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.
College Station’s Five (5) Existing Impact Fees
The City of College Station currently has five 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. Below are a map depicting the existing five areas and a Semi-Annual Report providing more specifics on each impact fee.
Impact Fee Areas Map
Semi-Annual Report on Existing Impact Fees
New 2016 Impact Fee Studies and Effort
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. On November 12, 2015 Council directed city staff to begin efforts to investigate expanding water and wastewater impact fees citywide (instead of the existing small areas) and into specific areas within the City's Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) as well as consider new roadway impact fees. Engineering consultants were next engaged by the City at the January 28th Council Meeting. Below are links to an Impact Fee 101 Presentation.
Impact Fees 101 (PowerPoint)
Impact Fees 101 (YouTube Video)
An ordinance and then appointments were made to create the Impact Fee Advisory Committee (IFAC) at the February 11th and April 31st Council Meetings, respectively. 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 last six or so months, several stakeholder meetings have been conducted. Additionally, there has been about a dozen meetings with the IFAC and with City Council. The IFAC has completed the review of both the water/wastewater report and the roadway report. City Council is tentatively scheduled to have the following public hearings to consider the adoption of the respective impact fees:
For more information impact fees or to confirm specific meeting dates, please contact Alan Gibbs at email@example.com or at 979.764.3750.