Developers laud delayed increase for wastewater hookup charges
Sandy City Council has approved an increase in wastewater system development charges effective Jan. 6, 2020.
At the Oct. 7 council meeting, two businessmen, including developer Levi Levasa from Stafford Land Company and Jim Raze of Raze Custom Homes, opposed not just the potential increase in SDCs, but their perceived lack of notice.
Council addressed that "lack of notice" by pushing the effective date of the change to Jan. 6. Current rates will technically expire Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, and anything turned in on Monday, Jan. 6, will be charged at the new rate.
The current cost of wastewater SDCs is $1,834 per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU). The new SDC will be $4,889 per EDU. The increase was calculated by dividing the estimated growth in EDUs to the wastewater system (5,525 EDUs over the period between 2017 and 2040) into the projected total SDC-eligible costs (about $26,548,200) of planned capacity-increasing capital improvements.
Levasa, whose company is working on the development of 37 lots at Marshall Ridge, thanked the Council for continuing the hearing and allowing for a more postponed effective date on the SDC change.
"I'm very supportive of the increase," Levasa told councilors. "It makes a lot of sense — there are a lot of needs. That extra time also does allow us to get permits on time."
Raze added that he "understands changes and costs going up (but that) we hope you view us as partners in building the city."
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