City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17D
Chapter 17D.075
Section 17D.075.010

Title 17D City-wide Standards

Chapter 17D.075 Transportation Impact Fees

Section 17D.075.010 Findings and Authority

The City Council finds and ordains as follows:

  1. That new growth and development, including but not limited to new residential, commercial, retail, office, industrial and institutional development, in the City of Spokane will create additional demand and need for public transportation facilities (public streets and public roadways) in the City of Spokane.
  1. That new growth and development should pay a proportionate share of the cost of new public transportation facilities needed to serve the new growth and development.
  1. That transportation impact fees are a lawful and commonly used instrument to aid in meeting capacity related Growth Management Act transportation concurrency requirements.
  1. The City has conducted extensive studies documenting the procedures for measuring the impact of new growth and development on public facilities, has prepared the rate study, and has reviewed the rate study, and hereby incorporates these studies into this title by reference. Based on the foregoing, the City has prepared a formula and method of calculating transportation impact fees to serve new development that provides a balance between impact fees and other sources of public funds. The data and method of calculating contained in the rate study is consistent with the data collected as part of the development of the comprehensive plan, the traffic impact analysis’ completed for projects since the creation of that data and the studies and data collection accumulated by Spokane Regional Transportation Council and other jurisdictions.
  1. That whenever impact fees are imposed, the director of engineering services, or the director’s designee shall make the following findings:
    1. That the impact fees are imposed for system improvements that are reasonably related to the new development.
    1. That the fees do not exceed a proportionate share of the costs of system improvements that are reasonably related to the new development; and
    1. That the fees will be used for system improvements that will reasonably benefit the new development.

Now, therefore, pursuant to chapter 82.02 RCW, the City Council adopts this chapter to authorize appropriate and lawful impact fees for public transportation facilities. The provisions of this chapter shall be liberally construed in order to carry out the purposes of the city council in establishing a transportation impact fee program.

Date Passed: Monday, January 24, 2011

Effective Date: Saturday, March 12, 2011

ORD C34673 Section 2