Ottawa commissioner nudging for action on development impact fees

Ottawa commissioner nudging for action on development impact fees

The City Council may soon have a formal proposal on reducing or eliminating development impact fees. At a workshop meeting earlier this week, Commissioner Tom Ganiere said the issue needs to move forward. He suggests eliminating some fees and reducing others.

Ganiere says he would reduce the school impact fees and make them payable later in the process so the school districts still get some money but the developer doesn’t have to put up the funds right away. Supt. Cleve Threadgill says space is already becoming a problem in the district, so it’s important to him to be ready for a lot of new students who’d live in a new subdivision.

Ganiere also says the building permit fee could be charged and then rebated after construction is complete.