$1,350 impact fee proposed on new Manchester houses NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

November 25, 1992|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,Contributing Writer

The Manchester zoning appeals board has proposed a $1,350-per-house impact fee on development to help the town pay the costs of roads, parks and utilities to new users who create the need for improvements in those facilities.

Town Council members received the proposal at their meeting Monday night, but took no immediate action.

The impact fee proposal -- which included new fees or increased fees for such other items as use and occupancy permits and grading permits -- was submitted by the zoning appeals board as the council also began to consider a draft solid waste ordinance that would require owners of multifamily housing units to pay the town for removal of solid waste.

Councilman Terry Short said the impact fees, which would be tacked onto the fees paid for building permits, and variance and conditional use requests, were redesigned to fairly compensate the town for having to expand its public facilities.

Mr. Short also distributed copies of the proposed solid waste ordinance, pending discussion at the council's next meeting.

In other business, the council:

* Accepted Councilman John Riley's suggestion that part-time employees should not accrue sick leave, and declined to limit accrued sick leave for full-time employees to 30 days.

"You should be able to accumulate sick leave ad infinitum. It's a bank to draw on, and it's used to calculate retirement," said Councilman Geoffrey Black.

* Discussed with two state planners how the state Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act of 1992 will affect the town.

The act, adopted last month, guides local development and resource protection, and requires local plans to be in effect by July 1, 1997.

Nancy Ancel, coordinator of special projects, and Mike Nortrup, a regional planner, described services and resources they provide to local planning groups, from census and mapping information to finding experts to help with specific issues.

Mr. Nortrup said rural areas in Maryland, as a rule, are advised to solve water and sewer problems without encouraging growth.

Growth management makes fiscal sense, he said. It "lessens the infrastructure, saves on local taxes and lowers the cost of housing."

Under an umbrella of seven "visions," growth and development areas are selected by the local jurisdiction, providing the Chesapeake Bay and environmentally sensitive areas are protected. The state would not fund projects that are inconsistent with the growth policy, Mrs. Ancel said.

Mr. Nortrup said the Planning Act "reaffirms what you already have in Carroll County. Your zoning that limits development into agricultural areas is already in effect."

"It's a start for managing our growth," Mrs. Ancel said. "Analyze and evaluate now, so you'll have a system in place before you have a lot of development."

"Pikesville, when I was a kid, is like what Manchester is now," she said. "You can see what you can become and what you can do to change what it might become."

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