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Posted on: September 4, 2020

City to begin Transportation Impact Fee Study for new development


The city of Surprise is launching a Transportation Impact Fee Study, which will determine one-time fees charged to new development to pay for the infrastructure necessary to accommodate the development.

Impact fees are about planning for smart and sustainable growth in the city. Implementing a Transportation Impact Fee would help ensure adequate transportation infrastructure as the city grows. 

Through the Transportation Impact Fee Study, the city will be able to determine recommended transportation improvements for future growth; the cost of improvements associated with growth; draft impact fees; and a draft ordinance. It will also help define what infrastructure should be included – whether that is street constriction, land acquisition for future street alignments, drainage or other transportation-related costs. 

The city will work closely with a stakeholder group comprised of the development community, the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council for discussion and revision throughout the process. Draft documents will also be posted publically to the city’s website for public review and comment. 

The study is expected to last 10 months, with formal drafts for discussion and final revisions produced sometime after January and potential consideration and action by City Council on a Transportation Impact Fee ordinance and related fees in June 2021.  

The first public outreach meeting is September 24, 2020. The meeting will be conducted electronically using a computer interface program known as WebEx. By using a computer or phone and the access information provided below, any member of the public may participate. This will be a basic introduction on what a Transportation Development Impact Fee may encompass and the process for its creation and implementation. 


DATE: Thursday, September 24
TIME: 2-4 p.m.

  • WebEx Online Meeting (
  • Meeting number (access code): 146 266 0190
  • Meeting password: geMrz8w2Rh2
  • Join by Phone: 602-666-0783

Drafts of the study documents will be available on the city’s webpage at as they become available. You can also receive updates to your inbox by signing up for “Transportation Impact Fee” emails at

For questions, please contact Transportation Planning Manager Martin Lucero at or 623.222.3142.

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