Fire Dept. has new impact fees

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—New impact fees for the Elburn and Countryside Fire Department will help to offset the demand for services from future residential and commercial developments, village officials said.

The Village Board on Oct. 4 approved the impact fees that Fire Department officials proposed and which Village President Dave Anderson also supported.

“It is protection for our taxpayers,” Anderson said during the Committee of the Whole meeting Sept. 27.

Illinois law authorizes municipalities to negotiate and execute annexation agreements that may include impact fees.

Elburn Zoning Code Enforcement Officer Jim Stran told the Committee of the Whole that the new fees will better reflect the potential impact on the Fire Department of a variety of possible developments.

The Fire Department adopted its previous impact fees in January 2008. Under that fee structure, new development with institutional uses and buildings containing commercial with residential was not adequately represented, Stran said. For those buildings, plus motels or hotels, the impact fee was 40 cents per square foot of each floor level of the building.

Under the new fee structure, Fire Department impact fees are not based on building size. Rather, the fee for new schools, businesses and factories is $1,240 per square acre; for institutional residential buildings such as residential care or assisted living facilities, $125 per bed; and for hotels, motels and apartment buildings, $155 per unit.

Also under the impact fee changes, the new fee for new one- and two-family dwellings is $310 per lot, which is less than the previous fee of $465. However, the new fee structure requires a $1,240 impact fee per lot for dwellings with wells and septic systems.

Additionally, the new impact-fee structure calls for annual adjustments in the fees based on the Consumer Price Index.

Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan said that Fire Department engineers Hughes & Associates advised the department that the impact fee increases were necessary to keep the Fire Department current in relation to the impact of future development.