At its meeting last Tuesday evening, the planning commission unanimously gave its preliminary approval to a series fee schedule increases. Planning Commission Member Lucas Chestnut, who made the motion to give preliminary approval, said the delay is to give residents a month to know about the changes before they could take effect.
“I changed all the fees to where they’re similar to adjoining counties,” Planning Commission Chairman Bob Brame said. “We’re cheaper than anybody, but we’re similar.”
One of the larger fees is $2,500 per application for the construction of one or more cell phone or internet/data towers. An application to build a major subdivision costs $500 for the initial plat plus $10 per lot, $2,500 for the initial escrow/deposit and another $500 for a final plat, not including the recording fee.
The reason for including the fee for data towers, Brame said, is because he had a call recently from someone who wanted to install 25 data towers in the county to better facilitate high-speed internet. He added that since the fee is for the application, the cost for an application for 25 towers would be the same as the fee for an application for one tower.
An application to begin a minor subdivision is $100 plus recording fees. The difference between a major and a minor subdivision isn’t included in the fee schedule.
A $150 would be charged for conditional use requests and requests for variances as well as for each change or variance to an initial plat, according to the proposed fee schedule. A fee of $150 would also be charged for a dimensional variance request, not including the costs that would be incurred by the planning commission.
A change in zoning request would cost $250 plus costs incurred by the commission, the filing of a water management plan would cost $50 plus costs incurred by the commission and a letter to financial institutions would cost $20.
In other business, representatives from WK Technology showed the commission the various updates to the website. Various members of the commission praised the business’s efforts and then voted to make the website, which can be accessed at www.ctcplanning.com, live by May 3.
“They’ve done more than I expected,” Brame said. “I feel like this is a big leap for us.”
The issues related to Melton Estates, a subdivision in the southern part of the county, were going to be discussed, but representatives of Melton Estates were not present and the issue was tabled until the commission’s next meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25.