OLYMPIA - Impact fees on new development in unincorporated Thurston County will soon begin. The Board of Thurston County Commissioners adopted Growth Management Impact Fees for Parks, Transportation and Schools in December 2012. -30-
The fees are intended to fund improvements to Parks, Transportation and Schools, that are necessary due the increase in new homes, students and traffic related to new development. The fees will be assessed at the time a completed building application is submitted to the Thurston County Permit Assistance Center and the fees will be collected at the time the Building Permit is drawn.
Thurston County Commission Chair Sandra Romero says the implementation of impact fees is one way that growth can pay for growth. "According to statistics from the Thurston Regional Planning Council, the county's population was about 250,000 in 2012. In just the next 8 years, that number is expected to exceed 300,000. That kind of growth will affect us all and these fees will help us provide the kinds of parks, roads and schools that make this an attractive place to live and raise a family."
Impact fees for transportation and schools are not uniform across the county. The fee amount is based on the projected cost of a capital project within a school district or transportation district service area. Parks impact fees are uniform across the county.
Development applicants may calculate the potential impact fee amounts by identifying the location of their project, and then summing the transportation, school and parks fee impact per development unit.
The Fees are scheduled to go into effect on April 2, 2013. More information is available on the county's Planning Department web pages at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/impact/impact_home.html