and
WHEREAS, the City of Livingston wishes to expand the boundaries of the Merced Regional Enterprise Zone to include areas set forth in the attached boundary map (Exhibit B) as inclusion into the zone has been requested by business owners County-wide; and
WHEREAS, land included with the proposed expansion area is zoned for industrial or commercial use or has a Conditional Use Permit; and
WHEREAS, basic infrastructure is available to the area that would be included in the proposed expansion area; and
WHEREAS, the City of Livingston will submit a written request as required to the California Department of Housing and Community Development to have the Merced Regional Enterprise Zone boundaries expanded; and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Livingston does hereby support and approve the Merced Regional Enterprise Zone expansion into the areas as shown in Exhibit B.
Passed and adopted this 2°d day of April, 2013, by the following vote:
Rodrigo Espinoza, Mayor
of the City of Livingston
1, hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was regularly introduced, passed and adopted at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Livingston this 2°d day of April, 2013.
Antonio Silva, City Clerk
of the City of Livingston