Deadline To Avoid Hook-up Fees Awaits Council's Push Or Pull

July 14, 1991|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer

The County Council has delayed until Tuesday a decision to shorten the time developers have to apply for building permits before new water and sewer hook-up fees take effect.

The proposal, submitted by the county executive, would allow developers who have submitted building permit applications to the Department of Planning and Zoning by July 31 to be exempt from two new water and sewer hook-up fees, totaling $2,517.

Tuesday is the council's last opportunity to consider the legislation before it dies.

The council has not yet voted on the legislation or any of several proposed amendments, including the latest one submitted by the administration.

If the council approves the new date, developers could be limited to two weeks to file their building permit applications to avoid the new fees.

The bill creating the new fees had proposed a Sept. 30 cutoff date for building permit applications to avoid the $821 water system development fee and the $1,769 sewer system development fee. The two fees, charged with the standardhook-up fee, will be used to raise money to pay off a bond for improvements to the water and sewer systems.

County Treasurer James M. Jewell said the fees are expected to

raise between $2.3 million and $2.8 million by June 30, 1992.

But developers aren't happy with the proposed tighter exemption deadline, and the council has been working on an alternative.

One amendment proposed by Council President Jeffrey D. Wilson, and council members Joanne S. Parrott, R-District B, and Barry T. Glassman, R-District D, would leave the Sept. 30 deadline intact.

In an effort to curb any effort by developers to stockpile building permit applications, the three council members have proposed requiring builders' projects to pass foundation plumbing construction inspections.

Robert Williamson, director of the Department of Public Works, said a rush by developers to file building permitapplications that began when the bill was introduced May 31 promptedcounty administrators to seek the shorter deadline.

He said stockpiling of building permit applications by developers could affect thecounty's ability to repay money borrowed on the bond market to make the water and sewer system improvements. He said the county calculated how much money to borrow, and how it would be paid back, based in part on the average number of building permits issued.

Williamson said county administrators had expected about 900 permit applications to be filed before the original Sept. 30 cutoff date.

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