Latest News: October 2008

Ravalli candidates debate costs of growth
KPAX-TV, MT - October 30, 2008
Ravalli County commissioner candidates are wrestling with words like "growth" "impact fees" and "zoning" as they enter the home stretch before next Tuesday's election. But, navigating the hottest issue in this fall's election in the Bitterroot is a complicated journey...

Not So Sudden Impact Fee Decision
Read It Here, AZ - October 30, 2008
In a 4-3 vote at Tuesday's meeting, Council approved an increase in impact fees but deferred their imposition until July, 2009.  At that time, the hike will add about $2,235 to the water and sewer impact fees for a new residential unit (up from about $11,841) as well...

Marin Realtors seek to halt laws adding to homeowner hardship
Marin Independent-Journal, CA - October 30, 2008
Reacting to a housing market hard hit by the national economic mess, Marin Realtors are asking local government to halt laws that make it harder to buy or sell a home. The Marin Association of Realtors called this week for an immediate moratorium on proposed...

Yucaipa council increases development impact fees
San Bernardino Sun, CA - October 29, 2008
The City Council has voted to increase development impact fees by $624 for each residential unit and a $2,500 increase per acre for commercial and industrial property. Community Development Director John McMains said during Monday's meeting that the revised...

Know the positions on library impact fee
Beaufort Gazette, SC - October 29, 2008
The Gazette editorial ("Everyone must help keep libraries sound," Oct. 16) was eloquently on target. Other letters and articles have testified to the importance and indispensable services of our libraries. In our efforts to support the library, we have sought...

No Ruling on Impact Fee Lawsuit
WCTV, FL - October 29, 2008
Last month Wakulla County Commissioners passed a moratorium on impact fees. Which are taxes for new developments in the county.  Those taxes help to pay for things the county needs because of its growth. Not having these fees would help builders and contractors,...

County gets report on impact fees
Press-Register, AL - October 29, 2008
A report on impact fees presented to the Baldwin County Commission on Tuesday concludes they would be feasible for recreation and transportation needs, but not for schools at this time.  The report by TischlerBise said the fees could generate nearly $6.5 million...

Editorial: Indian River in dark ages if it thinks impact fee cuts...
TCPalm, FL - October 29, 2008
Development impact fees, properly assessed, recover growth-related costs and ensure that those expenses are not shoved back onto existing taxpayers. Alas, Joe Paladin continues to wage a campaign for corporate socialism, proposing to reduce, waive or eliminate...

Pitkin County warms up to fee hike as housing debate continues
Aspen Times, CO - October 29, 2008
Hoping to avoid doing too much damage to small, locally serving businesses by piling on government-imposed fees, the Pitkin County commissioners asked their attorney Tuesday to keep working on proposed changes to regulations aimed at creating housing for the...

City imposes impact fee hikes, with six-month delay
Sun Shopper, AZ - October 28, 2008
For local contractor Gary Hudder, the "developer vs. citizen" tone of the recent argument on water and sewer impact fee increases has not presented an accurate portrayal of the matter.  "There's a real economic impact for what the developers do," Huddler said this...

Our Opinion: County needs a regionwide impact fee
Tuscon City, AZ - October 28, 2008
Pima County's plan to raise its transportation impact fee for new homes is overdue - despite the protestations of homebuilders and sellers.  The county should also press ahead with discussions to make the impact fee apply countywide instead of being limited to certain...

Our Say: For all its flaws, impact fee bill should be passed
Annapolis Capital, MD - October 28, 2008
We have said many times in this space that developers should pay for the cost of the new roads and schools required by growth. For too long taxpayers have shelled out more money to pay for improvements to the county's infrastructure and they are ready...

Homebuilder concerns delay development fee vote
Bakersfield Californian, CA - October 28, 2008
Land developers are aiming to halt a small increase in the impact fees they pay in the county areas of metropolitan Bakersfield.  The move could also freeze a larger, already-approved fee increase in incorporated Bakersfield.  On Monday, a lawyer for the Kern County...

Impact fee consideration continues for Prescott City Council
The Daily Courier, AZ - October 26, 2008
Impact fee increases and a possible new business license will be among the issues the Prescott City Council will deal with this week.  The council will conduct two meetings on Tuesday - a 1 p.m. workshop, at which it will discuss the business license matter;...

Lagging transport impact fees mean fewer Lake road projects
Daily Commercial, FL - October 25, 2008
Some road improvements in Lake County will have to wait a bit. County commissioners and public works officials might have to slash more than 40 percent of the county's five-year transportation plan because transportation impact fees, which fund the majority of...

Nocatee businessman complains of burden of impact fees on firm
Florida Times-Union, FL - October 25, 2008
The first business owner to move into Nocatee is questioning why he has to pay $570,000 in impact fees plus build a $530,000 road to move from one St. Johns County location to another one 7 miles away. Richard Willich, owner of Medical Development International...

County considering raising new home impact fee
Tucson Citizen, AZ - October 25, 2008
Newcomers to the region would contribute more to new roadway capacity and safety needs under a proposed increase in development impact fees Pima County officials are considering.  The county charges developers part of the cost for roadway improvements...

BOCC suspends impact fees for a year
Holmes County Times Advertiser, FL - October 24, 2008
The Washington County Board of County Commissioners voted to suspend impact fees for a year beginning Dec. 1, 2008 and Dec. 1, 2009. The action was taken at Thursday's regular Board meeting. The action followed a complaint about paying impact fees by...

Slowdown math: Impact fee drop to hit public projects
Adobe Press, CA - October 24, 2008
With construction slowing to a crawl on the Central Coast, the developer impact fees flowing into county, city and school and special district coffers are, in general, also starting to dwindle.  Impact fees are paid by developers to offset the increased...

Construction slowdown dams flow of impact fees
Times Press Recorder, CA - October 23, 2008
The slowdown in construction on the Central Coast also is restricting the flow of developer impact fees into county, city and school and special district coffers.  Most local jurisdictions say they aren't seeing any major impacts on their projects yet, and the reasons...

County has first look at fee study
Delta County Independent, CO - October 23, 2008
The preliminary results of a months-long "fiscal analysis" study that might one day be used as the basis for establishing impact fees were released earlier this month. The study aims to pin a number on how much it costs government to provide services to new...

Supervisors agree to fire impact fee in concept
Times-Standard, CA - October 23, 2008
Humboldt No. 1 Fire Protection District will be proceeding with plans for its one-time development impact fee after getting a conceptual nod from the supervisors this week. By state law, the fire district does not have the legal authority to enact such a fee, but...

Orchard City trustees open talks on impact fees to increase revenues
Delta County Independent, CO - October 23, 2008
The preliminary draft of a "fiscal analysis" of impact fees has been delivered to Delta County and the five municipalities that are participating in the study. The Orchard City trustees saw their version of the study results on Oct. 8. For example, the RPI...

Panel recommends fire impact fees for Beaufort, Port Royal
Beaufort Gazette, SC - October 22, 2008
The Beaufort-Port Royal Joint Municipal Planning Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to recommend that the Beaufort City Council and the Port Royal Town Council impose fire impact fees on new development.  The impact fee, if approved by both councils...

Pima plans higher home impact fees
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - October 22, 2008
Pima County plans to raise its road impact fees to about $8,800, nearly double the current rate.  County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said the county needs to raise its impact fees to keep pace with rising costs. Current impact fees of roughly $4,500 per...

Impact fee pleadings resume
The Ledger, FL - October 22, 2008
The current depressed economy has brought up the issue of what to do with impact fees, at least as far as the County Commission is concerned. Commissioner Randy Wilkinson wants to cut the fees by 50 percent for commercial development to encourage...

Council strikes compromise on impact fee
Maryland Gazette, MD - October 22, 2008
After nine months of discussion, the County Council struck a compromise on the impact fee debate Monday night that would offer a one-year discount before the fees climb to rates two or three times higher than the current level.  The discount is meant to...

Impact fee time restrictions queried
Delmarva Now, MD - October 21, 2008
A draft impact fee ordinance had council members questioning Monday night whether the city would be able to use the money generated in the time period allotted by the ordinance.  Impact fees are one-time payments made by developers to afford the growth...

Impact fees increase but will not affect existing residents
Northern Star Online, IL - October 21, 2008
The Sycamore City Council reapproved the increase of impact fees used by the Sycamore Park District to acquire land and construct buildings Monday.  A capital plan that specifies how the money will be spent has yet to be made by the park district.  The council...

New hospital may get pass on $1.2M in impact fees
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - October 21, 2008
The Coweta County Board of Commissioners plans to reconsider whether Piedmont Healthcare can pass on paying $1.2 million in building permit and impact fees for its proposed new hospital on Poplar Road.  Chairman Tim Higgins added the item for discussion...

Council strikes compromise on impact fee
Annapolis Capital, MD - October 21, 2008
After nine months of discussion, the County Council struck a compromise on the impact fee debate last night that would offer a one-year discount before the fees climb to rates two or three times higher than the current level.  The discount is meant to...

Village, builders at odds with Hamilton Twp. over impact fee liens
Lebanon Western Star, OH - October 21, 2008
A resolution adopted by Hamilton Twp. trustees Oct. 15 would claim impact fee liens on some land already annexed from the township. The liens would also apply to any future annexations of township lands.  Hamilton Twp. "claims a continuing lien for payment...

Special Judge Invalidates Local Impact Fee
Indiana Lawyer Daily, Indiana - October 21, 2008
In the first court decision of its kind in Indiana, a special judge has invalidated Zionsville's parks impact fee because it violates state statute. Boone Superior Special Judge Rebecca McClure granted summary judgement Friday in favor of the Builders...

Impact fee process hits more hurdles
Lahontan Valley News, NV - October 21, 2008
When the Fernley Capital Improvements Advisory Committee meets 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall, there will be at least two items on the agenda relating to impact fees.  But how quickly the whole process moves forward may have been stunted by action at last...

Community debate over impact fees continues
Sun Shopper, AZ - October 21, 2008
Local resident Jack Helman is paying more for his monthly water and sewer bills lately, and he sees no reason why builders should not be doing the same for their impact fees.  In the ongoing debate over how the city will pay for growth, Helman expressed some clear...

Proposal to lower traffic fees for senior housing debated in El Dorado County
Sacramento Bee, CA - October 20, 2008
A recent proposal to reduce traffic impact fees for seniors-only housing developments sparked a debate about who deserves a break. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors last week unanimously endorsed a developer's request to create a lower fee category...

Impact fee issue back before Prescott council
Sun Shopper, AZ - October 20, 2008
A decision that the Prescott City Council pushed off in August is up for more discussion this week. At its regular study session at 3 p.m. Tuesday, the City Council will continue its debate about water and sewer impact fees. Throughout the spring and summer...

Council shows mixed concerns to impact fee raises
McKinney Courier Gazette, TX - October 20, 2008
McKinney City Council members don't see to have the same perspective on the proposed impact fee increases. At-Large Councilman Pete Huff described the increases as "competitive" and "not bad."  Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cox, however, colorfully described...

City Commission holding hearing on transportation impact fees
KMAS, Mason County, WA - October 20, 2008
The Shelton City Commission is holding a public hearing on Transportation Impact fees tonight at six. The City hired Shea, Car & Jewel to complete a traffic study in the City and calculate an impact fee that will help offset the impact growth will have on...

Our Say: Leopold's impact fee maneuver not worth the risk
Annapolis Capital, MD - October 19, 2008
You would think that increasing this county's impact fees would be a no-brainer: If, compared to their neighbors in other jurisdictions, Anne Arundel County taxpayers are shelling out more money to pay for the schools and roads required by growth, shouldn't developers...

School impact fee on agenda on Big Isle
Honolulu Advertiser, HI - October 18, 2008
Developers of new housing in West Hawai'i may be required to donate land or pay fees for public schools under a new impact fee law to be initiated in 2009. A public hearing to discuss the new school impact fees will be held at the Kahakai Elementary School library at 3 p.m...

Vote the impact fees out
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, ID - October 16, 2008
The development impact fee penalizes those people who have waited to build or could not afford to build on their property by paying a fee their neighbors did not have to pay. I am attempting to build a shop in one of the few remaining undeveloped lots in the...

Lower impact fees to stimulate economy
Annapolis Capital, MD - October 16, 2008
As the clock ticks down on the impact fee debate, County Executive John R. Leopold's latest move has sparked both interest and laughter from the County Council.  Mr. Leopold has been the most ardent supporter of the fees as high as possible to pay for new...

Bonita Springs may waive downtown impact fees
The News-Press, FL - October 15, 2008
The idea behind behind waiving or lowering the fees is increased tax revenue from new businesses would make up for any lost impact fee revenue. "I'm intrigued by this idea," said Councilman John Spear.  Spear did express concerns about lowering impact fees in...

The impact of impact fees
Journal Record, OK - October 15, 2008
Impact fees are common in municipalities nationwide; according to Texas-based Duncan Associates, an impact fee consulting firm. The fees are used in about ...

Dover officials add impact fees for public safety and recreation
Foster's Daily Democrat, NH - October 15, 2008
The board unanimously approved the impact fee changes, following a presentation last month by Bruce Mayberry, the Maine-based planning consultant hired by the city, who presented two different options for each of the three categories of impact fees. The board...

Impact Fees: Growth Should Pay for Itself
El Paso Times, TX - October 14, 2008
With this new impact fee on water, council would be taking a positive step in shifting some burden off the existing homeowners' backs, while not throwing a huge new fee load on the developers and builders we need so much in order in order for El Paso to meet...

Tarpon Springs needs to impose impact fees
St. Petersburg Times - October 14, 2008
A proposed new impact fee ordinance reflecting those increases will be considered in public hearings at 6:30 pm Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Current impact fees total $1,341 for a new home, but that would go up to $2,312 if the new ordinance were approved. The current...

Marin supervisors OK new fee for large homes
Marin Independent-Journal, CA - October 14, 2008
An "affordable housing impact fee" was imposed on construction of large homes in Marin by county supervisors Tuesday. Turning aside pleas from construction industry representatives who argued that new fees should be shelved until the economy improves...

"What are we doing?" Figuring out impact fees, that's what
Newspaper Tree, TX - October 14, 2008
The City Council opted not to apply the Public Service Board-recommended "hybrid" approach, which would include in the impact fee calculation the cost for large infrastructure built with future expansion in mind. However, the possibility of that approach...

El Paso Impact Fees Has Residents Worried
KFOXtv.com, TX - October 14, 2008
El Paso City Council decided that they will form a committee to look at impact fees. No decisions were made about having or not having impact fees, but that didn't stop many El Pasoans from coming out to speak. If you pay a monthly water bill, you help to pay for the...

Leopold aims to cut impact fees
PolitickerMD, MD - October 14, 2008
Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold said Tuesday he will be submitting revisions to impact fee legislation currently pending in the city council. The new proposal aims to temporarily cut a variety of fees certain developers are required to pay to the county...

Business Leaders Warn Road Impact Fees Will Stifle Kalispell's Economic Growth
Flathead Beacon, MT - October 14, 2008
After a work session Monday night where Kalispell's major developers and business leaders found much to object to in the city's proposed transportation impact fees, Kalispell City Council does not appear ready to vote to implement those fees any time soon. Instead...

On the Agenda: Impact Fees Work Session
Flathead Beacon, MT - October 13, 2008
At a 7 pm work session tonight, at which no formal votes are allowed, the city's impact fee advisory committee will brief the city council on its recommendations for assessing the fees. Kalispell's major developers and business community are likely to turn...

2 Cities Examine Impact Charges
Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR - October 13, 2008
3 million in impact fee revenue on the west side water treatment plant but did not account for the cost of pipes leading to the plant.  The proposed increase would add about $700 worth of fees to an average single-family home. The increased fee would be $1,843...

Transit Officials Looking for New Revenue Streams
Fort Worth Business Press, TX - October 13, 2008
Another possibility is a new resident impact fee on vehicle registration for anyone who moves to the area from out of state. The fee would be no more than $100 per year.  One funding source on the list is a mileage fee of no more than 1 cent per mile driven...

City to consider a later due date for builder impact fee
Ventura County Star, CA - October 6, 2008
Because of slow sales in a new housing development, the Santa Paula City Council will decide today whether to change a city ordinance to make developer impact fees due before properties are occupied instead of before they are built. City staff members are ...

Impact fee changes having an impact on developers
Greater Wilmington Business, NC - October 6, 2008
Ordinances recently adopted by the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) have met opposition with local builders, developers, engineers and architects. The Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association gets calls every day from concerned people in ...

Changing Impact Fee Payment Rule Is A Great Idea
Tampa Tribune, FL - October 5, 2008
The Highlands County Commission will hear on Tuesday a proposal to change when contractors have to pay impact fees. This makes perfect sense and we hope the commission approves the change.The 11 member Citizens Advisory Committee on Impact Fees ...

Home-Building Stimulus: Testing Out Impact Fees
The Ledger, FL - October 5, 2008
When the housing industry stagnated this year in advance of its slide into summer, Polk County commissioners considered a reduction in impact fees. In February, Commissioner Jack Myers (who is term-limited out of office this year) proposed reducing impact...

Letter: Developer wants to waive, freeze impact fees
TCPalm, FL - October 5, 2008
On Sept. 17, there was an impact fee workshop with out-of-town consultants and county staff. A little over a year ago, I asked staff to compose a formula that would justify the reduction of commercial/ industrial impact fees. To date, that formula hasn't been ...

Impact fee proposal could die
Annapolis Capital, MD - October 4, 2008
The worsening economy may have another local casualty: The long-debated proposal to raise impact fees could die among fears the hikes could cost people their jobs. "I'm trying to get votes to kill it at this time," County Councilman Ron Dillon, R-Pasadena, said ...

Road impact fee increases proposed
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - October 3, 2008
A proposed new ordinance to raise road impact fees for new construction projects in Cape Coral, some as much as 196 percent, has local developers seeing red. "They're out of their minds," said Cape Coral Construction Industry Association President Bob ...

Internal audit OKs Manatee impact fees
Bradenton Herald, FL - October 3, 2008
The county's Internal Audit Department gave mostly passing marks on impact fees after a review of the past 10 years' worth of collections and spending. An estimated $153 million in impact fees was one of the most talked about topics around county ...

Road to perdition
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - October 3, 2008
The city of Cape Coral is set to drive a stake through the heart of whatís left of its building industry. Thatís no surprise, itís always demonized its economic driver. Home builders, Realtors and ó lift crossed fingers here ó developers have always been easy targets ...

Council tables decision on a transportation impact fee
Eastern Arizona Courier, AZ - October 2, 2008
Safford Special Projects Manager Robert Porter was prepared to deliver a presentation on a streets capital improvement plan and a proposed transportation impact fee and give his recommendations to the council, but they did not wish to hear Porter's report. Instead...

Hurricane considers reducing impact fees
Desert Valley Times, UT - October 2, 2008
Raising the price of a home by a couple thousand dollars creates a situation where many potential home buyers are unable to secure financing, said Mike Madsen. Madsen, the controller for Interstate Rock and a board member with the Southern Utah Home Builders ...

Impact fees talk back with campaigning
Delmarva Daily Times, MD - October 2, 2008
Salisbury politicians have been known to throw around the phrase, "growth should pay for growth," and with campaign season on the horizon, the words might be heard even more. But some Salisbury residents are curious as to when the city really will start getting ...

City of Bonita Springs increases impact fees
Naples Daily News, FL - October 1, 2008
Bonita Springs City Council has approved unanimously an up to three percent increase to the city's impact fees for the construction of roads and parks. The actual increase will vary for each impact fee that is collected, but has been put into place to cover the city's ...

 
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