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Proposed increases in Zoning permits and fees are big, and some drop

The Board of Supervisors meets Jan. 26 and supervisors will discuss a presentation from the staff on new zoning fees. You can see the list of fees with the current amount and the proposed amount here

A few fee increases that caught my eye are a minor site plan review that costs $100 could cost $1,720 in the near future. An erosion and sediment residential permit that costs $625 could cost $1,260. 

There are numerous other fees that drop by a range of $25 to $840. Most of the fees with decreases are by a few hundred dollars. 

Supervisory Jerry Logan has already expressed great concern about the fees the county charges, believing that some are too high. These fees are coming up for review because the Board of Supervisors asked county staff to determine what the true cost of doing business is, and IT Director Brian Scott was put in charge of gathering the data. 

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  • lgross

    and that staff may have to be paid out of the general fund. Otherwise, if you get rid of too many, you won’t be able to
    process even a small amount of permits in a very timely manner. One good-sized project could block work on other
    permits.

    Mr. Logan is probably the only guy who has actually had the experience of trying to “juggle” how many employees he has
    with the ups and downs of the economy.

    I think he is correct on the costs of the permits also. If a permit is very expensive, it needs to be looked at as to WHY it is
    very expensive – and work towards making the processing of those permits less costly/intensive.

    It’s one thing to think about socking it to unwanted residential development that is perceived as costly to the county – but
    quite another to have similar policies that sock it to new businesses, start-ups, small-businesses that provide jobs and
    positive tax revenues.

    I’m not advocating a double standard but just pointing out that high fees can hurt businesses that the county does want –
    and need.

  • vegtblelasagna

    ridiculous.

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