Impact fees gone, permits up in Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE - Has the removal of development impact fees by the Town of Camp Verde had any effect on new construction?

Community Development Director Mike Jenkins says it's a bit early to say for sure, but he has some evidenced that it has.

"We have had four new commercial building projects since the first of the year. In three of the them I was told the repeal of the impact fees was a factor in their decision to build," says Jenkins.

The three include a new central Arizona distribution center for Alliance Beverages, a Phoenix area liquor distributor, an equipment yard shop and office for Alliance Paving, and Caduceus Cellars' new co-op/custom crush winery, all being built on Old State Route 179.

"The fourth project, the Copper Star Shooting Range, was already in the planning stages when the council rescinded the fees in January. I know it didn't affect their decision to build but I'm sure they were happy to see them go away," says Jenkins.

In addition to the four major commercial projects, Jenkins says he has also seen an increase in residential construction since the first of the year.

"We have had seven new home permits. It doesn't sound like much but it's a huge increase over what we have seen over the last three years," he says.

Camp Verde repealed its development impact fee ordinance last December following a change in state statute that would have made it far more difficult to justify. The fees stopped on Jan. 7.

From the time the Town initiated impact fees in 2007 until they were repealed, the Town collected about $290,000.

That money collected so far needs to be spent by 2020 on the projects it was intended for, which included parks, library, police and general government capital projects.

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