By Jessica Creagan
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- An extension of the suspension of county impact fees on correctional facilities, public buildings and solid waste facilities will be up for discussion once again on March 11.
In an effort to stimulate economic development in 2009, the Board of Indian River County Commissioners voted to temporarily suspend collection for five out of nine impact fees related to building permits.
Since then, the suspension of the fees has come forward for discussion on multiple occasions and currently the three that are still suspended are set to expire March 31, however, the fees could be suspended again for a set amount of time after public discussion and input in March.
County commissioners voted to move the issue forward to the public hearing on the recommendation by the Community Development Director Stan Boling.
Currently there is an active analysis of the impact fees and the impact fee schedule, which when completed could provide commissioners with more on whether future suspensions would be appropriate to continue stimulating development, but it will not be completed until after the current three impact fees suspension would expire.
County commissioners said they would discuss how long to extend the suspension at future meetings, either to extend one year, or to extend until the new impact fee schedule is completed.
For more information about impact fees in Indian River County, visit www.irccdd.com/Applications/Impact_Fee/Index.htm.