Builders seek delays on fees for projects

Modesto's Planning Commission is scheduled to hear two appeals from builders who want the city to extend the amount of time they have to build their projects without getting hit with new government fees. Modesto City Councilman Garrad Marsh owns one of the projects, a proposal to build 14 homes on a little less than eight acres on Esta Avenue in Village I. Gov. Schwarzenegger last week signed a law that gives builders an extra year to build their projects because of the downturn in California's housing market. Marsh and another builder are asking for two-year extensions. They're among several Modesto builders asking for more time. Those requests are going before the Planning Commission, which will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the basement chambers of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.