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Washington Township committee recommends traffic impact fees be lowered

April 01, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A committee tasked with reviewing the traffic impact fees on select new development in Washington Township, Pa., has recommended those fees be lowered.

The committee, largely composed of real estate professionals, has recommended the impact fee be reduced to an amount between $2,486 and $2,714, saying the Washington Township Supervisors can use their discretion when setting the amount.

The impact fees are assessed on each “traffic unit” created by new development within specific geographic zones. The fee is currently $3,147 per traffic unit.

For years, developers have complained to township supervisors about the impact fees, saying the fees often start at $100,000 for commercial projects. They say that can affect which entities are willing to start doing business in the township.

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Revenue from impact fees has been earmarked for development of Washington Township Boulevard, a multimillion-dollar relief route north of Waynesboro.

Township officials are seeking grant money to finish the road, small sections of which are open near Walmart in Rouzerville, Pa., and behind the Spring Run development off Gehr Road. In the meantime, the supervisors have authorized spending $2,200 for surveyor R. Lee Royer to design a roundabout for the future intersection of North Welty Road and Washington Township Boulevard.

A $3 million bridge on Washington Township Boulevard’s path is completed and awaiting road development in that area.

The relief route was designed to provide an east-west alternative to Pa. 16.

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