The Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation District is updating their system development charges methodology. Please see the 60 day notice, and click here to review the proposed Methodology. If you have comments we would love to hear from you. A public hearing to take comments regarding the proposed system development charges will be scheduled in March, 2017 at the Hood River Aquatic Center. If you wish to comment but cannot attend the public hearing, please address written comments as follows:
Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District
Attention: Mark Hickok
1601 May Avenue
Hood River, Oregon 97031
Written comments must be received by March 10, 2016 to be considered.
Q: What are SDCs?
A: SDC stands for System Development Charge. SDCs are one-time fees assessed on new development to cover a portion of the costs of providing certain types of public capital facilities to address impact created by new development. Oregon law provides for establishment of SDC fees for transportation, water, wastewater (sewer), stormwater, and parks and recreation facilities.
Parks and Recreation SDCs cover a portion of the cost to provide for parks and recreation facilities that are needed to serve the Hood River Valley’s growing community. Parks SDC money can be spent only on capital improvements that increase the capacity of parks and recreation in order to offset the impact of new development. SDC funds can’t be used for operations and maintenance of park facilities.
Q: What is an SDC Methodology?
A: Simply put. The SDC Methodology is a study that identifies how much funding will be needed to pay for the expansion of the park system due to development, and then divides those costs by the projected development to establish a fee.
Q: What are the proposed fees?
A: The rate schedule can be found on page 10. The Methodology report calculates the maximum defensible SDC Rate. Every year in June, the Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation District establishes a fee for the following year. Historically they have raised the fee 6% per year. The fee cannot go above the maximum defensible rate.