HBA Staff and members have established a defining role in the updating of the City of Sherwood’s System Development Charge (SDC) methodologies for Sanitary Sewer and Transportation.
The Home Builders Association, as the leading authority on building and development issues in the region, has been working with the staff at the City of Sherwood to implement a reasonable and balanced update to their city’s SDC methodologies. The original SDC methodologies included in the report to Sherwood City Council by staff included stormwater, sanitary sewer and transportation, however the Sherwood planning staff dropped stormwater from the proposal due to the negligible change in cost included in their community improvement plan. Their recommendation to city council was then to move ahead with a city wide transportation SDC and a city wide sanitary sewer SDC. The HBA’s policy is that new expansion areas should assume the cost of infrastructure construction in newly developed communities. HBA staff and membership stepped in and testified before city council to explain these principles and the importance of distributing the cost of growth in an equitable way. The citywide SDCs would unfairly tax development within the city’s existing UGB to pay for projected growth and infrastructure in new UGB expansion areas.
Every jurisdiction in the region has established separate SDC rates for developing communities in UGB expansion areas, and we feel that Sherwood should be no different. South Hillsboro in the City of Hillsboro, North Bethany in Washington County, South Cooper Mountain in the City of Beaverton, and River Terrace in the City of Tigard all collect a separate enhanced set of SDCs to pay for the increased cost of creating new and necessary infrastructure outside of a city’s existing UGB or in areas most recently brought into the UGB.
In light of the HBA’s testimony, the Sherwood City Council voted to delay their vote on adopting the new Transportation and Sanitary Sewer methodologies until January 17th, in order to allow the HBA to continue to work with Sherwood City staff. HBA Staff have submitted a formal recommendation to the city council on the preferred SDC methodology in advance of the council hearing and HBA staff and membership are expected to testify in support of the recommendation.