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Antrim Township pushes ahead with impact fees study

January 23, 2008|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to move forward with the next step in a study to implement transportation impact fees in the township.

The supervisors agreed that a transportation impact fee study should be completed for the area of phase two of the Grindstone Hill Extension project, a connector road that eventually will connect Pa. 16 and U.S. 11 at Interstate 81 near Exit 3.

"I'm at the limit of what taxpayers should pay for this road," said Supervisor James Byers, who previously said he was worried that transportation impact fees would hurt small businesses.

"I don't want to see any taxpayers paying for the rest of the road," Supervisor Samuel Miller said. He said implementing the fees would draw commercial business to the area sooner rather than later.

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Supervisor Fred Young said the "price of that road is gonna kick out those small businesses anyways. I think the people who are going to build out there won't even sneeze at impact fees."

Impact fees are set up as a funding mechanism for roadway improvements necessitated by new development, Chad Dixson of Traffic Planning and Design of Harrisburg, Pa., said last week at Antrim Township's work session. The fees are based on the amount of traffic generated during peak commuter periods in a seven-mile area.

Antrim Township's fee would be based on growth, needed roadway improvements and any resulting traffic increases, Dixson said.

Township Solicitor John Lisko said the next step in the transportation impact fee study would be to have Transportation Planning and Design explain to the township what to do next. Supervisors likely will authorize the next step and define the study area at their next regular meeting on Feb. 12.

A municipal ordinance would take 18 months before going into effect. However, while the ordinance is being drafted, an interim fee of $1,000 per peak hour would be collected.

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