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Park Impact Fee Process

In 2015, the Pierce County Council appointed the Park Impact Fee Working Group Committee to determine the adequacy of the existing park impact fee to meet future park needs based upon expected population increase; and the relevance of recreational area dedication requirements associated with new residential development. The committee also evaluated the methodology for calculating the impact fee, which had not be adjusted since 1997.
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The Committee submitted the Final Report to Council in August 2016. The next opportunity for public comment on the committee’s recommendations are:

September 19 at 1:30 p.m (cancelled)  the Community Development Committee will review  the Fiscal Policy and Capital Projects associated with the Committee’s Recommendations (930 Tacoma Ave. S. Room 1045).

October 3 at 1:30 p.m. the Community Development Committee will review the Fiscal Policy and Capital Projects lists and changes to the Park Impact Fee Ordinance (930 Tacoma Ave. S. Room 1045).

Council’s consideration of the Park Impact Fee Working Group Committee’s recommendations has not been scheduled. Council meeting dates will be posted as soon as they are available.

 Working Group Committee Recommendations to Council

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Park Impact Fee Working Group Committee

The Park Impact Fee Working Group Committee will produce a recommendation to County Council in early summer 2016. The Working Group will recommend a new park impact fee including the methodology used to establish the impact fee and a potential phasing plan to implement the revised fee over several years. 

Working Group Committee List

 Organization Representative 
Master Builders Association of Pierce County  Jeremiah La Franca 
Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors  Catherine Rudolph 
Pierce County Parks & Recreation Citizens Advisory Board  Nancy Hatch 
Pierce County Parks & Recreation Dept.  Joseph Coppo
Pierce County Planning & Land Services Dept.   Dennis Hanberg
Forever Green  Kirk Kirkland

Working Group Public Meetings

The following meetings of the Impact Fee Working Group will be held at:

 Date  Time  Meeting Goals
Thursday, February 25  2-4 pm - Understand Work group charge
- Impact fees fundamentals
- Impact fees framework
- Current park system  
Friday, February 26 10 am-12 pm - Department system needs
- Role as a regional provider
- Development code requirements
- Needs analysis
- Level of services
Wednesday, March 9 2-4 pm - Current/proposed impact fees
- Comparison with other jurisdictions
- Capital facilities list & capacity projects.
Friday, March 11  10 am-12 pm  - Housing affordability method
- Potential phasing plan rationale
- Specific capacity improvement projects. 
Wednesday, March 23 2-4 pm - Proposed impact fee and sliding scale 
Wednesday, April 6 2-4 pm - Capital Projects
Monday, April 11  10 am-12 pm Park funding; Bond & Tax Options
Wednesday, April 13  2-4 pm Operations, Maintenance & Administration Funding
- Capital projects
Friday, April 22 10 am-12 pm - Proposed Fee, Sliding Scale, Phasing Plan
Monday, April 25 3-5 pm - Review draft ordinance, code requirements, credits,
and finalize capital project list.
Monday, May 23
10 am-12 pm - Review Draft Working Group Report.
  Cancelled, to be rescheduled.
Wednesday, June 29 2-4 pm - Review Draft Working Group Report

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Kimberly Freeman, Superintendent of Resource Stewardship
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