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Washington Twp. cuts traffic impact fees to spark development

August 05, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Traffic impact fees have been lowered in Washington Township, Pa., in an effort to stimulate economic development.

The Washington Township Supervisors voted Monday on a proposal to reduce the fees to $2,714 per traffic unit. Those fees were $3,147 per unit.

The supervisors voted 4-0 to lower the rate. Supervisor Jeff Geesaman was absent from the meeting.

There was no discussion on the issue Monday night.

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.

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

Developers have told the supervisors the fees, which can be six figures for some commercial projects, deter some companies from doing business in the municipality.

On behalf of Long-Mar LLC, developer Ronnie Martin already asked for a refund of impact fees paid for Auto Zone at 1600 E. Main St. A vote on that request was tabled.

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