Yarmouth Planning Board to get revised plan from Tyler Technologies

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YARMOUTH — Tyler Technologies is scheduled to go before the Planning Board next week for final site plan review of its proposed expansion.

The Plano, Texas-based software company on Dec. 9 will present a plan to build offices for about 575 new employees by 2024. The company, which presented a conceptual plan to the Planning Board in July, wants to build a four-story addition with 112,000 square feet of space at its Tyler Drive location.

Combined with offices on Route 1 in Falmouth, Tyler employs 525 people. The company, which had revenues of $493 million last year and employs 3,100 people across the country, said the expansion would grow the number of local jobs to 1,100 over the next 10 years. The project is expected to cost $17.5 million.

The company has made some changes to its original application, with the biggest having to do with the stormwater management system. According to Economic Development Director Denise Clavette, the change was made because of abutters’ concerns. 

The company’s original plan was to remove 25 trees and put in drainage basins at the edge of the property, which Clavette said neighbors opposed. Now, Tyler has decided to put the drainage system beneath the parking lot.

Town Planner Alex Jaegerman said the company has also decided to trim 15 feet off the edge of the parking lot to create a larger vegetation buffer between the company and its neighbors. 

Tyler has also amended a waiver that was submitted about the parking lot.

In July, it asked for 3.7 parking spots for every 1,000 square feet of building, compared to the three spaces for every 1,000 square feet allowed by current zoning. In its final application, the company is asking for 4.18 spaces per 1,000 square feet, which would increase the number of parking spaces from 177 to 645.

Clavette and the economic development advisory board have expressed support for the project.

“We are very excited that our economic development activities are already paying off and that Tyler Technologies has chosen Yarmouth for this major expansion,” Clavette said. 

The advisory board chairman, Peter Haynes, and vice chairwoman, Deborah Wathen-Finn, wrote to the Planning Board in support of the project, saying it will keep employment in Maine and diversify the town’s tax base. They also said it will generate $3 million to $4 million in new property tax revenue over the next 10 years.

“With few new sites available for business growth here in Yarmouth, business retention and business expansion are a key strategies we need to embrace,” Haynes and Wathen-Finn said. “(The project) sets the stage for strategic future growth here in Yarmouth, and will have many positive economic and community development benefits.”

Tyler Technologies, a publicly owned company, creates software products for government and schools, including enterprise resource planning, payroll and human resources, public safety, courts, vital records, tax appraisal, student information and transportation. The company’s resource planning and school divisions are based in Yarmouth.

If OK’d by the Planning Board, the project would still need approval from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, which Jaegerman said is expected by April.

That would put the company on schedule to begin construction in June and finish by October 2017.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

Yarmouth’s Tyler Technologies is presenting a final site plan application to the Planning Board on Dec. 9 for its expansion project, which would create 575 jobs over the next 10 years.

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  • Jay Waterman

    Glad the project is happening, but the 645 spaces seems like a huge jump for 575 new jobs over 10 years. Could they phase in new parking? Also 112,000 sf / 1000 sf per parking space X 4.18 is only 468 new spaces. How about a “Tyler Bus” from the 500-space Park and Ride that is so close?

    • Two Cents

      While that would make sense if the building was strictly office space, it’s also home to multiple large conference centers. Employees and clients from across the country regularly come to Yarmouth for meetings and conferences held there, which when filled to capacity, may still exceed the proposed available parking at that facility. The parking lots also serve as public parking for access to the trail network around the Tyler property.