Marble Falls waives building fees
January 23, 2014, 6:23 pm by
To encourage residential building, The Marble Falls city council voted to waive all building permit fees, subcontractor permit fees and water and wastewater utility/tap connection fees for conventionally site-built single family homes within the city limits for one year through January 2015.
The waiving of the fees will kick start the 2014 Build Marble Falls initiative, a partnership between The City of Marble Falls and the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation (MFEDC), in partnership with the Hill Country Builders Association (HCBA).
The push to encourage builders comes with the construction of large projects in the area including The Hurd Regional Medical Center and the amount of people they are bringing to the area.
"We are going to have a lot of people working here with the opening of the hospital and if there aren’t [residential] options they are going to go to other communities… and it’s more likely that is where they will do their spending,” said Director of Development Services Caleb Kraenzel.
"We’re just trying to create more options and more inventory for residence in
Falls, which is going to make the community healthier and more self sustaining.” The motion to waive the fees was not supported by Mayor Pro-Tem Jane Marie Hurst, who said that the council should wait to see the effects of their September movement to slash the average associated costs of building in the city from $5,616.69 to $3,055.78.
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They are claiming that there are about 500 building lots available to put homes on. Some of those lots are in the Lake marble Falls subdivision which was annexed in 2008 but has YET to have water and/or sewage lines run to those land owners. They don,t even have the roads built.. Without all these things builders wont build on these lots. They need to take these out of that 500 figure.
January 29, 2014, 8:29am by Roy
Bravo Jane Marie for saying NO to such a bad idea.
The whole point of the hospital was to create good paying jobs while filling a critical need in the community. One of the economic byproducts of such an initiative is the new demand for housing. That demand would be met by enterprising local builders regardless of any discounting of fees. They are all hungry for work and deserve to have the City's help to insure that the City isn't trying to lure new builders from outside the area to come in and compete with them.
What builders need is an inventory of entitled lots, relaxation on some of the subdivision ordinance and building code requirements that do more to drive up their costs than the permitting fees.
Those additional new permitting and building fees would be exactly what Marble Falls needs to fund its own building initiatives to improve City Streets, upgrade aging utilities and expand its parks and common areas. City officials would rather make its citizens continue to pay for such things with taxes. This is a missed opportunity for some tax relief for the citizens of Marble Falls.
January 26, 2014, 5:59am by Annonomous
Hmm. So they are trying to encourage building more homes by having a no fee time period. Could this be a backdoor way to Finally get homes started in the Flatrock development which was all the rage in 2010 but has yet to put up any homes? Or maybe help the Falling Waters project to kick off. And why do they think folks will actually Build in town when they can go to anyone of numerous developments surrounding the city and not have to pay the cities outrageous taxes but still get the benefits of the hospital and shopping nearby?.
January 24, 2014, 1:37pm by Steve