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Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors intend to lower traffic impact fees

Impact fees are assessed on residential and commercial development in certain geographic zones

July 15, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors said Monday they intend to lower the municipality’s traffic impact fees.

The supervisors plan to vote Aug. 5 on a proposal to reduce the fees to $2,714 per traffic unit. Currently, they are $3,147 per unit.

The $2,714 fee was the original amount before it was raised several years ago.

Impact fees are assessed on residential and commercial development in certain geographic zones. Revenue from the fees is designated for construction of Washington Township Boulevard, a multimillion-dollar relief route north of Waynesboro.

Developers have told the supervisors the fees hurt their ability to bring new businesses to the municipality.

Lowering the fee would be done to try to encourage growth, the supervisors said Monday.

“We’ll talk about it at the workshop and vote on Aug. 5,” Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said.

Whether refunds would be granted to those who paid the higher rate remains unknown.

“If there’s an issue, we’ll deal with it if we get any requests,” Solicitor John Lisko said.

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A committee tasked with reviewing impact fees suggested lowering the rate. In the mid-2000s, Washington Township experienced a housing boom and related commercial development, but that activity ground to a halt when the economy soured.

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