Yesterday, an insightful conversation took place between the Home Builder’s Association (HBA) of Marion & Polk Counties and Independence city staff. The primary agenda? Delving into the intricate topic of system development charges (SDCs). System Development Charges, also known as impact fees or development impact fees, are fees imposed by local governments on new development projects to help cover the costs associated with expanding or improving public infrastructure and services. SDCs are a common tool used by local governments to manage growth and ensure that new development contributes its fair share to the cost of supporting and accommodating that growth.

The city graciously extended an invitation to the HBA to share their concerns and perspectives on this crucial matter.

The meeting was marked by constructive dialogue and a shared commitment to finding equitable solutions. Both parties expressed their viewpoints openly, fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding. As the discussion unfolded, it became evident that there are various considerations to balance when it comes to SDCs, including the need for infrastructure investment and the impact on housing affordability. The HBA also expressed its willingness to collaborate with the city to leverage state dollars for infrastructure needs.

Moving forward, there’s a palpable sense of optimism about the prospect of collaboration between the local Home Builder’s Association and Independence city staff. By working together, they aim to navigate the complexities of SDCs thoughtfully and ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are taken into account. This meeting served as a promising starting point for future collaboration, with both sides eager to continue the conversation and explore innovative solutions in the realm of rural-urban development.