Proposed New or Increased Fees

CITY OF LITCHFIELD PARK

NOTICE OF INTENT - PROPOSED NEW OR INCREASED FEES

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 9-499.15, the City of Litchfield Park, Arizona (“Litchfield Park”) hereby gives notice that it may adopt a resolution to impose a new or increased tax or fee on businesses.

APPLICATION FEES AND ANNUAL RATES FOR WIRELESS FACILITIES IN CITY RIGHT-OF-WAY

Facility TypeApplication FeeAnnual Rates
New/Replacement poles NOT subject to zoning review$750$50 use of right-way and
$50 use of City-owned pole
Colocation on existing Support structure$100 per facility (up to 5)
$50 per additional facility (above 5,
up to 24
$50 use of right-of-way and
$50 use of City-owned pole

The proposed application fees and annual rates for wireless facilities in the City’s right-of-way are intended to recoup costs associated with managing the public right-of-way.  While the total costs associated with the processing and permitting are greater than the proposed fees and rates, A.R.S. Section 9-951 et seq. sets a maximum for the amount for fees.

REPORT SUPPORTING NEW FEES

A.R.S. Section 9-951 allows wireless providers to install, operate and maintain small wireless facilities in the City’s right-of-way.  The City may charge application fees and annual fees for the use of right-of-way, for the construction, installation, maintenance, modification, operation or replacement of a support structure in the right-of-way or for the collocation of a small wireless facility on a City owned utility pole.

 Application Fees

 New/replacement poles that are not subject to zoning review:  The total cost of reviewing and permitting a small wireless facility is estimated to be $800.00; however, State law caps the allowable application fee at $750.00.

Collocation on existing support structures:  The total cost of reviewing and permitting a small wireless facility to collocate on an existing support structure is $250.00; however, State law caps the application fee at $50.00.  If there are no proposed changes to the existing support structure, the applications may be submitted in batches of up to 25 facilities.  The total cost of reviewing and permitting these batches is estimated to be $6,250.00; however, State law caps the application fee at for up to 5 facilities at $100 per facility and an additional $50 per facility over 5.

Annual Rates

State law authorizes the City to collect annual rates for the use of right- of-way for the purposes of installing wireless facilities.

  • For the category of new/replacement poles that are not subject to zoning review,  the annual rate for use of the right-of way is $50.00 and the annual rate for attaching to a City-owned utility pole is $50.00 – both set by state law.
  • For collocation on support structures that don’t require any modification, the annual rates are allowed to be charged and cannot exceed an amount equal to $50 multiplied by the number of small wireless facilities within the jurisdiction located in the right-of-way and $50 multiplied by the number of small wireless facilities collocated on City-owned poles.
  • For microcell equipment using City poles of the City, the annual rate is $50.

The Litchfield Park City Council will consider this matter at its regular City Council meeting to be held at the Litchfield Park City Council Chambers, located at 214 W. Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340 on February 21, 2017 at 7 pm. Following such consideration, the City Council may approve, disapprove or modify said ordinance/resolution.

Information about the proposed fee is available at the City Clerk’s office during normal office hours,   Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, and on Litchfield Park’s website at https://www.litchfield-park.org

DATE POSTED ON LITCHFIELD PARK WEBSITE: November 30, 2017