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Capital Improvement Expansion Fees

2018 Fees (Recommended Updates)

As of January 1, 2017

Land Use Type Unit N'hood
Park
Comm.
Park
Fire Police Gen.
Gov't
Transp. Total
CEFs+
Transp

Updated Fees

Resid., up to 700 sf

Dwelling

$1,893

$2,542

$502

$236

$574

$2,205

$7,952

Resid., 701-1,200 sf

Dwelling

2,533

3,403

679

319

774

4,095

11,803

Resid., 1,201-1,700 sf

 Dwelling

2,766

3,715

739

347

845

5,317

13,729

Resid., 1,701-2,200 sf

Dwelling

2,796

3,755

751

352

858

6,217

14,729

Resid., over 2,200 sf

Dwelling

3,116

4,185

836

392

955

6,664

16,148

Commercial (Single Phase)

1,000 sf

0

0

633

297

1,451

8,113

10,494

Office and Other Services (3-phase)

1,000 sf

0

0

633

297

1,451

5,977

8,358

Industrial/Warehouse (Large Comm)

1,000 sf

0

0

148

69

342

1,929

2,488

Change

Resid., up to 700 sf

Dwelling

593

1,440

221

95

244

300

2,893

Resid., 701-1,200 sf

Dwelling

866

1,989

322

141

351

1,952

5,621

Resid., 1,201-1,700 sf

Dwelling

924

2,153

344

149

380

2,205

6,155

Resid., 1,701-2,200 sf

Dwelling

877

2,127

341

146

371

3,105

6,967

Resid., over 2,200 sf

Dwelling

1,060

2,442

396

172

432

3,552

8,054

Commercial (Single Phase)

1,000 sf

0

0

294

128

648

(3,817)

-2,747

Office and Other Services (3-phase)

1,000 sf

0

0

294

128

648

(1,783)

-713

Industrial/Warehouse (Large Comm)

1,000 sf

0

0

68

28

154

799

1,049

Percent Change

Resid., up to 700 sf

Dwelling

46%

131%

79%

67%

74%

16%

57%

Resid., 701-1,200 sf

Dwelling

52%

141%

90%

79%

83%

91%

91%

Resid., 1,201-1,700 sf

Dwelling

50%

138%

87%

75%

82%

71%

81%

Resid., 1,701-2,200 sf

Dwelling

46%

131%

83%

71%

76%

100%

90%

Resid., over 2,200 sf

Dwelling

52%

140%

90%

78%

83%

114%

100%

Commercial

1,000 sf

 

 

87%

76%

81%

-32%

-21%

Office and Other Services

1,000 sf

 

 

87%

76%

81%

-23%

-8%

Industrial/Warehouse

1,000 sf

 

 

85%

68%

82%

71%

73%

2017 Fees (Current)

As of January 1, 2017

Land Use Type Unit N'hood
Park
Comm.
Park
Fire Police Gen.
Gov't
Transp. Total
CEFs +
Transp

Resid., up to 700 sf

Dwelling

$1,300

$1,102

$281

$141

$330

$1,905

$5,059

Resid., 701-1,200 sf

Dwelling

1,667

1,414

357

178

423

2,143

6,182

Resid., 1,201-1,700 sf

Dwelling

1,842

1,562

395

198

465

3,112

7,574

Resid., 1,701-2,200 sf

Dwelling

1,919

1,628

410

206

487

3,112

7,762

Resid., over 2,200 sf

Dwelling

2,056

1,743

440

220

523

3,112

8,094

Commercial

1,000 sf

0

0

339

169

803

11,930

13,241

Office and Other Services

1,000 sf

0

0

339

169

803

7,760

9,071

Industrial

1,000 sf

0

0

80

41

188

1,130

1,439

What are Capital Improvement Expansion Fees?

Capital expansion fees require new developments to pay a proportionate share of infrastructure costs to “buy-in” to the level of service the City of Fort Collins provides for Fire, Police, General Government facilities, Neighborhood Parks and Community Parks. This concept of growth paying for the impact of growth is a policy decision that City Council made and continues to support. Fees are paid upon application of a building permit by a developer and assessed by land use type.

Why do the Fees change?

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

The results of the 2016 study recommend retaining the incremental expansion approach, however, the fees are changing due to the following factors:

  • Land values were updated to accurately reflect the difference in the cost of land in different quadrants in Fort Collins.
  • Updated household size data.
  • Updated all formula inputs including current asset info based on the cost of construction per square foot.
  • Additional capital added to General Government fees.
  • The fees should be analyzed and updated every 3-5 years.

For transportation capital expansion fees, Engineering contracted with TischlerBise to update the fees in 2016 and assess methodology. 

The results of the 2016 study (linked below under "Next Steps") recommend:

  • Changing the name from “Street Oversizing” to “Transportation Capital Expansion Fee”
  • Using Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) as the basis for determining impact, instead of trips generated.
  • Simplifying the transportation impact fee schedule from 43 categories of use to only a handful; Residential (by size of unit) and two broad categories for commercial and industrial.
  • Increase fee to include additional improvements

Additionally, fees are updated annually to account for inflation indices including the Denver Boulder Greeley Consumer Price Index and the Engineering News Record Cost of Construction Index.  

Public Outreach

Public outreach that has occurred to date includes:

  • DDA
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Economic Advisory Commission
  • Parks and Recreation Board
  • Building Review Board
  • Affordable Housing Board
  • Housing Catalyst
  • Board of Realtors
  • Northern Colorado Homebuilder’s Association
  • City Council Work Session on February 14, 2017

Next Steps

For more information:
If you have questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact:

Tiana J. Smith, Revenue and Project Manager
970-221-6626
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These fees will to Council for a Work Session on February 14th 2017 and then to Council for adoption for implementation on January 1 2018.