1450.09  SITE PLAN REVIEW FEES; CHARGES AND ESCROWS.
   Required site plan fees, charges and escrows shall be as follows:
   (a)   Site plan application fee (nonrefundable).  A seventy-five dollar ($75.00) application fee shall be charged for all projects requiring site plan review pursuant to the Howell City Zoning Code. Said fee shall be paid prior to staff site plan review.
   (b)   Internal staff site plan review (nonrefundable).  For all development plans requiring site plan review, there shall be charged a nonrefundable fee to cover the cost for City staff review of the site plan. The internal staff site plan review fee shall be one-half of one percent of the total development cost* (building cost(s) plus site improvement cost(s)), with a minimum fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) and a maximum fee of two thousand dollars ($2,000). Said fee shall be paid prior to staff site plan review.
   (c)   Site plan consultant review escrow deposit. For all development plans requiring site plan review, there shall be a chase escrow account established to cover site plan review costs by the City's consulting planner and/or consulting engineer, as well as any other reasonable expenses deemed necessary by the City Manager. The escrow amount shall equal one percent of the total project development cost* (building cost(s) plus site improvement cost(s)), with a minimum deposit of one thousand dollars ($1,000) and a maximum deposit of seven thousand dollars ($7,000). Such deposit shall be made prior to site plan review. If such deposit is not sufficient to cover the costs of the site plan review and/or other reasonable expenses deemed necessary and appropriate by the City Manager, then the developer may either deposit additional funds, the amount of which shall be determined by the City Manager, in such amount for the completion of the site plan review and/or these other investigations, or withdraw the project, thereby forfeiting the entire deposit previously submitted to the City. Any escrow amount remaining after completion of the site plan review process will be refunded to the developer, or, at the developer's option, can become part of the construction escrow.
   (d)   Performance guarantee. Any and all performance guarantees shall be governed by the provisions of the Howell City Zoning Code.
   (e)   Construction escrow. For all construction projects for which a site plan has been required and approved, there shall be a cash escrow account established to cover consulting costs during construction by the City' s consulting planner and/or consulting engineer, as well as any other reasonable expenses deemed necessary by the City Manager. The escrow amount shall equal one percent of the performance guarantee amount. Said escrow amount shall not be less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more than five thousand dollars ($5,000). Such deposit shall be made prior to the issuance of a building permit. If such deposit is not sufficient to cover consulting costs during construction and/or other reasonable costs deemed necessary by the City Manager, then the developer shall deposit additional funds, the amount of which shall be determined by the City Manager, in such account to permit completion of the consultant's work and/or to cover other reasonable expenses. A certificate of occupancy shall not be issued until the developer reimburses the City for all costs incurred on the project. Any escrow amount remaining after completion of the project and the issuance of a certificate of occupancy will be refunded to the developer.
   (f)   Site improvement construction permit fee. For all construction projects for which a site plan fee has been required and approved, there shall be issued by the Building Inspector a site improvement construction permit. The nonrefundable fee charged for the permit is to cover the cost for staff assistance, oversight and inspection during the construction of site improvements. The permit fee shall be based on the site improvement costs and shall be determined as follows: for each one thousand dollars ($1,000) or fraction thereof, three dollars ($3.00) per thousand dollars ($1,000).
   (g)   Total project development cost.
      (1)   At the time of submittal of the site plan documents, the developer shall submit an itemized cost estimate for the proposed project. The cost estimate shall cover all site improvement costs, including, but not limited to, roadways, lighting, utilities, sidewalks, drainage, fences, screens, walls, landscaping and widening strips. In addition, a separate building cost estimate shall be provided for all buildings that are to be constructed as part of the initial development. If a project is to be done in phases, then site plan fees will be charged for each phase as it is accomplished. The cost(s) estimated for building construction will be reviewed by the Building Inspector using the International Code Council's Permit Fee Schedule. Site improvement cost estimates will be reviewed by the City Engineer.
      (2)   The City Engineer shall estimate the anticipated cost for the City to construct the site improvements should the developer fail to complete the work. These cost estimates will then be compared with the developer's cost estimates. Based on the review of the developer's cost estimates by the Building Inspector and the City Engineer, the cost estimates may be revised. The final cost estimates, as approved by the City Building Inspector and the City Engineer, will be used for determining all project fees, deposits, escrows, etc. Developer appeals of a revised cost estimate shall be made first to the City Manager and then to the Commission. For site plan review to proceed, the developer shall pay all required fees in full as determined by the Building Inspector and City Engineer prior to staff site plan review. If the fees are reduced as a result of the developer's appeal, a refund of the difference shall be made to the developer.
(Ord. 723. Passed 11-19-01; Ord. 905.  Passed 7-25-16.)