Town Center District Parking Issue
Posted in the Boyertown Forum
#1 Mar 3, 2012
The people who came to the “Police and Public Safety Committee” meeting at Boyertown Borough Hall on February 1, 2012, to express their opposition to removing parking on one side of the street on East Philadelphia Avenue within the Town Center District were subsequently characterized in an unfavorable light at the following meeting on February 29, 2012, by Mayor Deery who initiated the effort to remove parking on one side.
The dirty little secret that need be shared with everyone is the fact that zoning has recently been changed within the Town Center District to permit the reduction of off-street parking requirements in the Town Center District if the applicant commits to “pay a fee-in-lieu-of” providing a certain number of required off-street parking spaces for providing housing.
It is my opinion that “pay a fee-in-lieu-of” is unconstitutional and should be abolished because it places the burden of paying for the mess that is created upon the local taxpayer given the fact that the fee can be waived or isn’t sufficient to create a nearby parking area by local government.
So, by removing parking on one side of the street and allowing for more residents without the off-street parking requirement a child would recognize that local government is creating an even bigger problem for the community and creating a huge burden for the local taxpayer by having to pay the bill for the solution.
Therefore, the good people who came out to the meeting on February 1, 2012, to express their opposition to removing parking should be proud of their efforts because the facts didn’t support what was proposed.
Clayton M. Leister
#2 Mar 5, 2012
"Pay a fee-in-lieu-of" is a "pay to play" scheme invented by some government entities; and, it is nothing more than an attempt at a LEGAL bribe.
It is a sad day for America when schemes like this are even contemplated.
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