The Watab Town Board held a
special meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 in the meeting room at Rumors. Board members present
were Supervisors Craig Gondeck, Lloyd Erdmann and Brad McIntosh and Clerk Pat
Spence. Also participating in the meeting was township engineer Bob Erickson.
The meeting was called to order by Chair Erdmann at . The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a road
assessment policy that would help the township raise funds to develop and
maintain roads and other infrastructure caused by new developments.
recommended that the town board establish a document folder for each proposed
development; this folder would contain all agendas, minutes, documents, hearings,
plats, etc. related to the development. A copy of the folder would be turned
over to the county before they take any action. He also made a motion, which
was seconded by Lloyd, to require all developers to be on the posted agenda
before they bring anything to the town board. Motion passed unanimously.
recommended having a township plat review committee. Supervisor Gondeck said
that he learned from LivoniaTownship officials that they charge developers a fee to
review their plat.Supervisor McIntosh
had contacted the Minnesota Association of Township Attorney and shared
information that special assessments are valid if: (1) the property assessed
gets a special benefit, (2) the assessment is uniformly applied, and (3) the
assessment does not exceed the amount the property value increases because of
the improvements.Pat shared information
from an article on a Mitigation Payment System used in King County, Washington. Their policy provides funding for transportation
road improvements necessary to mitigate the traffic impacts of new development
on the roadway system. In that county, fees are assessed to anyone who engages
in development activity when they meet both of these conditions: (1) they apply
for a development permit to construct, expand or complete a building or
structure, whether residential or commercial, change the use of a building, or
when they apply for a short plat or formal subdivision; and (2) the development
proposal results in an increase in the number of p.m. peak vehicle trips. The
Clerk also shared information from a report by economists at RutgersUniversity on the costs of urban sprawl. One example was that in Culpeper County, Virginia, the average new residential unit can be expected to
produce a deficit in the county budget of $1,242 in 1988 dollars!
After a great deal of
discussion, the board passed the following motion which was made by Supervisor
McIntosh and seconded by Supervisor Erdmann:
13, 2005 a $500 fee per lot
will be paid by a developer at the time of the final plat approval. A 1% fee
per lot of the sale price of the lot is to be paid by the purchaser or home
owner or developer (legal counsel will advise which is best). One-half per cent
additional fee is to be paid based on the building permit amount. All fees are
to be paid before the building permit is issued. At the time of the final plat,
appraised value of the lot shall be determined and approved by the town board.
(This motion is subject to review and approval of the township attorney and is
effective December 13, 2005). The purpose of the fees is to offset costs created
by new development.
This action will be reviewed
by our attorney and his opinion will be requested.
The meeting was adjourned
and the Clerk was asked to forward the minutes and other documents to the