Roadway Impact Fees
Impact fees are a mechanism for funding public infrastructure necessitated by new development such as police and fire facilities, parks, schools, roads, and utilities.
In Texas, impact fees may also fund water, wastewater, roadway, and drainage facilities. The City of Leander has used impact fees to fund public water and wastewater improvements since 1996.
What the City is Doing
Leander City Council adopted a comprehensive plan and a Transportation Master Plan (PDF) in 2021 to establish a guide for the future development of the city. Roadway impact fees were recommended in the transportation master plan as an additional way for the city to fund the expansion of Leander's future roadways. Other studies may be needed in the future to prepare the city for traffic impacts associated with high-paced growth.
In 2022, the city initiated a roadway impact fee study to determine what amount of fees should be assessed to recover the incremental cost of impacts from each new unit of development on arterial and collector roadways in Leander. Kimley-Horn and Associates (KHA), a planning and design engineering consultant, conducted the study.
Kimley-Horn submitted the Roadway Impact Fee Study Final Report (PDF) on July 7, 2022. Leander City Council approved the Roadway Impact Fees ordinance after holding a briefing workshop in June 2022 and a public hearing in July 2022. The ordinance went into effect on January 7, 2023.
The City's Planning and Zoning Commission served as the Capital Improvements Advisory Committee (CIAC) for this study. The goal of the CIAC is to provide recommendations to Leander City Council for future action(s) regarding roadway impact fees.
- April 1, 2021 - Comprehensive Plan adopted
- May 1, 2021 - Transportation Master Plan adopted
- August 19, 2021 - Council Meeting to award the RIF study contract
- October 12, 2021 - Joint Workshop on the RIF study
- January 27, 2022 - CIAC Meeting to discuss RIF draft land use, capital improvements
- February 3, 2022 - Council Meeting to set future public hearing dates
- February 24, 2022 - CIAC Meeting to consider RIF draft land use, capital improvements
- March 9, 2022 - RIF Stakeholder Feedback (PDF)
- March 17, 2022 - Council Meeting to discuss land use, capital improvements
- March 24, 2022 - CIAC meeting to review peer cities, stakeholder feedback
- April 7, 2022 - Council Meeting to approve a resolution on Land Use Assumptions and Capital Improvement Plan related to the RIF study
- April 28, 2022 - CIAC Meeting to consider RIF study maximum impact fee and comments regarding RIF ordinance.
- June 16, 2022 - City Council briefing workshop
- July 7, 2022 - City Council Meeting public hearing
- Roadway Impact Fees 101 (PDF)
- Land Use Assumptions and CIP (PDF)
- Policy Framework (PDF)
- Stakeholder Feedback (PDF) (March 9, 2022 Meeting)
- Roadway Impact Fee Study Draft Final Report (PDF) (March 28, 2022)
- CIAC Presentation - April 28, 2022 (PDF)
- Roadway Impact Fee Study Final Report (PDF) (July 7, 2022)
Frequently Asked Questions
View our answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) regarding roadway impact fees and the city's current study.