Canal Winchester Village Council is considering an ordinance that compiles all development fees into one comprehensive document.

Canal Winchester Village Council is considering an ordinance that compiles all development fees into one comprehensive document.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Allan Neimayer said he gathered fees from 12 different village ordinances into one all-encompassing ordinance to "make it much easier to administer" the fees and allow developers to easily "do their own numbers."

"We became aware that we've got development fees scattered all over," Neimayer said. "What we're trying to accomplish with this is to pull all our development fees into one ordinance. This ordinance will supersede anything previously written."

The proposed ordinance covers zoning, building, water system, fire protection and sanitary sewer system capacity fees.

One new fee included in the legislation sets up charges for after-hours inspections. Any inspections done after normal workday hours or on weekends performed by or for any municipal department would cost $150 for the first two hours and $50 for each hour thereafter.

Neimayer said the after-hours inspection fee is necessary to correctly compensate the planning and zoning officials responsible for them. The after-hours fees would keep building department expenditures from going below their budgeted amounts as well, he said.

The proposed ordinance updates what are called technical review group plan review fees. Such fees have been charged to developers on a case-by-case basis. Neimayer said with the new fees, a developer will be "charged up front" at a rate of $900 for two rounds of review, plus $450 for each additional round of plan review.

Technical review group fees apply when a developer's plan requires further study from an engineering group. Neimayer said examples would include large developments, such as Meijer and Greenfield Development Co., which wants to build a health care campus near the Meijer site.

The ordinance also calls for 3-percent increases to the technical review group fees in every even-numbered year beginning Jan. 1, 2010 or until canceled by council.

Neimayer said the increases will keep the document pertinent in coming years, allowing council members to update the fees only when they see fit, instead of every year.