Queen Creek Town Council could adopt new development fees at May 7 meeting

On May 7, the Queen Creek Town Council will hold its final public hearing for the adoption of state-mandated changes to development fees it charges.

The council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Queen Creek Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road.

Development fees are one-time payments made to a town or city when a building permit is issued; the fees are used to pay for new growth’s share of infrastructure costs, according to the town’s website.

Queen Creek’s development fees are assessed on both residential and non-residential growth.

They are used for parkland purchases and improvements, expansion of the town sewer system, creation of the new library, construction of bridges and railroad crossings within town limits and the construction of fire stations as well as other capital needs identified in the town’s five-year capital improvement plan, according to the website.

In 2011, the 50th Arizona Legislature passed Senate Bill 1525, which significantly changes how Arizona’s municipalities calculate, collect and use development fees, according to a staff report e-mailed May 1 to the town council, town manager and assistant town manager by Tracy Corman, assistant to the Queen Creek town manager.

Ms. Corman e-mailed a copy of the report to the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent on May 1.

Several provisions of SB 1525 took effect Jan. 1, 2012, while other provisions do not take effect until Aug. 1, 2014, according to the report.

The new legislation would substantially decrease the draft 2014 development fees, according to the staff report.

The proposed new fee for a single-family detached residence totals $6,794, compared to the current fee of $8,941, resulting in a 24 percent decrease in the total fee, according to the report.

“The state statute really limited what cities and towns can charge for their development fees; the fees in effect are decreasing substantially,” Ms. Corman said during a phone interview May 1.

“This legislation fundamentally moved away from the principle of new growth paying for itself and shifted the burden of paying for this infrastructure on to existing residents and businesses,” Ms. Corman said in the staff report.

To accommodate the new legislation, the town council on Dec. 21, 2011, adopted a revised development fee schedule that complies with the SB 1525 provisions that took effect Jan. 1, 2012.

That schedule is effective for all building permits issued on or after Jan. 1, 2012, according to the town’s website.

The most recent public hearing on the development fee schedule took place April 2. A 75-day minimum waiting period required by enabling legislation will follow the May 7 public hearing.

The updated development fees are expected to take effect Aug. 1, according to the town’s website.

A public hearing also will be held for a request by VIP Homes to rezone about 70 acres on the southwest corner of Hawes and Germann roads from R1-43 to R1-18 for an 82-lot residential development.

In addition, the council may take final action on the following items:

– DR13-043, William Lyon Homes at Church Farms Parcels A and F: A request by Bryan Crazier for design review approval of five standard floor plans with three elevations each to be constructed on 562 lots on the southeast corner of Ocotillo and Signal Butte roads.

– DR14-007, William Lyon Homes, Harmony at Meridian Parcels B, G and L: Formerly known as Church Farm, a request by Bryan Crazier of William Lyon Homes for design review approval of six standard floor plans with three elevations each to be constructed on 505 lots on the southeast corner of Ocotillo and Signal Butte roads.

– DR13-035, Cloud Estates: A request by Cason Tyler Ventures, LLC for preliminary plat approval of approximately 16.5 acres for a 14-lot residential development. The project is on the south side of Cloud Road, approximately 1,400 feet east of Power Road.

– Consideration and possible approval of Ordinance 548-14 amending Town Code Chapter 9 – Offenses, Article 9-1 Offenses, Section 9-1-3 Fireworks and Explosives, by changing the permissible dates for sale and use of fireworks according to recent state legislation (SB1158) and declaring an emergency.

The Queen Creek Town Council meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Queen Creek Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. Work sessions start at 5:30 p.m. Regular meetings start at 7 p.m.

Meeting agendas are posted on the town’s website — www.queencreek.org/town-hall/meetings-and-agendas — by 6 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the meeting, Queen Creek Public Information Officer Marnie Schubert said in an e-mailed response to a question.

For more information, call 480-358-3000.

News Editor Wendy Miller can be contacted at 480-982-7799 and via e-mail at qcnews@newszap.com, or follow her on Twitter @WendyNewszap123. Be sure to like us on Facebook.

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