Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield


June 24, 1993

Frederick builders rush to beat new impact fee

Frederick County builders rushing to beat the start of impact fees have swamped the Mount Airy town zoning administrator with building permit applications.

The developers of three subdivisions have applied for nearly 40 building permits since the beginning of the month. The Frederick County impact fee of $2,000 on single-family homes takes effect July 1, said B. J. Dixon, town zoning administrator.

Developers building on the Carroll County side of Mount Airy have had to pay county impact fees since 1989. The current impact fee for a single-family house in the Carroll portion of Mount Airy is $3,500.

"We tried to get the jump to get them in and out before the impact fees go into effect," said Barbara Grisso, office manager for Grayson Homes, an Ellicott City-based developer that has projects in the Twin Ridge subdivision.

The county allowed builders and developers a period before the impact fees took effect "and we wanted to take advantage of it," Ms. Grisso said.

In addition to Twin Ridge, developers in the Summerwood and Village Gate subdivisions have also applied for building permits.


* Mount Airy: Mount Airy assisted Frederick County on an automobile fire on I-70 between Mount Airy and New Market at 7:12 p.m. Tuesday. Units were out for 21 minutes.

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