A new 260-room resort hotel is coming to Bonita Beach Road. The Bonita Springs City council recently voted 4-3 to approve the rezoning of a 19-acre parcel on Bonita Beach Road to allow for a new 260-room resort hotel. Along with the proposed hotel the development would include 23,000 square feet of commercial space and 140 condominiums. A parking garage is also planned, and a shuttle service would be in place for hotel guests and condo owners, taking people to the beach, shopping centers and the airport.
Just two days after approving the hotel, the Bonita Springs Council voted 4-2 to reduce road impact fees for hotels from $6,568 per unit to $3,745 per unit for two years. The lower rates go into effect Oct. 21 and are set to expire two years later.
Impact fees are a one-time tax imposed on new developments by local governments to pay for the added use the project will have on infrastructure and services, such as roads and schools.
Before Wednesday’s move the city charged a new 110-room hotel $755,040 in total impact fees, according to city documents. By comparison, Estero collects $439,230 for the same hotel, and Collier County — not including water and sewer — charges $559,520.50, according to city documents.