Roadway Impact Fee background

The City Council approved unanimously on second and final reading Thursday, Feb. 28, a roadway impact fee ordinance that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The fees collected will be spent on roadway improvements included in a transportation capital improvement plan. Impact fees are a proven method to help growth pay for itself. More than 50 percent of cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have implemented a roadway impact fee. The cities of Taylor, Schertz, Cibolo, New Braunfels and Hutto have implemented a roadway impact fee in Central Texas, and Austin and Buda are currently conducting studies to potentially implement this fee.

The City held a pair of stakeholder meetings in summer 2018, and also answered a series of questions from a homebuilder group. We compiled a Stakeholder Q&A from that engagement process.

Process timeline for adopted fee

  • Dec. 6, 2018 — City Council approval of resolution to set a Public Hearing for Jan. 24, 2019, to consider the Land Use Assumptions and Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) related to Roadway Impact Fees
  • Jan. 9, 2019 — Capital Improvements Advisory Committee (CIAC) review of Land Use Assumptions and CIP used in calculating the maximum fee. Presentation file
  • Jan. 17, 2019 — CIAC comments due to City Council
  • Jan. 24, 2019 — City Council holds public hearing and votes on acceptance of Land Use Assumptions and Capital Improvements Plan
  • Feb. 6, 2019 — CIAC meeting to review proposed Roadway Impact Fees and Study
  • Feb. 12, 2019 — City Council work session discussion. Presentation file
  • Feb. 15, 2019 — CIAC comments due to City Council
  • Feb. 28, 2019 — City Council holds Public Hearing and First Reading vote on Roadway Impact Fee ordinance
  • March 14, 2019 — City Council vote on Second Reading of Roadway Impact Fee ordinance

Process timeline for previous proposal

City of Round Rock began the process to explore Roadway Impact Fees as an additional funding source in January 2018. Here is the timeline for the previous impact fee proposal. 
Jan. 11, 2018 — City Council  approved a contract  with Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. to evaluate, develop and create an implementation plan for roadway impact fees 
June 15, 2018 — First  stakeholder meeting 
June 20, 2018 — The  Capital Improvements Advisory Committee  (CIAC)  met to review information that will be used in calculating the maximum fee that can be considered by state law. 
July 18, 2018 — Second CIAC  public meeting 
July 26, 2018 — Public hearing held by City Council  
Aug. 7, 2018 — Second  stakeholder meeting and open house  for the public 
Aug. 15, 2018 — Third CIAC public meeting to review maximum fee; the board recommended implementation of impact fees to City Council 
Sept. 13, 2018 — Second public hearing and discussion held by City Council, including presentation of previous draft ordinance

Helpful links

Kimley-Horn & Associates study — Includes methodology used to calculate fee, land use assumptions, and capital improvements plan (CIP). Note: This document was updated November 2018 based on stakeholder comments.
Revised Implementation Chart
Stakeholder Q&A #1 — Questions and answers from the June 15, 2018, stakeholder meeting
Stakeholder Q&A #2 — Questions and answers from the Aug. 7, 2018, stakeholder meeting with the Home Builders Association
Stakeholder Q&A #3 — Answers to questions asked via email by the Home Builders Association
Combined Stakeholder Q&A — Combines the three documents above
Transportation Master Plan — City’s plan for infrastructure to accommodate expected growth