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Old 10-22-2010, 02:12 PM
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I spoke with the former Mayor of Beaumont, Ca some time ago, the city gives breaks and incentives to people who hire local vendors as well as give breaks to businesses who hire locals, as well as other incentives. I would have to spend some time recalling more specifics of the conversation, but here is the article I looked up:

Beaumont seeks second stimulus for city

October 21, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

Hoping to convince landowners and developers that they'd be better off building structures for industry types instead of future residents, the city of Beaumont has approved a plan to create two zones offering discounts to builders for at least the next three years.

This most recent "stimulus" proposal follows the city's first effort to boost its own economy by offering a break to residential developers. Passed in February 2009, that stimulus cut development fees by 30 percent. Beaumont ultimately issued more single-family home building permits in 2009 than any other city in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The new effort aims to bring major employers to the city, said Dave Dillon, the city's contracted economic development adviser.

Those building in the industrial and commercial zones of Beaumont could see another 20 percent lopped off development impact mitigation and building permit fees.

Developers who switch to building businesses rather than bedrooms in those zones would also bypass the processing fees for land-use entitlements and development agreements, a savings of $30,000 to $50,000 in some cases, Dillon said. The projects could also gain necessary approvals more swiftly than other developments, and benefit from the forthcoming Potrero Boulevard overpass which would give industrial users better access to Interstate 10 and Highway 60, Dillon said.

Richard Bennecke, a candidate for Beaumont's City Council, said this most recent stimulus effort was laudable. Nonetheless, he said he thought the city should be mum about the incentives, using it as a negotiating tool rather than offer them out in the open to everyone.

Dillon said the discount in developer fees for three years shouldn't affect funding for infrastructure improvements "We've already got some money in the bank," Dillon said, adding that WinCo will be paying $1.4 million in fees as soon as the company pulls its building permit for a proposed distribution center.

The discount to developers will hopefully kick-start the next wave of development in the city, he said.

A 1,175-acre stretch southwest of Interstate 10 would be focused on industrial development near where grocer WinCo Foods LLC has bought land to build a 2 million-square-foot distribution center. WinCo's property is not included in the zone's boundaries. The zone would also cover a portion of land just outside the city's boundaries that officials have sought to annex.

A patchwork collection of 233 acres east of Highway 79 between Potrero Boulevard and Sixth Street would offer incentives to builders proposing commercial development on vacant land near a shopping center where a Kohl's, Best Buy, Walmart and Home Depot have already been built.

The city won't be approving physical zoning changes in those areas just yet. Some parcels are currently reserved for residential uses. Dillon said the incentives are a precursor to eventual zoning changes that would hopefully inspire developers to reshape their projects with an industrial and commercial focus.
The link has a map showing industrial and commercial zones.
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