My small city (pop. 70,000) is looking to revise our application fees to attempt to capture a greater share of the cost of processing the applications.
Here in Iowa cities haven't really determined true costs for processing applications and we want to stay somewhere near other cities as far as costs.
What is the downside to being a city with higher application fees compared to similarly sized cities within the same state?
Any other ideas on methodologies for raising application fees (things like Subdivisions, Planned Area Developments, Rezonings, Variances, Special Exceptions, etc.). My city already has preliminary fees which is a strategy I have seen in other communities.