Center City Development & Operations Department
ICRIP Fee Waiver Program

ICRIP

The Inner City Reinvestment and Infill Policy establishes priority areas of the City targeted for private reinvestment. The intent of the policy is to coordinate and prioritize public incentives in these areas to stimulate and facilitate private investment. Such incentives include financial assistance, such as fee waivers and tax abatements for eligible projects, and staff support for assistance in navigating regulatory and procedural obstacles which sometimes serve as a hindrance to infill development.

FEE WAIVER PROGRAM

It is the policy of the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) to promote growth and development in targeted areas of the City, as described in ICRIP and reflected in the ICRIP map below. Under the City’s Fee Waiver Program, eligible development projects may qualify for a fee waiver that waives certain City development fees, and SAWS impact fees up to 1% of the total project cost. City fee waivers are valid for one year. SAWS fee waivers are valid for 6 months. Applicants may renew applications within 30 days of fee waiver expiration, but processing charges may apply. All City and SAWS fee waivers are subject to funding availability.

SAWS WAIVERS – SCORING

Applications for SAWS impact fee waivers will be accepted on an annual basis for three (3) weeks starting October 1 of every year. As of fall 2016, a new system of awarding waivers was implemented to prioritize projects and to ensure SAWS impact fee waivers are allocated effectively. Under the new system, 50% of available SAWS impact fee waivers will be allocated for affordable housing and other nonprofit projects. The remaining 50% will be allocated for all other eligible requests sorted by category and prioritized by time and date of application.

Eligible projects that did not receive a SAWS waiver in the first allocation in October will be put on a wait-list. In late spring, staff will determine if any allocated waivers have been released and can be reallocated to wait-listed projects. All wait-listed applicants will be notified whether or not their project was awarded a SAWS waiver in the second round of funding. Projects that do not receive a SAWS waiver in the second round of funding in late spring may reapply in October and be prioritized in the first round of funding in the next fiscal year. Please note, the wait-list is refreshed each year.

As of October 2016, SAWS waivers are limited to no more than three (3) renewals. As SAWS waivers expire every 6 months, SAWS waivers can be active for a total of two (2) years per waiver. If the waiver is not spent by the end of the second year, the funds will be released and made available to other shovel-ready projects, at which point the lapsed project can reapply if necessary. This only applies to SAWS waivers awarded after October 1, 2016 and is not retroactively applied to existing waivers.

Program Materials

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The ICRIP Fee Waiver Program is currently only accepting applications for City fee waivers. The program will open to requests for SAWS impact fee waivers October 1 through October 20, 2017 for the next fiscal year’s funding allocation. It is anticipated that applicants will be notified whether they have been awarded a SAWS impact fee waiver by the end of November.