ShareThis Page

Committee may weigh traffic fees

| Thursday, May 27, 2004

By next year, developers building new homes and businesses in Marshall could have to pay more for needed road improvements -- in turn making it easier for traffic to get around.

Marshall supervisors plan to set up a committee to study whether "traffic impact fees" should be charged to those building in -- and bringing more traffic to -- the community. The committee, which would include township officials and developers, would consider the matter and recommend whether to move ahead with charging the fees.

Though supervisors in the past have voted against assessing the fees, the matter is being discussed again because the township is seeing that more traffic and roads will need to be upgraded to handle the influx, township Manager Neil McFadden said.

Currently, Marshall officials ask developers to contribute to the township's traffic fund but can't require them to do so. In most cases, contributions have been small, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

In neighboring Cranberry and Pine, officials years ago imposed traffic impact fees. When Costco built in Cranberry, the company paid more than $680,000 in traffic impact fees.

In Pine, officials expect traffic impact fees to cover about $11.5 million worth of traffic improvements.

Typically, municipalities charge developers the fees based on how much new traffic the development is expected to generate. They specifically look at what will be the busiest two-hour evening span.

In Cranberry, traffic fees average about $1,200 per trip during the peak time. If a development sparks a total of 100 additional trips during its busiest time, the developer would pay about $120,000 in impact fees.

In Pine, developers pay slightly less than $950 per trip, township Manager Gary Koehler said.

McFadden said that if Marshall supervisors decide to move ahead, the next step would be hiring an engineer to detail what road improvements are needed and how much they would cost. The costs would then be broken down and spread among future developers.

The planning process should cost about $100,000 and take a year, McFadden said.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me