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Court orders Metro Bank to pay higher impact fee

The Commonwealth Court upheld a lower court’s decision ordering Metro Bank to pay the full fee requested by a Lancaster County municipality to cover the impact of a new branch.

The bank and the Manheim Township Board of Commissioners had been embroiled in legal wrangling for more than two years because of a transportation impact fee of roughly $124,000 imposed on the bank as a requirement to open a branch at 3199 Lititz Pike.

The board calculated a $124,356.10 fee, but Metro asked the board to recalculate the amount. A transportation study by Metro calculated the impact fee at $53,133.97.

A transportation impact fee pays the municipality for the strain on its infrastructure created by new construction.

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The issue at hand was the number of cars that would “pass by” the branch once it was built. Metro wanted to discount the pass-by trips, Manheim Township’s commissioners said those trips should be considered and used in the calculation of the impact fee.

In October, the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County ruled for the township, and Commonwealth Court upheld the decision Thursday.

Michael Sadowski

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