Latest News: October 2011

Impact fees: Ordinance continues to change; Developers oppose
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - October 30, 2011
Changes to Coweta County's impact fee ordinance aren't expected to end anytime soon, despite the last five years of amendments. In addition to this month's reversal on Coweta County Medical Office Investors fees, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners also agreed to review a request ...

Coweta settles impact fee dispute with medical office
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - October 30, 2011
Coweta County agreed last week to settle another one of its impact fee disputes, and this time with the developers of a medical office building. The county settled for $25,000 of the approximate $107,030 the developers were originally assessed in transportation impact fees. The Coweta Board ...

Town officials split on issue of raising road impact fees
Windsor Beacon, CO - October 28, 2011
Road impact fees came back before the Windsor Town Board last Monday night and incited a good deal of controversy on the board before the issued was tabled. "I'll tell you now, I'm going to vote against any kind of fee increase," Windsor Mayor John Vazquez said. In 2001, the Town of ...

Snoqualmie and schools move closer on impact fees
SnoValley Star, WA - October 26, 2011
Officials from Snoqualmie and the Snoqualmie Valley School District are closer to an agreement on collecting impact fees from housing development for 2012. But the district won't get any money for 2011. The city and the school district still haven't reached a compromise regarding the ...

Bozeman City Commission opts not to lower impact fees
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - October 25, 2011
A majority of Bozeman City Commissioners said they aren't interested in cutting street impact fees now. Commissioners said late Monday night that they'd prefer to wait for the results of a study under way to determine the appropriate fee amounts. The city reviews its fees every three years. "I ...

Mayor Recaps Traffic Impact Fee, Kobayashi Discussions
Patch.com, WA - October 21, 2011
Revising the City’s Traffic Impact Fee and redesigning the Kobayashi house were featured topics at this week’s University Place City Council meeting. Traffic Impact Fees are one of the most controversial and misunderstood issues in our community. Under state law, developers ...

School Board looks for land for new schools
Ocala, FL - October 20, 2011
Marion County Public Schools has nearly $6.8 million worth of impact fee revenue earmarked for growth that must be spent by the end of the 2016-17 school year. But with little student growth expected during the next five school years, it would be nearly impossible for the ...

High Impact Fee
Frederick News Post, MD - October 19, 2011
Renowned chef Bryan Voltaggio and his business partner, Hilda Staples, are interested in opening a second eatery on North Market Street in Frederick. Their Volt restaurant has been a smashing success, garnering regional recognition and attracting diners willing ...

Frederick struggles with water, sewer fees
Maryland Community News Online, MD - October 19, 2011
Frederick city officials say they are struggling to determine who should pay the $134 million price tag attached to the cost of growth: the people already here or those yet to come. Frederick has borrowed $120 million since 2005 to expand the city's water ...

23% impact fee cut nears
TriValley Central, AZ - October 19, 2011
The Casa Grande City Council took the first steps Monday night to comply with a law passed by the Arizona Legislature at the request of the Central Arizona Homebuilders Association that severely limits how development impact fees may be calculated and where they ...

Bonita lends itself money for roadwork
The News-Press, FL - October 19, 2011
The Bonita Springs City Council didn't have money in its road impact fee fund last year to widen Bonita Beach Road, so it took $2.2 million from its general fund. On Wednesday, the council approved a loan for that amount from the general fund to the road impact fee fund to be ...

Redding council grants developer fee holiday, takes forest planning role
Record-Searchlight, CA - October 18, 2011
Top Redding officials this evening took steps to revive local home construction and seize a role in national forest planning. The City Council voted 4-1 to suspend traffic and sewer fees for new homes through mid-2012. The council also voted unanimously to ...

Ocala sues School Board over fire fees
Ocala.com, FL - October 17, 2011
The city of Ocala is suing the School Board for $572,265 for fire service user fees and interest that have not been paid since January 2007. Whether the suit goes before a judge will depend on what happens during the mediation, which begins Monday. The city ...

Corning hikes impact fee
Daily News, CA - October 14, 2011
The City Council approved an increase in the water well development impact fee and issued several proclamations Tuesday. It allows for six wells, City Engineer Ed Anderson said of the increase. That's what we projected to be needed in the next 20 years. Mayor Gary Strack ...

School board balks on study calling for impact fee hike
Orlando Sentinel, FL - October 14, 2011
Lake County School Board wants more information on a study that suggests higher impact fees be charged to homebuilders. The school district's impact fees have been suspended until next April, but the study is required every three years to prove the fees are ...

Council increases park impact fees, cuts traffic fees
PNW Local News, WA - October 14, 2011
To keep up with its population growth projections, the Poulsbo City Council adjusted impact fee ordinances to offset the cost of park maintenance and transportation development. On Wednesday, the council voted to increase impact fees for residential and ...

Developers have to wait another year for new road impact fee system
Colorado Springs Gazette, CO - October 7, 2011
A proposed county-wide system for collecting fees from developers for new roads and intersections has been put on hold for another year. Earlier this week, El Paso County commissioners scuttled plans to move forward with a complicated structure that would have ...

City impact fee options mulled
Bonner County Daily Bee, ID - October 6, 2011
The Impact Fee Advisory Committee played a balancing act Tuesday of minimizing fee increases while preserving adequate development. Concerned that the impact fees proposed by consulting firm TischlerBise might discourage the building industry and newcomers...

 
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