Residents Group Seeks To Delay Facilities Bill

February 02, 1992|By Staff report

County residents opposed to the adequate facilities legislation now before the County Council are making a last-minute attempt to stall the proposal.

The council is expected to unanimously approve the measure tonight despite a plea from the Coalition of Community Associations' board of directors that it be tabled for "at least a month."

The coalition board voted, 4-2, to ask for the postponement, withcoalition president Scott Hoeksema abstaining. Hoeksema is part of the 12-member commission of developers, civic leaders, school officials and county employees that has spent a year devising the plan.

The commission conducted sparsely attended public hearings on the plan in December, and the Planning Board sponsored a hearing in January that no one attended.

The plan has three main features: a roads testto determine whether intersections can accommodate traffic generatedby a proposed development; a school test to determine whether nearbyschools will be overcrowded when new residents move into a proposed development; and an excise tax imposed on all new residential and commercial construction. The excise tax money would be used to complete major highway projects anywhere in the county.

Council member Shane Pendergrass, D-1st, is expected to introduce tomorrow an amendment to make the bill take effect immediately rather than in 60 days.

Pendergrass is also expected to ask that a building allocation chart accompanying the legislation be tabled. She said the chart needs to berevised because it projects 7,724 units in her district in the next 10 years but does not project new schools.

The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

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