One of the most common questions regarding impact fees is, "Why are you always changing the fees?" The general answer is because variables used to calculate these fees are always changing. Land costs, construction costs, labor costs, materials costs all change frequently, as well as development patterns and technology. Development Impact Fees, therefore, need to be examined at regular intervals to ensure the Specific Infrastructure Financing Plan continues to meet future capital facility needs.
The Development Impact Fee Ordinance (Chapter 29 of the City Code), states that each impact fee shall be updated no later than five years from the previous update (in accordance with State statutes). However, there are some considerations:
- The first change, effective January 1, 2012, is the elimination of the Open Space, Solid Waste and Equipment Repair Facilities Impact Fees.
- Both the Parks and the Libraries Impact Fee categories were revised to charge fees to non-residential development in accordance with SB 1525. Previously, Parks and Libraries Impact Fees were charged only to residential development.
- Future updates must be in compliance with Senate Bill 1525, which was signed by the Governor on April 26, 2011.
Check this page regularly for new information, or contact the Impact Fee Program Manager, Christopher DePerro.