Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Making a clarification–AGAIN
In this story, it mentions how the county has lost about $800,000 in proffers as a result of the 3-acre lot division approved in March. Emmitt Marshall called me today and said that the county policy is that proffers are not collected on anything less than 10 lots.
The county says to build one single-family house costs the county about $35,000. The point the story is trying to drive is that these lots would have never been created, and homes will be built on them eventually. A home may have kids, need fire and rescue, a deputy, a park, etc etc, so I used the county’s own proffer guidelines as an example of what the divisions can cost the county in supplying services.
But I should have clarified that proffers are not collected on just a single lot. But that does not mean there is no cost associated with that house on the 3-acre lot. The only way to come anywhere near close to estimating what that cost is would be to check the proffer guidelines. Mr. Marshall will see his clarification tomorrow.
Now, I find out that the clarification isn’t clarifying anything and the information Mr. Marshall asked to be corrected was not correct.
Here is the county’s proffer policy:
the County’s proffer policy does not have any specific trigger point as related to proffers as was reported in today’s paper. It is important to note that proffers are only associated with rezonings and not by-right development. The proffer policy does allow for a rezoning applicant to claim credit for any by-right lots that could be developed. For example, a property that could be developed as 5 houses under the existing zoning could claim a credit of 5 units against their total proposed number of units.
So, in other words, the original story was correct when it said Mr. Marshall’s 3-acre proposal has cost the county more than $800,000, based on the county’s proffer guidelines. His idea to bill the FMC plant $600,000 a decade or so ago is something he always brings up. But Mr. Marshall believes his 3-acre lot proposal is not costing the county anything. You decide.