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Public hearings seek input on fees, annexation
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BY LOUISE R. SHAW

Clipper Staff Writer

KAYSVILLE — Two public hearings are scheduled before the Kaysville City Council on Tuesday, May 7.

The first, which begins at 6 p.m., is to receive input on an adjustment to impact fees for culinary water, parks, police, power and transportation services.

At 6:45 the same evening, a public hearing will take place on the annexation of 7.7 acres at approximately 700 East and 600 South, just north of Nicholls Road along Main Street.

Impact fees are paid by builders as they get building permits, to mitigate the cost of the new development, said John Thacker, city manager. 

“The fees ensure that the new development pays for its impacts so that the existing using residents do not have to pay for the impacts of added demand, added growth,” he said.

The process began approximately a year ago, when a public hearing was held and city leaders approved the impact fee facilities plan.

“This public hearing is the next step in the process of revising our impact fees,” he said.

The fees the city assesses developers were adopted in 2004, he said, and cities are required to keep the fees reasonable and current.

At the public hearing, an impact fee analysis will be presented. Staff will recommend that water fees increase to cover costs but fees for parks, police, power and transportation services can decline.

Overall, he said, the impact fees for builders will be significantly less.

The annexation request that will be the subject of the 6:45 p.m. hearing was made by John Gailey for land that is mostly vacant, with the exception of a barn on one parcel, according to Thacker.

Annexation is necessary for development to occur, said Thacker, something he considered likely.

“There’s no way you can develop unless you have city services: streets, water, sewer,” he said.

The hearings will be held at city hall, 23 E. Center in Kaysville. According to a notice sent from the city, copies of the Impact Fee Analysis and the Impact Fee Enactment will be available in the public library at 44 N. Main and on the city’s website, kaysvillecity.com. 

“Written concerns are welcome,” according to the notice. 

lshaw@davisclipper.com

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