Tampa construction fees climb listen10/18/07 Mitch E. Perry
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The Tampa City Council this morning agreed to raise the fees for commercial construction by 75 percent and residential construction fees will rise 10 percent.
Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena asked Cyndy Miller, the director of growth management and development, what could be done to speed up the permitting process, which she said is a loud source of criticism within the development community.
The Council approved a motion from Construction Service and the Fire Chief on how the time to review developments has improved in six months.
On a separate topic, Councilman Thomas Scott said he wanted to have city staff review whether construction fees can be waived for affordable housing programs. That led to a separate discussion on the cityâ€™s determination to tell developers to include sidewalks in their plans.
Councilman Charlie Miranda said the city must review its sidewalk process.
Councilwoman Linda Saulâ€“Sena said sidewalks are a great addition to enhancing neighborhoods. She said she hoped the council could conduct a workshop on sidewalks in the near future that would include neighborhood association members as well as developers.