Avon could waive building fees
Avon, CO Colorado
AVON, Colorado – The town of Avon, Colorado is thinking about waiving building permit and zoning fees in an effort to encourage new construction during the current economic downturn.
Assistant Town Manager Eric Heidemann sent out a memo in Friday’s town council agenda packet that recommends waiving fees for a one-year period in order to stimulate growth in Avon. The town council is scheduled to discuss the staff’s suggestions at Tuesday’s meeting.
The community development department’s revenues are way down from last year, and have been steadily decreasing since 2006, according to the memo.
“There is no question that any reduction in permit costs would benefit both individual property owners, as well as large developers,” states the memo. “However, it is unlikely that a fee reduction program will be the determining factor whether a developer or property owner initiates a project or not.”
Waiving fees would be relatively minor compared to the new revenue sources, according to the memo.
Staff wants council to consider waiving 100 percent of all zoning, design review and minor project fees for 12 months; waiving 100 percent of building permit fees for project types such as interior remodels, replacement of exterior stucco or siding and roof covering repairs for 12 months, and waiving 10 percent for all other building permits.
The town’s general fund will have to subsidize the community development department whether the town adopts the policy or not, Heidemann wrote.
“The question for council is whether a fee waiver policy will stimulate the local construction industry resulting in added jobs and direct or indirect revenues … with the understanding that a portion of the anticipated revenues expected for the remaining calendar year will be lost,” Heidemann wrote.
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