Chapter 14.10
SEWER SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CHARGES*

Sections:

14.10.010    Schedule of system development charges and connection charges.

14.10.020    Low-income/senior housing facilities.

14.10.030    Payment of charges.

14.10.040    Protests to fees and charges.

*Prior legislation: Ords. 2383, 2384, 2414, 2423, 2459, 2481, 2495, 2536 and 2588.

14.10.010 Schedule of system development charges and connection charges.

(1) System development charges include pro rata shares of the costs of existing and planned facilities. Revenues from system development charges minimize the impact to existing customers to construct new facilities required to accommodate growth. System development charges are stated in terms of cost per ERU (equivalent residential unit) and are specified in the 2010 Water, Sewer, and Storm and Surface Water System Development Charges Study. Each new connection to the sewer system shall pay a system development charge calculated by multiplying the SDC rate ($/ERU) as specified in the most recent budget adopted by the city council by the number of ERUs as shown on the following schedule:

SDC ERU Schedule

Water Customer Description

No. of ERUs

Single-family dwelling

1

Duplex/apartment:

 

First unit

1

Each additional unit

0.75

Mobile home subdivision, pad

1

Recreational vehicle park, each space

0.63

Motel/hotel, each unit

0.63

Hospital, rest home, each 6 beds

1

Commercial/industrial:

 

First 15 fixture unit weights

1

Each additional fixture unit weight

0.067

The fixture unit weight shall be calculated from the “Drainage Systems” chapter of the Uniform Plumbing Code.

(2) Should the city elect to make the actual physical connection between the building and the sewer system, the actual costs, including direct and indirect costs, shall be charged as connection charges. (Ord. 3115 § 1, 2016; Ord. 2806 § 1, 2004; Ord. 2593 § 1, 1999).

14.10.020 Low-income/senior housing facilities.

(1) Senior, low-income housing sewer system development charges (SDCs) shall be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, utilizing winter water consumption data from at least two similar (“comparable”) projects.

(a) Water consumption data from comparable projects shall be analyzed, calculating the average water use per occupied unit.

(b) The average water use per occupied unit shall then be compared to the average water use for an equivalent residential unit (ERU).

(c) The SDCs shall be assessed based on this comparison (average water use per unit/ERU multiplied by the current charge for an ERU).

(2) The public works department shall determine the suitability of comparable projects and shall perform or approve the data gathering and calculations set forth above. It is the intent of the city that these evaluations ensure that the impact of the proposed development on the city’s existing system and CIP is recovered fully. (Ord. 2689 § 1, 2001; Ord. 2593 § 1, 1999).

14.10.030 Payment of charges.

(1) System development charges for sewer and/or water service shall be paid prior to the issuance of a project’s building permit(s), or the applicant may elect to pay prior to the issuance of a project’s temporary certificate(s) of occupancy, if any, or certificate(s) of occupancy, whichever certificate is issued first. If an election to pay system development charges after building permit issuance is made, the applicant shall pay system development charges for sewer and/or water service no later than two years from the date of building permit issuance. The city may require the applicant to sign a recordable instrument against title to the property and therein agree that the system development charges shall be paid no later than two years from the date of building permit issuance; provided, that in the case of a single-family or duplex residential project that is constructed for sale or transfer, the applicant may elect to pay system development charges at the time of property sale or transfer by signing a recordable instrument against title to the property and therein agreeing that the system development charges shall be paid at the time of closing of the sale or transfer of the property by automatic payment to the city through escrow.

(2) Applicants opting to delay payment of system development charges shall pay a processing fee of $240.00 at the time of electing to delay payment, and any recording or related fees or costs.

(3) The option to delay payment of system development charges shall only be applicable to charges assessed by the city, and shall be available to applicants who file a complete building permit application after this subsection becomes effective pursuant to law, or to applicants who have previously filed a complete building permit application, but where a building permit has not yet been issued, and shall expire at the close of business on December 31, 2012. The city may decline to allow a delay of the payment of system development charges for good cause. (Ord. 2988 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2965 § 1, 2010; Ord. 2593 § 1, 1999).

14.10.040 Protests to fees and charges.

(1) If any customer is dissatisfied with any fee or charge imposed in this chapter, the customer may file a written protest with the public works director setting forth their objections, provided such protest is filed within 15 calendar days of receipt of the assessment of the fee or charge.

(2) Upon receipt of any such protest, the public works director or a designee shall, within 15 days, make a determination in writing as to the correctness of the fee or charge.

(3) If the customer is dissatisfied with the decision, the customer may appeal to the city council provided such appeal is filed within 10 calendar days of receipt of the public works department’s decision. (Ord. 2593 § 1, 1999).