2/10/08 * Washington Post [ full story ]
Senate Panel Passes A Flat-Rate System
A Senate committee has approved a bill that would replace the 30-year-old system under which Loudoun County and other local governments have collected millions of dollars from developers to compensate for the impact of new homes.
Under the bill, local governments no longer would be able to negotiate proffers -- payments made by developers to offset the cost of providing roads, schools and other government services to new residents. Instead of proffers, Loudoun and other Northern Virginia counties would be allowed to charge developers a flat fee of $8,000 per new house.
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to oppose the legislation Tuesday, saying it would hamstring the county's ability to manage the effect of growth.
The legislation, Senate Bill 768, also would sharply restrict the county's ability to receive non-cash contributions from developers, such as parkland, libraries, affordable housing units, trees and playground equipment.