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SDCs for new homes in Park District to increase

Effective July 1, the rates for system development charges throughout the entire Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District will increase by 6 percent and will be $2,761 for single-family dwellings, $1,973 for multi-family and $2,649 for manufactured homes. HRVPRD will be collecting the SDCs throughout Hood River County, excluding Cascade Locks.

Collections of the SDC funds are done by the City and County offices concurrent with collection of other building permit fees applicable to residential development.

SDCs are fees charged to new residential developments (single-family homes, manufactured homes, duplexes, duplex conversions, townhouses, accessory dwelling units and condominiums) to help pay a portion of the costs of capital facilities needed to expand the capacity of the HRVPRD’s facilities. These fees are essential to assist in providing new parks, trails and other open space for the growing community.

SDCs were implemented by HRVPRD within the city urban growth area in 1994. The methodology and rates established in 1994 were updated in 1998 and 2005 to reflect changes in costs since that time, and to address facility needs identified in the district master plan.

In response to community input the Parks District’s master plan identifies several top priorities:

n Continue to expand a District-wide trail system

n Improve existing parks and to expand capacity & safety

n Improve Aquatic Center, Skatepark, Disc golf

n Develop open space on District Property

n Partner with other entities to increase sports field use

If you would like more information about HRVPRD or the SDCs, contact District Director Lori Stirn at 541-386-5720 or parksandrec@gorge.net.

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