Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Not the Time
There were actually two public hearings last night–it was a little bit hard to tell, as one drew 20 speakers and took more than two hours and the other drew one speaker and was over in minutes.
Supervisors heard the proposed building permit fee schedule. Most fees increased, and a developer would pay about 11 percent more per project, said Brian Scott, director of community development. The increased fees were designed to cover the costs of accepting and reviewing those permits. The supervisors last year said that they want the departments of planning, zoning and code compliance to pay for themselves.
Sean Halsey spoke on behalf of the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association. “The housing industry is still in the middle of the recession,” he said. “Now is not the time to place any additional burden on the housing industry.”
Supervisors agreed and denied the new fees.
“I just don’t think this is the time to raise fees,” Supervisor Hap Connors said.