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Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors expected to make impact fee decision soon

If the supervisors decide at their Monday meeting to lower the fees, the amended rate would be put in effect for land development projects submitted after July 6

June 12, 2013

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors are expected to soon decide whether they want to lower the municipality’s traffic impact fees, as  recommended by a committee tasked with reviewing the fee structure.

If the supervisors decide at their Monday meeting to lower the fees, the amended rate would be advertised and put in effect for land development projects submitted after July 6.

The committee, mostly comprised of real estate professionals, recommended the rate be lowered from $3,147 for each “traffic unit” to $2,485 per unit.

The fees are related to traffic generated by a new home or business within a certain geographic zone.

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.

One person has already asked if he can get a rebate on fees paid at the $3,147 amount.

“The rate for existing plans is what it was when they were approved,” Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

— Jennifer Fitch

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