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FEES LOWERED FOR DEVELOPERS OF SUBDIVISIONS

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Duchesne County will reduce the subdivision fees developers must pay - just 10 months after the fees were increased.

Tight budgets and an increase in requests for subdivision plats prompted commissioners to raise the fees last September, but after recent protests from developers who live both within and outside of the county, commissioners agreed to lower the fees charged for subdivision plats.Developers interested in opening up the county's west side to full- and part-time residential construction maintained subdivision fees were so high that new development would drop off.

The commissioners increased the fees last year to bring expenses in line with revenue to ensure that the costs connected with subdivision development were picked up by the developers and not the general public.

Jack Wood, planning and community development director for Duchesne County, opposed lowering the subdivision fee schedule. He said the county would be subsidizing developers if it fails to recoup expenses incurred for the time it takes to review requests for new subdivisions. Before the rates were raised, there was not enough money to cover publications and notices, research, field inspection and office time, he said.

Wood said that although the rates for both preliminary and final subdivision plat approvals have been sliced almost in half, they are still above what they were in 1993 before the increase.

Under the new subdivision application fee schedule, which was adopted last month, the cost of a preliminary and final plat dropped to $25 per lot. Previously developers had been charged by the number of lots, starting at $50 per lot up to 35 lots, $100 per lot up to 50 lots and $150 per lot for over 51 lots. Related fees for field inspection, board of adjustment, rezoning, conditional use and protection agreement will remain unchanged from the 1994 fee schedule.

In addition to the changes in the subdivision plat fees, commissioners have for the first time put a definite cap of 50 on the number of lots allowed in a single subdivision phase.

Subsequent phases for development will not be permitted until at least 51 percent of the lots in previous phases have been sold.

Wood said that historically, developers of subdivisions with unlimited lots end up in the May tax sale after overextending themselves.