Marana Town Council

Marana Town Council.

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After months of discussion, the Marana council officially adopted the town’s streets, parks, recreation facilities and water fees during the regular meeting on May 6.

On Feb. 11, the town adopted a growth assumptions plan as well as a street facility and parks and recreation infrastructure improvement plan. Three days later, a public notice was posted and a public hearing was held on March 18. The total for impact fees, presented at the public hearing, have not changed – despite the removal of Dove Mountain from the fee benefit area.

Dove Mountain’s development has an impact waiver fee due to the large amount of infrastructure that is present. 

“We re-evaluated how the impact fees work. It turns it (Dove Mountain) to an out of area development similar to Oro Valley,” said Keith Brann, Marana’s town engineer. “Oro Valley’s traffic passes through our region. It’s accounted for, but we don’t necessarily charge a fee to them.”

An estimated amount for street and park fees for a single-family residential home would be about $8,240. For a multi-family residence the cost is estimated to be $6,404. Commercial businesses are expected to hit a five-figure amount for impact fees.

The implementation of the impact fees will comply with Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) §9-463.05. The Arizona Legislature adopted the statute, Senate Bill 1525, in 2011, giving towns until this year to come into compliance.

Also approved were water infrastructure, water resource and wastewater fees. The estimated total amount for a residential customer in north Marana is about $8,134, which is a $1,259 increase from the current fee. The increase is primarily due to increased water fees in the area. As for a commercial customer in north Marana, the estimated total amount would be $65,080, which is close to a $10,000 increase in fees.

In other business, the council unanimously approved an amendment to the Marana Town Code. The step-by-step plan, put together by the League of Arizona Cities and the Town, details how to implement and administer impact fees. 

The council also unanimously approved changes to the Marana Spectrum Specific Plan. The plan is for a 161-acre site at Interstate 10 near Linda Vista Boulevard and the Twin Peaks interchange. Vintage Partners purchased the site from former developer Kimco Marana, L.P. late last year. 

The changes in the plan allow for more flexibility for Vintage Partners – specifically in regards to development, boundaries and signage in the area.

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