December 22, 1997
Only large developers can cope with high costs
In support of what Michael Costello wrote about the high cost of government regulation that large developers can cope with while small ones can't, it's even worse than that. When a new house is built in the unincorporated areas of King County (and some cities), a road impact fee comes due. The amount of the fee is calculated by individual service areas. The highest service area road impact fee in King County is adjacent to Port Blakely's master plan development on Novelty Hill, in Rural Service Area #386. The road fee for #386 is $8,219, while Port Blakely's Urban Area #389 is $5,317. Weyerhaueser's Urban Area #393 road fee is $2,902.