City approves new connection fee
The De Soto City Council cleaned its plate last Thursday when it approved a number of ordinances that had been debated, most notably a measure that creates a system development fee for new sewer and water connections.
The fee is expected to double the revenue the city receives from tap fees on new development. It raises fees across the board, but most heavily on large non-residential users. (A complete fee schedule appears in a legal notification printed in the classified section of this week's Explorer.) The council was set to approve the fee earlier this month, but postponed the decision when developers Don Parr and Steve Brady complained it create a financial hardship on projects already approved for final platting.
The ordinance now waives the fee if developers:
Receive final platting before Dec. 31, 2001.
Connect to the water and/or sewer within three years.
Make a direct appeal for the exception to the city council.
In a related measure, the council approved amending a settlement agreement with the Lois M. Brady Trust to exempt the 200-unit apartment complex Steve Brady is developing north of Seldom Rest from the system development fee. The agreement will end Dec. 31, 2004. Brady told the council that shouldn't be a problem as he plans to submit a final plat on the site by the end of the year.
In other business, the council:
Approved an ordinance restricting parking on 84th Street south of Lexington Avenue. The measure will ban parking across the street from driveways.
Agreed to restrict truck parking on Commerce Drive from Lexington to about 700 feet to the east.