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City council votes to waive sewer fees to entice more businesses to open shop in the area

Earlier this year the Troutdale City Council waived 100 percent of sewer-specific System Development Charges (SDCs) for new "sit-down" restaurants and the expansion of existing restaurants beginning on Jan. 1, 2022.

The move is intended to encourage more restaurants to open their doors in Troutdale by reducing the high upfront sewer fees. Since restaurants have significant impact on the sanitary sewer system, they face much higher SDC costs than other commercial, non-restaurant projects.

To allow time for the planning, development and launch of new restaurants within the city, the incentive period will run through June 30, 2023.

This is just the most recent move the Troutdale has made to make the city more enticing to restaurants. An existing program provides a 60 percent subsidy on sewer SDCs for new food and beverage establishments of all types within Troutdale. That program will end on Dec. 31.

According to the city's website, Troutdale residents and the development community have shown a strong desire for more restaurant options and increased interest in food and beverage projects in the city's downtown.


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