Auburn generates advancement incentive application that would lower development costs for U.S. armed forces veterans

AUBURN — A proposed progress incentive application would do away with constructing permit expenses for veterans, and lower industrial building charges in fifty percent.

A very first looking through on the proposal handed unanimously previous 7 days, and town officers see the adjust as a continuation of endeavours to stimulate housing growth and creating rehabilitation in Auburn.

If permitted by the City Council following week, the ordinance modifications would remove household building and rehabilitation permitting service fees for veterans, widowers of veterans, or contractors doing the job on behalf of veterans. Fees for commercial building would also get a 50% reduction.

City administration believes the incentive is the very first of its sort in Maine.

“This is absolutely distinctive, and I feel a very useful method that will assistance Auburn in its quest to rehabilitate and entice new residents,” Mayor Jason Levesque said very last 7 days.

The ordinance passed 7- in a 1st examining and will receive a ultimate reading Monday.

Brian Wood, deputy town manager, mentioned Wednesday that he “has not come across” any other municipality that has structured a system in the identical way, by way of concentrating on permitting costs.

Wood claimed he sees the alter as “one piece of a broader effort” to motivate growth and offer incentives to attract new citizens. He stated officers have also been hunting at how to encourage recent people to keep, and in response to the state’s housing crunch, make it less difficult for people to transition into distinctive forms of housing.

Maine also has a substantial proportion residents with military provider, producing the plan “seem like a all-natural healthy,” Wood claimed.

In his the latest “state of the city” deal with, Mayor Levesque named for a dramatic increase in housing development, stating that Auburn could accommodate 2,000 new single-spouse and children houses, or an additional 6,000 people above the up coming five to seven yrs.

Given that then, the Metropolis Council has handed a sequence of zoning amendments, together with growing type-centered code, in order to stimulate making rehabilitation and infill growth in vacant town loads.

“I’m wanting ahead to the Metropolis Council’s second and remaining vote on the veteran allow exemption ordinance I launched quite a few months in the past,” Levesque reported Wednesday. “This goes past being veteran-pleasant, this is part of an ongoing energy to carry extra veterans, no matter if they are retired or continue to servicing in the Countrywide Guard or reserves, to our metropolis. Our group will be much better with them residing, functioning and investing listed here.”

According to the proposal, veterans looking for to establish housing or to rehabilitate an existing house will have all expenses waived or reimbursed at the time of permit approval. The exemption applies to proprietor-occupied single-loved ones and multifamily qualities up to three models.

The exemption does not apply to point out fees administered by the town.

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