The Bonney Lake City Council isn’t lowering a developer fee as a way to jumpstart residential and commercial construction.
At least not yet.
The council on Tuesday night tabled an ordinance that would temporarily reduce by 25 percent the city’s traffic impact fee rates for most projects. Projects with very little traffic impact, such as a single-family home, wouldn’t have to pay at all.
City Administrator Don Morrison said council members wanted more time to discuss and deliberate the proposed changes.
Developers pay the fee to soften the impacts of their projects on a community’s roads and traffic flow. Bonney Lake’s is among the highest in the state; the plateau city charges $3,995 for every evening rush hour trip that’s created by a project.
University Place and Edgewood both cut their fees last year; Puyallup temporarily is giving developers more time to pay.