Per county ordinance, the company faces a $175,526 stormwater impact fee for the project, based on the size of the 133.5-acre lot where a planned new storage facility is to be built. But it’s asking that the sum be whittled to $5,655 since the upgrade will only impact 4.3 acres of the total, according to Craig Browne, chief building official for Weber County.
Such fees aim to offset wear caused by new development on the county’s stormwater sewer system. But since most of the 133.5-acre Kimberly-Clark parcel at 2100 N. Rulon White Blvd. will remain grassy and undeveloped, the impact of the new development won’t be as pronounced. “We’re just trying to keep it reasonable,” Browne said.
Requests for impact fee reductions like Kimberly-Clark’s come to the county once or twice a year, he estimates. The new 250,000-square-foot storage facility would allow the firm, which makes diapers and tissues, to keep supplies closer to its main plant.
“The expansion would provide us with additional efficiencies by bringing our warehousing operations on site, and as a result, decrease our road usage,” the company said in an emailed statement. The firm is in the process of seeking additional information on the county fees.
Overall, Kimberly-Clark would face $183,083 in varied county fees to pursue the upgrade project, even if the stormwater fee is cut to $5,655, according to county documents. Roadway impact fees, $120,624, account for the single biggest single chunk of that.
Beyond that, the Kimberly-Clark operation here has an estimated property tax bill for 2018 of $492,540, according to county records.
Kimberly-Clark’s request appeared on the Aug. 21 Weber County Commission meeting agenda, but officials didn’t take any action.