Latest News: October 2007

North Port city plan to spur development not getting many takers
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - October 31, 2007
The city is a week into its latest move to spur the ailing construction industry, and so far it appears little has changed. On Oct. 23, North Port changed its impact fee policy to collect the money when projects are finished instead of up front when permits are issued. ...

TF moves closer to impact fees
Twin Falls Times-News, ID - October 30, 2007
After paying $44,500 to a consulting agency to determine whether impact fees costs for growth assessed to developers are necessary in Twin Falls, the City Council is making preparations to formally create a policy.On Monday, the City Council outlined to city staff ...

Concurrency memo has that fishy smell
St. Petersburg Times, FL - October 30, 2007
At first glance, you'd think the Pasco County Attorney's Office didn't like the limited snacks scheduled to be served at a joint School Board/County Commission meeting this morning. Besides the usual coffee and bottled water, it looked like the county legal staff ...

Negotiated impact fee step in right direction
Hilton Head Island Packet, SC - October 30, 2007
Beaufort County and school district officials want to charge$6,000 per home to help pay for new schools under new county development agreements. They'd like to see municipalities join them. The idea looks good and addresses a big hole in the state's impact fee ...

County resists hike in transportation fees
Grand Junction Sentinel, CO - October 28, 2007
Transportation-impact fees on new homes could be increasing as much as threefold — from $1,589 to $4,800 — in the next few years. Depending on where in the county a new home is built, that fee could vary by a couple thousand dollars. During a recent meeting of ...

Study released to county on impact fees
Daily Inter Lake, MT - October 28, 2007
In a study released to Flathead County this week, Maryland-based consulting company TischlerBise outlined the county facilities that might benefit from impact fees. The list included Flathead Parks and Recreation, the Flathead County Library System, law ...

Illegal park fee fix won't meet earlier deadline
Farmington Daily Times, NM - October 27, 2007
Farmington city staff are still months away from a solution as a self-imposed deadline to fix illegal park fees looms. "We're looking at several months if we want to keep it in-house," Community Development Director Mike Sullivan said. "We're contemplating ...

County considers road impact fees
Florida Times-Union, FL - October 26, 2007
Next month, the Clay County Commission will consider imposing transportation impact fees to finance needed road improvements. The proposed project list includes widening of County Road 209 from County Road 218 to OId Jennings Road, to create a new four-lane, ...

Plano considers doing away with impact fees
McKinney Courier Gazette, TX - October 26, 2007
The Plano City Council is considering doing away with impact fees in hopes that it would spur development in a community that has pretty well filled out its boundaries. Jeff Zimmerman, long range planner for the city, said that impact fees could serve to discourage ...

School impact fee remains undecided
Orlando Sentinel, FL - October 25, 2007
As Orange and Seminole counties raised school-impact fees this week, Lake school officials are still fighting to justify raising their fees for new development. Their biggest hurdle to date seems to be a Lake County-appointed impact-fee study group, which suggested ...

Orange, Seminole boost fees for schools
Orlando Sentinel, FL - October 24, 2007
Home builders in Orange and Seminole counties will have to chip in more to build schools starting early next year. County commissioners in Orange and Seminole voted Tuesday afternoon to raise fees that are charged against new homes to help pay for new classrooms. ...

Landlords and tenants say no to 1 percent tax
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - October 24, 2007
Landlords, tenants, businesses and homeowners are taxed to the max. It is bad enough that 55 percent of Sarasota County's property taxes go to the School Board. The School Board asks for more taxes while student enrollment is faltering. The school impact fee ...

Park impact fees unchanged
The News-Press, FL - October 24, 2007
Recognizing difficult times for the home building industry, Lee County Commissioners wouldn't even consider a proposal to raise park impact fees at their meeting Tuesday night. Commissioners unanimously voted to put aside a proposed 45 percent increases to impact ...

Impact fee reductions approved, more could come
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - October 24, 2007
In approving a temporary reduction in impact fees for new home builders Tuesday, members of the Charlotte County Commission said they intend to extend the same courtesy to commercial properties in two weeks' time. The commission held a public hearing to ...

Impact Fees To Soar In Orange, Seminole Counties
WESH.com, FL - October 24, 2007
Orange County Commissioners unanimously passed an impact fee increase on Tuesday. Impact fees have helped pay for new schools to sustain the growth in Florida, but several Central Florida counties said the fees weren't keeping up with the costs. Some residents ...

Rochester Planning Board proposes fee structure for future growth
Foster's Daily Democrat, NH - October 23, 2007
The Planning Board could adopt a set of impact fees before the end of the year if it follows a schedule outlined Monday night, when officials reviewed a consultant's updated proposal. The board has to sort out technical aspects and determine what it wants the city's ...

Windsor looks at road impact fees
The Coloradoan, CO - October 22, 2007
The Windsor Town Board took a first look at updating its road impact fees during a work session Monday night. "You had established the goal of updating these fees every five years," Town Manager Kelly Arnold said. "Tonight's meeting will provide you with a broad ...

Hearing will let public give ideas on hike in water rate
The Huntsville Times - al.com, AL - October 22, 2007
Utility plans to raise price twice, starting in December. Huntsville Utilities water customers can pour out their thoughts Tuesday on a plan that would raise water rates in December and again next September. The two-step rate hike is the subject of a public ...

Transfer tax best way to raise money
BlueRidgeNow.com, NC - October 21, 2007
The proposed land transfer tax is the best way to raise money for Henderson County schools and other capital projects. Henderson County voters should embrace this opportunity to adopt a revenue source that will take the pressure off the property tax and ...

School leaders want impact fees a bit higher
Orlando Sentinel, FL - October 21, 2007
The Osceola School Board approved a slightly higher impact fee Tuesday after it revised a previous study undertaken by consultant Randy Young. The new impact fee -- which still must be approved by the County Commission -- would increase the price of fees paid ...

'Fix Five' fee will get ahead of growth curve
Record-Searchlight (subscription), CA - October 21, 2007
The north state calmly lags behind many California trends. Whether it's immigration, growth, fashion or the latest L.A. food craze, we're often behind the times -- and happily so. One upside to our slow pace is that we can watch the mistakes the rest of the state ...

Does 1 cent make sense?
Venice Gondolier, FL - October 21, 2007
A penny for your thoughts -- and your vote. On Nov. 6, Sarasota County voters will choose whether to extend the so-called 1-cent sales surtax for another 15 years, from 2010 through 2024. Early voting opens Monday. The tax has been in effect for 18 years, ...

GET PAID TO GO GREEN?
Orlando Sentinel, FL - October 21, 2007
The city of Oviedo might pay homeowners $1,000 to tear up their water-guzzling lawns and replace them with drought-resistant plants. City officials also are poised to approve tougher rules for new development, limiting high-water use to 30 percent of a home's ...

In growing Menifee, demand for child care makes each space count
Press-Enterprise, CA - October 21, 2007
With Wilderness Lakes Day Camp in Menifee closing Dec. 1, Garrett Hoffman has spent the past two months searching for a new after-school program for his 8-year-old daughter, Selena. He's had no luck. "We have no idea what we're going to do," Hoffman said ...

Delay was right for park fee hearing
The Olympian, WA - October 21, 2007
The Olympia City Council has a reputation for getting bogged down in bureaucratic processes. If there's a study to be conducted or a consultant to hire, the council will find a way. Those studies and consultants have a way of drawing out the decision-making ...

Perry names impact fee panel members
Perry names impact fee panel members - October 20, 2007
The City Council appointed members of the Impact Fee Advisory Committee at Tuesday's meeting, but it wasn't easy. The council, at its regular meeting, went back and forth over how many members to appoint and the method for naming members before settling ...

Huckaby: Proposed $6000 impact fee will help pay for new schools
Savannah Morning News, GA - October 19, 2007
Beaufort County school officials are gearing up for another building bond referendum next year and they're already laying the groundwork by trying to spread the cost. District administrators have indicated a need for between $175 to $200 million to add new schools ...

Parowan Council Approves Impact Fee Amounts
Cedar City Review, UT - October 19, 2007
After passing impact fee ordinances Sept. 27, the Parowan City Council voted unanimously Oct. 11 to approve the current suggested amounts by resolution, increasing some impact fees and adding new ones. In one motion, followed by a quick roll call vote ...

Developers decry impact fees
Appeal-Democrat, CA - October 18, 2007
Yuba City’s new impact fees are a mixed bag, developers and business people say. Some developers and industry advocates worry that higher fees will discourage building. We’ll find out in about a year, but it really is going to harm future development ...

Foundation sues North Port over road repair fee
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - October 18, 2007
The Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit today against North Port, charging the city's "road rehabilitation fee" is really an unlawful impact fee that violates the state constitution. The suit, filed in the 12th Circuit Court in Sarasota County, was brought in the name ...

Chambers reviewing impact fee proposals in Indian River County
Vero Beach Press-Journal, FL - October 17, 2007
If the county's proposed impact fee increases go into effect next year, new home buyers could face substantially higher impact fees. But a group of local business and community leaders hope to be able to offer county officials a better solution next month. The ...

County, schools agree to impact fees
Beaufort Gazette, SC - October 17, 2007
The Beaufort County School Board on Tuesday unanimously endorsed charging developers $6,000 for each new home built under county development agreements. Board member said they hoped their united front will convince municipal leaders to follow suit and ...

YC OKs impact fee jump
Appeal-Democrat, CA - October 17, 2007
Yuba City will raise its impact fees to pay for growth improvements after the City Council passed revised fees Tuesday night. The council’s unanimous decision ends years of study that began in early 2005. “Is it the perfect model? No, it’s not,” said Councilman ...

Chesterfield votes against road fees
Richmond Times Dispatch, VA - October 17, 2007
The Chesterfield County Planning Commission last night obliged about 15 residents who spoke out against new road impact fees, voting unanimously not to recommend adoption of the fees. Those who spoke argued that the impact fees would put a crimp on ...

Impact fees are what we really need
BlueRidgeNow.com, NC - October 16, 2007
With the recent wave of new approved and proposed commercial and residential developments in Henderson County, we county taxpayers must take action now to protect ourselves from having to foot the bill for necessary improvements to roads, water and sewer and ...

Park fees may be tripled
The Olympian, WA - October 16, 2007
For every new single-family house built in Olympia developers would have to pay up to $6,359 in park impact fees — more than triple what developers pay now — under a consultant's proposal the Olympia City Council might hear tonight. Money from the fee ...

Hearing on park fee rise delayed
The Olympian, WA - October 16, 2007
The Olympia City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to delay a hearing on a proposed increase in parks impact fees. Councilman Joe Hyer said that the public hearing, which had been scheduled for tonight, was premature because the full council had not been briefed on ...

Gauging the impact of schools
Ocala.com, FL - October 15, 2007
Marion County commissioners and School Board had a meeting of the minds last week, seemingly reaching an accord on some issues. But one sticking point was over who should pay for new growth's needs like road improvements and water and sewer lines. The two boards ...

Impact fees help pay for growth
Newszap Florida, FL - October 14, 2007
Florida has reached its tipping point. We can't continue what we're doing in the next five to 10 years without serious ramifications." That statement came from Vivian Young, communications director for 100 Friends of Florida, about the anticipated explosion of growth and ...

Are developer fees the answer to growing school needs?
Hilton Head Island Packet, SC - October 14, 2007
To defray the cost of new schools, local officials want to charge developers $6,000 for each new home built under county development agreements. Those agreements are tools that local governments and developers can use to negotiate fees and ...

Prince William considering Virginia's highest impact fees
Examiner.com - October 13, 2007
Prince William County Supervisors will consider imposing the state's highest impact fees on developers Tuesday night under a plan to substantially boost local road and school funding. Supervisors delayed raising the fees 36 percent from $37,719 per home to $51,113 ...

Report recommends raising Bozeman impact fees
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - October 13, 2007
A final report by a Florida consulting firm recommends that Bozeman should triple or even sextuple its impact fees for streets - a measure that, if adopted, would raise total fees to more than $12,000 for a new home in the city. The report by Tindale-Oliver Associated ...

Cabot could ease impact fees
Arkansas Leader, AR - October 12, 2007
The Cabot City Council might take action this month to keep home builders' impact fees from doubling in November as acheduked. Norma Naquin, with public works, told the council's public works committee Monday that 79 fewer houses were built in 2007 than in 2006 ...

Road Impact Fees
AM850, FL - October 11, 2007
The Alachua County Commission approved road impact fees, but not everyone is happy with the decision. President of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce Brent Christensen says though there aren't many ways to fund road improvements, there are other ...

City Asks Builders to Pay Own Way
Signal, CA - October 11, 2007
With developers bringing sometimes thousands of homes at a time to the Santa Clarita Valley, the City Council agreed Tuesday to establish a fee to get developers to help ease the strain they place on the city's law enforcement facilities. The so-called law enforcement ...

Phase-in of YC impact fees stirs concern
Appeal-Democrat, CA - October 11, 2007
Some Yuba City planning commissioners questioned the city’s proposal to phase in revised impact fees, saying the City Council should not delay putting higher fees in place. “It seems the longer that we delay the implementation of the revised fee structure, ...

Victors, losers sort out election
News & Observer, NC - October 11, 2007
The political landscape in Wake County's two biggest cities changed dramatically Tuesday when voters elected predominantly slow-growth candidates, increasing the likelihood of significant change in the way Raleigh and Cary pay for development. One day after ...

Loud and clear ...
News & Observer, NC - October 11, 2007
Mayor Charles Meeker was smiling yesterday and shaking hands as he entered the Mecca restaurant in downtown Raleigh at high noon. The mayor's not one for champagne with lunch, but he probably felt like it. Local voters on Tuesday secured for Meeker ...

Boone County boosts land values, resulting in higher impact fees
Rockford Register Star, IL - October 11, 2007
The county updated its land fees Wednesday to generate more money for schools, parks and conservation. The County Board voted unanimously to increase the land value in the formula used to determine impact fees, the one-time fee paid by developers ...

Gurnee schools reach compromise on fees
Chicago Daily Herald, IL - October 11, 2007
Two Gurnee-area school districts and a residential developer have reached an agreement regarding impact fees. For several weeks, Woodland Elementary District 50 and Warren Township High School District 121 have been at odds with developers of Wanish Park, ...

Vallejo boosts developers' fees
Vallejo Times-Herald, CA - October 11, 2007
As East Vallejo Little League braces for its fields being paved over for housing, Victor Owens told the City Council on Tuesday he hopes an increased park development fee will result in new ballfields and a sports complex. "If the fee will stop developers (from building), we ...

Council Adopts Law Enforcement Impact Fee
KHTS Radio, CA - October 10, 2007
Tonight, the Santa Clarita City Council adopted a resolution establishing a law enforcement facilities impact fee. The fee is designed to make sure that new development chips in for money needed to expand the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department ...

Fee Increase May Fund Better Roads in Washoe County
KRNV, NV - October 10, 2007
Washoe County commissioners are proposing to raise development impact fees to help fund road construction and maintenance. But the proposed increase is far less then the amount recommended by Regional Transportation Commission staff. Commissioners noted a ...

MSBU charges and fire impact fee discussed by BCC
Walton Sun, FL - October 10, 2007
At a Tuesday workshop, Walton County commissioners heard a report from Camille Tharp with Government Services Group on possible changes in the Municipal Service Benefit Units charged for fire protection in the unincorporated parts of Walton County not ...

Raleigh, Cary voters seek slow growth
Charlotte Observer, NC - October 10, 2007
Voters in Wake County's two largest cities sent a strong message Tuesday by electing a slate of candidates who campaigned on either slowing growth or requiring more of developers. Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and newly elected Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht ...

County board proposes road impact fee increases
Reno Gazette Journal, NV - October 10, 2007
After trying to justify the increase, Washoe County commissioners proposed an ordinance Tuesday to raise road impact fees to half the amount recommended by the Regional Transportation Commission staff. Washoe County is the first local government to consider ...

A progressive tide turns for Raleigh City Council
The Independent Weekly, NC - October 10, 2007
Raleigh voters tossed aside one incumbent on Tuesday and pushed another to the brink of removal as they nudged the City Council's center of political gravity toward the progressive side. Mayor Charles Meeker, who was re-elected without opposition to a fourth ...

City orders Houston developers to share park costs
Houston Chronicle, TX - October 10, 2007
The Houston City Council decided Wednesday that residential developers must share the costs of ensuring that future generations of Houstonians enjoy access to parks and green space as their city grows. The council voted unanimously to require developers to ...

Roseburg lowers water fees for residential sprinklers
The News-Review, OR - October 10, 2007
As the recent Columbia Gorge fire in White Salmon, Wash., showed, homes on hillsides are often more susceptible to fire. A quick updraft can sweep a fire up a hill, and it may take a while for firefighters to follow up the twisty, steep roads leading to the homes. By the ...

Impact fee reductions to be revisited
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - October 9, 2007
Despite a 3-2 rejection two weeks ago, members of the commission are still interested in temporarily reducing the tax. Two weeks after a move to temporarily reduce impact fees was narrowly defeated by the Charlotte County Commission, the subject will return for further...

County studies fees for Crown Pointe
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - October 9, 2007
Can Georgetown County afford that 5,000-plus unit development known as Crown Pointe? It could hinge on the county's ability to impose the right amount of impact fees to defray the costs of building new roads and parks. Otherwise, residents would have to ...

Seabrook Planning Board to propose impact fees
Portsmouth Herald News, NH - October 9, 2007
The Planning Board will propose assessing impact fees on development at the March 2008 town meeting. In addition, Chairwoman Susan Foote said the board will ask for a warrant article to fund a study to determine how to assess the fees. Both ...

Residential impact fee reduction OK’d by Charlotte commissioners
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - October 9, 2007
The cost of new residential construction in Charlotte County will likely see a temporary discount after the County Commission voted to reduce impact fees at today. The commission's second vote on the matter proved successful, as just two weeks ago, the commission ...

Sussex County officials explore ways to fund infrastructure
Cape Gazette, DE - October 8, 2007
Sussex County officials are looking for additional ways to fund roads and other infrastructure. With a unanimous vote Tuesday, Oct. 2, county council moved forward to draft enabling legislation giving the county the option to enact impact fees, special development ...

Development fee study shows how Columbia stacks up
Columbia Daily Tribune, MO - October 8, 2007
A study of development fees in 40 Midwest cities shows that Columbia ranks fourth-lowest among 27 cities that charge a standard development fee to help pay for off-site infrastructure. But the study's rankings might present only part of the picture. Ben ...

Woodland impact fee plan may be illegal
Longview Daily News, WA - October 7, 2007
In an effort to deal with what it considers explosive growth, the Woodland School District has once again asked Cowlitz County to impose fees on new houses built within the district's boundaries.But the county's attorney is questioning whether the method the ...

DeLand woman billed for years for service never received
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - October 5, 2007
At first she thought she had a minor plumbing problem. Then a sewer flow test proved she was hooked up to an ancient, corroded septic tank -- while paying for city sewer service she never had. And now Amber de Lisser, owner of a rental home, has a 7-foot hole that ...

Would impact fees fix roads?
Richmond Times Dispatch, VA - October 4, 2007
Chesterfield County wants to charge some home developers a fee to offset its $1 billion-plus in road costs, but that money would only cover 5 percent of the county's road needs. Chesterfield County may soon require developers to pay more money toward county ...

Are you willing to pay for new county roads?
News-Times, OR - October 4, 2007
Washington County politicians, tired of waiting for Salem to fork over the funds needed to improve the county's network of roads, may ask voters directly for the money next fall. The Washington County Coordinating Committee – a group of mayors, county ...

New-home development fee in Tumwater could become area's highest
The Olympian, WA - October 4, 2007
Developers would have to pay the city about $3,000 more in park impact fees for every home built under a proposed six-year plan. "If we don't do it, our parks facilities will get too crowded or deteriorate," said Bill Mandeville, a Tumwater Planning Commission ...

Legal language of impact fees being hashed out by county/school district
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - October 3, 2007
The Charlotte County school district is awaiting word whether the legal language of its proposed impact fee resolution meets county requirements. Superintendent David Gayler said the interlocal agreement is being reviewed by county and school attorneys, ...

Home builders want Cary to repay fees
News & Observer, NC - October 3, 2007
Almost a dozen home builders say the town of Cary lacks the authority to impose school impact fees on new development and have filed a civil lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court to get their money back. Town officials agree with them. They pointed out ...

Developers Hoping To Build In Rutherford Co. Sweeten Deal
WKRN, TN - October 3, 2007
Farmland developers in Rutherford County are hoping to turn a field along Midland Road near the Bedford County line in the southwest corner of the county into 126 homes. To sweeten the deal, the developers said they will offer to give $700 per home to Rutherford ...

Developers Sue Cary
NBC 17.com, NC - October 3, 2007
Some $3 million is in limbo right now due to a lawsuit against the town of Cary. Developers are suing the town over so-called "school impact fees" and the outcome of the case could have state-wide implications. As more and more houses spring up around Cary, ...

Oregon school districts plan to use new taxing authority
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com, OR - October 3, 2007
An estimated 25 percent of Oregon's school districts plan to use a new law allowing them to tax new residential and industrial development, according to schools watchers. "Within six months, we will probably have close to 50 districts that have enacted this," ...

Commissioners promise to use 85% of Land Transfer Tax for schools
Chatham Journal Weekly, NC - October 2, 2007
To clarify its intent to use most of the land transfer tax revenues for schools, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to restrict 85% of revenues for this purpose. The restriction is effective until at least the end of 2010, when a ...

Schools consider development tax
Mail Tribune, OR - October 2, 2007
Some Jackson County school districts are considering tapping into a new state law that allows them to tax new development to help fund school maintenance and construction. Senate Bill 1036 authorizes school districts to collect up to $1-per-square-foot per residential ...

Panel passes new-home Impact fee hikes
The Ledger, FL - October 1, 2007
On the heels of property tax reform and a failed attempt for a special tax for recreation, Lakeland will get more money for parks from people who build new homes. The Lakeland City Commission voted unanimously to hike impact fees Monday. It increased the ...

Cicero needs more parkland
Noblesville Daily Times, IN - October 1, 2007
Cicero needs more than 52 acres of additional parkland in the next 10 years to meet the needs of future residents, according to a consultant. And the town has about 11 fewer acres of parkland than it needs for residents now, according to consultants Lehman and ...

 
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