COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Zoning Ordinance Fees

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Adoption of resolution of intent to amend Zoning Ordinance Fees

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, Cilimberg and Fritz; and Ms. McCulley

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

September 2, 2009

 

ACTION:                 INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:   X          INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

On August 5, 2009 the Board held a work session to discuss the approach to amending Zoning Ordinance Fees.  At that meeting the Board directed staff to prepare a resolution of intent to initiate the process to amend the Zoning Ordinance fees.  

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 5:  Fund the County’s Future Needs.

 

DISCUSSION:

At its August 5, 2009 work session, the Board discussed and supported staff’s fee recommendations as stated in Attachment C of the August 5th executive summary.  In summary, the ordinance would adopt the fee structure recommended in the Fee Study with five key differences briefly noted below:

 

1.     Special Use Permits (SPs) – The fee structure would be simplified into two groups for major and minor SPs, with a base fee and a separate fee for complex applications requiring multiple resubmissions.

2.     Zoning Map Amendments (ZMAs) – Staff recommended a similar approach for ZMAs as that for SPs, and fees would be based on a per review basis. 

3.     Appeals – Staff recommended a much lower fee recovery than proposed in the Fee Study, and the fees would be based only on the administrative cost of processing the application. 

4.     Notices and Advertisements – Staff recommended new fees for both required notifications and advertisements. The recommended fee for notifications is identical to that recently adopted in the Subdivision Ordinance.  For required legal advertisements, staff is recommending the County recover the actual cost of advertising the application. 

5.     Architectural Review Board - Staff’s recommended fee is a compilation of several fees in the Fee Study, but lower than the Study’s recommendation. The staff-recommended fee reflects staff’s assessment of costs for these reviews and recently proposed changes that staff believes will lower review costs.  

 

Adoption of the resolution of intent will allow the ordinance amendment process to continue towards adoption.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The County currently collects approximately $182,000 from zoning fees in an average year. Staff anticipates the County would collect approximately $521,000 in an average year from the zoning fees recommended by staff, resulting in a $339,000 increase in revenue in an average year.  Assuming the recommended fees were implemented by January 2010 and the number of applications is one-half of average, staff estimates a revenue increase of $85,000 for the remainder of FY 09-10 and $170,000 for FY 10-11. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board adopt the resolution of intent (Attachment A) to amend the Zoning Ordinance fees.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A – Resolution of Intent

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