Impact fees allow a municipality to collect fees from developers to mitigate the fiscal impact of the development on the community and to help pay for municipal or school capital costs.  To do this, a community needs to have in place a capital improvements plan and adopt an impact fee ordinance, which includes a sound basis for a fee to pay for a developments fair share of the necessary projects.  To encourage or support impact fees, RPCs should: 

  • Educate municipal officials about impact fees as a tool to help pay for infrastructure improvements and create more homes. 
  • Disseminate educational information (e.g., capital budget and program, sample impact fee ordinance and formulasto help communities implement this tool. 
  • Provide technical assistance to local planning officials in the preparation of impact fee ordinances.

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