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Capital Improvement Expansion Fees#

Fees Effective as of January 1, 2021#

Land Use Type Unit N'hood Park Comm. Park Fire Police Gen. Gov't TCEF Total
Residential, up to 700 sq. ft. Dwelling $1,905 $2,690 $466 $261 $635 $2,349 $8,306
Residential, 701-1,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $2,550 $3,601 $631 $353 $857 $4,362 $12,354
Residential, 1,201-1,700 sq. ft. Dwelling $2,785 $3,932 $686 $384 $935 $5,664 $14,387
Residential, 1,701-2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $2,814 $3,973 $697 $390 $950 $6,623 $15,446
Residential, over 2,200 sq. ft. Dwelling $3,136 $4,429 $776 $434 $1,057 $7,099 $16,931
Commercial 1,000 sq. ft. 0 0 $588 $329 $1,606 $8,642 $11,165
Office and Other Services   0 0 $588 $329 $1,606 $6,367 $8,890
Industrial/Warehouse 1,000 sq. ft. 0 0 $137 $76 $379 $2,055 $2,647
                 

Fees Effective January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020#

Land Use Type

Unit

N'hood Park

Comm. Park

Fire

Police

Gen. Gov't

TCEF

Total

Residential, up to 700 sq. ft.

Dwelling

$1,855

$2,619

$454

$254

$619

$2,336

$8,137

Residential, 701-1,200 sq. ft.

Dwelling

$2,483

$3,506

$614

$344

$834

$4,338

$12,120

Residential, 1,201-1,700 sq. ft.

Dwelling

$2,712

$3,828

$668

$374

$911

$5,632

$14,125

Residential, 1,701-2,200 sq. ft.

Dwelling

$2,740

$3,868

$679

$379

$925

$6,586

$15,177

Residential, over 2,200 sq. ft.

Dwelling

$3,053

$4,312

$756

$423

$1,029

$7,059

$16,632

Commercial

1,000 sq. ft.

0

0

$572

$320

$1,564

$8,594

$11,050

Office and Other Services

 

0

0

$572

$320

$1,564

$6,331

$8,788

Industrial/Warehouse

1,000 sq. ft.

0

0

$134

$74

$369

$2,043

$2,620

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.  

For more information:

If you have questions please contact:

David Lenz | dlenz@fcgov.com | 970.221.6608