When potential developers come to Rosenberg to build, they may have to pay higher water and wastewater impact fees. But nothing is set in stone yet.

At the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, council members held a public hearing for a proposed amendment of land use assumptions and a capital improvements plan and the imposition of water and wastewater impact fees.

Higher fees would be charged for larger utility service demands.

According to city staff, the purpose of the impact fees is to have new development pay a portion of the capital improvement costs incurred to provide capacity needed to support the additional connections to the system.

Without the fee, the capital improvement costs to support new development would be shouldered by the existing water and sewer customers through increased rates, or by increased property tax rates to repay debt issued to construct the system expansion.

Rosenberg property owner Terry Crocket called in to the Zoom teleconference meeting to speak against raising the fees.

“My wife and I have purchased several of the older homes in downtown Rosenberg over the past couple of years,” Crocket began. “We try to beautify some of the older style homes.

“In addition, we’ve built five new homes on vacant lots in downtown Rosenberg. We’re very familiar with the impact fees.

“Those fees are way too high. I’d rather spend that difference on... putting in more landscaping to beautify the area.”

No action was taken on this item, but it will be brought back to council at the next regular meeting for formal consideration.

The next regular Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference on Sept. 1.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

City council meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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