Latest News: January 2013

Tualatin City Council to address raising water rates, system improvements
Oregonian.com, OR - January 29, 2013
Tualatin residents could see increased water rates starting next year. City Council plans to propose a 4.25 percent increase for next year to fund improvements to the city’s water supply that is slowly becoming outpaced by projected growth. If improvements to Tualatin’s system ...

City Commission carries over impact fee discussion
Bozeman Chronicle, MT - January 29, 2013
The Bozeman City Commission will make another run at a resolution to set impact fees charged on new construction to pay for city streets. Discussion of the resolution ran late at Monday night's meeting, and with the mayor absent, commissioners decided to carry over the issue ...

City’s Impact Fee Ordinance Faces Legal Challenges
Albuquerque Journal, NM - January 24, 2013
The city of Albuquerque faces a pair of legal challenges to its new impact fee ordinance from companies who say the new system established fees so low that it ruined the value of credits they earned under the old system. Developer Curb Inc. filed a notice of appeal earlier...

Residents, officials argue against impact fee moratorium
Naples Daily News, FL - January 23, 2013
A steady stream of residents and county officials urged Lee County commissioners on Tuesday to reconsider a proposed 2-year moratorium on impact fees. More than two dozen people spoke during a 3-hour hearing on the proposal during Tuesday's commission meeting, ...

Londonderry digs for impact fee answers
Union Leader, NH - January 22, 2013
Representatives from the firm that conducts the town's audits were grilled this week about how the mismanagement of the town's impact fee program could have gone on for so long.  "Now that we've discovered there's been a problem with the impact fees, I wonder if this was...

Lee County's quality of life will suffer with impact fee freeze
News-press.com, FL - January 21, 2013
Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann Sr. First elected to the commission in 2006. Reelected in 2008. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. And there’s no such thing as “free impact fees.” Put simply, if impact fees, paid for by new residents for the most part, don’t pay for ...

Ernst: Arbitrary impact fee decision is a mistake
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - January 17, 2013
After a 90-minute discussion about numbers, drama at the end of a County Commission meeting underscored the fact that impact fees remain a hot-button topic in Sarasota County. On Wednesday, the commissioners had just voted to keep impact fees at an artificially ...

Lee County votes on impact fee
NaplesNews.com. FL - January 17, 2013
Bonita Springs officials are worried that a proposed two-year moratorium on the collection of county impact fees could affect the city's bottom line. The Lee County Commission will discuss the moratorium, meant to give the local building industry a boost, during its Jan. 22 meeting. ...

At least three Lee commissioners leaning toward impact fee moratorium
NaplesNew.com, FL - January 15, 2013
At least three Lee County commissioners either support or are leaning toward supporting a 2-year moratorium on impact fees to give the local housing industry a boost. But they won't make any decisions until the public weighs in first. Commissioners discussed the proposal for about ...

Fort Worth's proposed impact fee hike too high, business groups warn
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - January 15, 2013
A proposed increase in Fort Worth city impact fees on new development to help pay for arterials is too high, and could endanger the nascent rebound in the local housing market and push construction to neighboring suburbs, real estate and business groups told the City ...

Builders win delay of Palm Beach County 'impact fee' increase
South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - January 15, 2013
Builders' concerns persuaded the Palm Beach County Commission Tuesday to delay fee increases on construction of new homes and businesses.  Palm Beach County hasn't raised "impact fees" since 2006, due to concerns about the drop off in home building.  Builders argue ...

Impact Fee Audit Now Underway
LondonderryPatch.com, NH - January 15, 2013
Per court order, Londonderry has hired Melanson Heath and Company, PC to audit the town's complete record of impact fee collections and expenditures starting in 1994, Acting Town Manager William Hart announced Monday evening. Hart said he chose the consulting firm ...

Lee commissioners to discuss temporary impact fee moratorium
NaplesNew.com, FL - January 13, 2013
Building in Lee County could become a lot cheaper — at least temporarily. During their management and planning meeting Monday, Lee County Commissioners are expected to discuss a 2-year moratorium on impact fees. The proposal, spearheaded by Commissioner John ...

Impact fee equivocating should end
Tampa Bay Times, FL - January 9, 2013
Hernando County commissioners on Tuesday begrudgingly acknowledged they must have a better plan for the future by asking new residents to pay their fair share for government services. A three-year experiment of reduced impact fees failed to re-energize the home-building ...

Impact fee restructuring under way at City of Prescott
The Daily Courier, AZ - January 9, 2013
After August 2014, new homebuilders in Prescott can expect myriad changes in the impact fees they pay to the city. Prominent among the changes will be the likely elimination of two of the fee categories: parks and library. And, depending on the findings of a rate study that ...

Judge: 'Widespread Misfeasance' in Impact Fee Case
Patch.com, NH - January 8, 2013
A judge has ordered the town to hire an independent auditor to audit Londonderry's impact fee collections and expenditures over the past two decades. Rockingham Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling issued an order dated Dec. 31, 2012 requiring the town to employ ...

Whitefish studies impact-fee fate
Daily Inter Lake, MT - January 5, 2013
A committee tasked with reviewing Whitefish’s impact fees has recommended for a second time that the city should drop some of the fees. The committee will present its findings to the Whitefish City Council on Monday. Then it’s up to the council whether to schedule a vote ...

St. Tammany Parish Council lowers impact fees on developers
Times Picayune, LA - January 4, 2013
Effective immediately, developers in St. Tammany Parish will pay significantly lower impact fees to parish government to offset the effects their projects have on drainage and traffic. After a brief discussion and a few questions from the public, the Parish Council voted 11-0, with ...

 
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