The City of Austin is proposing to develop and implement a Street Impact Fee Program. A Street Impact Fee would be a charge assessed on new development to pay for the construction or expansion of roadway facilities that are necessitated by and benefit that new development.

 

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Street Impact Fee Study Report

The City of Austin has completed the Street Impact Fee Study, a two-year analysis and calculation of the costs to fund roadway infrastructure required to meet the needs of new development. The Street Impact Fee Study Report provides the City Council with the maximum allowable roadway impact fee that could be assessed by the City of Austin, complying with Chapter 395 of the Texas Local Government Code.

Following public review, discussion and a public hearing process, the City Council may determine an amount to be assessed (if any) up to the maximum established within the report and adopt a street impact fee ordinance accordingly.

About Street Impact Fees

Impact fees are a mechanism for funding public infrastructure necessitated by new development. Across the country, impact fees are used to fund police and fire facilities, parks, schools, streets and utilities. In Texas, the legislature has allowed their use for water, wastewater, street and drainage facilities. The City of Austin has used impact fees to fund water and wastewater improvements since the 1990s.

Street Impact Fee Study

In August 2016, the City hired a consultant to assist with the technical analysis required by Chapter 395 of the Texas Local Government Code to determine the maximum assessable Street Impact Fee. Since then, the study has been underway and coordinated with the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan. Ultimately, City Council will consider adoption of an ordinance establishing the Street Impact Fee and the policies related to administering the program. The City anticipates presenting a proposed policy to Council in spring 2020. Staff will provide briefings and updates to Council, hold public hearings and engage in stakeholder outreach throughout the process.

Upcoming Meetings

Urban Transportation Commission

  • Date: Friday, July 10, 2020
  • Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Place: Online or by phone. Check the Urban Transportation Commission website for information about how to view and/or sign up to speak during the meeting.

Planning Commission

  • Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Place: Online or by phone. Check the Planning Commission website for information about how to view and/or sign up to speak during the meeting.

Public Meeting (Interactive Webinar)

  • Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
  • Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Place: Online or by phone. Check the website for information about how to participate in the meeting.

City Council Public Hearing

  • Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Place: Online or by phone. Check the City Council website for more information about how to view and/or sign up to speak during the public hearing.

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If you have a question or would like a presentation on the Street Impact Fee Study, please contact the project team.