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"System-Wide" Impact Fees

As defined by Chapter 395 of the Texas Local Government Code, Impact fees are a one-time charge or assessment imposed by a City against new development at building permit in order to generate revenue for funding the cost of capital improvements (waterlines, sewer lines, streets, etc.) related to the new development.


"System-Wide" Service Areas


The System-Wide Water and Wastewater service areas do not strictly follow city limits and include portions of the ETJ. The Roadway service area is bounded by the entire city limits, but is broken into four service areas. State law requires that impact fees be calculated, collected, and spent within defined service areas. Exhibits depicting these service areas are provided below.


"System-Wide" Impact Fee Tables


State law has specific requirements for the implementation of impact fees including the fee assessment and fee collection. In short, impact fees are typically assessed on the date that the subject lot's Final Plat is approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The impact fees are typically collected with the Building Permit (or the service connections for utilities in the ETJ). Water and Wastewater Impact Fees are both based on the size and number of water meter(s). Water Impact Fees do apply to domestic and irrigation meters. Roadway Impact Fees are based on the estimated traffic generated from the associated use. Tables for the System-Wide Impact Fees are provided below.


"System-Wide" Impact Fee Capital Improvements Plans (CIP)


Water, Wastewater and Roadway Capital Improvements Plans (CIP) were developed from the City of College Station Water Master Plan, Wastewater Master Plan and Thoroughfare Plan, respectively. The identified projects will provide necessary utility and street capacity improvements to meet growth in the 10-year period between 2016-2026. The list of identified CIP projects and associated maps are provided below.   


"System-Wide" Impact Fee Reports


In early 2016, City Council engaged engineering consultants to begin the necessary impact fee data collection and analyses. Freese and Nichols was hired as the consultant for the Water and Wastewater Impact Fees to continue their similar work with the Water and Wastewater Master Plans. Similarly, Kimley-Horn and Associates prepared the Roadway Impact Fees Report, continuing their related modeling of the Thoroughfare Plan. Below are the final impact fee reports.


Additional Background


On November 12, 2015 City Council directed city staff to begin investigating expanding water and wastewater impact fees city-wide (instead of the existing small areas) and into specific areas within the City's Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). Staff was also asked to investigate the possibility of adding new roadway impact fees. Below are links to an Impact Fee 101 Presentation for additional background and clarification. 


Our community continues to have a growing population and development growth which brings many blessings along with several challenges. Bond and Budget deliberations over recent years have underscored the infrastructure funding challenges the City experiences with working to plan for current citizens' needs and future growth. City Council chose to initiate a further evaluation of impact fees as one possible increased funding source to help address this gap.

An ordinance and then appointments were made to create the Impact Fee Advisory Committee (IFAC)in early 2016. More specifically, Council appointed the Planning and Zoning Commission plus three additional members representing the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), neighborhood communities, and the home builders association. Per state law, this committee is an advising body that makes recommendations to City Council on impact fees.

Over the period of several months in late 2015 and early 2016, numerous stakeholder meetings were conducted. Additionally, there were about a dozen meetings held with the IFAC and City Council to review and discuss the water/wastewater and roadway impact fee reports. City Council conducted public hearings and adopted Water/Wastewater Impact Fees on September 22, 2016 and Roadway Impact Fees on November 10, 2016.


Historical Five "Small Area" Impact Fees


For many years the City of College Station had five "Small Area" impact fee areas (four sewer and one water) generally located in the southern part of the City. Our first impact fee was adopted in 1992. These "Small Area" Impact Fees are no longer applicable for Building Permits applied for after December 1, 2017. Below please find a map depicting the five Small Area Impact Fees, fee tables for each, and a Semi-Annual Report providing more specifics on each impact fee.

 

This information provided above is abbreviated - Ch. 107: Impact Fees of College Station's Code of Ordinances provides more complete regulations. For more information on impact fees, please contact Carol Cotter at ccotter@cstx.gov or at 979.764.3570.

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