No fees likely for flood victims rebuilding or repairing

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 3:50pm

Nashville flood victims will likely have another year of free building permits. 

As a way to alleviate some financial strain for those who experienced home damages during Nashville’s historic flood, the Metro Council in May voted to eliminate fees for flood victims applying for permits to rebuild or repair.

Under the bill passed by the council, however, the waiver is set to expire in 30 days.

A new ordinance, sponsored by council members Rip Ryman and Eric Crafton, would extend the deadline through June 2011, a move intended to accommodate Nashvillians who could be rebuilding for months ahead. The bill is set to go before the council on first reading on July 6.

“There’s a wide range of support for this,” Ryman said. “Hindsight’s always 20/20, but we probably should have made it longer to begin with.”

A timing issue may arise. By the time the bill would be approved by council on third and final reading, the June 30 deadline will have passed.

“The codes department knows about this,” Ryman assured, adding that the department wouldn’t apply fees to victims during the period.