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Capital Improvement Expansion Fees

2016 Fees (Updated)

Land Use Type Unit N'hood
Park
Comm.
Park
Fire Police Gen.
Gov't
Total
Resid., up to 700 sf Dwelling $1,262 $1,069 $272 $137 $321 $3,061
Resid., 701-1,200 sf Dwelling $1,619 $1,373 $346 $173 $410 $3,921
Resid., 1,201-1,700 sf Dwelling $1,788 $1,516 $384 $192 $452 $4,332
Resid., 1,701-2,200 sf Dwelling $1,863 $1,580 $399 $200 $473 $4,515
Resid., over 2,200 sf Dwelling $1,996 $1,692 $427 $214 $507 $4,837
Commercial 100% 1,000 sf $0 $0 $329 $165 $780 $1,274
Industrial 100% 1,000 sf $0 $0 $78 $40 $183 $300

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. Additionally, every 3-5 years the City of Fort Collins will undergo a study to analyze the methodology, inflation indices and the updated fees accordingly.

Why do the Fees change?

In 2012, the City of Fort Collins contracted with Duncan Associates to analyze the methodology and update the fees. The City of Fort Collins is working with Duncan Associates again in 2016 to update the study.

The results of the 2012 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.
  • The fees should be analyzed and updated every 3-5 years.

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