Zoning proposal could lead to impact fees
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Additional development regulations that would come with voters' approval of a zoning ordinance eventually could be followed by the county's collecting impact fees for new construction, county officials said Thursday.
Berkeley County planner Matthew Mullenax told the county commission that the amount of an impact fee could vary depending on the type and market value of the new investment, such as commercial versus residential project and town houses versus single-family home developments.
County legal counsel Norwood Bentley said impact fees would shift the financial burden of growth from existing county property owners to the people who are moving in, which he favored.
If zoning were to pass and the county would develop a capital improvement program, among other requirements, the impact fees could be specifically earmarked for schools and parks and recreation, or public safety projects such as road construction, Mullenax said.