Moving Forward
Council adopts plan needed to set new development fees

The Sierra Vista City Council voted unanimously to adopt a Land Use Assumptions and Infrastructure Improvement Plan, which lays the foundation for proposed development fees that will be considered in October and December.
The plan forecasts future growth and public improvements that will be needed to serve new residents and development. Adoption of the plan is the second of four steps required to implement new development fees that will be considered at a public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 22, before coming back for final consideration by the City Council on Thursday, Dec. 10. The fees would take effect on March 1, 2021.
Development fees, also known as impact fees, are a one-time fee on residential and commercial development that covers the costs associated with additional public facilities and services that will be needed for the new construction like public safety, roads, parks, and library services. In the past, the City levied development fees on police, fire, and infrastructure at 75 percent, which was offset by a 0.7 percent increase in the construction sales tax.
Under the current fee proposal that will be considered in October, the City would levy all development fees at 100 percent, while reducing the excess construction sales tax to the City's standard sales tax rate of 1.95 percent. This would improve efficiency in budgeting and in meeting reporting requirements.
Under the proposed rates, a developer would pay $5,373 for a newly constructed single family home, compared to $4,095 using current rates if all fees were levied at 100 percent. That increased cost would be offset in part by construction sales tax savings, which would amount to an estimated $1,056 on a $325,000 home.
In other business:
  • The City Council voted 6-1 to adopt an Intergovernmental Agreement with Cochise County for Consolidated Court Services effective through Dec. 31, 2020. Council Member Kristine Wolfe voted not to adopt the agreement. The agreement is scheduled for consideration by the Cochise County Board of Supervisors at its Sept. 29 meeting.
  • The City Council unanimously approved a development agreement for phase 2 and 3 of the Casa Del Sol apartments, a low-income tax credit senior living community located at 1020 South Carmichael Avenue.
Details on these council items are available in the supporting documents for the Thursday, Sept. 10, City Council meeting. They can be accessed via the "City Council" folder on the City's document server at

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City Spotlight
Animal shelter seeks volunteers

The Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center can accept new volunteer applications once again and has a heightened need for dedicated helpers who can come in on a regular basis. The shelter specifically needs volunteers to assist with cleaning kennels and other areas of the shelter and crushing/preparing donated aluminum cans to raise funds for the shelter.

Of course, these volunteers will be welcome to spend time with the animals at the shelter as well and their regular assistance will greatly benefit the shelter's animals, while freeing up animal control officers to dedicate as much time as possible to calls for service.

Here's how the process works. To learn more, call the shelter at (520) 458-4151.

- Applications are available at the Nancy J Brua Animal Care Center's front door.
- No appointment is necessary to pick up applications.
- Once applications have been turned in and reviewed, an interview will be scheduled.
- A background check will be conducted.
Extraordinary Vigilance
With the Sierra Vista Unified School District offering in-person learning starting Monday, the Sierra Vista Police Department reminds drivers to observe posted speed limits and use caution when traveling around schools and school buses.  SVPD officers will be patrolling around local schools and strictly enforcing the laws regarding school zones and bus stops. Learn more
Uncommon Community

While Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services is unable to host a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony this year, residents are encouraged to take time today for reflection on the tragic events that occurred in 2001. 

A memorial outside Fire Station 3 includes a steel I-beam recovered from ground zero after the World Trade Center was destroyed. Rising above the I-beam, 3,000 steel butterflies represent the lives lost on September 11, 2001, while also offering a sense of hope in the face of tragedy. Residents are welcome to visit the memorial as they remember that day and reflect on what it means to them today. 
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