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Park Impact and Parkland Dedication Ordinances

In 1988, the City Council adopted Municipal Code Chapter 19.38, the Parkland Dedication Ordinance (PDO),to help meet the demand for neighborhood and community parks generated by new residential development. In 1992, the City Council adopted Municipal Code Chapter 14.25, the Park Impact Ordinance (PIO), which applied parkland dedication requirements to new units in non-subdivided residential projects.

Pursuant to these ordinances a residential project’s parkland obligation under the PDO and PIO is equivalent in value or property to providing three acres of parkland for every 1,000 new residents added by the housing development.  Projects can comply with this obligation by dedicating land for public parks, paying an in-lieu fee, constructing new park facilities, providing improvements to existing recreational facilities, or by providing a combination of the these options.

Applicants can apply for Private Recreation Credits to receive up to 50% credit towards the required parkland obligation by providing a variety of residential building amenities within the project. Credit is given based on the of the whole project (not individual development phases), the actual square footage of the amenities, and compliance with the eligibility requirements, as outlined in City Council Resolutions #73587 and #77538 (below) and the current adopted fees.

Required common open space areas, landscape corridors, emergency vehicle access easements, walkways, unsuitable topography areas, riparian corridors, and environmental mitigation areas stormwater low impact development areas, are not eligible for credit towards the PIO/POD fees per City Council Resolution No. 73587 (Section 3.C).

Current Fees (effective December 1, 2015)

Information Required by the Mitigation Fee Act

Year-end Summary

Contact Rebekah Ross by email at: or by calling (408) 535-3804 if you would like additional information about the PIO and PDO ordinances and associated Resolutions.