Impact Fees are a mechanism for funding the public infrastructure necessitated by new development. Across the country, they are used to fund police and fire facilities, parks, schools, roads and utilities. In Texas, the legislature has allowed their use for water, wastewater, roadway and drainage facilities. Since 1989, they have been used to fund public water and wastewater improvements in the City of Fort Worth, and are being considered for use in funding transportation infrastructure. Although other funding mechanisms have been considered (e.g., assessment paving policy, the establishment of roadway improvement districts or transportation user fees), Ft Worth City staff believes that transportation impact fees are the preferred funding mechanism for achieving the strategic goals of the City.
This brochure covers the basics and answer frequent questions about impact fees in general and transportation
impact fees specifically.