Latest News: January 2010

Jefferson County Commission eyes changes to impact fees
Martinsburg Journal, WV - January 29, 2010
The number of impact fees being collected in Jefferson County has taken a tumble with the economic downturn, and some say that in order to reverse that trend the fees themselves may need to be decreased. "In these times, we're losing jobs and we are ...

Some say impact fees hurting growth in Washington Township
The Herald-Mail, PA - January 28, 2010
Impact fees designed to pay for a $16.7 million relief route are hurting commercial growth in Washington Township, Pa., developers and Realtors told township supervisors on Wednesday. Representatives of at least 10 major housing and commercial ...

Impact fee deferment tabled
St. George Daily Spectrum, UT - January 28, 2010
A motion for deferment of impact fees for the Bristol Park Townhomes was tabled by Washington City Council members Wednesday with three ayes and one nay vote cast. Roger Carter, city manager, said Chuck Spilker, developer of Bristol Park Townhomes approached ...

NM fire chief highlights impact of impact fees
FireRescue1, NM - January 28, 2010
There's something of a squeeze on funding for the Santa Fe County Fire Department, according to Chief Stan Holden. Holden attended a meeting of the Edgewood Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday to help explain the fire department's position as it relates to ...

Eliminating fees not enough for economy
Seminole Chronicle, FL - January 27, 2010
Last week, the mayors of Oviedo and Winter Springs spoke at a luncheon of the Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce to discuss the state of each city. The economic outlook in the near future isn't as bright as it was a few years ago. The local ...

Prescott braces for $3M shortfall
Daily Courier, AZ - January 26, 2010
With everything from state-shared income tax to city sales tax taking a major hit this year, the City of Prescott will have a $3 million obstacle to overcome when it compiles its general-fund budget for the next fiscal year. During the second installment of the Prescott ...

Pamlico County braces for water impact fees lawsuit
New Bern Sun Journal, NC - January 26, 2010
The Pamlico County commissioners, bracing for a possible lawsuit from the developers of a failed upscale Stonewall subdivision, have turned down a second request for a $3 million refund of water impact fees. An attorney for Cutter Bay developers RR Development North ...

BIA wants Manteca to slash growth fees 50%
Manteca Bulletin, CA - January 26, 2010
The Building Industry Association of the Delta wants Manteca to reduce all growth impact fees for three years in a bid to rev up new housing construction. That request is part of a six-point plan the BIA has submitted to Manteca. It is in response to the council ...

Impact of development fees far-reaching
Yuma Sun, AZ - January 25, 2010
There is a common impression that the city of Yuma's development impact fees - money which is charged to cover city infrastructure and service costs - only impact the "rich guys," the ones who put in large developments. The reality is that they also touch ordinary ...

Jerome Co. puts impact fees on hold
Twin Falls Times-News, ID - January 24, 2010
The Jerome County Commission on Tuesday put proposed impact fees on new construction on hold, until July at the earliest, following a recommendation that additional fees might be counterproductive to a slumping economy. Impact fees are levied against new commercial ...

High Springs suspends impact fees for half-year
High Springs Herald, FL - January 22, 2010
With home building at a crawl in High Springs due to the recession, the High Springs City Commission voted to suspend nearly $3,500 in fees that normally are charged to connect a home to the city's sewer system. The fees, called impact fees, will not be charged for ...

Commissioners reworking methodology for impact fees
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - January 21, 2010
The latest set of proposed changes to Coweta County's impact fees reduces the fees for transportation, but not enough to suit the Coweta County Commissioners. The commissioners heard a presentation on the draft amendment to the impact fee ...

Court Rules Against Union County
The Lincoln Tribune, NC - January 20, 2010
In 2006, Union County adopted an adequate public facilities ordinance (APFO) to help pay for school construction. In a Dec. 8 ruling, the state's second highest court ruled that the county lacked the legal authority from the General Assembly to impose such an ...

Development impact fee changes supported by most building commissioners
San Francisco Examiner (blog), CA - January 20, 2010
A proposal to provide builders with some relief from development impact fees was supported Wednesday by a majority vote of the city commission that oversees building inspections. Mayor Gavin Newsom's proposed legislation, which is designed to help stimulate ...

Washingon Township eyes new options to pay for bypass
The Herald-Mail, PA - January 19, 2010
The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors are searching for ways to pay for development of a major road that has been halted by the recession. Washington Township Boulevard, a $16.7 million bypass project, was supposed to provide motorists an opportunity to ...

Business group decries levels of impact fees
Payson Roundup, AZ - January 19, 2010
If you ever researched opening a business, you probably quickly realized it will cost you. From impact fees with the water department to capacity fees with the sanitary district, when all is said and done, the average business owner shells out a pretty penny long ...

Midlothian Lowers Fees to Jumpstart Growth
Midlothian.com, TX - January 18, 2010
The City of Midlothian may now be the first community in North Texas to waive its impact fees as a means of jumpstarting its housing market. At its January 12th meeting, the Midlothian City Council approved an ordinance to temporarily suspend its residential ...

Development impact fee changes to be discussed in separate hearings this week
San Francisco Examiner (blog), CA - January 18, 2010
Officials during separate hearings this week will discuss a proposal by Mayor Gavin Newsom's administration to overhaul the way that The City charges development impact fees; The proposal is designed largely to stimulate construction activity. Builders and developers ...

Habitat Layoffs
Tampa Tribune, FL - January 16, 2010
It was distressing to learn of the loss of jobs at Habitat for Humanity. Worse, the decision of the county commissioners to not fund $500,000 presumably because the county doesn't have it, means the loss of $1.54 million grant money that would have been spent ...

North Okaloosa Medical Center requests $150K impact fee waiver
Crestview News Bulletin (blog), FL - January 15, 2010
At the Crestview City Council's Monday night meeting, North Okaloosa Medical Center CEO David Sanders asked the body to waive impact fees as the local hospital prepares to construct a 40-bed "patient tower." Sanders said the planned $18.2-million project will ...

State law requires farm impact studies
Manteca Bulletin, CA - January 14, 2010
Tuesday's Bulletin had an article entitled: "Redundant farm conversion studies adding to the cost of housing projects." The premise of the article is that the City requires developers to fund unnecessary farmland conversion studies when the impacts have already been ...

Ignacio approves helping store owners
The Durango Herald, CO - January 14, 2010
The Ignacio Town Board voted unanimously to waive impact fees for Ignacio Shur Valu Market, to help the business rebuild after a December 2007 fire. Gregg McClanahan and Cindy Swanemyr, co-owners of the market at 535 Goddard Ave., made the request ...

County may eliminate port area's impact fees
Bradenton Herald, FL - January 13, 2010
Adopting a new "Jobs Now" theme, the Manatee County Commission will look at a proposal to eliminate impact fees for seven years on property developed near Port Manatee. Carlos Beruff, president of Medallion Homes, suggested the moratorium on the fees ...

Rate hikes on water, sewer up for review; average monthly rate could top $100
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ - January 13, 2010
Increases in city water and sewer rates over the past four years have produced more dramatic results than even the consultant who recommended the hikes imagined they would. After Prescott raised its rates for water in 2006 and 2007, and then for sewer in 2008, ...

Lake eyes dropping fees to spur economy
Daily Commercial, FL - January 13, 2010
Lake County commissioners are considering temporarily waiving transportation impact fees to help spur commercial development and create jobs. "How do you get short-term results?" Conner said. "I would like to go through a process to waive commercial impact ...

Developer fees mulled by Sequim officials
Peninsula Daily, WA - January 13, 2010
One of Sequim's hottest buttons is to be the subject of a public forum next month, City Manager Steve Burkett said Tuesday. New developers' fees -- to help pay for parks, street improvements, a new police station and a new City Hall -- have all been discussed, ...

Collier County eyeing 5 percent across-the-board cuts this year
Naples Daily News, FL - January 12, 2010
Collier County will scramble for every penny it can capture in the upcoming year. Anticipating a 10 percent decrease in money from property tax, Collier County budget staff told commissioners Tuesday that the year ahead might call for an across-the-board 5 percent ...

City to revisit talk on proposed impact fees
Las Cruces Sun-News, FL - January 12, 2010
Should additional impact fees for major road improvements, increased public safety and drainage be assessed citywide or should they only be charged in the growth areas of Las Cruces' east and west mesa. There was no consensus Monday from city council as it discussed ...

Make the hard decision
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - January 9, 2010
Mayor John Sullivan has opened the new year with his first major proposal since the November election. In an effort to tackle the challenge of escalating utility rates due to the previous board's inability to reach consensus on the remaining portions of the ...

Pamlico sends letter to explain fee refund rejection
New Bern Sun Journal, NC - January 8, 2010
Pamlico County has sent a letter to attorneys for the failed Cutter Bay subdivision outlining why county commissioners rejected a request for nearly $3 million in water impact fee refunds. Commissioners voted unanimously earlier this week to deny a ...

Bonita building's new owners won't face impact fee
The News-Press - January 7, 2010
The owners of an empty bank building in Bonita Springs won't have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in impact fees to the city when they convert the space. Planning and zoning Manager John Dulmer said no impact fees will be charged to open a store there or to later ...

County takes step toward impact fees
Bryan County News - January 6, 2010
Bryan County is taking a tentative step toward implementing impact fees. Bill Ross with Ross & Associates presented the Bryan County Board of Commissioners a draft impact fee ordinance Tuesday during a regular meeting. The commission previously forwarded ...

Water bills are going up
Charleston Post Courier, SC - January 6, 2010
Residents urged to conserve water will now be charged more partly because they did exactly that. Mount Pleasant Waterworks' rates have been increased 9 percent, adding about $4 to the monthly bill of a typical residential customer. Customers who are used ...

Mayor proposes fee to help cover utility costs
Cape Coral Daily Breeze - January 6, 2010
Mayor John Sullivan is proposing a plan that would charge property owners who have not paid impact fees for being hooked up to city water roughly $300 - $400 a year, per property. The annual charge would help to offset the monthly utility rates being paid by current ...

Bonita Springs council waives additional impact fees for couple who already paid
Naples Daily News - January 6, 2010
A Bonita Springs couple will not have to pay impact fees to open a retail shop in an empty bank building they own. Abe and Danka Asli faced tens of thousands of dollars in impact fees because one interpretation of an ordinance would have required additional fees ...

County halts impact fees for 3 months
Ocala.com, FL - January 5, 2010
Heeding the pleas of local builders, developers and economic development authorities, Marion County commissioners on Tuesday narrowly agreed to temporarily suspend the collection of transportation impact fees as a way to stimulate the economy.  ...

Mayor proposes fee for landowners in north Cape
The News-Press, FL - January 5, 2010
Property owners of vacant land in north Cape Coral could soon be paying a special fee to help pay for the new water plant in the northern part of the city. In a memo to City Council members, mayor John Sullivan is proposing the impact fee "in order to help pay ...

Town closer to getting sewer system
Times Daily, AL - January 5, 2010
The town of Killen moved a step closer to providing a sewer system for residents.  The Alabama Department of Environmental Management, which permits these systems in the state, has opened the 30-day public comment period for an underground injection ...

Lincoln's development impact fees to remain unchanged this year
Lincoln Journal Star, NE - January 4, 2010
Development impact fees will remain unchanged this year after the Lincoln City Council voted Monday not to lower them as required by city ordinance. Impact fees were implemented in Lincoln in 2003 to offset the strain new development puts on streets, parks and ...

Collier suspends impact fee relief for affordable housing units
Naples Daily News, FL - January 1, 2010
For several years, Collier County government offered incentives to those who built affordable housing. One of those perks was deferred impact fees, large sums of money that could be paid later. But Collier County officials recently decided that's no longer an option. ...

 
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