Fort Mill Times

Impact fees: How they could add up

If Fort Mill institutes impact fees, how much would it cost?

Town Council, which has been discussing the possibility of the fees, will have to set rates on new construction. Rates are almost guaranteed to be discounted from the maximum amount allowed, to help ward off potential legal challenges. Rates would be based on traffic counts and public use relating to park and recreation, fire service, municipal and transportation for as many of those fees as the town charges.

Here’s a look at the maximum amount the town could charge for a variety of uses:

Residential

$3,452 per single-family home

$3,873 per mobile home

$1,825 per apartment

$1,742 per townhome/condo

The biggest cost to residential would be for parks and recreation. There are no fees for park and rec on any construction type except residential. Half of the total on a mobile home from all four possible fees would go to park and rec.

Retail

*All dollar figures are per 1,000 square feet

$9,225 for retail less than 50,000 square feet

$4,530-$6,813 for retail from 50,000 to 500,000 square feet

$4,017 for retail above 500,000 square feet

More than half the cost on retail would go to transportation funding.

Industrial

*All dollar figures are per 1,000 square feet

$2,292 for light industrial

$2,091 for an industrial park

$1,415 for heavy industrial

$990 for a warehouse

$275 for a mini-warehouse

The highest percentage from industrial would go to fire protection.

Office

*All dollar figures are per 1,000 square feet

$4,639 for an office less than 50,000 square feet

$3,697 for an office park less than 50,000 square feet

$3,548-$3,994 for an office between 50,000 and 200,000 square feet

$3,430-$5,014 for an office park between 50,000 and 400,000 square feet

$3,312 for an office park above 400,000 square feet

$3,287 for an office above 200,000 square feet

Fire protection and transportation would receive the most from office uses.

Business park

*All dollar figures are per 1,000 square feet

$3,751 for a business park smaller than 100,000 square feet

$3,449-$3,566 for a business park between 100,000 and 400,000 square feet

$3,433 for a business park bigger than 400,000 square feet

Fire protection and transportation would receive the most from business uses.

Other uses

*All dollar figures are per 1,000 square feet unless otherwise noted

$28,151 for a fast food drive-thru

$16,021 per screen for a movie theater

$11,131 for a bank with drive-thru

$11,118 for a high turnover sit-down restaurant

$9,288 for a day care

$7,273 for a supermarket

$6,904 for a nursery/garden center

$6,400 for a medical/dental office

$6,337 for a library

$5,851 for a clinic

$5,357 for a freestanding discount store

$4,761 per hole for a golf course

$4,346 for building/lumber store

$3,629 for a new car sales center

$3,281 per bed for a hospital

$2,619 for a tire store

$1,307 per room for a motel

$1,192 per room for a hotel

$852 per bed for a nursing home

$719 per room for a business hotel

$717 for a furniture store

What it means?

Had impact fees been in place when some existing uses were permitted, the maximum allowable amount would have been $1.5 million for LPL Financial, $681,000 for Cabelas, $425,000 for Paddock at Springfield and $121,000 for Hampton Inn & Suites.

John Marks •  803-547-2353.

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