JUST IN: Round Rock will implement roadway impact fees

Round Rock City Council passed an ordinance on March 14 that requires developers to pay one-time costs to fund transportation infrastructure. The city in turn, will use the revenue to cover costs of transportation infrastructure.

Round Rock City Council passed an ordinance on March 14 that requires developers to pay one-time costs to fund transportation infrastructure. The city in turn, will use the revenue to cover costs of transportation infrastructure.

The cost to develop in Round Rock will increase as the city rolls out new fees over the next five years.

Round Rock City Council passed an ordinance in a 7-0 vote March 14 that requires developers to pay a one-time cost to fund transportation infrastructure. The city in turn, will use the revenue to cover costs of transportation infrastructure.

“These impact fees are not new,” Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said during a Feb. 28 council meeting. “They’re all across the country. They’re in Texas. So they’re coming.”

In Central Texas, cities including Hutto, Taylor, Cibolo and New Braunfels have already implemented roadway impact fees. Austin and Buda are conducting studies to potentially do the same.

The price of growth

Round Rock is a desirable place to be, according to a bi-annual, city-administered survey. The most recent survey—conducted in Spring 2018—found that 84 percent of respondents were “satisfied with the overall quality of life” in the city.

Recently, Round Rock was named the No. 5 city in which to buy a house in 2019 by Niche, a company that researches and analyzes cities across the country.

While current residents know the appeal of the city, they also consistently rank traffic as the top issue. In fact, 76 percent of respondents said the perceived traffic flow in the city was getting worse.

Funding infrastructure

Every new development—residential and commercial—creates additional infrastructure needs. Cities use various types of impact fees to offset the costs associated. The city of Round Rock has used water and wastewater impact fees to fund public water and wastewater improvements since 1989, said Michael Thane, the city’s director of utilities.

More than $1.2 billion is needed to fund roadway projects, according to Round Rock’s 2017 Transportation Master Plan. The plan is based on projections to serve Round Rock’s ultimate population of 250,000 people.

“This [topic] is not fun for anybody,” Morgan said Feb. 28. “It’s a very difficult thing. But since I’ve been on this council, the number one issue in our biennium surveys [of Round Rock residents] is traffic.”

Money collected through roadway impact fees will be applied to traffic signals, bridges, sidewalks, roadways, thoroughfares, land acquisition costs, surveying and engineering fees, according to the ordinance. However, the fees will not be used for upgrades to existing development or repair, operation or maintenance of existing or new facilities.

The ordinance will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.
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