Development Impact Fees

The City of Surprise has experienced tremendous growth in past decades. To ensure new growth pays its proportionate share of infrastructure costs, development impact fees are collected by cities and towns to evenly and fairly distribute the burden of facility capacity to serve new development. These one-time charges are assessed to new development by local governments to recover the proportional cost of facilities benefiting new development based on specific calculations using standardized assessment schedules. Each development project pays a proportionate share of the cost of new infrastructure or necessary public services needed to support the new development.

Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) §9-463.05 provides a framework for cities and towns to assess, collect and administer development fees.

As required by law, the city of Surprise retained the services of an outside consultant to complete an update of the City’s development impact fees for compliance with the requirements of ARS 9-463.05. The following documents and timeframe outline the City’s process for updating and adopting new fees.

Development Impact Fee Documents

Transportation Impact Fee Study 2020-2021

The Transportation Impact Fee Study is currently on hold and will be resumed at a later date. Please check back for updates.

The city is working to develop a Transportation Impact Fee that would ensure adequate transportation infrastructure as we grow. The fee amount will be determined through a Transportation Impact Fee Study that will outline recommended transportation improvements for future growth, as guided by our city’s General Plan.

The study will produce: the cost of improvements associated with growth; draft fees; and a draft ordinance. Consideration by City Council for adoption of the Land Use Assumptions & Infrastructure Improvements Plan is anticipated in March 2022. Consideration by City Council for adoption of the Development Fees is anticipated in May 2022, with fees effective August 2022.

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Transportation Impact Fee Study Update

The City of Surprise has made adjustments to the Draft Infrastructure Improvements Plan (IIP) based on comments received from stakeholders and the general public.

As part of the public outreach, the City held a subsequent Transportation Stakeholder Group meeting on November 2, 2021, where the revised Land Use Assumptions & Infrastructure Improvements Plan were presented. Invitations were emailed to stakeholders for this meeting.

To view the draft Land Use Assumptions and the Published IIP form which comments were collected for this revision, please click on the link below titled “DRAFT Land Use Assumptions & Infrastructure Improvements Plan” (posted 12/4/2020).

Meeting Presentations and Notes:
View the Nov. 17, 2020 stakeholder meeting notes (11.17.2020)
View the Feb. 17, 2021 stakeholder meeting notes (2.17.2021)
View the Nov. 2, 2021 stakeholder meeting #4 presentation (11.2.2021)
View the Nov. 2, 2021 stakeholder meeting notes  (11.2.2021)

Draft Documents:
View the DRAFT Land Use Assumptions & Infrastructure Improvements Plan (posted 12/4/2020)
View the DRAFT Street Facilities Fee Schedule 11.16.21
View the DRAFT Surprise IIP 11.16.21