CS Developers, Homebuilders Decry Talk of Impact Fees

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It's one of the issues making waves in College Station this election season: how should the city pay for growth?

At least one candidate says the growth should pay for itself.

Place 1 incumbent John Crompton is advocating impact fees as part of his campaign against Derek Dictson, a planning and zoning board member.

In a KBTX.com interview as part of our election preview, Crompton outlined his theory on creating traffic impact fees for developers to pay as new homes are built.

"(Developers) expect us to pay for those 6,000 homes coming out," Crompton said. "If we were to have those homes pay for themselves with traffic impact fees as I have suggested, it would come to $3,000-$4,000 a home.

"Now, our failure to do that means $3,000-$4,000 a home, 6,000 homes is $18-24 million, which the taxpayers will be given the bill for because development is not paying for itself."

But homebuilders and developers are not fans of the idea. Keith Ellis with the B/CS Homebuilders Association spoke to News 3 Monday on how he believes developers have unfairly been pitted against neighborhood integrity.

"We know for every $1,000 we increase the cost of a house, there is a good portion of our community that can't afford homes," Ellis said. "Therefore, we know that certain homebuyers would not be able to afford to live in College Station, and therefore, would pick to live outside the community, in other communities, or just outside the city limits."