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New impact fees could pump millions into street, police, fire,

Highway 89 through the Granite Dells. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

Highway 89 through the Granite Dells. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

If the Prescott City Council opts to bring back several categories of impact fees in the coming year, new home builders over the next decade could pay millions of dollars for growth-related street, police, fire, and parks improvements.

The Prescott City Council heard an initial report on an ongoing study on land-use assumptions and infrastructure improvements during its study session on Nov. 13.

The impact-fee categories under consideration to be brought back include streets, police, fire, and parks and recreation — all of which have identified projects that are needed in coming years to help keep up with anticipated growth.

The largest of the needs come in the street department. Along with the $8.6 million Highway 89 widening through the Granite Dells (see related story), other identified projects include:

• Construction of Phippen Trail from Larry Caldwell Drive to Granite Dells Parkway — a $6.7 million project that would be funded 100-percent through growth-related impact fees. City officials say developers of the Walden Ranch project are building the first segment of the road from Highway 89, and the city would build the next section using impact-fee revenues.

• Construction of a box-culvert crossing over Granite Creek on Phippen Trail — a $1.9 million project, which also would be paid completely through street impact fees.

• Turn lanes on Willow Lake Road — a $3 million project for which 25 percent would come from impact fees, while the remaining $2.3 million would come from other revenues.

• Intersection improvements at Willow Creek Road and Willow Lake Road; Prescott Lakes Parkway and Willow Lake Road; Prescott Lakes Parkway and Sundog Ranch Road, along with roundabout or signalization improvements at the Four-Points intersection, and traffic signal coordination at Willow Creek Road (Pioneer Parkway to Four-Points) – totaling a cost of more than $4 million, of which 25 percent would come from street impact fees.

The city is also looking into impact fees to cover all or portions of: A $7.4 million four-plex ballfield with synthetic turf at Heritage Park; a $4.2 million police building; nine new police vehicles; a $3.2 million new fire station; a $3.2 million relation of Fire Station 73; and a $2.4 million expansion of Fire Station 74.

At its Nov. 13 meeting, the City Council approved a notice of intention to review and update its land-use assumption and infrastructure improvements plan. At least seven more meetings are scheduled from January through May 2019 to consider the new fees.