McDONOUGH — The McDonough City Council has approved a 100% increase in the city’s impact fees.

The fees are imposed on builders used to mitigate the impact developments have on the area. They’re used to make capital improvements for parks and recreation, libraries, public safety and infrastructure.

The city began imposing impact fees in 2003, and the fees have not been reviewed or increased since.

The previous fees were $1,104.58 for single-family detached housing, apartment and residential condos and townhouses. Developers will now pay $2,209.16 per unit.

Henry County Fire Chief Steve Morgan said fees should be reviewed every two years. He said the increase is not an attempt to make money, but to bring the city’s fees up-to-date.

Council members agreed.

“We’re not creating new fees, just updating them,” said Council member Craig Elrod. “The impact of a new house is significantly different now than in 2003. I know it costs us more with our police and fire departments. Our citizens deserve to have that burden shared.”

Councilmember Sandra Vincent requested the city further amend the impact fee ordinance to allow for the creation of service areas.

Currently, fees can currently be used across the city to make improvements.

Creating service areas within the city would allow each district to keep and use the fees where the impact is most felt.

The impact fee ordinance update is expected to take two to three months to complete. Two public hearings will be held within the next few months and the council could expect to vote on the amendment by August.

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