Counties Support Flexibility in Use of Development Impact Funds – Conduit Street

On February 27, 2024, Associate Policy Director Dominic Butchko submitted written testimony to the House Environment and Transportation Committee in support of HB 940- Local Government- Authorized Uses of Revenues From Development Impact Funds. This bill provides counties with greater flexibility in the way they may use locally enacted development impact funds for local infrastructure.

Counties in Maryland maintain and operate the vast majority of public infrastructure, including 5 out of every 6 road miles, most water-related infrastructure, recycling, waste management, etc. As stewards of these facilities and services, counties have an outsized role in ensuring growth comes with the requisite increase in infrastructure capacity.

From MACo Testimony:

One important mechanism for financing these needed expansions is through using development impact fees. By HB 940 expanding the scope of public infrastructure that can be financed by development impact fees, the State will be granting additional local flexibility needed to address affordable housing, manage sensible growth, and maintain critical infrastructure.

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