City hikes impact fees to match inflation
February 8, 2011
The city has updated impact fees to adjust for inflation.
The affected areas include fees for government buildings, fire, parks, police and transportation. The city updates the fees each year.
Per the City Council, the city updates the fees updated annually to avoid larger changes every few years. The annual fee changes do not require council approval. The updated rates took effect Feb. 1.
Residents can find a complete list of impact fee changes at the municipal website.
The city requires impact fees as part of any construction, reconstruction or other uses of property if the project requires the review and approval of a development permit.
The state Growth Management Act authorizes cities to collect impact fees to help pay for the additional facilities — such as parks and roads — needed to serve the additional construction.
In Issaquah, the council has OK’d impact fee ordinances for city and King County traffic, schools, parks and fire impacts. The city assesses government buildings and police impacts during the environmental review process.