Latest News: October 2010

Lee looks at cutting fees to spur business development, like Collier did
Naples Daily News, FL - October 31, 2010
Lee County leaders may consider following Collier and more than a dozen other Florida counties that have slashed fees charged to businesses in hopes of breathing life back into a struggling economy. Businesses that build new buildings or move into existing space ...

Community drops suit over impact fee
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - October 30, 2010
An adults-only community has dropped its lawsuit challenging Volusia County's school impact fee. Shea Victoria Gardens LLC filed the lawsuit last month against Volusia County, the School Board and Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. The case was closed Oct. ...

San Tan Valley library options limited
TriValley Central, AZ - October 30, 2010
Bryan Martyn, District 2 Pinal County supervisor, was surprised that he didn't get any questions about incorporating San Tan Valley at a public forum on Oct. 14 at Poston Butte High School. A new library, however, was a different matter. "We want to get this library up ...

Cape Coral pushes fire sprinklers
The News-Press, FL - October 29, 2010
Flames burst from the pan of oil Quinetta Johnson left on the stove in her Cape Coral apartment. She left, just for an instant, to use her computer. "I smelled smoke. I went into the kitchen and turned off the stove," recalled Johnson, 52, of the Oct. 18 fire. And then "the ...

Oak Island to enact new wastewater impact, tap fees
StarNewsOnline.com, NC - October 28, 2010
The Oak Island Town Council will vote on changes to wastewater system tap and impact fees to better cover costs associated with the system at next month's regular meeting. During a special meeting Thursday night, council members heard from Town Manager Jerry ...

If cutting Hernando County impact fees created jobs, prove it
Tampabay.com, FL - October 28, 2010
Hernando County commissioners are in denial. Tuesday, they learned their year-old strategy of discounting impact fees had failed to stimulate the local economy, to resurrect building activity or to boost employment. So they voted unanimously to keep the tactic in ...

Milford council introduces plan to extend impact fee moratorium
Milford Beacon, DE - October 28, 2010
Starting in the summer of 2010, Milford's city government has stopped collecting utility impact fees — the money charged when someone attaches a new building to the city's sewer, water and electric systems. The fees exist to balance out the cost of making ...

Impact fees divide Olympia City Council
Bellingham Herald, WA - October 27, 2010
Some Olympia City Council members expressed concern late Tuesday about proposed school impact fees dropping to $659 for single-family homes, an 84 percent drop from 2009. Developers pay impact fees on new homes, and they're intended to offset the costs of growth ...

Hernando to keep reduced impact fees in place another year
Tampabay.com, FL - October 26, 2010
Hernando County will keep its residential and commercial impact fees at 2001 levels for another year, the County Commission decided Tuesday. Enacted 10 months ago, the impact fee reductions were set to end on Nov. 30. Figures compiled by county staffers showed ...

Collier County agrees to make impact fee cuts retroactive
Naples Daily News, FL - October 26, 2010
Developers and residents looking to improve their Collier County properties are to keep a combined approximate $2.5 million in their pockets due to the Board of Collier County Commissioners' decision Tuesday to make impact fee reductions retroactive. Commissioners...

Impact fees impact our county
Shepherdstown Observer, WV - October 26, 2010
What do Washington High School, Shepherdstown Fire Company, Sam Michaels Park and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department have in common? They have all benefited from impact fees. Impact fees have been in effect in Jefferson County since 2004, and are collected ...

Reduced impact fee suggested for new homes with sprinkler system installed
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - October 25, 2010
Cape Coral City Council could consider an ordinance to reduce impact fees on new construction if homeowners decide to install sprinkler systems in their homes. The board will first have to decide if it supports a study to see if the sprinklers could reduce those fees, ...

County's leaders face fee decision
Ocala, FL - October 24, 2010
Sometime over the next eight months, the Marion County Commission will tackle the issue of transportation impact fees — that is, how much to charge, or perhaps whether to collect them at all. The commission opted to suspend the fees early in 2010 — and ...

Impact fee moratorium future pondered
Lake Wales News. FL - October 23, 2010
The question is not only — or, so much — whether the impact fee has been effective. The jury is still out on that as Tom Deardorff, growth management director was uncertain from data collected since the moratorium was instituted. Regardless, the question raised ...

Impact fee cut has not fueled expected building boom in Hernando, numbers show
Tampabay.com, FL - October 22, 2010
In the 10 months since Hernando County dropped its residential and commercial impact fees back to 2001 levels, the hoped-for building boom has not materialized. From December 2009 through September 2010, the number of commercial and residential building permits ...

Impact fee rollback shows mixed bag
Hernando Today, FL - October 22, 2010
In November 2009, county commissioners voted unanimously to roll back impact fees for residential and commercial construction to 2001 levels, from $9,200 to $4,848. Commissioners hoped the rollback, which would last one year, would prompt new home construction ...

County will take another look at impact fees
News Chief, FL - October 21, 2010
In about five weeks, the Polk County Commission will decide what to do about impact fees. On Wednesday, county commissioners told County Attorney Michael Craig and Assistant County Attorney Linda McKinley that they want to see options on extending the ...

Business Owners Say Impact Fees Too Expensive
WFTV Orlando, FL - October 20, 2010
Business owners told WFTV Wednesday they want to expand in Saint Cloud, but the city is making it too expensive. In some cases, the city's impact fees are more expensive than their renovations. A father and son spent more than $250,000 renovating an old gas station ...

City resolves Chefs' Express permit problem
Marco Island Sun Times, FL - October 20, 2010
A fight to obtain an electrical permit from the city of Marco Island has ended successfully for the owners of the Chefs' Express restaurant. The city released the permit to Chef's Express' owners, the Feinman family, on Tuesday afternoon.  An unexpected ...

Canon City restaurant detoured by high costs
Pueblo Chieftain, CO - October 20, 2010
A Jack in the Box fast food outlet will not be built in Canon City after a developer withdrew his application based on high costs. Emerald Cascade Restaurant Systems Chief Executive Officer Michael Bladow withdrew his application to build the Jack in the Box restaurant ...

Supervisors take first vote on Southeast Regional sewer rate increase
Lake County News, CA - October 20, 2010
On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors took the first vote needed to implement a 39-percent increase for ratepayers in the county's Southeast Regional Wastewater Collection System. The unanimous vote advanced the ordinance authorizing the rate hike to the ...

CS transportation fee to be on ballot
The Eagle, TX - October 20, 2010
College Station residents are being asked to vote on a transportation user fee on the Nov. 2 ballot that could raise nearly $1 million a year for road repairs. If approved, the measure would add a $2-per-residence fee to monthly utility bills. For businesses, the cost ...

Under heat from restaurants, Marco Island moves to consider impact fee moratorium
Naples Daily News, FL - October 19, 2010
Restaurant owners were heating up the room during Marco Island City Council discussions on impact fees Monday night. Chefs Express coowner and chef Annie Feinman's voice cracked and face turned red as she pled with council to make impact fees reasonable.  She said...

Commissioners Will Look at Impact Fee Moratorium Alternatives
The Ledger, FL - October 19, 2010
County commissioners directed county staffers today to present options for reinstating impact fees at a public hearing Dec. 1. Commissioners voted in July to impose a six-month moratorium on all impact fees except school impact fees in an attempt to encourage ...

New Fees Aim to Boost Construction and Affordable Housing in Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek Patch, CA - October 18, 2010
Affordable housing can be hard to find in Walnut Creek, but the city's Housing Division is hoping to change that. The Housing Division is proposing changes to a city ordinance that temporarily would allow developers to pay a fee instead of setting aside affordable housing ...

City Commission to discuss impact fees
KBZK Bozeman News, MT - October 18, 2010
Bozeman officials will discuss city impact fee policies during the Monday meeting of the Bozeman City Commission. The fees charge new developments for impacts to city infrastructure, such as the water supply or fire de partment. Commissioners will talk about ...

Road impact fee reimbursements to be raised by Town of Windsor
The Coloradoan, CO - October 17, 2010
The Windsor Town Board decided to give a boost to the three developers waiting for road impact fee reimbursements this year. Instead of the 25 percent minimum the board is required to reimburse, the town has decided to up that to 50 percent of the ...

Charlotte fee changes designed to foster growth
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - October 17, 2010
Changes made this week to Charlotte County's impact fee ordinance are designed to make the county more affordable for new businesses and spur completion of unfinished homes. Some single-family residential building permits obtained in 2006 expired because of ...

Polk Commission May Extend Impact Fee Moratorium
The Ledger, FL - October 15, 2010
Polk County commissioners will consider extending the impact fee moratorium when they meet Wednesday. Commissioners voted 3-2 in July to impose a six-month moratorium on all impact fees except for those for schools. The commissioners also agreed to review the ...

Marco Island restaurants may be served up a savings on impact fees
Naples Daily News, FL - October 15, 2010
Marco Island restaurants seeking to move or expand may soon be served some financial relief with proposed decreases in utility impact fees. Marco Island City Council is to review an approximate 33 percent reduction in water and 50 percent reduction in sewer ...

Hawaii Council eyes coffee pest, reef fish ban, and impact fees
Big Island Video News, HI - October 14, 2010
North Kona’s outgoing councilmember Kelly Greenwell may not be returning to his District 7 seat, but that doesn’t mean he is going to sit idly by. The councilman is introducing two resolutions coming up soon before the council: Resoltuion 397 is asking to look for ...

Realtors, homebuilders associations asking city to lower impact fees
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle - October 14, 2010
Local realtor and builder associations have asked the city of Bozeman to reduce impact fees charged on new homes and businesses. Both the Gallatin Association of Realtors and Southwest Montana Building Industry Association have asked the Bozeman City Commission ...

Impact fee seen as key to park development
Gary Post Tribune, IN - October 12, 2010
Officials are looking to a recently approved impact fee for the Parks Department to help improve deficiencies in the recreational zone improvement plan. The Park Board approved a fee of $1,170 per single family home that will be part of the building permit fee. ...

Collier commissioners reduce school impact fees by 50 percent
Naples News, FL - October 12, 2010
Developers working in Collier County may soon build sizable savings as the Board of Collier County Commissioners considered continued decreases in impact fees Tuesday morning. Collier County School District impact fees, which are collected by the county, are to ...

Riverside County cities could keep impact fee discounts
Press-Enterprise, CA - October 11, 2010
Half-price building fees in some Riverside County cities have spurred development and should be continued beyond a December expiration date, building industry officials said. The Western Riverside Council of Governments, which advises cities on the Transportation ...

Roads fee plan moves ahead
Culpeper Star Exponent, VA - October 9, 2010
The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors this week moved forward with studying the implementation of transportation impact fees that would fund road improvements through residential and commercial development. Following an hour-long presentation Tuesday from ...

City's study to gauge growth impact on roads
Mercury-Register, CA - October 7, 2010
The city is preparing a traffic impact fee study to determine which roadway segments and intersections would be impacted by new development and how much the city needs to charge to offset the impacts. The City Council authorized spending $62,339 for ...

Council seeks to justify rate hikes
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - October 7, 2010
Defending it as a necessary measure beyond their control, members of the Kingman City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to issue a notice of intent to raise city water and wastewater rates in the coming weeks, with a vote on the rate hikes themselves likely ...

Culpeper moves on traffic impact fee
The Free Lance-Star, VA - October 6, 2010
The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors took the first step last night toward becoming the first jurisdiction in Virginia to adopt a transportation impact fee ordinance since the General Assembly gave counties that option in 2008. Following an hourlong presentation ...

Sarasota County leaders look at following the lead of Manatee
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - October 6, 2010
Almost two years after school impact fees were suspended in Manatee County, Sarasota County School Board members want to give a similar boost to local home builders. Their biggest hurdle may be convincing Sarasota County commissioners to approve the move...

No county fee break for Habitat
Owen Sound Sun Times, ON - October 6, 2010
Grey County will collect almost $2,300 for a development fee from Habitat for Humanity for a home the non-profit group is building in Owen Sound despite opposition to the charge from the city's mayor, Ruth Lovell Stanners. A bid by Lovell Stanners to have county ...

Council to discuss raising water and sewer fees again
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - October 5, 2010
It's that time of year again - time for the Kingman City Council to increase the city water and sewer rates. For the third time in as many years, Council is scheduled to discuss water and wastewater rate increases at tonight's regular meeting. Council will discuss issuing ...

 
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