Dallas Street Impact Fee Proposed – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A proposed road collision fee for the new construction in Dallas for Monday could help pay for roads, traffic signals, and sidewalks that the city never seems to have enough money for.
The proposed fee could be around $ 1400 for each new single family home and much more for larger projects like shopping malls or apartment complexes.
Phil Crone, executive director of the Dallas Builders Association, said the fee would further add to the rising cost of building materials and the cost of extremely slow building permits for Dallas to builders.
“It feels like a slap in the face to home builders and everyone in town,” said Crone. “Dallas is already a competitive disadvantage, both from a cost perspective and just because of the suburban shift we’ve seen since the pandemic started. The city needs to think about measures to bring families back in, rather than pushing them out again. “
Lee Kleinman is about to graduate eight years as a member of the Dallas City Council observing transportation issues.
“The reality is, when you build an apartment complex or an office tower or something like that, you bring more traffic into a neighborhood,” Kleinman said. “These impact fees help offset some of that.”
New reports submitted to the Dallas City Council’s Transportation Committee on Monday showed that more than half of the city’s 1,400 traffic signals are over 40 years old. Hundreds of them cannot communicate to synchronize and manage traffic.
Dallas city guides want a walkable city, but some places don’t have sidewalks and others have very old sidewalks with a policy that owners must pay to fix them.
“We’re trying to get rid of this part of the program so the city only bears the burden of repairing the sidewalk.
City officials suggested that an unexpected increase in sales tax revenue could pay for the necessary pavement markings, which are urgently in need of replacement, but the remainder of the needs remain largely underfunded.
“In return, people expect their city taxes to be paid, and that is quality of life,” said councilor Cara Mendelsohn. “To this day, all of these things have to be better financed for our residents.”
However, some members also said the new build fee was very unpopular.
“We’re trying to build houses in the southern part of town, and we don’t want to turn the developers around and say there is an impact fee here. I can see we could do it in the future, but now we need more housing to be built on site, ”said Councilor Tennell Atkins.
Councilor Chad West wanted more input from builders before taking a position.
“We need to find out who it will affect before the council makes recommendations,” West said. “I’m not going to feel comfortable today if I support this.”
An informational document said the city plans to spend $ 600,000 on hiring a consultant to gain input and explore potential revenue from the new fees.
“That’s probably the Dallas thing anyway, that we pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a study to wonder what we think about it and give the city a recommendation, and as you can see here, we do it for free,” Said Crone.
Houston and San Antonio have no road tolls among similar cities in Texas, but Austin, Fort Worth, Arlington, Frisco, Garland, McKinney and Rowlett do, according to a briefing in Dallas on Monday.
Crone said those who have the fee have large open spaces that can support large new developments that require entirely new streets and sidewalks.
In Dallas, Crone said, the new build is already paying off with the requirement to build those improvements in locations immediately adjacent to a new structure.