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Capital Improvement Expansion Fees

What are Capital Improvement Expansion Fees?

Capital Improvement Expansion Fees are used to require new developments to pay a proportionate share of infrastructure costs or to "buy-in" to the system. They were first implemented at the City of Fort Collins in 1996 and are updated annually for inflation.

Why are the fees changing?

In 2012, the City of Fort Collins contracted with Duncan Associates to analyze the methodology and update the fees.

The results of the study recommend retaining the incremental expansion approach, however, the fees are changing due to the following factors:

  • Updated Park fees to be based on average # of residents in a dwelling unit vs. population directly - eliminates need to consider vacancy rates
  • Updated household size data
  • Updated all formula inputs including current asset info
  • Streets capital added to General Government fees
  • The overall infrastructure level has risen significantly since 1996.

Capital Improvement Expansion Fees:

Fee Overview

Updated Fees | Current Fees | Change | Percent Change

Land Use Type Unit N'hood Park Comm. Park Trail Fire Police Gen. Gov't Total Fees w/o Trail Total Fees w/Trail
Updated Fees
Residential, up to 700 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,181 $1,001 $474 $255 $128 $300 $2,865 $3,339
Residential, 701-1,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,515 $1,285 $608 $324 $162 $384 $3,670 $4,278
Residential, 1,201-1,700 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,674 $1,419 $672 $359 $180 $423 $4,055 $4,727
Residential, 1,701-2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,744 $1,479 $700 $373 $187 $443 $4,226 $4,926
Residential, over 2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,868 $1,584 $749 $400 $200 $475 $4,527 $5,276
Commercial 1,000 sq. ft. $0 $0 $0 $308 $154 $730 $1,192 $1,192
Industrial/Warehouse 1,000 sq. ft. $0 $0 $0 $73 $37 $171 $281 $281
Current Fees
Residential, up to 700 sq. ft. Dwelling $937 $1,041 $0 $112 $75 $142 $2,307 $2,307
Residential, 701-1,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,325 $1,477 $0 $160 $109 $201 $3,272 $3,272
Residential, 1,201-1,700 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,559 $1,735 $0 $186 $129 $235 $3,844 $3,844
Residential, 1,701-2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,791 $1,996 $0 $215 $148 $272 $4,422 $4,422
Residential, over 2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $2,181 $2,428 $0 $262 $180 $330 $5,381 $5,381
Commercial 1,000 sq. ft. $0 $0 $0 $229 $160 $257 $646 $646
Industrial/Warehouse 1,000 sq. ft. $0 $0 $0 $63 $44 $71 $178 $178
Change
Residential, up to 700 sq. ft. Dwelling $244 -$40 $474 $143 $53 $158 $558 $1,032
Residential, 701-1,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $190 -$192 $608 $164 $53 $183 $398 $1,006
Residential, 1,201-1,700 sq. ft. Dwelling $115 -$316 $672 $173 $51 $188 $211 $883
Residential, 1,701-2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling -$47 -$517 $700 $158 $39 $171 -$196 $504
Residential, over 2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling -$313 -$844 $749 $138 $20 $145 -$854 -$105
Commercial 1,000 sq. ft. $0 $0 $0 $79 -$6 $473 $546 $546
Industrial/Warehouse 1,000 sq. ft. $0 $0 $0 $10 -$7 $100 $103 $103
Percent Change
Residential, up to 700 sq. ft. Dwelling 26% -4% n/a 128% 71% 111% 24% 45%
Residential, 701-1,200 sq. ft. Dwelling 14% -13% n/a 103% 49% 91% 12% 31%
Residential, 1,201-1,700 sq. ft. Dwelling 7% -18% n/a 93% 40% 80% 5% 23%
Residential, 1,701-2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling -3% -26% n/a 73% 26% 63% -4% 11%
Residential, over 2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling -14% -35% n/a 53% 11% 44% -16% -2%
Commercial 1,000 sq. ft. n/a n/a n/a 34% -4% 184% 85% 85%
Industrial/Warehouse 1,000 sq. ft. n/a n/a n/a 16% -16% 141% 58% 58%

Neighborhood and Community Park Fees

Neighborhood Parks | Community Parks | Total Parks

  • Service Units based on housing units or equivalent dwelling units (EDU) - the average # of people in a dwelling unit
  • Fees are increasing for smaller units
  • Fees are decreasing for larger units due to findings that larger units have fewer people than 1996 study

Neighborhood Parks

Land Use Type Unit Current Fee per Unit Updated Fee per Unit Percent Change
Residential, up to 700 sq. ft. Dwelling $937 $1,181 26%
Residential, 701-1,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,325 $1,515 14%
Residential, 1,201-1,700 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,559 $1,674 7%
Residential, 1,701-2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,791 $1,744 -3%
Residential, over 2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $2,181 $1,868 -14%

Community Parks

Land Use Type Unit Current Fee per Unit Updated Fee per Unit Percent Change
Residential, up to 700 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,041 $1,001 -4%
Residential, 701-1,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,477 $1,285 -13%
Residential, 1,201-1,700 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,735 $1,419 -18%
Residential, 1,701-2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,996 $1,479 -26%
Residential, over 2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $2,428 $1,584 -35%

Total Parks

Land Use Type Unit Current Fee per Unit Updated Fee per Unit Percent Change
Residential, up to 700 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,978 $2,182 10%
Residential, 701-1,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $2,802 $2,800 0%
Residential, 1,201-1,700 sq. ft. Dwelling $3,294 $3,093 -6%
Residential, 1,701-2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $3,787 $3,223 -15%
Residential, over 2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $4,609 $3,452 -25%

Fire Capital Improvement Fees:

  • Fees increasing for both residential and commercial units
  • A credit is given for debt service on Fire Station 4
  • Service Unit is calculated by dividing total cost of existing facilities and equipment by functional population or $204 per service unit

Fees are increasing due to updated inputs to functional population calculations and updated asset information.

Land Use Type Unit Current Fee per Unit Updated Fee per Unit Percent Change
Residential, up to 700 sq. ft. Dwelling $112 $255 128%
Residential, 701-1,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $160 $324 103%
Residential, 1,201-1,700 sq. ft. Dwelling $186 $359 93%
Residential, 1,701-2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $215 $373 73%
Residential, over 2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $262 $400 53%
Commercial 1,000 sq. ft. $229 $308 34%
Industrial/Warehouse 1,000 sq. ft. $63 $73 16%

Police Capital Improvement Fees:

  • Fees increasing for residential with a slight decrease for commercial and industrial units
  • Service Unit calculated by dividing total cost of existing facilities and equipment by functional population or $102 per service unit
  • Facility assets assumes 25% excess capacity for police facility - credit is calculated into the fee

Fees are increasing due to updated inputs to functional population calculations and updated asset information.

Police Capital Improvement Fees Table:

Land Use Type Unit Current Fee per Unit Updated Fee per Unit Percent Change
Residential, up to 700 sq. ft. Dwelling $75 $128 71%
Residential, 701-1,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $109 $162 49%
Residential, 1,201-1,700 sq. ft. Dwelling $129 $180 40%
Residential, 1,701-2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $148 $187 26%
Residential, over 2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $180 $200 11%
Commercial 1,000 sq. ft. $160 $154 -4%
Industrial/Warehouse 1,000 sq. ft. $44 $37 -16%

General Government Fees:

  • Retained Functional Population methodology
  • Service Unity calculated by dividing total cost of existing facilities and equipment by functional population or $323 net cost per service unit (includes existing debt credit)
  • Fees increasing for both residential and commercial
  • Streets capital inventory included in updated fee study

Fees are increasing more for commercial and smaller residential units.

General Government Fees Table:

Land Use Type Unit Current Fee per Unit Updated Fee per Unit Percent Change
Residential, up to 700 sq. ft. Dwelling $142 $300 111%
Residential, 701-1,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $201 $384 91%
Residential, 1,201-1,700 sq. ft. Dwelling $235 $423 80%
Residential, 1,701-2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $272 $443 63%
Residential, over 2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $330 $475 44%
Commercial 1,000 sq. ft. $257 $730 184%
Industrial/Warehouse 1,000 sq. ft. $71 $171 141%