By Matt Werner Times Sentinel Writer
Zionsville Times Sentinel
---- — The Zionsville Plan Commission didn't feel comfortable enough Monday, Dec. 16, to vote on a proposed increase to the road impact fee.
The commission unanimously voted to continue the discussion until its Jan. 22 meeting.
The fee, which would only charge new development, was originally adopted in February 2007. By statute, the fee must be updated every five years. The fee would raise money to improve roads to provide a passable level of service as development puts more stress on the roads.
Matt Brown, A&F Engineering vice president, said the impact fee does three things for communities.
"It identifies existing issues; it looks 10 years into the future to provide a road map for hot spots to look at as development occurs and calculates a fee per 24-hour trip to charge new development," he said.
The original fee is $90 per trip, but the new proposed fee is $106.
"A trip is going somewhere and another trip would be coming back," he said. "A home averages 10 trips per day. A major retailer would generate anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million."
Brown said the increase was fair, and the fee falls in line with several other communities.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.