Latest News: January 2007

Measure 37 developers should have to pay for required infrastructure
The Register-Guard, OR - January 30, 2007
The full impact of Measure 37 has become apparent only recently as counties tally the vast acreage that is subject to the more than 6,000 claims filed so far. Measure 37 is based ...

It’s commissioners’ move in impact fee debate
Cecil Whig, MD - January 30, 2007
The local legislative delegation will wait until the Cecil County commissioners chime in before deciding what to do about an impact fee ballot question.  Commissioners ...

Senator, Collier commissioners wage impact fee war of words
Naples Daily News, FL - January 30, 2007
The 2007 Florida legislative session is still more than a month away, but insults already are flying between Collier commissioners and a state lawmaker.  Collier officials are critical ... 

Officials: Terra Cotta impact fee ‘loophole’ likely to stay
Northwest Herald, IL - January 30, 2007
An impact fee "loophole" likely will not be closed, village officials said Wednesday.  Village President Michael Breseman said District 46 officials had faxed three letters ...

Impact fees set; now let's rein in spending
St. Petersburg Times, FL - January 27, 2007
No one was going to leave the County Commission meeting Thursday evening entirely happy with the board's decision on how much to raise the impact fees. But the compromise ...

County given impact fee idea
St. Petersburg Times, FL - January 26, 2007
A parade of state, county and private-sector leaders met for a Pasco Economic Development Council luncheon Friday to revisit the region's traffic problems. They spoke of broad ...

Dillon Town Council makes informal decision on impact fees
Summit Daily News, CO - January 24, 2007
The Dillon Town Council informally agreed on an impact fee policy at a work session Tuesday night, however the policy won't be formally adopted until next month. Council members ...

Low impact fees left costs of infrastructure unpaid
St. Petersburg Times, FL - January 24, 2007
Much has been said, and many opinions have been offered regarding the increase in impact fees that will come before the County Commission on Thursday. There are two ...

County will skip study on impact fees before voting
St. Petersburg Times, FL - January 24, 2007
A divided County Commission decided Tuesday to move ahead with voting on impact fees this week without conducting a study on the economic effects of increasing them.  Economic ...

Local officials react to county road impact fee
Elburn Herald, IL - January 23, 2007
Kane County officials, such as County Board member and Transportation Committee Chair Jan Carlson, said that the intent of its road impact fees is to "promote orderly economic growth," but Sugar Grove Village ...

Impact fee question awaits amendments
Cecil Whig, MD - January 23, 2007
A decision on legislation authorizing a local ballot question on impact fees will have to wait at least one week. The Cecil County delegation tabled a vote on Sen. E.J. Pipkin's proposed ...

Spanish Fork impact fees increase as city anticipates record year for building
Daily Herald, UT - January 23, 2007
Spanish Fork city officials are expecting record numbers of new homes to start going up this year, and the cost of building those homes just went up. Impact fees could have seen a ...

State attorney general rules against development tax hike
Murfreesboro Post, TN - January 22, 2007
Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper has ruled that a proposal to double Rutherford County's development fee is invalid under state law. The Rutherford County Commission ...

Sides gird for impact fee vote
St. Petersburg Times, FL - January 22, 2007
Hundreds of riled up residents crammed into a meeting room and demanded tax relief from (Citrus) county commissioners last year.  Now a similar battle is brewing. With the ...

Belleview officials reconsider recreation fees
Ocala.com, FL - January 21, 2007
Belleview city officials have come full circle when it comes to instituting a recreation impact fee.  In 2006, commissioners talked about - and eventually came up - with a ...

Brent Batten: Impact fees should be reasonable
Naples Daily News, FL - January 21, 2007
That rumbling you heard wasn't another F-16 out of Key West.  It was the sound of jaws hitting the floor at the proposed new affordable housing fee trotted out by Collier County on ...

Impact fees: What to believe?
St. Petersburg Times, FL - January 20, 2007
The looming battle over how much to raise impact fees comes down to a simple question for each of the five county commissioners: What do you believe? Do you believe that raising ...

Pipkin’s reluctance over impact fees frustrates chamber *Officials ...
Cecil Whig, MD - January 19, 2007
Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-Upper Shore) told members of the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday that he remains opposed to impact fees.  But he agreed to file legislation ...

Builders gasp at county's proposed impact fee
Naples Daily News, FL - January 19, 2007
Collier County builders have a simple response to the county's proposal to charge new construction a fee to pay for affordable housing: Let's talk. A lack of affordable housing ...

A new plan in impact fees fight
St. Petersburg Times, FL - January 17, 2007
As (Citrus) commissioners gear up for another bitter battle over impact fees next week, commission Chairman Dennis Damato says he has a new proposal. For schools and ...

Safford considers new impact fees
Eastern Arizona Courier, AZ - January 17, 2007
Rather than pass the costs for additional wastewater and water construction to current customers, the city of Safford is looking at increasing impact fees for new development.  An ...

Belleview city staff tasked with drafting construction impact fee ...
Ocala.com, FL - January 17, 2007
By unanimous agreement, a proposal to create an impact fee on new home construction - with the money collected going toward buying land for recreation - is now in the ...

Hiking impact fees due to water agreement to be discussed
Savannah Morning News, GA - January 16, 2007
Impact fees for water service could be higher in parts of Rincon getting treated surface water from Effingham County's potable water pipeline.  A review of current charges ...

PG eyes impact fee shift
Northwest Herald, IL - January 15, 2007
A sliding scale called the "Naperville Formula," predicts that five-bedroom homes will send fewer students into a school district than four-bedroom houses. And that has led some ...

Kane pushes impact plan
Kane County Chronicle, IL - January 12, 2007
Kane County officials are trying to push a new, triple-sized impact fee ordinance. During a meeting with the NorthWest News Group's Editorial Board on Thursday, County ...

Official defends tap-in fee for new water system users
Youngstown Vindicator, OH - January 12, 2007
A $500 tap-in fee for new water system users doesn't sit well with a township trustee, but a Youngstown Water Department representative said the fee, which has been in effect for ...

Affordable Housing…in Vail?
New West, MT - January 11, 2007
Like in many resort towns in the Rockies, Vail's workforce is being priced out of the local housing market, moving down-valley to more affordable digs. But the trade-off is a long ...

Woodland Hills will impose impact fee for new homes
Daily Herald, UT - January 11, 2007
At the rate Woodland Hills is growing, the main road through town is going to need some improvements, and the City Council is asking incoming residents to pick up the tab. The ...

Mayor: Impact fees unfair
Hilton Head Island Packet, SC - January 11, 2007
The mayor of Hilton Head says the town is being asked to pay more than its fair share for the impact of development off-island.  So, the town could adopt impact fees that are ...

Ivory Homes Objects to School's Impact Fee Plan
KCPW, UT - January 11, 2007
The largest home-builder in Utah is says school districts will only boost home prices in the state if they start charging fees on home construction to pay for school buildings.  "I'm ...

Impact fees getting roads built around Pima County
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - January 11, 2007
All that development going on in Pima County raised $19 million last year for roads that otherwise would have awaited taxpayer money to build.  The county's Impact Fee Program ...

Mitigation fees are approved
Colfax Record, CA - January 10, 2007
The Mitigation Impact Fees ordinance, affecting all new residential and commercial development within the city, was passed Tuesday by the Colfax City Council.  The new law ...

Developer wants real estate tax, not impact fees
Northwest Arkansas Times, AR - January 7, 2007
As the Fayetteville City Council considers impact fees for roads, one local developer is working ...

Council freezes Big Island rezoning
Honolulu Advertiser, HI - January 5, 2007
The Hawai'i County Council yesterday endorsed a temporary freeze on rezonings for all of Kona and South Kohala, sending a message to developers in those high-priced real estate ...

Gulf Shores considering impact fees
Press-Register, AL - January 4, 2007
The City Council may vote next week to start collecting impact fees on new construction -- a move that could generate more than $21 million in revenue over the next five years, ...

City says OK to impact fees: City, county and school board fees ...
Newszap Florida, FL - January 3, 2007
New businesses and residential homes within the City of Okeechobee will have impact fees imposed in the near future. This will go in line with neighboring cities and counties ...

County leaders leaning toward more-cautious public facilities law
Cecil Whig, MD - January 3, 2007
The county is looking into a long-touted proposal that ensures sufficient public services are in step with Cecil County growth, but the ordinance may undergo stark changes from ...

Birmingham raises water, sewer fees
The Decatur Daily, AL - January 1, 2007
The Birmingham Water Works will start charging a $1,000 impact fee to connect most new houses to the water system beginning today, and water and sewer bills will also rise for ...

 
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