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Lebanon, NH, implements new development fees

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LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - The head of the Chamber of Commerce in Lebanon, N.H., says a plan to subject much of the city's nonresidential development to new fees could stifle new projects.

The Valley News reports that the city's Planning Board recently approved fees ranging from 5 cents per square-foot for nursing homes to 18 cents per square-foot for office and commercial services, with the money going toward a four-mile recreational trail network connecting downtown to West Lebanon.

Paul Boucher, president of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, said businesses support the greenway project but the new fees would hinder future business development. Nicole Cormen, the City Council representative to the Planning Board, countered that development adds to the cost of city services.

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