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Capital Project Management
The Division manages capital and grant funded contracts for the City and the Redevelopment Agency. A capital project involves the construction of infrastructure for the community that adds long term-value, and improves the quality of life. The primary source of funding is usually through public grants, taxes, revenues, or bonds. Management of the grants and public revenues requires very stringent procedures. The following as an outline of common activities for a capital project management:
Private Land Development
The Division reviews plans and maps for new land development activities. These projects often involve the construction of capital infrastructure to serve the development, although funding is most often through private sources. Unlike public capital management projects, private construction is not subject to the same stringent procedures. However, because much of the infrastructure will be turned over to the City for long-term ownership and maintenance, the Division must ensure that the design and construction meets the City’s standards for function and quality. The following is general list of submittal activities:
In 1978 Californians enacted Proposition 13, which limited the ability of local public agencies to increase property taxes based on a property’s assessed value. Since that time,
Assessment Districts, which have been in existence since the early 1900’s, have been used on a widespread basis as an alternative method for financing public improvements. Currently, about one in three properties in California is part of an Assessment District.
There are two primary acts which authorize the establishment of assessment districts:
The Improvement Bond Act of 1915 (Streets & Highways Code §8500 et seq.) is normally used in combination with one of these acts to issue bonds to finance the improvements. The vast majority of assessment district projects are paid for with 1915 Act Improvement Bonds.
The City of Oroville has established a city-wide Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance Assessment district (LLMAD), and a city-wide Benefit Assessment District (BAD) for maintenance of capital infrastructure constructed as part of a new land development projects. New developments are annexed into the existing districts, and become a new tax zone boundary. The development within this boundary then pays their assessment through annual installments on the county property tax bill.
By law (Prop. 13), the assessment cannot be directly based on the value of the property.
Instead, the assessments are based on mathematical formulas that take into account how much each property will benefit from the maintenance of the improvements. Each parcel in the assessment district becomes responsible for a percentage of the total district debt.
Community Facility Districts (CFD)
Community Facility Districts (CFD), or more commonly known as Mello-Roos districts provide a form of financing through special property taxes. At the present time, the City has created two districts for new land development projects located west of Highway 70. These districts are for pubic safety, including police and fire services. One district includes bonding provisions for construction of a new fire and police facility at the municipal airport, and the other include provisions for ongoing maintenance and operation of the facility once constructed.
Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 CFD EstablishmentCFD Disclosure RequirementNotice of Special Tax FormMarks-Roos Local Bond Pooling Act of 1985
Government Code § 53311-53317.5Government Code § 53318-53329.5Civil Code § 1102.6bGovernment Code § 53340.2Government Code § 6584-6599.1
Encroachment permit are necessary when anyone is performing work in the city’s right-of-way, city-controlled utility easement, or on city-owned property. This includes residents, business owners, contractors, and utility workers. Examples of work requiring an encroachment permit:
Grading and Erosion Control Permits
Grading and erosion control permits are required by anyone moving soil on a site, importing or exporting soil to or from a site, or performing a land disturbance activity such as stockpiling, clearing or grubbing. Permit categories are as follows:
All grading and land disturbance activities must be done using Best Management Practices (BMPs) that are consistent with the City design standards, and consistent with the latest version of the California Storm Water Quality Construction Handbook, published by the California Storm Water Quality Association. Certain grading projects require the preparation of an environmental review through the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Projects over 1 acre in size require a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Permit (SWPPP) issued by the State Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB). Financial securities are required for large grading projects.
Transportation Permits are necessary to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles or special mobile equipment of a size or weight of load exceeding the maximums specified in the California Vehicle Code.
Boundary Line Modifications
Boundary line modifications make substantive changes in the boundary line location, and boundaries can be modified for purposes other than rectifying an error. A Boundary Line Modification may not:
Certificates of Compliance
Any person owning real property or a person buying real property in connection with a contract of sale may request a determination from the city that the property complies with state law (Section 66499.35(a) of the Subdivision Map Act) and local ordinance. This provision of the Map Act is most often used when a prospective buyer wants assurance that the parcel they wish to buy was created legally. It is also used to validate parcels created as non-valid building sites through the Minor Land Division process.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
Each year the City of Oroville is required to develop, adopt and submit to Caltrans an updated Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Overall Annual Participation Goal for U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) assisted contracts, as a condition of federal financial assistance, pursuant to Title 49 CFR Part 26; Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in DOT Programs. In accordance with Federal and State regulations, the City of Oroville developed a proposed Overall Annual DBE Goal of 8% for Federal Fiscal Year 2004/2005. Public participation and adoption by the Oroville City Council is required to ensure full compliance with Federal Department of Transportation funding requirements, provisions and financial responsibilities.
Solid Waste and Recycling
In 1989, Assembly Bill 939, known as the Integrated Waste Management Act, was passed because of the increase in waste stream and the decrease in landfill capacity. As a result, the current California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) was established. A disposal reporting system with CIWMB oversight was established, and facility and program planning was required. AB 939 mandates a reduction of waste being disposed: jurisdictions were required to meet diversion goals of 25% by 1995 and 50% by the year 2000. AB 939 also established an integrated framework for program implementation, solid waste planning, and solid waste facility and landfill compliance. The Department is responsible for ensuring that the City meets the requirements of AB 939, and is responsible for annual reporting on the City’s progress to the CIWMB.
Overview of Engineering Manager Responsibilities