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  • Roadway Development Impact Fee Program Frequently Asked Question

    What is the Roadway Development Impact Fee?

    A fee to help finance the arterial capacity transportation needs created by new development. Monies collected must provide for roadway construction to increase roadway traffic capacity (i.e. widening) on the roads specified for improvement. Fees are charged in the eleven benefit areas currently collecting fees. **Please note: impact fees cannot be used for road maintenance.**

    Will all roads be widened and maintained with the fee?

    No. By state law, impact fees cannot be used for road maintenance. In addition, only a small portion of substandard roads can be widened due to limited funds.

    How are the road projects to be funded with impact fees determined?

    A wide variety of information is gathered and analyzed including traffic patterns, traffic volumes, anticipated growth and changes to the infrastructure. Planners and engineers then recommend the road projects that will provide the most benefit to the greatest number of households in a benefit area. The Pima County Board of Supervisors then decides which road projects to fund with impact fees.

    What are the benefit area boundaries and the road projects to be funded with impact fees?

    Handouts detailing the road projects and benefit area boundaries are available at the Department of Transportation, Transportation Systems Division, 201 N. Stone, 5th floor, or may be received by calling 724-6403. A list of the road projects and maps of the benefit areas may be accessed at the following website: http://www.dot.pima.gov/transsys/impactfees.

    Who pays the roadway development fee?

    All new residential and non-residential construction in unincorporated Pima County that increases units. In addition to site-built homes, this includes manufactured homes, travel trailers, trailers, mobile homes, and recreational vehicles plus non-residential development. Churches and schools are exempted from impact fees.

    When and how was the fee implemented?

    The Pima County Board of Supervisors originally implemented the roadway development fees on November 18, 1996 with Pima County Ordinance 1996-09 and 1996-73. The most current ordinance regarding impact fees is 2009-95.

    When is the fee paid?

    Per Arizona Revised Statutes 11-1102 et seq and Pima County Ordinance 2009-95, roadway development impact fees are assessed and paid at the time the building permit is issued.

    What is and Affordable Housing Waiver?

    Affordable Housing Waivers are available to current property owners that meet the income limits as determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Affordable Housing Waivers are for the amount of the roadway development impact fee only, and do not cover the $75.00 administrative fee or any other building permit costs. Forms and instructions are available at the Department of Transportation, Transportation Systems Division, 201 N. Stone, 5th floor, or may be received by calling 724-6403 or may be accessed through Impact Fees