PROJECTS ›› Selected Experience In System Development Charges (SDC)
City of Sutherlin, Oregon
Water SDCs were completed in January 2008 to allow the process of funding upgrades and to replace the existing
Cooper Creek Water Treatment Plant to accommodate growth for the next 10 years. Recommended distribution system
improvements and a portion of planned upgrades to the Umpqua Basin Water Association water treatment plant have
also been done in anticipation of these future projects.
City of Drain, Oregon
System development charges are utilized in the city of Drain, as in other cities, to fairly distribute the costs
of building and maintaining water and wastewater systems. The city needs a fair way to pay for that portion of new
development required to support new arrivals and for new infrastructure planned and required only because it is
needed to accommodate new growth. Drain periodically reviews its SDC charges as do most cities, large and small.
Population and equipment surveys were performed and assessed, and a revised (new) system development study was
written to guide future planning for growth and needs of the community.
City of Bandon, Oregon
Updated SDCs were prepared for city services for Water, Wastewater, Drainage and Flood Control,
and Transportation. In cooperation with City staff, a survey of existing businesses was compiled to
project future service demands. Because of projected higher SDC fees requiring a public vote, several
public presentations were required to educate the public on the purpose of and basis for the derived
SDCs. In addition to providing education regarding the methodologies of the program, information was
provided comparing the proposed Bandon SDCS with those of other similar communities. A unified method
of assessment was also developed to streamline the SDC fee determination process for both City Staff
and new customers.
City of Brookings, Oregon
SDCs were prepared for City Services for Water, Wastewater, Drainage and Flood Control, Transportation,
and Parks and Recreation. Master plans were out-of-date so a new capital improvement plan was developed
for all utilities. At the same time, revisions to ordinances were provided to enable the program. The
wastewater SDC for Brookings required special analysis to accommodate the contractual arrangements with
the Harbor Sewer District. SDCs are now being updated to accommodate increasing growth.