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4/26/2012

County to consider added incentives to boost local job sites

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Axel Swanson, Commissioners' Office
Phone: (360) 397-2232
Axel.Swanson@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – The Board of County Commissioners is considering additional actions to encourage employers to develop local work sites.

Proposed incentives will be the focus of public hearings before the Board on Tuesday, May 1. The 6 p.m. hearing will be in the sixth-floor of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. Contrary to previous notices, the hearing will not be held at 10 a.m. that day.

The proposals would:

• Extend deadlines to complete projects that received preliminary approval between June 1, 2004 and December 31, 2007.

• Waive or reduce development and application fees for certain projects that create at least 15 jobs.

• Waive or reduce traffic impact fees for projects that qualify for development fee waivers and create at least 15 jobs.

• Provide more flexibility to ensure road capacity to serve specific projects under state and local “concurrency” requirements.

• Create an option to pay traffic impact fees in installments over a five-year period, rather than a lump sum.

Documents spelling out details are available on the county website at http://www.clark.wa.gov/bocc/calendar/hearing_agenda.html or from the Commissioners’ Office, Public Service Center, Sixth Floor, 1300 Franklin St.

The Board approved similar measures in 2010 and 2011. Most recently, county incentives were cited as a factor in bringing the proposed $1 million headquarters of TennMax to the Minnehaha area of unincorporated Clark County.

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