Apache Junction development fees to go up in 4 of 6 building types, according to draft plan

Fees per residential unit may go up, while development fees for nonresidential construction would go down, under a proposed development fee land use assumptions and infrastructure improvement plan draft report.

The Apache Junction City Council is expected to discuss the new draft report, which would impact development fees for residential and nonresidential construction projects, on Tuesday, April 16.

The 7 p.m. Apache Junction City Council meeting will take place in the council chambers, 300 E. Superstition Blvd.
Case No. AM-1-19 was filed with the city Feb. 15, according to a public notice.

The municipality hired TischlerBise, of Bethesda, Maryland, to document land use assumptions, prepare an infrastructure improvements plan and update development fees pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes § 9-436.05, according to the draft report.

“Municipalities in Arizona may assess development fees to offset infrastructure costs to a municipality for necessary public services. The development fees must be based on an infrastructure improvements plan and land use assumptions,” the draft plan states.

“Development fees are one-time payments used to construct system improvements needed to accommodate new development. The fee represents future development’s proportionate share of infrastructure costs. Development fees may be used for infrastructure improvements or debt service for growth related infrastructure.”

Unlike general taxes, development fees may not be used for operations, maintenance, replacement, or correcting existing deficiencies, the draft report states.

The city has development fees for the library, parks and recreation, police and streets.

Combined development fees for all four areas, according to the draft document, include:

  • $4,925 for single housing units, proposed to be increased to $5,598.
  • $3,689 per unit for multi-family residential, increased to $4,164.
  • $3,907 per unit for mobile home or recreational vehicle, increased to $5,170.
  • $2.93 per square foot for industrial, decreased to $1.49.
  • $6.52 per square foot for commercial/retail, increased to $7.22.
  • $4.44 per square foot for office and other services, decreased to $2.99.

The 53-page draft report, which has been posted for review at ajcity.net, may also be reviewed in person at the Planning Division Office, City Hall Complex, 300 E. Superstition Blvd.

For more information, call Larry Kirch, development services director, at 480-474-5082.

Editor Richard Dyer can be reached at rdyer@newszap.com

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