Cost of Development Policies for the Yavapai County Comprehensive Plan

This anonymous survey was created by Keep Sedona Beautiful, and is intended to give residents of Yavapai County an opportunity to express their opinions and indicate their priorities regarding the “Cost of Development Element” of the update to the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

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By law the County must include a section in their Comprehensive Plan covering the Cost of Development. The law states that the Comprehensive Plan must document "policies and strategies that the county will use to require development to pay its fair share toward the cost of additional public facility needs generated by new development, with appropriate exceptions when in the public interest.” These payments are called impact fees.

While this anonymous survey has been devised by Keep Sedona Beautiful, the results will be shared with Yavapai County. This is not a County survey.

Read each item carefully and mark your response based on the choices shown. Completing this anonymous survey should take you no more than 10 minutes.

For some items, we have included a link to a web page that may help clarify a term used.

Do not take this survey unless you are a resident of Yavapai County.

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* 1. I support the County requiring developers to pay a fair share of the initial and longer term cost impacts of their projects on taxpayers.

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* 2. Applicants for all new development projects should be required to assure provision of an adequate level of services, including roads, water, wastewater management, fire protection, high speed internet and electricity.

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* 3. In cooperation with utility providers, developers of subdivisions and planned area developments (PADs), and major new commercial developments, should be responsible for the installation, construction or upgrading of necessary public utilities without reducing the level of service to existing residents.

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* 4. Developers of new subdivisions, PADs and major commercial developments should be required to fully estimate the immediate and longer term cost impacts resulting from the development. This includes such things as: transportation infrastructure, additional law enforcement, County administrative services, public health services and education.

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* 5. Developers should be required to itemize all direct infrastructure costs, including ongoing maintenance, before development approval.

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* 6. Developers should be required to prove that financial resources are available to sustain their development over time without any additional cost to taxpayers.

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* 7. I support assessing the developer an amount equal to the amount determined for the upgrade, if additional capacity is needed at any County facility due to a new development project. This includes such things as fire and emergency medical services, libraries, administrative buildings, law enforcement and jails.

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* 8. I support incentives to owners and developers for rehabilitating derelict properties where needed infrastructure already exists.

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* 9. The County should strive to get more discretion over assessing impact fees levied on new developments.

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* 10. I support encouraging and incentivizing cost-beneficial infill development that utilizes existing systems and facilities. (Infill development is the process of developing vacant or under-used parcels within existing areas that are already largely developed.)

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* 11. Both developers and the County should estimate and document the indirect costs of new development. This includes but is not limited to extraction of water, increased pollution (air, light and noise), loss of open space and/or scenic vistas, increased traffic resulting in longer drive times, increased risk of wildfire and additional pressure on landfills.

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* 12. Where allowed by state law, I support requiring developers to offset the indirect costs of new development by providing a range of benefits to the community, such as increased open space, community gathering places, mass transit stops, use of renewable energy line solar and others. This would not require any payments to the County.

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* 13. Please enter your zip code. (This information is needed to help us evaluate responses.)

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