A. What is The Road Impact Fee Program?
This program more fairly splits the impact of new development on roads. The Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs (HBA) and other stakeholders supported the establishment of a County-wide fee system, and worked with the County to create this program. New development in unincorporated El Paso County has been subject to a County-wide Road Impact Fee since March 1, 2010.
The Road Impact Fee Program is implemented based on two documents. The Road Impact Fee Implementation Document (PDF) addresses how the program is run and serves as the “how to” document. The Major Transportation Corridors Plan: Road Impact Fee Study (PDF) explains how costs were determined and which roads are eligible for potential credit.
B. Who pays the fee?
- Subdivisions receiving final plat approval on or after February 11, 2010.
- Subdivisions receiving final plat approval before February 11, 2010 with a condition of approval, or any extended or expired plats subject to Resolution No. 11-146 that requires participation in a traffic impact fee program.
- Subdivisions receiving final plat approval before February 11, 2010 but that have expired prior to recording and for which an extension of time is granted by the Board of Commissioners.
- Property that is rezoned if the rezone results in development that generates at least 100 more daily trips than would have been generated under the previous zoning.
After December 31, 2019, the fee is paid by anyone building.
Any property in the unincorporated area of the county which receives a Building Permit either in a public hearing or administratively, is subject to the payment of Road Impact Fees. (Homes destroyed by fire or other natural disasters are exempt from the fee.)
C. How is the Fee Calculated?
As of December 2016, the fee has been $367.49 per trip. The fee may change when the Major Transportation Corridor Plan (MTCP) is updated, when unit costs are updated or when road improvements are added or deleted from the program.
The County formed two Public Improvement Districts (PIDs) as options to defray the upfront cost of the impact fee. The PID will collect taxes that will be used to pay for a portion of the Road Impact Fee. Developers will have the option of joining the PID at time of final plat. Developers may choose to pay a smaller upfront fee and enter the 10 mill PID, a larger upfront fee and enter the 5 mill PID, or may pay the full fee and not have a mill levy placed on the property (meaning that this property is not included in a public improvement district). See table below for the fee amount paid at building permit.