Impact fees from development in the area could be directed to infrastructure upgrades, but the community and business leaders must decide on priorities.
- Tim Lemke
Thursday, November 29, 2012
In an age where cash is scarce, business and community leaders in Odenton said there could be as much as $10 million to spend on upgrades to roads and other needs in the area. But that cash could go elsewhere unless local leaders let county officials know they want it spent here. Recent development projects in Odenton have generated millions of dollars in impact fees, which are set aside for infrastructure improvements. It's cash that is desperately needed in Odenton as the town deals with big population growth and increasing traffic. Business and community leaders said they are now working to identify specific projects that could be helped by those impact fee dollars. "We have to be aggressive about creating a list of projects that are …
The county council could review a bill would give Odenton priority in collecting transportation impact fees from developers.
The Anne Arundel County Council is set to consider a measure designed to funnel new money from development fees toward transportation upgrades in the Odenton Town Center. The bill from County Executive John R. Leopold would give Odenton priority status when the county distributes funds from developer impact fees. The bill could be introduced as soon as Monday, those with knowledge of the bill said. Local business leaders and developers had originally called for Odenton to have its own impact fee zone, so as to ensure fees generated from development in Odenton would be spent on transportation upgrades in town. But that idea was met with lukewarm response from county officials and council members, who said they were not fond of expanding the…