OGDEN — Weber County commissioners on Tuesday granted Kimberly-Clark a reduction of around $190,000 in the impact fees it would otherwise have to pay in connection with a planned $8.8 million expansion.
Unadjusted, Kimberly-Clark had faced $296,150 in storm drain and roadway impact fees, the costs businesses pay the county in connection with expansion projects to offset the cost of expected use and wear on public infrastructure. Per the changes commissioners approved unanimously on Tuesday, the fees will drop to $106,278. The stormwater fee drops from $175,526 to $5,654 while the roadway fee goes from $120,624 to $100,624.
County ordinance allows for adjustments to standard impact fees, and Craig Browne, chief building official for the county, cited a provision of the law allowing for tweaks to ensure that the fees "are imposed fairly."
The vast majority of the plot where Kimberly-Clark plans to build a new 250,000-square-foot storage facility at its facility just north of Ogden will remain grassy, allowing for absorption of stormwater into the ground. The stormwater fee typically kicks in when businesses plan to build on or pave over large swaths of open land, thus putting new pressure on the county's drainage system, according to Browne.
Similarly, the roadway fee aims to offset the cost of wear on roads stemming from new construction. Building the warehouse, though, ought to create less traffic because supplies will be stored closer to the main Kimberly-Clark facility, Brown said.
Kimberly-Clark, located at 2100 N. Rulon White Blvd., makes diapers and tissues.