Ashley Valley Impact Fee Analysis – Sewer Summary
Under Utah’s Impact Fees Act, Title 11, Chapter 36A, Utah Code Annotated, the Ashley Valley Water and Sewer Improvement District (the “District”) is authorized to establish and impose impact fees for its public facilities in order to mitigate the impact of new development on public infrastructure. Growth in the form of new homes and businesses requires expansion or enlargement of public facilities to maintain the same level and quality of public services for members of the community. Impact fees help fund that expansion. Impact fees are collected from new development when an applicant applies for a building permit. “Public facilities” include such things as wastewater collection and treatment facilities. Utah law requires that prior to imposing an impact fee the District must prepare or have prepared an impact fee analysis. An impact fee analysis provides the reasoning for the impact fee and shows how the impact fee is determined.
The District has prepared an impact fee analysis for sewer, attached hereto, that meets the requirements of Utah law. The analysis shows that because of anticipated new development within the District’s boundaries, the District will not be able to maintain its same level and quality of service for sewer over the next 5 years without expanding or enlarging its sewer facilities, specifically, a section of the sewer system located at 2500 East 2000 South.
In order to cover new development’s fair share of the costs associated with its impact on the District’s sewer system, new development should be required to pay a reasonable sewer impact fee at the time it applies for a building permit. The attached analysis shows that the highest justified sewer impact fee the District can charge new development is $2,137 per equivalent residential connection (“ERC”).
Sewer impact fees collected by the District will be used on sewer facilities that have a life expectancy of 10 or more years, are owned or operated by or on behalf of the District, and serve the community at large. More specifically, sewer impact fees will be used for property, wastewater collection and treatment facilities, materials and construction. Sewer impact fees that are collected will not be used for maintenance of existing facilities or for employee salaries.
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