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Stanwood Planning Commission Discusses Potential Park Impact Fee Changes

Posted on Jul 26, 2019 in:
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At its July 22 planning commission meeting, the city of Stanwood discussed a potential update to its park impact fee program. City staff provided a presentation; the discussion was largely educational. The proposed increase is based upon the city’s aggressive 2019–2024 Park Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which proposes over $8 million in projects and acquisitions. The CIP will raise fees to $2,853 for single family (currently $1,330), $2,732 for townhomes and duplexes (currently $1,042), and $2,457 for multifamily (currently $1,042) when factored into the current formula and council division policy.

Staff presented commissioners four options:

  1. Update the persons per household
  2. Amend the adjustment factor to 50%, up from 40%
  3. Codify the division factor, which is current council policy, or
  4. No change and keep fee the same.

No decision was made on any option/s to pursue. The planning commission will resume the discussion in September and city staff has said the goal is to update the fee by early 2020. Your association was in attendance and will continue to work towards the most equitable fee possible. Review the complete staff report.

Contact Snohomish County Manager Dylan Sluder, 425.460.8236, with any comments or questions on the proposed changes.

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