New Hanover policy charges developers to offset road costs

Hanover County again has a cash proffers policy, but it applies only to roads and charges far less.

Henry District Supervisor Sean Davis made the motion to adopt the new cash proffers policy.

The official name is the “Business and Residential Development Road Improvements Transportation Policy,” which the Board of Supervisors adopted with a 4-3 vote Wednesday.

The board adopted the policy as county staff presented it last month, and it’s the same policy the board’s community development committee previously vetted.

Residential developers proposing subdivisions of fewer than 50 lots would be asked to pay $2,306 per lot to help offset transportation costs associated with that growth.

A transportation impact analysis would be conducted for larger developments. The policy prescribes a methodology for negotiating a per-lot fee based on the anticipated roads impacts of each project.

The previous cash proffers policy charged $19,503 per new residential unit, and those funds went toward growth-related costs for roads, schools, and other public facilities. The board repealed the policy in November with a 4-3 vote and established a reserve fund for school capital needs.

“We had a system that was broken beyond repair and needed to be addressed. I believe it took strong leadership to address a system that had become so broken,” Henry District Supervisor Sean Davis commented.

“There is not one supervisor on this board that I spoke with that actually said they liked proffers,” he added.

Davis made a motion to adopt the transportation policy, which passed with the support of Bucky Stanley of Beaverdam, Angela Kelly-Wiecek of Chickahominy, and Elton Wade of Cold Harbor.

Ed Via of Ashland, Canova Peterson of Mechanicsville, and Wayne Hazzard of South Anna disagreed.

Peterson expressed a preference for a $10 automobile decal fee, which was one of the recommendations that came out of the cash proffers and capital funding committee that discussed the issue last year.

“All our roads are used by all of us,” Peterson said.

“I’m not sure that re-implementing a cash proffer policy at this time is the right policy,” Hazzard said.

Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:11 am