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Barrow officials to hear report on impact fees

WINDER - A six-month study of how impact fees will affect Barrow County is complete. County commissioners will hear those results, compiled by Ross and Associates, during Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.

The board plans to take no action on impact fees Tuesday.

County commissioners voted in October to spend $22,608 for the study that could guide a potential impact fee program.

New businesses and residents bring dollars to Barrow County, as well as new demands on the infrastructure. Impact fees are a one-time payment usually paid by the builder, who passes the fee on to the buyer in the buildings' cost. They can only be used for capital facilities, such as water supply treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment, stormwater collection, roads, streets, bridges, parks, open space, police, fire, emergency rescue facilities and libraries. They cause those financial burdens to be shared by the city, county, homebuyer and business owner.

Impact fees do not fund schools.

More than 30 city and county governments throughout the state now charge impact fees, including Atlanta, Braselton and Hall County.

In other business, county commissioners will vote on rezoning the following acreage from current agricultural zoning. Barrow County's planning commission recommends approval of all but one rezoning:

• To commercial, 8.5 acres at 370 Carl-Bethlehem Road for a self-storage facility. Barrow County's planning commission recommends denial of the rezoning. Barrow County's Future Land Use Map shows the area as low density residential.

• To commercial, 4.8 acres at 1049 and 1053 Loganville Highway for a commercial retail development. The county's Future Land Use Map shows the area as low/medium density residential.

• To commercial, 6.3 acres on Tanner Bridge Road at Ga. Highway 81 for a commercial development. The county's Future Land Use Map shows the area as low/medium density residential.

• To manufacturing, 20 acres to develop eight light industrial lots. Barrow County's Future Land Use Map shows the area as commercial.

• To residential, 1 acre at 452 Maple Park Drive to build a single-family home. Barrow County's Future Land Use Map shows the area as low density residential.

• To residential, 38 acres on Tanners Bridge Road to add 44 subdivision lots. Barrow County's Future Land Use Map shows the area as low-density residential.

• To residential, the 10.5-acre Ralph Villars Estate at 872 Old Thompson Mill Road Barrow County's Future Land Use Map shows the area as low/medium density residential.

Commissioners will vote whether to rezone 61 acres at Haymon Morris Road and Tom Miller Road to a higher density residential zoning for a commercial/residential development of 177 homesites. The properly was formerly zoned for 140 homesites. Barrow County's planning commission recommends approval of the rezoning and its Future Land Use Map shows the area as low/medium density residential.

If You Go

• What: Barrow County Board of Commissioners meeting

• Where: County Annex, 233 E. Broad St., Winder

• When: 7 p.m. Tuesday