Waynesboro's fee for land-use permits could quadruple

January 08, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. ? Waynesboro's fee for land-use permits could quadruple under a proposal being considered by the borough council.

On Monday, the council, with member Jason Stains absent, agreed to raise the fee from $25 to $100.

However, the council's legal counsel said that decision must be made through a resolution. Solicitor Melissa Dively said she would draft a resolution for possible adoption in the future.

Land-use permits ? which lend consideration to lot lines and other setbacks ? are needed for buildings, additions, structures and new driveways in Waynesboro. They differ from building permits, which also must be issued for construction.

Code Enforcement Officer Dan Sheffler told the council that the $100 would apply to everything from a new house to "an 8-by-8 shed or a deck."


On Tuesday afternoon, Sheffler said that, at the direction of council, he was gathering information about how other municipalities handle their fee schedules.

Councilman Ronnie Martin, who is a local developer, said that his suggestion to increase the fee was a way to generate more revenue from the zoning/code enforcement department.

The council shouldn't be subsidizing that department, Martin said.

"What your department is producing is very little," he said to Sheffler.

Martin said he is prepared to handle criticism about the fee hike, noting that his business will be one of the most affected entities.

Twenty land-use permits were issued in December.

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