The Idaho Falls City Council will conduct a public hearing regarding the adoption of the Impact Fee Study and Capital Improvement Plan, as well as the ordinance authorizing the implementation of development impact fees. The hearing will be conducted at the regular City Council meeting on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m., in the City Annex Council Chambers, 680 Park Avenue.
A development impact fee program provides an equitable means of providing infrastructure to accommodate new growth. Growth brings with it a need for improvements in parks, transportation, and public safety (police, fire, and emergency medical services).
“Through the comprehensive planning process, the citizens of Idaho Falls conveyed a consistent message to city officials that it’s critical to expand infrastructure to accommodate growth,” explains Kent Fugal, City Engineer.
If adopted, those who benefit from new growth and development will pay a proportionate share of the cost of the new public facilities needed to serve new growth through impact fees – assessed at the building permit stage – rather than new growth being subsidized by existing taxpayers.
Fire Chief Duane Nelson states, “On average, the Idaho Falls Fire Department responds to 1,000 more calls each year. In 2021 we saw an increase of 2,000 calls. Rapid population growth continues to challenge us as we try to keep pace while delivering the same level of service. Impact fees will provide us with some of the funding needed as we plan for the future of emergency services in our community.”
To review the Impact Fee Study and Capital Improvement Plan, click HERE. A link to the document is also provided on the homepage of the city’s website at www.idahofalls.gov. A printed version of the documents is available in the Public Works Department during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 380 Constitution Way, (208) 612-8250.
There are at least four methods of participation in the public hearing:
- Attend the public hearing and provide testimony in person.
- Watch the meeting online. All City Council meetings are live streamed and archived for later viewing on the city's website. A link to the live meeting stream can also be found on the homepage at www.idahofalls.gov.
- Provide written input. Public comments may be shared with City Council via email at [email protected] Emails or other written testimony must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 21.
- Participate in the meeting virtually. By request only, members of the public wishing to participate in a virtual live meeting that has been legally noticed for this agenda may do so remotely through the WebEx meeting platform with a phone or a computer. This platform will allow citizens to provide testimony at the appropriate time. Those desiring meeting access may send a valid and accurate email address to [email protected] and do so no later than 11a.m. on February 24 so log-in information can be sent to you prior to the meeting.
If you need communication aids or services or other physical accommodations to participate or access this meeting or program of the City of Idaho Falls call (208) 612-8250 or (208) 612-8323. Every effort will be made to adequately meet your needs.
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Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon at [email protected] or (208) 612-8122.