Hearing on Developer Impact Fees continued to April 2
Following the public hearing the directors will vote on whether or not to adopt the ordinance. Collection of the fees will begin 60 days after the passage of the ordinance. They will be charged when a building permit is issued and paid prior to the receipt of the certificate of occupancy from Lassen County.
The ordinance and resolution for the implementation of development impact fees was approved by the WCSD board of directors Feb. 5 but cannot be adopted until a public hearing is completed.
According to Anderson, the development impact fees are not for maintenance of existing facilities but for new public facilities and improvements required by new development. The revenues raised by the payment of the fee must be placed in an account dedicated to its proper use. For example, there will be a “Sewer and Lift Station Fee Fund,” a “Water Distribution and Storage Fee Fund,” a “Fire Protection, Capital Facilities Fee Fund” and “Parks and Recreation Fee Fund.”
The total fee will be $7,822 per equivalent dwelling unit. It is divided into the following categories: sewers and lift stations — $422 per EDU; wastewater treatment facilities— $4,440 per EDU; water distribution and storage — $1,057 per EDU; spring enclosure and pump station — $845 per EDU; fire protection — $529 per EDU; and parks and recreation — $529 per EDU.
In the fee proposal Anderson prepared for the WCSD he stated calculating development impact fees was not an exact science. Therefore he arrived at the fee of $7,822 by determining the estimated cost of a project and amount per new dwelling unit that needed to be set aside to meet the requirement. The calculation was based on the estimate that Westwood would have an additional 473 single-family dwelling units by 2027.
The ordinance states the fee is to be “levied on all new development in order to insure that all development shares fairly in the cost of building the required district infrastructure.”
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