Board approves impact fee ordinance

The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 17 approved a new Roadway Development Impact Fee ordinance, which will become effective Jan. 1, 2021.

The new ordinance was adopted in accordance with state law, which requires counties to update their development impact programs. The County last revised the impact fee ordinance in 2014. 
Valencia Road
Development impact fees are charged to new residential and non-residential development and used to fund new roadway infrastructure necessitated by growth in the areas where the fees are collected. The Board-approved infrastructure improvements plan includes projects in each of seven revised service areas. 

In addition to setting a new schedule of fees, the updated ordinance requires the County to do the following: 
  • Develop and update land use assumptions every five years or sooner
  • Create and update an infrastructure improvement plan every five years or sooner
  • Audit the fee program every two years
The County sought the input from the development community during the nearly two-year update study process. The final fee amounts and implementation schedule took into account the concerns of key stakeholders while addressing roadway needs created by anticipated new development. 

To lessen any effects on the economy as the region continues to cope with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the County will keep the residential fee at the current rate through June 2021 and lower many of the non-residential rates for the first six months of 2021.  The final fee amounts will be gradually phased in over three-and-a-half years.

Read the ordinance and accompanying report
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