Discussion of Development Fee proposal
With the upswing of the economy and the recognition
of all the quality the City of Hapeville has to offer it's businesses and
residents; the Cities on the cusp of a significant amount of
development and redevelopment growth. Such development will bring much needed
economic activity to the City, strengthening our tax base. In addition, staff believes offering quality services and now employment opportunities for our residents and
the region as a whole will make for significant positive impact.
As the City seeks to provide outstanding
development related services, including the efficient implementation of all development related projects, costs will gradually increase. In addition, the personalized
attention to many details via the one-stop shop for larger projects, the Cities burden for
providing these services will naturally increase. At the same time the City must
remain competitive with its neighbors and also balance the need not place an
unfair burden on the existing taxpayers.
City staff has carefully studied and evaluated our development fees (including business and alcohol licensing, planning and
zoning, and community services) and compared them with those of our
neighboring cities. Fees have not been systematically increased since
2006. Thus, Staff has proposed the following changes to our fee structure so as
to enable the City to offer the highest quality services and recoup the costs
associated with their provision while remaining competitive with our
neighboring jurisdictions. The key policy question for the Council in considering new fees is "How much does the City General Fund support/subsidize the existing and future development activity in the City?"
Please see the attached information and details.
For additional information, please contact the City Manager's Office.