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(1) The town shall require the fees from the applicant for the following activities, in accordance with the provisions of this chapter:

(a) Threshold Determination. For every environmental checklist, the town will review when it is lead agency, and the town shall collect a fee from the proponent of the proposal prior to undertaking the threshold determination. The time periods provided in this chapter shall not begin to run until payment of the fee.

(b) Environmental Impact Statement.

(i) When the town is the lead agency for a proposal requiring an EIS and the responsible official determines that the EIS shall be prepared by employees of the town, the town may charge and collect a reasonable fee from any applicant to cover the costs incurred by the town in preparing the EIS. The responsible official shall advise the applicant of the projected costs for the EIS prior to actual preparation; the applicant shall post bond or otherwise ensure payment of such costs.

(ii) The responsible official may determine that the town will contract directly with a consultant for preparation of an EIS or a portion of the EIS, for activities initiated by some person or entity other than the town and may bill such costs and expenses directly to the applicant. The town may require the applicant to post bond or otherwise ensure payment of such costs. Such consultants shall be selected after input from the applicant, after a call for proposals. The town shall have the final decision on the selection of the consultant.

(iii) If a proposal is modified so that an EIS is no longer required, the responsible official shall refund any fees collected under subsection (1)(b)(i) or (1)(b)(ii) of this section which remain after incurred costs are paid.

(c) The town may collect a reasonable fee from an applicant to cover the cost of meeting the public notice requirements of this chapter relating to the applicant’s proposal.

(d) The town shall not collect a fee for performing its duties as a consulted agency.

(e) The town may charge any person for copies of any document prepared under this chapter, and for mailing the document, in a manner provided by the town’s resolution on public records disclosure. (Ord. 581 § 2, 2016)