Drop in fees could increase development in Chesterfield

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – All of this black and white means less green out of your pocket. Joe Feest, a county planner, crunched numbers for months...calculating ways to drop application fees in Chesterfield.

"We took a real hard look in our study at Henrico's fee schedules and Hanover's fee schedules," said Feest.

Based on size, businesses and homes-- Henrico and Hanover are comparable to Chesterfield. Yet the county's 50-plus application fees are costly compared to its neighbors.

"Most of these fees would come down anywhere from 30-60%," Feest said.

Joe hopes the financial decrease will increase development.

"Conditional use applications that start out at $5300 for residential use down to $1500," he said.

Attorney Carrie Coyner represents developers and business owners. She says today's fees are draining the pockets of small shops.

"Every step you go through the process, even through the site plan process, there are acreage fees, there are fees for each phase of site plan approval," said Coyner.

She says more development means more tax revenue and less stress for the people of Chesterfield.

"It'd be nice to be able to reduce the cost so that it's easier to move through that process.  They can save up the money to invest more in their business," she said.

If approved, supervisors will decide when the lower application fees take effect. The planning commission will vote on the lower application fees during a meeting next Tuesday. To take a look at the numbers for yourself—click here.

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