Should developers pay for their
Ketchum researching new development
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
Developers who build in the Ketchum city
limits might soon be asked to pay additional fees to offset the financial
impacts of their projects.
Ketchum City Administrator Ron LeBlanc
announced to the City Council Monday, June 7, that he is advancing a plan for
the city to collect a set of fees that would compensate the city for the impacts
of new developments on a variety of public services.
Ketchum currently assesses fees for the
impacts of new development on the city’s water and sewer systems.
The city is now considering seeking
compensation for the impacts of new developments on other city services, such as
fire protection, police, emergency dispatch and the maintenance of public parks,
LeBlanc earlier this year was instructed
by the City Council to draft a plan for the city to ensure it does not lose
money by providing additional services demanded by the residents of new
The new development-impact fees would
likely be assessed to all projects except those that are minor enough to have no
"In general, what the impact fees will do
is offset a cost we know will occur," LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc said he has solicited bids for
consulting services from 29 different companies that specialize in calculating
Once a consulting firm is hired, it will
be asked to draft a plan to calculate and assess a variety of new fees.
The council discussion of impact fees
Monday was pursuant to a request by developer Thunder Spring LLC to have the
water- and sewer-related impact fees waived for its planned Pineridge housing
development on Warm Springs Road.
The developer is asking that the fees be
waived because the project includes numerous community-housing units, which are
deemed to be a public benefit.
The city has not made a determination as
to whether it will waive any fees for the Pineridge project.