The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency Act of 1990 gives the SAFCA Board of Directors the authority to "prescribe, revise, and collect fees as a condition of development of land." The resolution adopting the fee program must describe (1) the specific flood control projects that are needed so the areas proposed for development meet the flood protection standards determined by the Board; (2) the estimated cost of these projects; (3) a tentative time schedule for their implementation; and (4) the reasonable portion of the cost to be apportioned to new development.
The Board implemented a Development Fee Program (Fee Program) to ensure that new structures placed in the 200-year floodplain (Program Area) as shown in Figure 1 do not increase Sacramento's exposure to flood damages and the governmental costs associated therewith. This exposure is measured by expected annual damages (EAD), a metric that integrates the probability of an uncontrolled flood and the resulting property damage. New development could significantly increase EAD by increasing the economic consequences of an uncontrolled flood.
The Fee Program would mitigate this impact by funding a series of flood risk reduction projects that would build on the accomplishments of SAFCA's Consolidated Capital Assessment District (CCAD). The Fee Program would provide a portion of the local share of the cost of achieving at least a 200-year level of protection. This increased protection would offset the additional property damage exposure created by new development in the Program Area and thus avoid any substantial increase in EAD.