Those active in the Columbia County building community might soon see a change in fees charged by the county’s Planning and Engineering department.
County commissioners will hear the first reading Tuesday of a proposal to increase certain Planning and Engineering fees such as plats and rezonings. The revised fee chart also adds separate categories for services, such as minor waivers and secondary residential structures, that once fell under other sections.
Development Services Director Richard Harmon said he showed the draft to everyone he felt would be affected by the changes.
“From the building and developing community, I didn’t get any negative feedback,” he said.
The current fee amount is not enough to cover payment of staff, advertising and other expenses. The list has not been updated since 1979, Harmon said.
The final reading for the new fee chart is scheduled on July 17, and it would then go into effect.