Latest News: January 2008

Supervisors lower traffic impact fees
North County Times, CA - January 31, 2008
A divided group of supervisors voted Wednesday to slash traffic impact fees by up to 40 percent for commercial developers, even though supporters and opponents alike said the cuts didn't go far enough. Before voting 3-2 to cut the fees, the San Diego ...

Impact fees may double
News & Observer, NC - January 30, 2008
The City Council could vote as early as May on a plan to double the impact fees Raleigh imposes on new housing. The city's Budget and Economic Development Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to place raising impact fees on the April 15 agenda of a public ...

Sycamore again debates impact fees
MidWeek, IL - January 30, 2008
Impact fees have, once again, become a topic of debate among Sycamore leaders. During a recent ad hoc committee meeting, officials from the Sycamore Park Board requested that their impact fees be increased. Representatives from the Sycamore School ...

Raising impact fees bad idea for a hurting housing market
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - January 30, 2008
You don't stimulate a stagnant housing market by tacking exorbitant fees onto the cost of a new home. In fact, it's very likely you can go from bad to worse. So if Palm Beach County commissioners are concerned about the slumping real estate industry, and the ...

Sarah Heard: Impact-fee calculations need to be forward-looking
TCPalm, FL - January 30, 2008
Most local governments and school districts in Florida collect impact fees on all new construction. These fees help to offset the impacts of new residents on schools, roads, emergency services, law enforcement and many other services and facilities. The notion ...

APFs may be repealed
Stanly News & Press, NC - January 30, 2008
Money for school construction currently being supplemented by residential growth may become a taxpayer burden if proposed state legislation goes through. The collection of residential development fees to ensure adequate public facilities in Stanly and other North ...

County traffic impact fees stalled again
Maui News, HI - January 29, 2008
The county has waited 20 years for traffic impact fees, and it appears the wait isn't over yet. A key study needed to implement the fees was completed in 2003, but County Council members say the $187,000 study now is outdated and needs to be either updated ...

Building fees would cost much less under measure
Examiner.com - January 29, 2008
Builders would pay much less for the growth-related costs of new homes in Virginia, under a Senate bill that would overhaul the development-fee system. Advocates say the proposal would lower the cost of new homes, while critics claim it would leave local ...

Sneak Attack
Washington Post, DC - January 29, 2008
FOR MORE than 30 years, Fairfax County, now this region's largest jurisdiction, has benefited from a fragile balance of power between property developers and local government. Under a system devised in the 1970s and since adopted throughout the state, developers ...

Big impact fees eyed for new homes in Palm Beach County
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - January 29, 2008
While existing home prices throughout South Florida continue to drop, the cost of buying a newly constructed house in Palm Beach County would substantially increase if commissioners adopt a consultant's recommendation to increase impact fees. Impact fees are ...

Transportation impact fee stays as is
Tampa Bay Newspapers, FL - January 29, 2008
Despite increases in construction costs of 21 percent, the (Pinellas) Board of County Commissioners voted 6-1 on Jan. 22 to leave the county’s transportation impact fees as they are. Commissioner Robert Stewart voted no. A county ordinance requires that the TIF ...

Plan To Increase Impact Fees OKd By City Committee
NBC 17.com, NC - January 29, 2008
Some homebuilders may choose not to construct new homes if a fee hike is approved by the City Council. A Raleigh City Council Committee gave the green light to a plan that would double impact fees for new construction. The money from those fees will help ...

Lee commishes look to aid local economy
The News-Press, FL - January 29, 2008
Lee County commissioners began exploring ways to energize the ailing economy at a meeting Tuesday. County Manager Don Stilwell broached the possibility of waiving impact fees, which are one-time fees of thousands of dollars the county charges to builders ...

Builders say excessive regulations have priced some families out of market
Springfield Business Journal, MO - January 28, 2008
Ed Alden understands firsthand the difficulties that local home builders and developers face. Alden, vice president of construction for Stenger Homes, is among the developers fighting rising building costs caused by ever-increasing governmental regulations. ...

Utility panel votes to defer fee payment for residents
Appleton Post Crescent, USA - January 28, 2008
Town (Menasha) officials are extending an olive branch to residents still upset over a $932-per-acre special assessment imposed for extending the northwest interceptor sewer across town-owned parkland. The Town Utility District Commission last week voted ...

Building Costs Deal Blow to Local Budgets
New York Times, NY - January 28, 2008
State and local governments in many parts of the country are struggling to pay for roads, bridges and other building projects because of rising construction costs, adding another burden to budgets already stressed by the troubled housing market. The ...

Housing Boom Loses Volume
Tampa Tribune, FL - January 27, 2008
When Stew Gibbons moved to Connerton, the air rang with the sounds of construction. The banging hammers and beeping concrete trucks have largely fallen silent. The state's moribund housing market has become a shadow of what it was when Gibbons' company ...

Impact fee ordinance appears to be dead in the water
Anderson Independent Mail (subscription), SC - January 26, 2008
A proposed impact fee for Anderson County is on hold for now. The Anderson County Planning Commission has studied the effect impact fees would have and approved a draft ordinance last month. But a majority of Anderson County Council members say they ...

Antrim Township heads toward impact fees
Chambersburg Public Opinion, PA - January 26, 2008
Antrim Township is positioned to become the third municipality in Franklin County to assess fees on new development to offset the cost of road improvements. It's too early to tell how successful Washington and Greene townships will be with their transportation ...

Timing of impact fees elicits skepticism
Lake City Reporter, FL - January 26, 2008
In an effort to keep up with the demand for services resulting from an influx of new residents that had homes built in Columbia County during the recent real estate boom that turned bust, a comprehensive Impact Fee ordinance and an educational facilities ...

State should approve impact fees for schools
Beaufort Gazette, SC - January 26, 2008
Gov. Mark Sanford is a fiscal tightwad, so when he says that state lawmakers need to examine the 30-plus-year-old Home Rule legislation to allow county governments to charge newcomers to build schools, you know the state has a problem. The problem is that ...

A closer look at impact fees
Pinnacle News, CA - January 25, 2008
After years of slow growth, an unprecedented number of large developments are planned in Hollister and San Benito County in the next decade. As a result, city and county staff are reviewing the fees associated with applications for new projects. The challenge ...

County mulls cutting traffic-impact fees
North County Times, CA - January 25, 2008
County supervisors next week will consider drastically reducing the traffic-impact fees they adopted two years ago over howls of protest. Fees to build strip malls, shopping centers, fast-food restaurants, offices, industrial projects and other development  ...

Washington City passes impact fee
St. George Daily Spectrum, UT - January 25, 2008
After listening to several area contractors speak against the ordinance, the Washington City Council voted to approve a new Parks and Recreation Impact Fee. The new ordinance raised the previous Parks and Recreation Impact Fee of $1,000 to $4,000. ...

Answer to impact fee dilemma lies in Columbia
Hilton Head Island Packet, SC - January 24, 2008
We would be the last to discourage Bluffton from negotiating new impact fees for schools. But the discussion at Tuesday's Town Council meeting about what to do for new construction under development agreements already in place illustrates this very ...

Schools Want Impact Fee Hike
Tampa Tribune, FL - January 24, 2008
The Pasco County School Board wants the county commission to increase the school impact fee - and do it as quickly as possible. The board approved a resolution Tuesday asking the commission to raise the fee on residential construction to the amount suggested in ...

Developments will pay new fees in Destin
The Northwest Florida Daily News, FL - January 24, 2008
Imposing increased fees on new Destin development is preferable to building roads and sidewalks with bond money, City Councilor Jim Bagby says. If the city doesn't impose fees that cover the impact of new condos and homes on Destin's roads, parks and libraries, ...

Citing housing dip, Jackson rejects fees
Online Athens (subscription), GA - January 23, 2008
The Jackson County Commission shot down a proposal Monday night to impose impact fees, citing the burden the fees would place on an already depressed housing market and the cost to develop the program. In a 3-1 vote, District 1 Commissioner Tom Crow was the...

County OKs Impact Fee Committee
Tampa Tribune, FL - January 23, 2008
The Highlands County commissioners have decided to appoint a citizens review committee to give them advice on whether to raise, lower, suspend or even replace impact fees as a way to finance infrastructure. But how that committee will be chosen and what ...

Mayor unveils impact fee plan
Today's News-Herald, AZ - January 23, 2008
The rate of impact fees on new residential and commercial development would be slashed dramatically under a new proposal unveiled by Mayor Mark Nexsen at a monthly gathering for area builders Wednesday night. "I think that we need to start at some ...

Naples’ first impact fee increase in 11 years may be on the way
Bonitanews (subscription), FL - January 23, 2008
The cost of growth is on the rise. Naples City Council on Wednesday approved the first reading of an ordinance that would increase impact fees in the coming months. If approved in a second reading and vote, the increase would be the first that Naples residents have seen ...

Impact fees get mixed reviews in Antrim
Echo Pilot, PA - January 23, 2008
The pros and cons of a transportation impact fee imposed on building projects in Antrim Township were debated at a special Board of Supervisors meeting Jan. 15. The board wanted information prior to making a decision whether to move forward or drop the idea, said ...

Council launches own impact fee study
Annapolis Capital, MD - January 23, 2008
Facing the politically risky choice of imposing as much as a ten-fold increase in the impact fees the county charges developers, the County Council last night decided to hire its own expert to study the numbers. The council was wary of the results of the original study ...

Paying for growth
Roanoke Times, VA - January 23, 2008
Legislation sponsored by Sen. John Watkins, R-Chesterfield, that would allow localities to replace voluntary "proffers" with mandatory impact fees is a good starting point. Local officials are suspicious of the bill because it is supported by homebuilders -- and it would ...

Impact fees may be revised in Naples
Bonitanews (subscription), FL - January 22, 2008
Naples residents could soon start to feel the impact of the city’s growth. Naples City Council is expected to discuss a new impact fee schedule during today’s meeting. If approved, this will be the first time the city’s impact fees have been raised in about a decade. ...

Impact fees may increase to fund public safety improvements
Eagle Tribune, MA - January 21, 2008
Developers may have to chip in more money to help cover the cost of public safety and recreation facilities in town. Since 1998, developers have been required to pay fees to help cover capital improvements for Windham schools. Now, town planners are considering ...

Leopold to propose big impact fee boost
Baltimore Sun, MD - January 20, 2008
A sweeping proposal to raise impact fees on new construction in Anne Arundel County by as much as twelvefold is scheduled to be introduced this week, but lawmakers are suggesting it is dead on arrival. Relying on a study by a nationally known consultant, ...

County weighs proposed hike in impact fees
Palm Beach Post, FL - January 20, 2008
Existing-home prices continue to drop, but buyers of new homes in Palm Beach County may soon see prices jump. The reason: a proposed increase in impact fees, which are tacked onto the price of a new home to pay for costs associated with growth, such as new...

Bill would replace proffers with impact fees on developments
The Free Lance-Star, VA - January 20, 2008
The way in which localities get development to pay for itself could change dramatically under a new bill introduced in the General Assembly. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Watkins, R-Chesterfield, and backed by the Virginia home builders lobby, would eliminate ...

Impact fees may increase to fund public safety improvements
Eagle Tribune, MA - January 20, 2008
Developers may have to chip in more money to help cover the cost of public safety and recreation facilities in town. Since 1998, developers have been required to pay fees to help cover capital improvements for Windham schools. Now, town planners are considering ...

Political Hot Button Raises Head Again
Tampa Tribune, FL - January 20, 2008
Hillsborough County commissioners are right to explore ways to stimulate the economy, but they're wrong to suggest cutting impact fees in half. Developers pay impact fees to offset the impact their projects have on schools, roads and water services. ...

Impact Fees Insignificant Compared To Lifetime Of Property Taxes
Tampa Tribune, FL - January 19, 2008
Impact fees are an important pay-as-you-use tax/fee, and recent concern about raising them in a real estate market slump is unjustified. First of all, whether the tax is $9,000+ as it is now or $14,000 as it has been proposed (but then voted against) is ...

Bill would put cost of growth on developers
Roanoke Times, VA - January 19, 2008
A Richmond-area state senator introduced legislation Friday that would, if passed, give high-growth localities around the state the right to charge developers impact fees to pay for schools, roads and public safety buildings. Franklin County and Montgomery County ...

Higher fees for enlarged homes OK'd
San Gabriel Valley Tribune, CA - January 19, 2008
Homeowners adding a bedroom or otherwise expanding the square footage of their dwellings could end up paying thousands of dollars in city fees, money that will be used to pay for parks and recreational services, City Council members decided last week. Bigger homes ...

Development Fees Add Costs To Home Building
Springdale Morning News, AR - January 19, 2008
Location, location, location is the mantra for real estate agents trying to sell a house. Location also plays a major role in the building of homes. In addition to the varying cost of lots in Northwest Arkansas cities, the fees charged by cities also vary. Calculating ...

Homebuilders want to overhaul system of payments for more subdivision units
Examiner.com - January 17, 2008
Virginia homebuilders are pushing the General Assembly to overhaul the cash payment system for each new home in a subdivision for a new system of impact fees for transportation, schools and safety investment. After fighting such an overhaul for years, ...

Impact Fee Study Raises Questions
Tampa Tribune, FL - January 17, 2008
Even though the Hernando County Builders Association may be thrilled with the Hernando County School Board's decision not to raise impact fees, their financial economist says the board consultant's recent impact fee study is "grossly flawed." In a report sent ...

North Port may slice impact fees
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - January 16, 2008
Eager to lure businesses to North Port, the city will review the impact fees it charges commercial builders to see whether cuts could provide a competitive edge. On Tuesday, the commission said it would look at the fees charged by neighboring governments for shopping ...

'Impact fees' are part of growth vocabulary
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - January 16, 2008
Ask 100 people about how, or if, Tucson should grow and you'll get 100 different responses. But listening to anyone in a position to do anything about growth — government official, environmental advocate, homebuilder — can be an exercise in frustration ...

Antrim Township close to making decision on impact fees
Hagerstown Morning Herald, MD - January 16, 2008
After considering transportation impact fees for two years, the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors held a special work session Tuesday to further discuss the matter. A decision is expected to be made Jan. 22, according to Supervisor Samuel Miller. ...

Proposal to raise impact fees has some Martin County residents up in arms
Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription), FL - January 16, 2008
The Martin County School Board is still building new schools, providing work for the ailing the construction industry, but a proposal to raise school impact fees on new houses by about $1,000 would hurt the industry, several local leaders said Tuesday. The County ...

Bonita impact fees ahead of predictions
Marconews (subscription), FL - January 16, 2008
A few months into a new budget year, Bonita Springs has one piece of good news: impact fee collections are coming in more quickly than expected. City Finance Director Lisa Griggs Roberson said impact fee collections totaled about $986,000 in the first quarter -- about 61 ...

Bozeman officials approve impact fee changes
KPAX-TV, MT - January 16, 2008
Members of the Bozeman City Commissioners have officially adopted road impact fees at 60% which means that people planning to build a single family home will be charged a one time fee of just over $3,200. That's up from just under $2,400 with previous fees. Meanwhile, ...

Home Builders Group Suing Richland County
Free Times, SC - January 16, 2008
The Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia is suing Richland County, charging that the county passed an impact fee when Richland increased its sewer tap fee from $2,200 to $4,000 last year. The Home Builders Association claims that the increase fails to ...

Impact fee increase meets friction on County Council : Some call for another study
Annapolis Capital, MD - January 16, 2008
County Executive John R. Leopold's proposal for as much as a ten-fold hike in impact fees met hostile scrutiny from county councilmen yesterday. During a three-hour work session, councilmen dissected the 32-page consultant's study, which showed Anne Arundel ...

Shaky Economy Halts Talks of Impact Fee Hike
Tampa Tribune, FL - January 16, 2008
Nice study, but the timing is wrong. That was the message delivered Tuesday afternoon by members of the Hernando County School Board to a roomful of concerned citizens during a workshop in which members opted to ignore a recent recommendation to increase ...

Impact Fees Get A 5% Raise
Tampa Tribune, FL - January 16, 2008
Going to build a new church? The impact fee has gone up another 5 percent, according to a new schedule released by the Highlands County building official's office. The charge is now $1,528 per 1,000 square feet. Last year, impact fees were adopted at 25 percent ...

Water hook-up fee plan questioned
Pacific Daily News, GU - January 15, 2008
Guam Waterworks Authority administrators and the Consolidated Commission on Utilities met to discuss the possibility of implementing a system development charge, which would make the owners of newly constructed buildings pay a fee when they tap into Guam's ...

Fuzzy math brings second look at impact fees
Frederick News Post, MD - January 14, 2008
The city will revisit an impact fee proposal that would have cost builders thousands more dollars to construct new homes and businesses within city limits. Mayor Jeff Holtzinger said a "math error" was partly to blame for the prices that stunned many developers. ...

Lee office space overbuilt as economy slows
The News-Press, FL - January 14, 2008
I wish there was some positive news about our Lee County office market to report. It had been much fun watching the office market values and occupancy rates climb steadily over the first half of this decade. But the second half is not fun so far Our soft Lee ...

Proposal calls for impact fee boost
Palm Beach Post, FL - January 13, 2008
Existing-home prices continue to drop, but buyers of new homes in Palm Beach County may soon see prices jump. The reason: a proposed increase in impact fees, which are tacked onto the price of a new home to pay for costs associated with growth, such as new...

Road impact fee OK'd by Sanford council
Foster's Daily Democrat, NH - January 10, 2008
Building a new single-family home in Sanford will now cost an additional $708. A developer who builds new apartments will pay an additional $435 per unit. The Town Council approved a "Road Impact Fee Ordinance" last week to help pay for needed improvements ...

Decision on impact fees deferred
Richmond Times Dispatch, VA - January 10, 2008
A plan to require transportation impact fees will ride on for consideration another day in Chesterfield County. The county Board of Supervisors, with four new members, voted yesterday to delay action on the issue for at least 30 days to get answers to some ...

County denies developer's request to lower impact fees
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - January 9, 2008
A developer of a condominium in Placida requested an appeal to a 2006 ordinance regarding the application of impact fees, as his company started the project prior to the new rates A developer might pursue legal action against Charlotte County, claiming his ...

Manatee toes the line on impact fee bump
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - January 9, 2008
It would be a stretch to call the county's plans to defer small scheduled impact-fee increases this year a boon to area builders. Even so, most county commissioners on Tuesday said the decision to hold off on the 2.5 percent uptick probably could not hurt. "This ...

County defers impact-fee jump
Bradenton Herald, FL - January 9, 2008
County officials tried to nudge the ailing housing industry Tuesday by holding off an annual increase of impact fees, a government tax placed on new homes to offset their effect on the community. County commissioners were divided over whether to adopt the 2.5 ...

Arkansas AG says city water-rate rise not for impact
Legal News Line, DC - January 9, 2008
Arkansas Attorney General McDaniel has given the legal nod to a controversial fee added to residents' water bills that appeared to violate a new state law. McDaniel wrote State Rep. John Wells on Dec. 11 that increased water rates by City Council did not ...

New mayor outlines goals for city
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - January 8, 2008
As Bozeman's new mayor, Kaaren Jacobson said Monday that she hopes to increase road impact fees to pay for growth, reversing a recent decision by the former city commission. The issue is a major challenge facing Bozeman, Jacobson told a crowd of more than ...

Residents, officials want more time to mull over proposed impact fees
Amador Ledger-Dispatch, CA - January 8, 2008
An hour-and-a-half public hearing with most attendees stating they did not have enough time to review the information at hand led the Sutter Creek City Council to continue a public hearing on a matter time sensitive to the proposed Gold Rush Ranch and Golf ...

Anne Arundel embraces impact fees
Examiner.com - January 5, 2008
Executive John R. Leopold is proposing substantial increases in the fees developers pay to build in the county. Leopold’s draft legislation was unveiled during Thursday night’s Planning meeting, which held a public hearing on the bill. Developers pay impact fees when ...

Editorial: Waivers must assist economy
TCPalm, FL - January 5, 2008
The economy is teetering on the edge of a potential recession; tax and insurance rates continue to dampen the housing market; property values are declining; the jobless rate in St. Lucie County is among the highest in the state, and local governments ...

Attorney General Says Water Fee Legal
Fort Smith Times Record, AR - January 4, 2008
A development fee added to city of Booneville water bills last spring did not violate 2007 state legislation, a Dec. 11 attorney general’s opinion states. On April 23, the Booneville City Council passed a 25 cents per 1,000 gallons water development fee to help cover ...

Land fee plan gets little support
Joliet Herald News, IL - January 4, 2008
Although a special committee has been brainstorming for several years the possibility of creating a new land development fee to fund road improvements throughout Will County, there doesn't seem to be much support for their ideas. At least for now. The members of ...

Lake city might stop charging supplemental school-impact fee
Orlando Sentinel, FL - January 4, 2008
Lake County's recent decision to raise school-impact fees by 32 percent may prompt city officials to drop their own additional fees to help local schools.City Council members are expected Monday to repeal a supplemental educational assistance fee -- or gap fee -- ...

Home builders: Show link between impact fees, schools
Examiner.com - January 3, 2008
The bitter pill of raising fees for home builders might be easier to swallow if Anne Arundel could guarantee the revenue would benefit the schools where the new housing is being built, officials said. "We would hope in exchange for the industry to absorb the higher ...

First of 2 impact fee workshops being held today
Florida Times-Union, FL - January 3, 2008
The first of two workshops about the proposed Clay County road impact fee will be held Friday. Commissioner Rob Bradley will lead a 9 a.m. session on how the fee ordinance will address economic development. The second session, lead by Commissioner ...

Councilors mull effects of traffic impact fees
KeepMEcurrent.com, ME - January 2, 2008
A proposed new impact fee expected to be approved by the Sanford town council on Wednesday, Jan. 2 has some worried the measure will counteract the town's efforts to promote economic development. Last month the Sanford town council reviewed a proposed ...

Lee road, park projects may suffer as housing fees decline
Marconews (subscription), FL - January 2, 2008
A drop in Lee County revenues because of a lack of new housing permits could force officials to cut some road and park projects planned for the year, county leaders said Wednesday. Though the fiscal year is 25 percent complete, Lee County has only collected ...

 
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