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Impact fee debate continues in city

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State law changes may force New Richmond to change its park fee policy for new development.

In the past, the city has charged about $950 for each new home to help cover the cost of new parks and park development. (Some developments are able to dedicate land for parks instead of a cash payment if such a park fits into the city plan.)

But new state laws now require a city to collect such payments as an impact fee, according to city engineering firm Short Elliot Hendrickson.

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