Latest News: January 2011

Impact fee moratorium push stalls
The Ledger, FL - January 31, 2011
I see the rush to get rid impact fees in hopes that it will encourage some developer to invest money if they can get out of paying their fair share for clogging the roads or the parks or the emergency response system may be losing steam. I noticed that officials in ...

Impact fees on agenda at Waimea meeting
Hawaii 24/7 - January 31, 2011
“Would I have to pay an impact fee if I built a dog house on my lot?” Don’t laugh! It’s a legitimate concern raised by a Hawaii Island resident recently during a discussion about what impact fees would mean to Hawaii County. The answer: No! But questions will be ...

Our Views: Paying for roads
Florida Today, FL - January 30, 2011
Emergency measures make sense in times of emergency. That's the situation for Brevard County leaders trying to spur the economy and create jobs.  County commissioners are taking a reasonable step if they vote as expected early next month to extend a two-year ...

Our view: Impact fee plan: Lower commercial fees, keep residential flat
St. Augustine Record, FL - January 30, 2011
On paper, the solution to St. Johns County's desire to increase its commercial tax base is simple and is proposed as two options: A) Reduce the impact fees on commercial construction and increase residential fees by approximately 32 percent, or B) keep ...

Editorial: Impact Fee Debate Shows Backward Thinking on Growth Objectives
The Bradenton Times, FL - January 29, 2011
This week, both the Manatee and Sarasota County Commissions voted in favor of developers getting a half-off deal for road impact fees on new construction. The votes served to renew debate between those who advocate smart growth and others who view ...

Viewpoint: School impact fees needed in Santa Rosa County
Pensacola News Journal, FL - January 29, 2011
A recent PNJ article indicates that the Santa Rosa County School District is in violation of the Florida class size amendment and could face a penalty of $318,000. How could this happen in our county when Escambia County's schools are in compliance? The answer ...

Kissimmee wants to maintain impact fees
Orlando Sentinel, FL - January 29, 2011
Kissimmee Commissioners have decided not to implement an impact-fee moratorium on new commercial construction similar to one adopted recently by Osceola County. Staff advised commissioners that it would be hard to make up for the $1.3 million in revenue ...

More than $1.5 million in impact fees collected
Martinsburg Journal, WV - January 28, 2011
Jefferson County collected $1,564,678 in impact fees during 2010, according to the Annual Report on Impact Fees presented to the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday. Mark Schiavone, the county's impact fee coordinator and department of capital ...

Sarasota reduces road impact fees
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - January 27, 2011
Road impact fees for the county will be cut in half for two years in an effort to boost the struggling home building industry. On Wednesday, the County Commission voted 4-1 to reduce the fees on building permits issued before Feb. 1, 2013. To remain qualified, a project ...

Florence plans new ways to spur downtown development
TriValley Central, AZ - January 27, 2011
The town no longer automatically exempts the downtown area and North Florence from impact fees, but plans to provide other incentives for development. The Town Council unanimously gave final approval to an ordinance to eliminate the town's impact fee ...

Impact fee changes explored
St. Augustine Record, FL - January 26, 2011
St. Johns County's residential impact fees should be higher, and commercial and industrial fees set lower, according to a study released Tuesday by James C. Nicholas Ph.D., a University of Florida emeritus professor of law, economics and urban planning. St. ...

Commission OKs impact fee reduction
Bradenton Herald, FL - January 26, 2011
Stoked by a glowing report on job creation, the Manatee County Commission on Tuesday vowed to extend incentives for developers who build new homes and businesses here. Commissioners voted 5-2 to authorize the drafting of two ordinances that would extend the ...

Commissioners Approve Draft Ordinances Extending Impact Fee Reductions
The Bradenton Times, FL - January 26, 2011
After a lengthy discussion and mostly civil debate at Tuesday’s regular meeting, County Commissioners approved a motion (5-2) to have County Administrator Ed Hunzeker draft ordinances to extend the current two year county and education impact fee reductions ...

City Council miffed about the TIFs
Lake Chelan Mirror, WA - January 26, 2011
Consultant, Perry Shea made a presentation to the Chelan City Council members Jan. 13 asking them to consider adopting a Traffic Impact Fee to help fund $3.2 million worth of traffic safety projects. While most council members understood the need to collect fees ...

Could changes be coming to Kent's traffic impact fees?
PNW Local News, WA - January 26, 2011
It may not feel like a battle won, but for the Kent business community, a meeting Monday at Kent City Hall may have felt at least like a hurdle cleared. The meeting, attended by city staff, local business people and the City Council’s Economic Community ...

Odenton Should Have Its Own Impact Fee Zone, Leaders Say
Patch, MD - January 26, 2011
Local businesses and community leaders will ask the county to shrink the transportation impact fee zone around Odenton to ensure that money raised from new development in town goes back to road upgrades nearby. The West Anne Arundel County Chamber ...

Impact fee waived to lure businesses to downtown
Delta County Independent, CO - January 26, 2011
During the Jan. 20 Cedaredge Town Council meeting the trustees approved Ordinance 2011-2, to revise the Street and Circulation Impact Fee Regulation, effectively removing the street circulation impact fees in the B-1 zoning area (W. Main St.) as an incentive to ...

Impact fee cuts gain traction
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - January 25, 2011
Governments that long relied on impact fees charged to developers are backing off from charging the fees as a way to stimulate construction and the economy. Developers could get a break on impact fees for another two years in Manatee County and may ...

Sunday exclusive: Southwest Florida attitude shift helps business
The News-Press, FL - January 25, 2011
The recession has hobbled Southwest Florida's construction industry and inflated unemployment, but it has also encouraged local governments to slash bureaucracy and fees for businesses able to grow. From Cape Coral to Naples, governments are taking a more ...

Environmental group opposes reduced impact fees
Bradenton Herald, FL - January 25, 2011
A local environmental watchdog group warns Manatee County will be a “less desirable place to live” if the county commission approves a plan to extend impact fee reductions. Manasota-88, a group of volunteer activists based in Nokomis, sent a letter to county ...

City council decision on impact fees
The Spokesman Review, WA - January 25, 2011
Taxes on new development will be significantly lower than proposed thanks to a last-minute decision by the Spokane City Council. With a 4-2 vote, the council on Monday approved impact fees to pay for street projects expected to alleviate traffic congestion. Last ...

Bellingham will lower developers' fees if they can reduce traffic impacts
Bellingham Herald, WA - January 25, 2011
Developers will get breaks on transportation impact fees if they build in some urban locations and reduce the traffic to and from their projects. The City Council on Monday, Jan. 24, voted 5-2, with Michael Lilliquist and Jack Weiss opposed, to approve the transportation ...

County impact fee workshop tomorrow
Historic City News, FL - January 24, 2011
Within the next 60 days, Historic City News is anticipating that the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will adopt “impact fee” structures associated with findings made in a recent study completed by Dr. James Nicholas of the University of Florida. The ...

Midlothian renews growth incentives
Waxahachie Daily Light, TX - January 24, 2011
Last year, Midlothian became the first and perhaps only community in North Texas to waive all residential impact fees as a means of jumpstarting its housing market. Encouraged by the program’s success in 2010, at its Jan. 11 meeting, the city council voted ...

County Commission workshop on impact fees set for Feb. 1
Citrus Daily, FL - January 24, 2011
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special public workshop on impact fees on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 5:01 p.m., in the county commission chambers at the County Courthouse, in Inverness. Interested members of the public may appear at the ...

Lower impact fees could continue
Bradenton Herald, FL - January 23, 2011
A reduction in the fees levied on builders for new construction is doing its job jolting the Manatee County economy, developers and government officials say. But they insist that job is far from finished. Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker will propose to county ...

Impact fee workshop scheduled
St. Augustine Record, FL - January 22, 2011
The St. Johns County Board of Commissioners and the St. Johns County School Board will hold a joint workshop Tuesday to consider a recent report on impact fees, according to a press release. The St. Johns County Board of Commissioners and the St. Johns County ...

County's new plan could replace road impact fees with higher fees
Gainesville Sun, FL - January 22, 2011
The last piece of the puzzle in Alachua County's plan to shift future growth toward densely built multi-use developments also is the piece most likely to cause waves within the area's building industry. For future development, it would do away with transportation ...

Trustees consider suspending impact fee to attract business
Delta County Independent, CO - January 20, 2011
During the Jan. 13 work session, the Cedaredge trustees discussed at length the suspension of its street circulation impact fees for businesses located in the B-1 Zoning area (W. Main St.) as an incentive to encourage new businesses to consider the downtown ...

Lake Wales to pay for impact fee study
News Chief, FL - January 20, 2011
Lake Wales will soon have a new study to redefine its impact fees. On Tuesday night, the Lake Wales City Commission voted 3-2 to pay $24,975 to Clarion Associates of Chapel Hill, N.C., to do a new impact fee study for the city. Commissioners Michael Carter and John Paul ...

City council debates changes to local impact fees
Mountain Home News, ID - January 20, 2011
Looking to encourage future construction in the Mountain Home area, the city council debated proposed changes to fees included in local building permits. During its Jan. 10 meeting, the city council looked at three proposals involving the city's impact fees that could make...

Bartow's Impact Fee Vote Is Postponed
The Ledger, FL - January 20, 2011
City commissioners in Bartow are postponing a decision on a proposal to suspend impact fees until the economy rebounds. During a work session this week, commissioners said the burden for funding additional services that are mandated by growth would ...

Kingman Council to consider impact of development fees tonight
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - January 18, 2011
The Kingman City Council is scheduled to discuss the city's development investment fee policy at its meeting this afternoon, reopening a can of worms that has become increasingly contentious since the onset of the nationwide recession several years ago. It's ...

First Coast's developers call for moratorium on impact fees to boost jobs
Jacksonville Times Union, FL - January 17, 2011
For years, builders gritted their teeth when they wrote big-dollar checks for impact fees and fair share payments assessed by local governments. The growth-management programs generated money for government to build roads, schools and parks. When the ...

Sewer settlement going to judge for OK
KeysNet, FL - January 15, 2011
The Marathon City Council on Tuesday approved the parameters of a final settlement in a long-running sewer-fees lawsuit with the Key RV mobile-home park. The two sides reached court-mediated settlement on Sept. 21 and at least 60 percent of the park's 201 homeowners ...

AP tables water readiness fee idea
News-Sun, FL - January 14, 2011
Avon Park's city council voted 5-0 to indefinitely table the final reading of an ordinance that would charge each resident a "readiness to serve" fee for water that is turned off and asked staff to come back with more numbers about costs concerning water hook-ups ...

City to give developer around $1 million in impact fee credit for building sewer lines
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - January 12, 2011
The city of Bozeman plans to reimburse a Great Falls developer between $600,000 and $1.1 million for building the Huffine Lane and Fowler Avenue intersection and installing a sewer line to serve the area.  The Bozeman City Commission voted 4-1 Monday night to ...

Impact fee suspension recommended
Bizjournals.com, FL - January 12, 2011
At its Jan. 11 meeting, the School Board of Orange County recommended the Orange County Board of County Commissioners suspend an automatic impact fee increase due to take effect Jan. 28. The current school impact fee structure automatically increases ...

West Dundee looking at costs savings for it, builders
Chicago Sun-Times, IL - January 12, 2011
The village board this week discussed ways to save money for both the village and home builders. The first item up for debate was the possible integration of police departments for the villages of East and West Dundee and Sleepy Hollow. The villages last week got ...

Lincoln impact fee frozen for fourth year
Lincoln Journal Star, NE - January 10, 2011
Impact fees -- the money builders pay to offset the cost of providing city services to new subdivisions -- has not gone up for four years. The Lincoln City Council voted unanimously Monday to keep the fees at the 2007 level, acknowledging the continuing drop in new ...

City officials consider impact fee
The Wenatchee World Online, WA - January 10, 2011
New homes built around the Broadview subdivision at the western edge of Wenatchee many soon require a new $5,000 impact fee to pay for future road improvements. The city is moving forward with plans to impose its first-ever developer impact fees. Bridgeport ...

City to consider developer's more than $1 million impact fee credit request
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - January 9, 2011
The Great Falls development company that built Rosauers Supermarket and the surrounding Bozeman Gateway subdivision wants more than $1 million from the city of Bozeman for road and sewer line improvements it made when it built the shopping center...

Street work may increase cost of building
Albany Demcrat Herald, NY - January 8, 2011
If the city council agrees, the cost of building a house in Albany would rise in order to help pay for improvements in the citywide street system. The council meets at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at City Hall. Among the agenda items are a public hearing and ...

Local, state officials must tackle growth problems
The State, SC - January 7, 2011
While it's necessary to make road improvements such as a planned $12 million project to address growth-driven traffic woes around the town of Lexington, it’s even more important for officials to do a better job of planning. In short, they must make better ...

Wakulla County Residents Challenge County Impact Fees
WCTV, FL - January 7, 2011
Some folks in Wakulla County are challenging the mandatory impact fees needed for both residential and commercial properties in the county. Lucy Ward, who lives in Wakulla County and is against the impact fees says, "I think these impact fees is what's ...

New infill incentive district approved
TriValley Central, AZ - January 6, 2011
The town’s practice the last few years of encouraging building in the town core and North Florence by exempting those areas from impact fees is ending, to be replaced by new rules to consider such waivers case-by-case. The Town Council passed a resolution establishing ...

Lathrop imposing fee to pay for Roth & I-5 interchange work
Manteca, CA - January 6, 2011
Developers in North Lathrop are going to have to dig a little deeper when it comes to covering the cost of municipal services that their projects impact. On Monday the Lathrop City Council approved a transportation impact fee for the northern portion of Lathrop ...

Developers to be assessed impact fees for new schools
Maui News, HI - January 6, 2011
Landowners who want to build new housing units in Central, South and West Maui will soon have to pay new "impact fees" for the construction of new school facilities. The state Department of Education announced Wednesday that it would immediately begin ...

Lindon tables discussion of new impact fees
Daily Herald, UT - January 6, 2011
After much discussion and debate, including negative feedback from Lindon residents and businesses, Lindon City Council members voted to table the proposed public safety impact fee and will not discuss or consider the issue until further notice. Council members ...

Dickinson Impact Fees
KFYR-TV, ND - January 5, 2011
Someone has to pay for all the water and sewer connections, along with roads, curbs and gutters in Dickinson`s new housing developments. During the last oil boom, the city covered much of the cost and got burned when the boom went bust and people moved ...

City approves impact fees
Dickinson Press, ND - January 5, 2011
A new, high-end development is one step closer to coming to fruition and two private landowners will be special assessed thousands of dollars after the Dickinson City Commission approved an impact fee program application during a meeting Monday evening ...

Development fees rise in Arundel for 2011
Bizjournals.com, MD - January 5, 2011
The cost of building went up significantly in Anne Arundel County with the new year, as a new set of fees charged to developers goes into effect after two years in the works. Jan. 1 marked the third step in an overhaul of the county’s impact fee program, put into place back ...

Goldwater Institute seeks to overturn impact-fee ruling
Arizona Republic, AZ - January 4, 2011
The Goldwater Institute is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a November Court of Appeals ruling that validated Mesa's practice of assessing new-home buyers a fee that is used to enhance the city's museums and cultural programs. The Appeals Court ...

Planning Board members nix impact fee ordinance
Seacoastonline.com. - January 4, 2011
Planning Board members took time to consider a citizens petition proposing implementation of an impact fee at their final meeting of the year. The petition was filed by Albert Abramson and other registered voters for inclusion in the 2011 Town Warrant. ...

Popular Zephyrhills flea market trying to resolve fee dispute
Tbo.com, FL - January 3, 2011
The owners of a popular flea market say they're working with city officials to resolve a dispute over unpaid fees that have the city threatening to shut down the market. The city council is scheduled to vote at its Jan. 10 meeting on whether to revoke the conditional ...

Burgaw officials consider outcome of lifting of impact fee
StarNewsOnline.com, SC - January 2, 2011
Lifting impact fees for a year may help one proposed housing project in Burgaw, but town commissioners are considering whether such a moratorium is best for the town. Former county Commissioner Norwood Blanchard requested that the town waive impact fees for ...

 
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