Kitsap County Commissioners on Monday approved a significant increase in transportation impact fees for developers, which will bring in millions of dollars in revenue for road projects in unincorporated Kitsap.
Commissioners voted unanimously to raise the county transportation impact fee on developers from $700 to $4,300 per new unit of development, the first increase since the fee was created in 1992.
“I think ultimately there was an acknowledgment by the entire board that this discussion was way overdue, it should have occurred probably more than a decade ago,” North Kitsap Commissioner Rob Gelder said.
The decision comes amid Kitsap County’s biggest housing boom in decades, with thousands of single- and multi-family units under construction or being planned across the county. County public works officials recommended commissioners raise the fee — which until now was the lowest out of all the jurisdictions in Kitsap — to help ease traffic congestion.