Pasco is looking for a way to help property owners more easily develop their property.
Pasco City Council members decided Monday to consider creating a way that could make it easier to develop vacant land when it's incorporated into the city.
City code requires a property owner to install the share of public infrastructure necessary to serve his or her property at the time of construction.
But City Manager Gary Crutchfield said that can effectively prevent development of some property by increasing cost.
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The issue came up after the council's recent decision to delay improving Crescent Road after several property owners on the road opposed the plan.
The delay means one property owner who wants to build a home there would have to pay more than his fair share to improve the road to city standards, Crutchfield said.
The city can create a local improvement district or a latecomer agreement to pay for road improvements, he said. In a local improvement district, 60 percent of the affected property owners must approve it.
Under a latecomer's agreement, the developer pays his share of the costs and if anyone else in the area wants to develop within the next 15 years, they pay their share. If no one else develops, the cost falls on city taxpayers.
Crutchfield said the city could create a new option where the landowner would pay the cost of his share of the road and the city would hold it until the road is built. If others in the area later want to develop, they would pay their shares. This could allow use of an existing nonstandard road for some time before the city would have to finish it.
Adding the option could help encourage in-fill, which was one desire the council expressed during its April retreat, he said. City staff will draft an option for the council to consider later.