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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Public invited to comment on possible Transportation impact fee changes

BELLEVUE – The Bellevue Transportation Commission will invite public comment Thursday about possible changes to the fees developers pay to help mitigate traffic impacts from new construction.

The Transportation Commission, which advises the City Council about transportation-related issues, initially recommended raising impact fees because they have not kept pace with the costs involved in necessary roadway and intersection expansions.

Under the current Impact Fee Schedule, adopted in November 2004, fees are the lowest in program history and are lower than in most cities. Current citywide impact fees average $1.14 per square foot and $469 per afternoon peak hour trip. 

The City Council asked that the Commission hold a public hearing before it issues a final recommendation. The hearing is set for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Council Conference Room (1E-113) at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE. See directions.

There are four impact fee update scenarios under consideration. Even the highest scenario would result in fees that are in the middle of the range among Eastside cities. The dollar figures in the chart below represent citywide averages; actual impact fees would depend on the type of use proposed and the location in the city.

 Update Scenario


 Cost/Sq. Ft

 Current Fees  $469  $1.14
 Historical Average  $935  $1.98
 Update Scenario 1  $698  $1.76
 Update Scenario 2a  $1,175  $2.95
 Update Scenario 2b  $1,474  $3.71
 Update Scenario 3  $1,676  $4.21

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Transportation Commission
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Kevin McDonald
Phone: 425-452-4558
E-mail: kmcdonald@bellevuewa.gov

Development Review Manager
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Chris Dreaney
Phone: 425-452-5264
E-mail: cdreaney@bellevuewa.gov

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