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Public hearings planned for proposed impact fees

A construction site near Westminster Rd. Photo by Jeff Harrison

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

The City of Midwest City will hold a pair of public hearings to discuss how it will fund upgrades to the sewer system on the east side of the city.

The first public hearing will take place March 11 at 5 p.m. during the planning commission meeting. The second public hearing is scheduled for March 26 at 6 p.m. during the city council meeting.

Both meetings will take place in the City Council Chambers, 100 N. Midwest Blvd.

The city currently has a sewer moratorium in place due to capacity issues with three lift stations and sewer lines on the east side of the city. The moratorium prohibits new construction and development that would connect to the municipal sewer system. New development that does not tie into the sewer system is still permitted.

Midwest City hired Freese and Nichols to conduct a study of the east side sewer system after several home builders expressed interest in the area. The proposed housing developments would add about 2,900 to 4,000 housing units, according to city staff.

The study said the new construction would overtax the current sewer system. Freese and Nichols recommended more than $28 million in upgrades to address the capacity issues.

City officials are planning to fund the sewer upgrades through a development impact fee and sewer rate increases.

An impact fee is a payment required by local governments for the purpose of providing new or expanded public infrastructure needed for that development.

Midwest City is proposing a development impact fee of $6,325 per development unit. A single-family house is considered one development unit, while multi-family residential, commercial, industrial, office, retail would be more than one.

According to the engineering study and based on projected development over the next 25 years, the development fee would cover 30% of the estimated costs to fix the sewer capacity issues. The additional 70% would be covered by sewer rate increases to be approved by the city council.

The city has not yet determined the proposed rate increases.

The total cost for the sewer system upgrades is expected to be $62,037,464. The estimate includes the current cost of construction plus debt service and inflation over the next 25 years.

The proposed development fee would apply to all new building permits in portions of Sections 30, 31, 32, 33, Township 12 North, Range 1 West; and Sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, Township 11 North, Range 1 West, all in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.

The development fee will only affect new construction in the impacted areas.  Any member of the public may attend either or both public meetings and speak on the proposed development fee.

For more information, contact Brandon Bundy, Director, Engineering and Construction Services Department, at (405)739-1220.

Information about the development fee is also available at www.midwestcityok.org/community-development/page/development-fee

 

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