Latest News: January 2009

Chamber calls for impact fee moratorium
Yuma Sun, AZ - January 30, 2009
These economic hard times, with businesses closing their doors and people losing their jobs, call for some new solutions to jumpstart the economy, said a business leader who is proposing a temporary suspension of impact fees.    "Local jobs are disappearing in...

Some Miami-Dade commissioners fear negative result if impact fee moratorium proposal comes to fruition
Miami Today, FL - January 29, 2009
Outlawing localities from collecting impact fees for the next three years could help keep Florida's economy moving during the recession, the state senator proposing the ban says.  But Miami-Dade commissioners fear the moratorium, if passed, would be a $60....

Miami-Dade OKs first road impact fee hike in 15 years
Miami Today, FL - January 29, 2009
Miami-Dade County's road impact fees are to rise for the first time in 15 years after commissioners approved a hike last week, some torn over whether developers can handle added costs in an already-strained economy.    The county collects the fees from builders...

Impact Fees Still Wise?
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - January 29, 2009
In this time of recession, is it still wise for local governments to shift the costs of growth from folks who already live here to folks who relocate here? Or should local governments wait for better times to order such shifts, the favorite instrument for which is the...

Senior living development seeks waiver of school fees
Morris Daily Herald, IL - January 29, 2009
Ethan Properties is considering building a three-component facility just west of Jewel-Osco in Minooka, on the north side of U.S 6.  Cass Wennlund approached the Minooka Community School District 201 Board at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday night asking...

Pasco County School District scales back request to raise impact fees
Tampbay.com, FL - January 29, 2009
For the second time in 14 months, the Pasco County School District has cut the level of its requested impact fee increase.  Slipping property costs have led a district consultant to revise the fee recommendation downward by $377, to $8,606 per new...

No impact fees in 2009
Navarre Press, FL - January 29, 2009
The Santa Rosa County Commission today approved waiving impact fees for projects granted building permits in 2009 in an effort to encourage residential and commercial construction.   Developers already paying impact fees don't have to make another payment...

Impact Fees
Palatka Daily News, FL - January 28, 2009
A proposal to suspend Putnam County's impact fee on new construction appears destined for approval next month.  The suspension, which would last about six months, is touted as a way to spur the local building industry, but it also has been embraced by...

City Council approves exemption to traffic impact fees
Issaquah Press, WA - January 27, 2009
City Council members unanimously approved amendments to several of the city's traffic impact fees Jan. 20, in hopes of making it easier to find tenants to fill vacant storefronts. The bill exempts up to 10,000 square feet of commercial development proposals...

Tide Turning Against Traffic Impact Fees
Flathead Beacon, MT - January 27, 2009
The recession that has cut such a deep and painful swathe through the Flathead economy may well take yet another casualty: Kalispell's proposed transportation impact fees. At another work session Monday night to discuss the proposed fees, it was clear most...

Impact-fee bill passes in state Senate
Charleston Post Courier, SC - January 27, 2009
A bill to make developers help pay for the cost of new schools around town made its way through the state Senate on Tuesday. The legislation, written by Sen. Mike Rose, R-Summerville, would allow the Dorchester District 2 school board to impose impact fees...

Volusia officials to tackle affordable housing incentives
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - January 27, 2009
Building affordable housing could get a lot easier under plans being floated in unincorporated Volusia County.  For affordable housing, lower impact fees would be paid as part of a property owner's tax bill, and smaller lot sizes would be allowed as incentives in a...

City halts road impact fees
Naperville Sun, IL - January 26, 2009
In an effort to attract more commercial business in Naperville, the City Council unanimously approved a moratorium on road impact fees for one year. "I think we need to do something to stimulate employment here and sales," Councilman Doug Krause said at...

Proposed fee to be debated by supervisors
TheReporter.com, CA - January 25, 2009
County supervisors on Tuesday will discuss whether a plan to create as much as $7,000 in transportation impact fees per new home is ready to release to the public. County leaders in December floated the idea of creating the impact fee to help pay for $164 million in...

Kalispell Council Differs on Road Impact Fees
Flathead Beacon, MT - January 22, 2009
Several council members expressed deep reservations about the plan. Councilman Bob Hafferman said the fees were too high, and should be reduced by about 75 percent, but the methodology to arrive at those fees was sound. Councilman Tim Kluesner, however, questioned the...

Board members debate future of impact fees
Palatka Daily News, FL - January 21, 2009
While no vote or action was taken, it appeared that a majority of county commissioners favored doing at least something to reduce or suspend impact fees, while a majority of school board members were reluctant to touch them. Tuesday's joint meeting came about after...

What's true reason of impact fee cut?
Bradenton Herald, FL - January 21, 2009
It is amazing to hear that Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston believes that reducing impact fees in the City of Bradenton will positively affect the housing slump and thereby our local economy. Perhaps it is just another bone to throw to local developers by local government...

Road impact fees out for some on Old 41
The News-Press, FL - January 21, 2009
The city's plan, approved 5-0, will forgive road impact fees - fees the city charges to help pay for road improvements - for certain businesses that open or relocate to Old 41 between Dean Street and Rosemary Drive. Rex Sims, a longtime business owner on Old 41, ...

City commissioners plan to revise park impact fees
Tampa Bay Newspapers, FL - January 21, 2009
Commissioners asked their staff Jan. 12 to prepare an ordinance calling for a reduction in the recommended rate by about 33 percent. Mayor Pat Gerard said the city has to balance concern of the “wonderful” level of service that the city has against the “concern...

On the Agenda: Traffic Impact Fees...Again
Flathead Beacon, MT - January 20, 2009
Kalispell City Council meets at 7:00 p.m. tonight to vote on increased Parks and Recreation fees, as well as a number of other minor items. After the meeting, council will discuss the highly controversial implementation of road impact fees in a work session, at which no...

Bonita Springs considers dropping road fees
The News-Press, FL - January 20, 2009
When Mayor Ben Nelson and his wife Lori open the Survey Cafe on Wilson Street in Bonita Springs on Jan. 26 they'll fork over $15,000 in road impact fees to the city. The next new business that opens in the area may not be saddled with such a financial burden.  On...

Hearing on new water fees Tuesday
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - January 19, 2009
Council will conduct a public hearing to consider whether or not to raise the city's water and wastewater development investment fees - also known as impact fees - and by how much. Council members previously voted to increase the monthly rates for both water...

Council workshop takes up impact fees
Daily Inter Lake, MT - January 19, 2009
Who knows what Kalispell City Council members think of a proposed road-impact fee?  In fact, council members themselves probably don't have a feel on what the council as a whole thinks.  That haziness should clear up at 7 p.m. Tuesday during a workshop session...

NJ affordable housing payment plan shifts again
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA - January 18, 2009
Just six months after advocates for the poor heralded a new law to create more affordable housing in New Jersey, parts of it may be set aside because of the slumping economy.  Gov. Jon S. Corzine has called for a one-year moratorium on a fee charged to developers...

Medical office impact fee appeal denied
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - January 17, 2009
The Coweta County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to deny the impact fee appeal filed by Coweta County Medical Office Investors.  The appeal was first heard in November.  The developers of the medical office building on Francis Way, ...

Impact fees drain economic growth
Orlando Sentinel, FL - January 16, 2009
Rolling back impact fees is a great place to start. Impact fees are added property-use taxes, assessed when citizens seek to use land for new construction or when buildings are redeveloped for a different purpose. They are a tax on the individuals and entrepreneurs...

Deep Impact: Traffic fees increase by $3500
Hollister Free Lance, CA - January 16, 2009
Supervisors voted 3-2 this week in approving a resolution to raise the traffic improvement fees for builders to "make a nexus between the fees being brought in and the cost of completion," said Assistant County Administrative Officer Rich Inman. It raises the rates...

Impact fees halved; but real work lies ahead
Local Citrus County News, FL - January 15, 2009
"The fee schedule, should you choose to adopt it today, will be 75 percent of the original consultant's recommended level for transportation," Maidhof said. "This is a 50 percent reduction of what was already being collected." The effective date for the lower fees...

Jefferson County Impact Fees
WCTV, FL - January 15, 2009
The Jefferson County Courtroom was filled as residents came out to tell their elected commissioners this is no time for impact fees. Impact fees in Jefferson County were put into place in June of 2008, costing hose looking to build a home over $3,000 dollars. Many...

Housing ordinance in flux
Steamboat Pilot, CO - January 15, 2009
Members of Steamboat Springs' business and development communities believe the city's affordable housing ordinance could be vulnerable to a legal challenge, and they threatened to take such a step if swift action isn't taken to change the law.  In a memo...

Impact fee policy may have accidental upside
Sun newspapers, FL - January 15, 2009
We've made no secret about our dismay at the Charlotte County Commission's misadventures with its impact fee policy. But it now appears the commission may have accidentally backed into win-win situation that could do more to lift the area from the real estate...

Sequim considers fees on residential developers
Peninsula Daily, WA - January 14, 2009
The Sequim City Council is poised to impose a park impact fee on builders of houses, condominiums and apartments. On Monday night, the council held a public hearing on an impact-fee study just completed by the Henderson Group, a Redmond consultant the...

City reduces impact fees
Kaufman Herald, TX - January 14, 2009
With a unanimous vote, the council reduced the amount collected for street impact fees from 50 percent of projected impact costs to 5 percent for the next two years. After that the fee will jump to 10 percent in the third year, 25 percent in the fourth year and back...

Committee Recommends To Keep Impact Fees
KOLN, NE - January 14, 2009
In the report, the committee recommended the City keep its current policy when it comes to impact fees. Under the policy, it allows for an annual pre-approved inflationary increase of impact fees. However, for the last two years, the Lincoln City Council has voted...

County not ready to lower impact fees
MSNBC, FL - January 14, 2009
Many support an idea to reduce impact fees, the one-time charges on new construction to help offset costs of roads and schools. Under the plan, those fees in Collier, which are among the highest in the state, would be lowered to 2007 levels and stay frozen for two...

Rollback of fees could continue
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - January 13, 2009
County commissioners may extend an impact fee rollback for builders another six months to try to spur construction. The County Commission will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. today on an ordinance extending the expiration date of the residential and...

Charlotte County to consider tiering impact fees
Sun newspapers, FL - January 13, 2009
With tiered impact fees, Jim Fendrick, planning concurrency manager, said three regions would be identified: urban, the urban reserve and rural Charlotte County. "(A tiered impact fee structure) could better reflect the costs for individual developers," Fendrick said Monday. ...

Beaufort, Port Royal weigh benefits, costs of impact fees
Beaufort Gazette, SC - January 13, 2009
The Beaufort City Council will consider adopting a fire facilities capital improvement plan at its meeting today at 6 p.m. The Port Royal Town Council will hear a presentation Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. about a proposed library impact fee. Members of both councils said...

Collier not ready to change impact fees
Naples Daily News, FL - January 13, 2009
Collier County leaders put on hold a plan to roll back transportation impact fees. From physicians to builders, scores of business leaders from the Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce turned out to support the county Productivity Committee's...

Businesses challenge cost of road impact fees
Daily Inter Lake, MT - January 13, 2009
Not an inkling of a consensus emerged from Monday's council workshop session — other than most council members had plenty of questions and wanted to spend a lot more time talking about the issue. "We've beaten this horse to death," council member Bob...

Kalispell Council Hesitant on Road Impact Fees
Flathead Beacon, MT - January 13, 2009
In what is by now a familiar scene at Kalispell City Hall, a nearly four-hour meeting on traffic impact fees Monday consisted mainly of the city's business community railing against the proposed fees while city staff argued in favor of the fee structure. At the meeting's close, ...

Impact fees, pool work on city agenda
Southern Idagho Business, ID - January 12, 2009
According to a staff report, the proposed ordinance would set fees aside for police, fire, parks and street improvements, as well as detail the process of collecting fees and issuing refunds and exemptions. Impact fees for a single - family home would cost $1,606, retail...

Impact fees reduction to be discussed today by Collier Commissioners
Naples Daily News, FL - January 12, 2009
While the county's Productivity Committee recommended that all fees controlled by the commission -- including schools -- be frozen, county staff members are suggesting that transportation impact fees see a cut. Productivity Committee member Larry Baytos said his...

Charlotte reviewing impact fees
Sun newspapers, FL - January 11, 2009
In the fall of 2007, commissioners approved rolling back both residential and commercial impact fees that new development pays for roads, libraries and other county infrastructure. Rates were rolled back to 1998 levels, with $8,000 impact fees decreasing to...

Economy having an impact on impact fees
Naples Daily News, FL - January 11, 2009
When it comes to impact fees, a bad economy may be good for builders in Collier County.  A move is under way to reduce the county's controversial impact fees, which are among the highest in the state. The fees are one-time charges on new construction...

Seeking a boost, Bradenton might tweak impact fees
Bradenton Herald, US - January 8, 2009
Tim Polk, director of the city planning department, told the city council at its monthly work session Wednesday that his staff has researched other communities on how they provided some relief on impact fees for developers. The phasing-in of the fees based on...

BIA wants cities to freeze builder fees
Selma Enterprise, CA - January 8, 2009
In Selma and Kingsburg, both city managers say they're willing to come to the table to discuss the issue, but also say they can't make a decision on the matter. The city councils of Selma and Kingsburg can only decide if they'll approve such a measure, both city...

Committee split over Kalispell road impact fees
Daily Inter Lake, MT - January 8, 2009
"It's time to have the council make the decision," Reckin said. "If we wait too long, it becomes a moot point because development would already be out there," he said, referring to north Kalispell's commercial area where several major projects are on the drawing...

County might suspend impact fees
Bradford County Telegraph, FL - January 8, 2009
The county commission is talking about a moratorium on collecting impact fees as a way to stimulate jobs and economic growth; and moreover, it would like the city of Starke to do the same.  Impact fees were approved in anticipation of a growth spurt in Bradford...

Can impact fee changes spark local economy?
Bradenton Herald, FL - January 8, 2009
The economic slump has slowed construction of new homes and commercial buildings, sparking discussions on ways to stimulate growth among developers and builders.  Some ideas floated to accomplish this are the elimination, suspension or deferring of...

Crotty's plan to slash impact fees gets chilly reception
Orlando Sentinel, FL - January 7, 2009
Crotty's plan calls for reductions of up to 50 percent in the impact fees developers pay to offset traffic caused by their projects. It would lower similar school levies by 25 percent. The discounts, which could be voted on by April, would last two years, unless...

Debating Impact Fees' Necessity
The Ledger, FL - January 5, 2009
Commissioner Randy Wilkinson said it may be that now that the cost of new homes has decreased, the amount of the fees are more noticeable tacked on the cost of a $120,000 home than they were when the homes were selling for $300,000. When the consultant...

Development impact fee increase overdue for DHS
The Desert Sun, CA - January 4, 2009
Hikes in the fees, which help fund city growth improvements like police and fire stations, new streets and parks have not increased in nine years. City officials are considering an increase from about $4,000 to $15,500. Yes, it's quite a jump. There should have been...

Impact Fees Rise In Orange County
MyNC.com, NC - January 2, 2009
Higher impact fees are now in effect in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. That's the fee contractors pay to cover infrastructure improvement costs. The fee jumped 38 percent to just over $6,000. Originally it cost builders about $4,400 per home. And the increases...

 
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