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Posted on: March 29, 2019

County Announces Revised Site Development Fees, Introduces New County Engineer

March 29, 2019 - Clear Creek County Communications, Colo. –At the March 5, 2019 regularly scheduled Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) meeting, a revised Site Development Department fee schedule was approved.  During the meeting, Cyndie Ruschmyer presented the Board with a current fee schedule for the County, and the proposed fee schedule—all with the plan of helping Site Development’s fees come more in line with current costs associated with administrative and Staff review time.  Specifically, the fees previously collected did not cover the full costs associated with processing permits for driveways, floodplain development,  best management practices, and site excavation.   

“For several years, we simply haven’t kept up with the true costs associated with those services that our residents have needed in terms of permit coordination and approval for Residential, Commercial or Large Construction projects,” said Fred Rollenhagen, Community Development Director.  “Many of our fees haven’t increased, while our costs to administer those certainly have increased,” he added. 

For the past few years, the County has used a contract engineer to review most permit applications, which cost more for applicants (including County Staff time).  A few of the objectives of creating the County Engineer position is to reduce the total costs and turnaround time associated with these permit reviews for applicants, while increasing customer service levels.

“By having an in-house County Engineer, these fee changes will help cover those costs, but should also lessen the costs and time applicants spend getting various permits, inspections and revisions as needed--not having to work back and forth with a contract engineer,” said Rollenhagen.  “The goal is to streamline these critical services our County needs, while increasing the customer service experience throughout the process.” 

The County Engineer is dual-hatted, taking some Public Works engineering duties and projects, as well.       

For more information on the Site Development fee revisions, go to:  .


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