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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Park Land Dedication and Development Ordinance


To communicate the enforcement  of the City Code: Chapter 118, Article V: Park Land Section 118-62 Parkland Development Fee and Section 118-63 - Credit against park land dedication.

Scope & Effective Date:

All subdivisions applications submitted  after  a date certain: November  8, 2017, will be required to abide by the express language ofSections 118-62 and 63 of the City's platting ordinance.


Section 118-63 of the code expressly provides a partial credit to the developer for no more than 50% of the total acreage requirementsfor land dedication if it is in the public's interest, is a minimum of two (2) acres and provides four (4) of the local park elements specifiedin the ordinance. (Attachment A).

Past  policy has allowed 100% credit for  all park fees  paid including the  cash-in-lieu of land ($100 per dwelling unit) and the  park development  fee ($500 per dwelling unit). The current fees are set by ordinance; $100 per dwelling unit for cash-in-lieu of land, and the$500 per dwelling unit for park development fee. Please  note these fees do not represent accurate park levels of service, population and costs associated with land or construction.

Any subdivision applications submitted to the city after November 7, 2017, may be eligible for partial credit of the land dedication requirement or associated cash-in­ lieu amount. Private parks may only count toward the credit of the land dedication requirement, not to exceed 50% of the total acreage requirements. Park development fees are not eligible for credit.

If a developer seeks credit for a private park, it must pay the $100 cash-in-lieu of land per dwelling unit and $500 per dwelling unit park development fee prior to recordation of the plat. If the developer has met the requirements of Section 118-63, as determined by the Parks and Recreation Department, then up to 50% (or $50 per dwelling unit) of thecash-in-lieu of land may be credited back to the developer.

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