At the Kanab City Council meeting on April 10, council members heard representatives Cody Howick and Calvin Smith, from the St. George firm Civil Service, about what the allowable amount could be for impact fees, should the city decide to reinstate them.

Based on their extensive studies of several different influencing factors and the limitations imposed by the Utah Impact Fees Act, the maximum allowable impact fee charge for new residential homes is $33,856.  Commercial impact fees would be based on the total square footage of the building.

This figure is only the maximum allowable, and not necessarily what the city council would impose, if impact fees are enacted.

An Impact Fee Facilities Plan and Analysis should be done every six years and Kanab City is well behind this time period. 

Civil Service looked at user analysis data and projected city needs and costs – with inflation factored in – over the next 10 to 20 years in six key areas.

They also took into account Kanab’s current population of 4800 and the projected yearly growth rate of 3% over the next 10 years (based on Kanab’s growth rate of 2.9% from 1970-2010).

The key areas and the maximum allowable impact fees calculated for each area are as follows:

Water procurement and delivery- $8560; Wastewater treatment- $4453; Storm water mitigation- $6199; Transportation- $9483;  Parks and Recreation development- $3919; Public safety- $1242. Added up, it comes to the maximum allowable impact fee for residences of $33,856.

The process of implementing any impact fee the city might impose will begin with a public discussion of the process and calculation methods used to determine impact fees. This will be held in the City Council Chambers (in the old middle school across from Parry Lodge) at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 16.

On April 24, there will be a Public Hearing at the regularly scheduled Kanab City Council meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.

On May 8, the council will discuss and vote to adopt an Impact Fee Ordinance. 

Following that, at their next regular meeting on May 22, the council will adopt the impact fee dollar amount for each service area – residential and commercial.

There will then be a 90 day waiting period before the implementation of the Impact Fee Ordinance can be officially adopted by vote and go into effect.

For more details of the Civil Service report, go to and search News Flash for the link.

In the only official action, the council voted to adopt the Sewer System Management Plan, 4-1-18R, as currently established.