McCallum Firm Plans For Growth Stymied by Town Impact Fees
6/27/07 Erie Review
I recently learned about a unique characteristic of the Town of
I started my business six years ago and it has grown considerably since its inception. To accommodate this growth, I began the process of investigating the costs associated with adding 5,000 square feet to my existing building in downtown
Ostensibly, these fees are to provide money with which to build new infrastructure to serve new development. My belief is these fees do exactly the opposite as the expansion of my business will have minimal to no impact on the public facilities and/or roads in this community. The fees the town will require me to pay for an addition to my existing building will also be but a drop-in-the bucket when compared to the true costs of new public facilities and/or roads.
I also believe the parties actually responsible for large impacts to the public facilities and roads in our community, such as grocery stores, will be successful at negotiating a rebate or reimbursement of these fees with the town. So, ultimately, it will be the small businesses like mine with the least ability to bear these fees, the least impact on the public facilities and roads and the least contribution to the true costs of these items that will end up paying them.
When I learned that
If you feel this issue is important to our community, I urge you to contact the mayor and board of trustees to share your views (303-926-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Editor’s Note: Jennifer M. McCallum, Ph.D., Esq., is a biotechnology patent attorney that has received numerous awards in her field, including an appointment by Gov. Bill Owens to the Biotechnology Council for the State of Colorado, was voted one of the 40 top business leaders under the age of 40 by the Denver Business Journal, was voted the Outstanding Woman in Business in 2004 by the Denver Business Journal and has received five appointments as the vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Bioethics.