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Jefferson Co. Commission briefs

May 29, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

Jefferson Co. Commissioners consider exempting development from impact fee

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - In an attempt to create more affordable housing, the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday studied a proposal to exempt a 147-home development from the county's school impact fee.

Under the plan for the Cambridge manufactured home community, no one younger than 18 would be allowed to live there, officials with the project said.

In exchange for that requirement, homeowners in the development would not be required to pay the county's school impact fee, which is collected for each new home to help pay for the cost of student growth in the Jefferson County Schools system.

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County Commissioner Dale Manuel questioned how the age restriction would be enforced.

Under the plan, if any one in the development allows a child to live in their home, the school impact fee will be assessed on all residents, officials said.

Therefore, residents will have financial interest in making sure no children live in the development off Flowing Springs Road near the Walnut Grove subdivision.

The commissioners agreed to hold a public hearing on the plan at a later date.

Jefferson Co. Commission to give $5,000 for land appraisal, $85,000 to Little League

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Parks and Recreation is considering purchasing 118 acres along Hite Road off Leetown Road for expanded recreation programs, officials with the organization told the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday.

The property, referred to as Jackson Woods, could be used to offer new sports fields and a 2.5-mile walking trail, officials said.

The commission agreed to give $5,000 to parks and recreation officials to help pay for costs such as an appraisal of the property. The money is also to be used for preliminary costs of land acquisition in other areas.

The commission also donated $85,000 to help pay for a new concession stand and lighting for baseball fields at Sam Michael's Park off Job Corps Road north of Charles Town.

Under the funding plan, Little League organizations from Charles Town and Ranson would each chip in $85,000 to help pay for the improvements, officials said.

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