City of Hillsboro Water SDC Policy Advisory
Hillsboro and other cities must follow Oregon law in calculating the maximum System Development Charges (SDCs) that can be assessed on new development. However, cities may elect to set SDCs at a lower level. A new $340 million water supply project approved by the Hillsboro Utilities Commission could have resulted in SDCs rising from $5,889 to $14,752 (per equivalent dwelling unit) if the maximum rate was charged.
Barney & Worth facilitated two meetings with an 11-member citizen policy advisory group, including representatives from the Homebuilders Association, developers, major water customers and low income housing providers to consider the advantages and disadvantages of dividing the costs of Hillsboro’s new water source between existing customers, and new development. Electronic polling ensured everyone had a voice at the table and streamlined the discussion to the most relevant topics. The panel recommendations for sharing the cost for Hillsboro’s new water source between residential customers and new development were unanimously supported by the Utilities Commission, with no hearing testimony in opposition.