GONZALES — The Gonzales City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance amendment Monday night that splits the city’s sewer impact fee between developers and home builders in new subdivisions.
The amended ordinance, said City Clerk Clay Stafford, is modeled on one used by Baton Rouge and other communities.
The average sewer fee, or wastewater facilities impact fee as it’s described in the ordinance, is an average of $2,700 for a residential lot and is based on the size of the water meter.
“When the developer gets the final plat approved (for a subdivision), he’ll pay one-half of the fee for every lot,” Stafford said.
The other half will be paid by the builder, whether it’s a company or an individual, when they get the permit to build on the lot, Stafford said.
The city adopted the sewer impact fee in the fall of 2013, with it taking effect in 2014, for city lots where new residential or commercial structures are built.
Also on Monday, the City Council approved spending $57,000 to demolish a two-story building that formerly housed a community college and a church on property the city bought last year as the possible site of a commuter train station. The city’s public works director, Alvin Broussard, has said the vacant building on the property, located on East Ascension Street, is regularly the target of vandals.
Also, City Engineer Jackie Baumann reported that the ribbon cutting for the city’s first dog park, located behind Jambalaya Park near City Hall, will be held at 11 a.m. April 8.