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Engineering planning fees proposed

May 02, 2001

Engineering planning fees proposed



By SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The Washington County Engineering Department may start charging plan review fees to developers to recover county staff costs.

Before taking action, the department wants county representatives to meet with developers to explain the proposal and get reactions.

There may also be a public hearing on the proposal, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.

Currently the department does not charge developers for its services.

The proposed fees would let the department recover 50 percent of department staff costs connected with the review and approval of development plans and plats, Chief Engineer Terry McGee said.

The proposed fee, to start July 1, would be $50 plus an additional $80 for each acre requiring stormwater management, he said.

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The engineering fees would be in addition to those charged by other agencies and departments, he said.

The proposed fees could raise $77,610 in new revenue for the county, he said. The department spends about $151,000 a year in staff costs reviewing plans, including stormwater management plans and street construction plans, he said.

The proposed changes are being suggested in conjunction with a proposed stormwater management ordinance.

There was discussion on whether the proposed fee amount should be higher to recover more than 50 percent of the costs, but the issue was not resolved.

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