What is an Impact Fee?
An impact fee is a fee that is imposed by a local government on new development to account for the cost of expanding public infrastructure, facilities and services to serve the new homes and businesses. Since 2000, Cherokee County has collected impact fees for libraries, fire protection, sheriff's patrol, public safety, parks & recreation and road improvements. The fees are designed to help our growing jurisdiction maintain the same level of service from these important community resources. In 1990 The Georgia Development Impact Fee Act (DIFA) was enacted into law to;
Ensure that adequate public facilities are available to serve new growth and development
Promote orderly growth and development by establishing uniform standards by which municipalities and counties may require that new growth and development pay a proportionate share of the cost of new public facilities needed to serve new growth and development
Establish minimum standards for the adoption of development impact fee ordinances by municipalities and counties; and
Ensure that new growth and development is required to pay no more that its proportionate share of the cost of public facilities needed to serve new growth and development and to prevent duplicate and ad hoc development exactions.
For more information on impact fees in Georgia and program description, please visit Georgia Department of Community Affairs.