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On May 23, the County Council passed one bill and two resolutions (R43-13, R44-13)regarding
open space waiver fees that developers pay when they are unable to provide the open
space required by the County Code. From the outset of discussions with developers
and County officials some six weeks ago, NeighborSpace argued that a focus solely
on the amount of the fees and their distribution obfuscated a far larger issue: the
fact that current laws and policies do not address open space needs within the URDL
effectively, they are not fair to all concerned, and they are not transparent to
the public. Modest headway was made on some of these issues. For the first time,
a two-year cycle has been established for reviewing the fees and the fee schedule
must now be published … More
IN THE WAKE OF WAIVER FEE MEASURES, “WEIGH IN” ON YOUR CONSERVATION PRIORITIES