Impact fees are charges assessed for the impact that new development makes on the City of Boise’s regional parks, local parks, fire response system and policing system.
- New residential development pays parks, fire, and police impact fee types because they impact all three services.
- Commercial development pays only fire and police impact fees, because it typically does not directly impact regional and local parks.
The city’s park service area extends to the city’s area of impact boundaries and is segregated by two types of park systems – Regional Parks and Local Parks. However, since local parks are intended to serve smaller geographic areas with different capital facility requirements and growth patterns, there are seven (7) separate local park fee areas – five (5) of which have separate impact fees. This means the local park impact fees charged in any of the service areas pay only for infrastructure that provides a direct benefit to that area. For example, Southwest Local Park fees only fund parks in the Southwest park planning area.