Building Impact Fees Would Be Revised

Posted: April 06, 1989

Montgomery Township Supervisors are considering an ordinance that they hope will more fairly balance the burden of development impact fees.

The ordinance would set fees differently for residential and nonresidential construction. Under the current informal arrangement, developers pay $500 per building lot, whether they build a single-family home or a three-story office building. The supervisors said they do not believe commercial and industrial developers are paying their fair share.

At Monday night's meeting, the board asked the solicitor to draft an ordinance that would charge nonresidential developers by the square foot and residential developers $500 per lot.

Solicitor William R. Cooper said the township also needed legal backing for the fees it has been charging. Although no developers have refused to pay impact fees, Cooper said several have noted that township zoning ordinances don't contain such a requirement.

"We want to standardize it," explained township manager Daniel P. Olpere. ''The bottom line is we want to be fair."

Development fees have been used to pay capital costs associated with snow removal, garbage pickup and parkland development - things not typically affected by commercial and industrial developments. Nonresidential fees probably would be reserved for financing road improvements and fire protection, Olpere said.

Olpere said the nonresidential fee would be set at between 16 and 60 cents per square foot.

In other business, supervisors debated about language in a land-development agreement for PineCrest, a proposed development of townhouses and single- family houses on the Montgomery Golf Course property. The board agreed to let the developer, The Klein Co., come back next week after the township solicitor and its attorney had worked out legal matters.

Klein has begun work on sample homes, but until the development agreement is approved, the developer cannot begin work on the rest of the site.

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