The County Council today passed R2016-51s in a 6-1 vote which allows Pierce County to collect a one-time impact fee from a builder when new homes or apartments are constructed. This fee assures that new development pays a greater share of the cost of new park facilities necessary to meet the demands of new residents for public parks, open space and trail facilities in the County.
The passing of this ordinance comes after a year of collaboration with private industry, parks and recreation organizations, the community and County staff to develop an agreed-upon proposal that would set an acceptable fee structure for all affected parties. The current impact fee structure had not been studied or updated since 1996.
According to the ordinance, park impact fees will be collected with the following fee structure in place;
|Land Use Type||Impact Fee Obligation||Effective Date|
|Residential Dwelling Unit||$1,107.46||05/01/17|
|Residential Dwelling Unit||$1,829.92||01/01/18|
|Residential Dwelling Unit||$2,552.39||07/01/18|
Impact fees do not pay for the operation or maintenance of park and recreation facilities, and only contribute to the construction of a new facility.
“The park impact fee ordinance passed by the Council today will help to provide the necessary capital investment needed to ensure our parks and recreation facilities meet the demand of a growing Pierce County population,” said Tony Tipton, Pierce County Parks and Recreation Director.
Park impact fees are estimated to generate $51 million dollars over the next fifteen years with 30 percent of the proceeds going to new parks sites, 32 percent of the proceeds intended for improvements at existing County parks and 38 percent of the proceeds to be used to extend the County system of multi-use trails.
Erin Babbo, Communications Specialist