Thursday, December 21, 2006

Affordable Housing Fees Causing Frustrations

After some town council members had a chance to vent their frustrations with the last-minute bickering over the new affordable housing impact fees set to take effect Jan. 1, the Breckenridge Town Council got on with it, approving a policy that would exempt garages from the fee calculations, as long as all other local jurisdictions exempted them as well.

That doesn't look like it's going to happen, said housing authority director Bonnie Osborn.

The Board of County Commissioners did adopt an impact fee policy that includes a partial garage exemption, but Silverthorne and Frisco seem to be holding firm in their intent to include garages in the fee calculations.

That basically means garages built as part of single-family homes in Breckenridge will not be exempt from the impact fees, town manager Tim Gagen said after Tuesday's work session.

They will be included in calculating total square footage to be assessed for the fee. The conditional language adopted by Breckenridge was an effort to create some uniformity in the way the fees are applied around Summit County. But that hoped-for consistency is not quite coming together as envisioned, Osborn said.

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