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Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 1:14 am | Updated: 6:42 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Building a new home in Queen Creek could cost $1,400 more by year’s end as the Town Council is considering a development fee increase.

Queen Creek has seven development fees — one-time payments on new development to help growth pay for itself. After an annual study of those fees, six are being recommended for increases by town staff and consultant TischlerBise.

Tonight at the Town Council meeting is the final chance to give feedback on the proposed fees.

Currently, development fees on a new single-family home are $14,158. Under the proposed increase, the development fees would be $15,569.

If the proposed fees are adopted tonight, they would become effective Nov. 5.

Funds collected through the town’s seven development fees are used in the areas of wastewater, parks, recreation and open space, libraries, town facilities and equipment, public safety, transportation and fire.

With the exception of the fire development fee, which went into effect in February, all fees were reviewed for an increase.

The review of the fees included feedback from a stakeholder group that included residents, the Town Council and the development and business communities.

Home Builders Association of Central Arizona deputy director Lauren Barnett said the homebuilder community isn’t opposed to impact fees and they appreciated having a hands-on role in the fee update process.

“Certainly, any increase is significant because the simple fact is that fee is passed on to the new-home buyer in the purchase of their home,” Barnett said. “Impact fees are a significant cost in the home-building process and because of that it warrants study and scrutiny.”

The Town Council approved a resolution about two years ago calling for an annual update of development fees. That was done to keep abreast of rising capital costs for major construction and infrastructure projects in the growing town, Town Manager John Kross said.

“Development fees are just one mechanism the town uses to help fund a portion of the costs of constructing new facilities such as railroad crossings and bridges, for example,” Kross said. “While this update adjusts for rising costs associated with the capital needs of the community, on balance the total increase across the board is about 10 percent but still extremely competitive within our market.”

Public hearing

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek

Information: (480) 358-3000 or

www.queencreek.org

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