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Londonderry

November 14, 2013

Updated impact fee rules approved

LONDONDERRY — The town will have an updated impact fee ordinance.

Town councilors gave their OK to the improved fee structure at a meeting Nov. 4.

The upgrades come after a Superior Court judge ruled last December that Londonderry had serious flaws in the way impact fees were handled and documented.

The ruling came after the town asked for guidance on how to refund more than $1.2 million in impact fees collected erroneously or not spent within the required six-year time frame.

An audit of the town’s impact fee records revealed many discrepancies, missing records and other errors dating back many years.

The impact fee program was suspended during that time.

“I’m confident at this point that the revised ordinance will bring the town in line with the state statutes,” town attorney Mike Ramsdell said. “This will bring in completely up to date.”

Most of the changes are in language revisions and better definitions of fee structures and how fees are collected, Ramsdell said.

He said the town should keep it’s fee suspension in place until the updated program begins.

Councilors said there is more to do.

“We still have homework we have to do,” Council Chairman John Farrell said. “We are just starting the process.”

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