The Kennewick City Council held off Tuesday on approving a new $900 traffic impact fee to help pay for road improvements driven by new development.
Council members agreed to take up the issue again on July 7 after a representative of the home building industry asked for the delay.
The new fee could bring in about $5.7 million, based on projections from city public works officials. The new fee would benefit infrastructure projects around Columbia Center Boulevard, Clearwater Avenue and Hildebrand Boulevard, which will soon connect the Southridge and West Kennewick areas.
Jeff Losey, executive director of the Home Builders Association of the Tri-Cities, said reasons for implementing the fee weren’t fully discussed or disclosed during recent meetings with public works officials.
“We’re not against paying something but we want more opportunities to look at it,” Losey said.
Mayor Steve Young questioned delaying the fee, telling Losey he didn’t think anything could be done to change home builder feelings on the issue.
Some council members said they have concerns about the fee as it was presented. Council member Don Britain said the home builders association and developers are important partners to the city and it wouldn’t hurt to wait.