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Public hearing set on proposed fee increases

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Monday night on a proposal to increase — and simplify — its building permit and zoning fees for the first time in 20 years.
The last time changes were made to the fee schedule was in July 1988.
However, increases in gas prices and other costs since that time are necessitating an increase in fees, said Community Development Director Shawn Utt.
“With the gas prices and everything going up, it’s killing us,” Utt said, referring to the effects of the present rate schedule on county revenues.
Recently, Utt and County Administrator Peter Huber informed the supervisors that Pulaski County’s fees are significantly less than neighboring jurisdictions.
Utt said the zoning fees are being increased also in order to help cover increasing costs for advertising and sending notification letters to neighboring property owners.
He noted the new fees are “still not going to cover (the costs), but they’re getting closer” to meeting the costs.
Besides increasing some rates, Utt said, the proposed changes to the fee schedules also are designed to simplify the schedule for both the public and building office employees.
He noted some new categories have been added, and fee determinations for non-residential construction have been changed from the cost of the construction project to a per-square-foot charge of 20 cents.
Other additions include trade permits, which are as follows:
• Residential: mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC are all $50.
• Non-residential: all based on the fee schedule for miscellaneous permits.
Residential construction building permits will increase by 2 cents from 14 to 16 cents per square foot.
Other permit fees will increase as follows:
• Demolition: from $20 to $50;
• Temporary electrical: from $25 to $50;
• Re-inspection: from $10 to $50;
• Manufactured homes: from $60 to $100 for single-wide and from $120 to $200 for double wide homes. The new fee for triple-wide homes will be $300; and
• Miscellaneous permits: will remain $30 for the first $1,000 of value, but the fee for each additional $1,000 of value will increase from $4.50 to $5.
Zoning fees were $25 across the board, Utt said.
While minor site plan reviews and zoning permits will remain $25, the new fee schedule for other zoning matters will be:
• $150 for special-use permits, rezoning requests, variance requests (Board of Zoning Appeals case), appeals to the BZA and major site plan reviews; and
• $100 for uses not provided for (zoning ordinance text amendments).
The supervisors will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the main meeting room of the County Administration Building on Third Street N.W. in Pulaski.
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com

Public hearing set on proposed fee increases

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Monday night on a proposal to increase — and simplify — its building permit and zoning fees for the first time in 20 years.
The last time changes were made to the fee schedule was in July 1988.
However, increases in gas prices and other costs since that time are necessitating an increase in fees, said Community Development Director Shawn Utt.
“With the gas prices and everything going up, it’s killing us,” Utt said, referring to the effects of the present rate schedule on county revenues.
Recently, Utt and County Administrator Peter Huber informed the supervisors that Pulaski County’s fees are significantly less than neighboring jurisdictions.
Utt said the zoning fees are being increased also in order to help cover increasing costs for advertising and sending notification letters to neighboring property owners.
He noted the new fees are “still not going to cover (the costs), but they’re getting closer” to meeting the costs.
Besides increasing some rates, Utt said, the proposed changes to the fee schedules also are designed to simplify the schedule for both the public and building office employees.
He noted some new categories have been added, and fee determinations for non-residential construction have been changed from the cost of the construction project to a per-square-foot charge of 20 cents.
Other additions include trade permits, which are as follows:
• Residential: mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC are all $50.
• Non-residential: all based on the fee schedule for miscellaneous permits.
Residential construction building permits will increase by 2 cents from 14 to 16 cents per square foot.
Other permit fees will increase as follows:
• Demolition: from $20 to $50;
• Temporary electrical: from $25 to $50;
• Re-inspection: from $10 to $50;
• Manufactured homes: from $60 to $100 for single-wide and from $120 to $200 for double wide homes. The new fee for triple-wide homes will be $300; and
• Miscellaneous permits: will remain $30 for the first $1,000 of value, but the fee for each additional $1,000 of value will increase from $4.50 to $5.
Zoning fees were $25 across the board, Utt said.
While minor site plan reviews and zoning permits will remain $25, the new fee schedule for other zoning matters will be:
• $150 for special-use permits, rezoning requests, variance requests (Board of Zoning Appeals case), appeals to the BZA and major site plan reviews; and
• $100 for uses not provided for (zoning ordinance text amendments).
The supervisors will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the main meeting room of the County Administration Building on Third Street N.W. in Pulaski.
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com