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Johnsburg lowers some impact fees

JOHNSBURG – In effort to encourage development, the village of Johnsburg has updated the impact fees developers pay, revising some up and some down.

The goal is "to maintain impact fees that will cover the cost impact of new development yet remain competitive to encourage developers to invest in the village of Johnsburg," Trustee Greg Klemstein said.

Klemstein chairs the Development and Government Affairs Committee, which looked into the impact fees and issued a recommendation. The Johnsburg Village Board approved those recommendations.

Two impact fees – charged to help cover the cost of additional school and park facilities needed because of a proposed subdivision – were revised downward because the estimated fair market land value the fees are based on were returned to 2005 levels, which was when the ordinance was last amended, Klemstein said.

The land value – and the impact fees tied to it – have been inching upward since then because the ordinance bases its adjustments on the consumer price index, he said. The value will continue to be tied to the rate of inflation.

The amount developers pay – or the land they are to donate – is based on how many people are expected to live in the proposed subdivision.

The impact fee charged for the McHenry Township Fire Protection District was reduced to $337 from $361.44 to bring the village of Johnsburg in line with what the impact fees are in the city of McHenry, according to Village Administrator Claudett Peters.

The two municipalities are covered by the same fire district.

The impact fee charged for road maintenance was the only one increased, upped to $1,000 from $612.02 per unit, Peters said.

The increase to designed to help cover rising street resurfacing costs, Klemstein said.

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