Article 8 of Chapter 162A entitled “System Development Fees” was enacted and signed into law on July 20, 2017, with an effective date of October 1, 2017. This new law provides clear authority for municipalities, and others, to charge water/sewer system development fees as long as procedures and conditions are complied with before July 1, 2018.
WHAT IS A SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT FEE?
A system development fee includes any charge or assessment imposed on new development to recoup costs of existing facilities which serve such new development. This includes fees to pay for costs the Town already incurred for the construction of the facilities and infrastructure used to treat and deliver potable water to new development.
WHAT PROCEDURES MUST THE TOWN FOLLOW TO SET THIS FEE?
There are five steps that the Town must follow in order to comply with the procedural requirements to establish a water system development fee:
Step 1: Supporting Analysis Preparation
Step 2: Fee Calculation
Step 3: 45-Day Public Comment Period
Step 4: Public Hearing
Step 5: Town Adoption
Step 6: Publication of Adopted Fee
HOW IS THE SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT FEE CALCULATED?
SUPPORTING ANALYSIS AND FEE CALCULATION
A supporting analysis must be undertaken by a qualified professional firm to determine the maximum system development fee that the Town can charge new development for water system development fees. The Town engaged the firm of WR-Martin, a management consulting firm out of Asheville, North Carolina, to perform this work. That analysis has been completed and the WR-Martin System Development Fee Report was presented to Town Council on April 16, 2018, and is now available for public inspection at Town Hall and on the Town’s website.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WR-MARTIN SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT FEE REPORT
The report contains the calculations used to establish the maximum water system development fee that the Town could set for new development. It should be noted that the Town can set system development fees that are lower than the maximum fee calculated in the report.
HOW CAN I SUBMIT A COMMENT?
45-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Town Council and WR-Martin request the public’s input on the system development fees as established in the WR-Martin System Development Fee Report. Comments can be made via email to [email protected] from April 17, 2018 through June 1, 2018. Comments received after June 1, 2018 may not be taken into consideration when the final draft of the report is completed by WR-Martin.
TO MAKE A COMMENT PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO: [email protected]
IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A COMMENT AND DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EMAIL PLEASE COME BY TOWN HALL AND SOMEONE CAN ASSIST YOU.
The Town has scheduled a public hearing on the WR-Martin System Development Fee Report and water system development fees for the Town of Weaverville to be held in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 30 South Main Street, Weaverville, NC, on June 4, 2018, at 6 p.m., or as soon thereafter as Council can reach the matter. This public is requested to attend the public hearing and submit comments during the hearing.
WHEN WILL TOWN COUNCIL ADOPT A SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT FEE?
Town Council anticipates taking action to establish water system development fees at its regular meeting on June 18, 2018. Any system development fee adopted by Town Council will be effective on July 1, 2018, and will be published, along with other fees, on the Town’s Fee Schedule.