Phoenix looks at hiking development impact fees

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

The Phoenix City Council will take a look today at proposed increases to development impact fees in the northern and southern areas of the city.

The Phoenix Council will be briefed on proposed impact fees at its meeting today. The fees are for new developments including apartments, single-family homes and commercial projects.

Phoenix last adjusted impact fee levels in 2015. The City Council is scheduled to formally vote on the increases and changes at its January 29 meeting.

The Council will be briefed today on recommended changes and increase to the fees which developers pay when they build new projects to help with the infrastructure, public safety and service costs of new growth.

Phoenix bases its fees on a measure called equivalent demand units which estimate across real estate uses the impact on city services and infrastructure.

Fees are scheduled to go from $14,667 per EDU to $14,919. In Deer Valley, they will go from 11,428 to $13,072 and in the Northwest part of the city from 13,337 to $14,995.

City is also looking at raising impact fees in Ahwatukee from $6,395 to 7,538 per EDU and in Laveen from as low as $10,078 to as high as $12,729, according to a city report.

Phoenix is also looking at creating a new impact fee are in east of Desert Ridge area called Paradise Ridge with its own set of charges.

Fees for new development there would be $16,634 per EDU.

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