Discounts recommended for building close to transit
by Margie Hyslop | Staff writer | Wednesday, June 10, 2009
County planners are recommending that developers be offered discounted fees to build a mix of housing and shops near transit lines or basic services in an effort to reduce long car trips and traffic congestion.
The proposal, to be presented to the Planning Board on Thursday, is a step toward crafting a two-year policy to guide growth that the County Council will set in November.
Developments within a half-mile of passenger rail or bus lines could be exempt from fees levied to help pay for transportation improvements.
Developments farther from transit could be exempt from half those fees if they are built within a half-mile of 10 basic services such as a grocery, dry cleaner, library, park or fire station.