Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning

First Advisor

Robert Thompson


This research project was written to for the City of Warwick using methodology found in: A Practitioner's Guide to Development Impact Fees by James C. Nicholas, Arthur C. Nelson, and Julian C. Juergensmeyer; Development Impact Fees Edited by Arthur C. Nelson, The Calculation of Proportionate-Share Impact Fees by James C. Nicholas, Development Impact published by the Urban Land Institute, the North Kingstown and South Kingston Development Impact Fee Reports and many other local and national sources as identified in the bibliography. This report is in conformance with the Rhode Island Development Fee Act (RI General Laws Chapter 45 §22.4).

This report was written to assist in the enactment of development impact fees for the City of Warwick, Rhode Island. On February 10, 1999, the Warwick City Council passed resolution #PCR-26-99 requesting the Planning Department to study the feasibility of the implementation of an impact fee in the City of Warwick. The Growth Management Coordinating Council (GMMC) was later directed to review the possible implementation of a growth management fee in the City.

On February 28, 2001, Warwick's Planning Director attended a GMMC meeting to review a draft report prepared y the Planning Department last dated 10-10-2000 (the Draft Report). At that meeting, the GMCC presented several preliminary comments in written form and asked many questions of the Planning Department. Due to the number of issues raised at that meeting, GMMC voted to form a Subcommittee to provide additional comments to the Draft Report. This report is the final document that was created for the GMMC.

Impact fees are being proposed for five capital facility programs: recreation land, open space, law enforcement, elementary schools, and fire protection. (High school and junior high school impact fees were researched but were deemed inappropriate considering the excess capacity existing in the Warwick high and junior high school system at this time). City standards were determined for recreation facilities, city owned preserved open space, elementary schools, fire, and law enforcement facilities. Fees were then developed that would allow the City standard to be maintained as the population increases.



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