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Eagle approves public safety impact fee for new developments

Fee will help town’s police department keep up with growth

Eagle's town board approved a public safety impact fee that will be levied on all new residential and commercial buildings.
Randy Wyrick| randy@vaildaily.com

Eagle PD

The Eagle Police Department serves a population of more than 6,500 in a total area of 4.61 square miles and responds to roughly 10,000 calls per year.

  • 2014: 7,598 calls
  • 2015: 9,366 calls
  • 2016: 9,609 calls
  • 2017: 10,429 calls
  • 2018: 10,364 calls

EAGLE — Growth will help pay its own way after the Eagle town board approved an impact fee on new construction.

If you’re building a commercial development in Eagle, you’ll pay $.31 per square foot.

If you’re building a residential project, you’ll pay a flat fee of $1,319 per dwelling unit.

Eagle’s public safety impact fee will create a one-time revenue shot for public safety capital expenses. That will help pay for:

  • Repair and replacement of facilities.
  • Improving and/or expansion of facilities.
  • Capital buy-in of assets with a useful life of five years or more.

“As Eagle grows, the need for police service will also grow,” Eagle Police Chief Joey  Staufer said.

If the department lost everything, it would cost $2.2 million to replace it all, town data says.

Currently, Eagle has around 2,200 housing units approved but not yet built. The fee has to be paid prior to final approval. The town board is also considering annexing two projects that would add several hundred more housing units.

Just for capital, not operations

The impact fee will be applied to annexations and new projects.

“It will offset some of the capital expenses that are inherent with any new growth in a community. This is not for operating costs. This is just capital — vehicles, equipment and other gear needed,” Staufer said.

Eagle’s fire district has had an impact fee for the better part of two decades, approved under former Eagle Fire Chief Jon Asper.

Greater Eagle’s current Fire Chief Doug Cupp, Staufer and others have been tossing around the idea of a public safety building, a scaled down version of Avon’s new building. The two Eagle agencies would share resources and training facilities, which would save some money down the road, Staufer said.