Latest News: November 2009

Harford's School Impact Fee – Round 2
The Dagger, MD - November 30, 2009
Ready to see your taxes raised or your county services slashed again? What’s fair about that Background: In October, there was a great deal of controversy about canceling the school impact fee. This is the fee paid by people who purchase new homes, ...

Easing impact fees won't help economy
Orlando Sentinel, FL - November 29, 2009
Lake County commissioners have said that they want to talk about giving developers a break on impact fees to help kick the local economy back to life.  The fees theoretically pay most of the cost of providing services, ranging from parks and roads to schools, ...

School Board does create construction jobs
The Daily Commercial , FL - November 29, 2009
In his "My View" piece Don Magruder quoted one sentence in a Daily Commercial story about a school board meeting and claimed it represented my views on the economy and jobs -- even though he was not present when my comments were made. Among other ...

Mr. Rogers discovers big government fees ... that he approved
OregonLive.com, OR - November 26, 2009
When Roy Rogers set out to replace cubicles with offices at his Tigard accounting firm, he soon found himself swimming in fees that he actually approved as a Washington County Commissioner. Not that Rogers, who has been a commissioner since ...

Critics, advocates disagree on Lower Macungie fees for developers
Allentown Morning Call, PA - November 24, 2009
As officials in Lower Macungie take a second crack at imposing traffic impact fees on developers, critics are saying the long-debated plan may do more harm than good.  Township commissioners plan to vote next month on a law requiring developers to pay an $1,800 ...

PETER GADDY: Hometown Democracy starting to look good
Naples Daily News, FL - November 24, 2009
Each year, Collier County Commissioners are required to make an annual update and inventory report to determine the status of public facilities and provide a financially feasible plan to fund, construct, and maintain those public facilities -- anticipating growth ...

Planners approve impact fee regulations
Meredith News, NH - November 23, 2009
Following an extensive discussion and public hearing last week, planning board members voted to begin collecting impact fees on new homes and additions as a way to ease the tax burden of improvements to local schools.  The fees, which amount to $2.49 ...

Council Could Raise Bellingham Transportation Impact Fee
KGMI, WA - November 23, 2009
One of the fees developers must pay to build a home in Bellingham could be going up. The Bellingham City Council today will consider raising the Transportation Impact Fee. The proposal is for a 14 percent increase, which would bring the fee to over $1,900 per ...

County may join effort to challenge state on impact fees
Gainesville Sun, FL - November 23, 2009
Alachua County may join in a planned legal challenge against a state law that makes it more difficult for local governments to prevail in lawsuits over impact fees. House Bill 227, which Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law in May, puts the burden of proof on local ...

Mansfield council will take final vote on higher road impact fees
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - November 22, 2009
The City Council today will consider increasing roadway impact fees to help cover the costs of expanding the city’s street system.  The increase would boost the city’s total impact fee to $7,750 — including water, sewer and park fees — which is charged ...

Bellingham may raise transportation impact fee on developers
Bellingham Herald, WA - November 21, 2009
City leaders will consider a 14 percent increase in the fee developers pay to compensate for the transportation impacts of their projects. The City Council on Monday, Nov. 23, will discuss approving a base rate for 2010 of $1,932 per evening rush-hour trip generated ...

City Council members embrace developer fees for parks
Capital Times, WI - November 20, 2009
Council member Shiva Bidar-Sielaff was thumbing through her first city budget weeks ago, she noticed several pages devoted to the city's impact fee accounts and had the same question many outside city government would have: What the heck is an impact fee? The ...

Brighton discounts permit fees to spur new home construction
Denver Post, CO - November 19, 2009
Officials here are slashing permit fees and deferring other costs in an attempt to ignite the stagnant home construction business. Building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical fees will be cut by 50 percent starting Dec. 1. Those reductions — including the virtual ...

Sand Hollow requests impact fee relief
St. George Daily Spectrum, UT - November 19, 2009
For the second meeting in a row, the Hurricane City Council heard a request Thursday regarding relief from the city’s high impact fees. Drake Howell of Sand Hollow Resort appeared before the council, saying the 10-unit villa his company is looking to add to the ...

Collecting impact fees: Now or later?
Orlando Sentinel, FL - November 19, 2009
Lake County School Board members said this week they want to continue discussing the possibility of giving developers a break on impact fees to help jump-start construction and the economy. Ordinarily, impact fees — meant to help offset the impact ...

First Dewey-Humboldt impact fees should take effect early next year
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ - November 19, 2009
For Dewey-Humboldt to afford enhanced public services tied to future growth, the Town Council Tuesday narrowly approved the municipality's first development impact fees ordinance.  In a 4-3 vote, with Vice Mayor Nancy Wright and councilmen Terry Nolan ...

Panel gives developers a break on fees for projects already approved
Hilton Head Island Packet, SC - November 18, 2009
A northern Beaufort County developer should get a break on school-development fees, as should anyone else whose planned unit development was approved before the state outlawed school impact fees, a county committee determined Wednesday.  Fred Trask ...

Lake School Board is open to giving developers break on fees
Orlando Sentinel, FL - November 18, 2009
Lake County School Board members said this week they want to continue discussing the possibility of giving developers a break on impact fees to help jump-start construction and the economy.  Ordinarily, impact fees -- meant to help offset the impact new ...

Brooksville City Council bucks county's cut in construction impact fees
Tampabay.com, FL - November 18, 2009
The City Council voted 3-0 Monday to opt out of Hernando County's plans to roll back impact fees to 2001 levels. Instead, the council wants to create its own impact fee ordinance and directed assistant city attorney Jennifer Rey to draft a proposal for the board ...

PTC to clarify impact fee breaks
The Citizen.com, GA - November 16, 2009
Peachtree City staff is proposing additional language to clarify how proposed exemptions to the city's new business impact fee will be handled.  The ordinance adopted in September allows the city to grant up a exemption of up to 50 percent for projects which ...

County weighs using developer fees to bolster affordable housing
Palm Beach Post, FL - November 16, 2009
Palm Beach County commissioners on Tuesday will decide whether to use the interest the county earns on impact fees it collects from developers to pay for improvements in affordable housing projects. Commissioners tentatively approved the idea in August. County ...

City seeks own impact fee ordinance
Tampa Tribune - November 16, 2009
Brooksville City council members are looking to go in a different direction than Hernando County Commissioners by not decreasing impact fees to 2001 levels. Instead, city officials may part ways from under the county and takeover impact fee oversight for the ...

City considers impact fees
Hernando Today, FL - November 15, 2009
City council members will weigh whether to jump on board with Hernando County commissioners on cutting impact fees to 2001 levels or create the city's own impact fee ordinance. During the city council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at City Hall, council ...

Who is promoting Hillsborough's gravy train?
Creative Loafing Tampa, FL - November 14, 2009
I hate to derail this vision of a choo choo in Hillsborough before the tracks are even subsidized but somebody besides the anti-rail crowd has to ask the tough questions.  The MSM sure don't seem to be asking many.  Peeling another layer off this proposed tax to ...

Impact fees deferred for workforce housing
Bizjournals.com, FL - November 13, 2009
The Orange County Commission this month adopted a pilot program to defer impact fees for up to 4.5 years on workforce housing projects. The program, which follows an Orange County School Board approval in September of a school impact fee deferral, came about ...

Lake School Board to discuss fee break for builders
Orlando Sentinel, FL - November 13, 2009
The Lake County school district, which has suffered several state-funding cuts in recent years, will be considering whether developers should get a financial break to help jump-start the local economy. County-government leaders have been discussing letting ...

Officials won't increase affordable housing fees
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA - November 13, 2009
On a split vote, the Board of Supervisors has declined to increase "in-lieu fees" for affordable housing as originally planned, giving the housing industry a small, temporary and mostly symbolic break in tough economic times. The vote to hold off raising the fees ...

Halving impact fees reveals Hernando County Commission's faulty strategy
Tampabay.com, FL - November 13, 2009
Hernando County commissioners continue to aim low. Tuesday, commissioners halved the county's impact fees on new construction for the next year after listening to unsubstantiated statements that it will stimulate home-building activity. The strategy hasn't ...

Collier commissioners approve report, ask questions later
Naples Daily News, FL - November 12, 2009
Every county and city in Florida has to guarantee a measure of service efficiency, known as level of service standards. That includes roads, schools, cops, jails, libraries, emergency medical response, fire control and parks. Much of that is paid for with impact fees ...

Charge Hernando County developers the 'real' cost of growth
Tampabay.com, FL - November 12, 2009
County Commissioner Rose Rocco asked the crucial question about impact fees: "What's the real level?" In other words: How much money is really needed to provide each new house with schools, roads, libraries, parks and fire- and crime-fighting equipment? ...

Foreclosures down from 2008
Hernando Today, FL - November 12, 2009
Right now, taxpayers are willing to grasp any piece of good economic news, no matter how small. The latest report out of the county clerk's office shows the number of foreclosure filings in Hernando County has declined for the second consecutive month over last ...

Council Votes to Increase Incentives to Build Near Public Transit
News Channel 8, MD - November 12, 2009
Montgomery County is continuing its effort for smart growth in an effort to cut back on traffic congestion. The council's vote Tuesday makes Metro stations more attractive to developers by offering them a way to save money. Currently every new development ...

Volusia schools may cut impact fee
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - November 12, 2009
Most Volusia County School Board members are ready to consider reducing the $6,066 impact fee on new homes or suspending it temporarily to help spark a recovery in the troubled housing market. Their opinions surfaced Tuesday in discussion of a consultant's ...

Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter must pay impact fee to Greene Township
Chambersburg Public Opinion, PA - November 12, 2009
Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter must pay a traffic impact fee for its planned shelter near Letterkenny Army Depot. Greene Township Supervisors refused this week to waive the $24,780 traffic impact fee for the nonprofit animal shelter. They fretted that other ...

New Durham impact fee on new construction
Foster's Daily Democrat, NH - November 11, 2009
The New Durham Planning Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed Impact fee for new construction on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 pm at the Town Hall.  The Impact fee was approved by Town Meeting in 2008 by a large margin of voters. The Planning Board ...

Fee freeze impacts Wickenburg
Wickenburg Sun, AZ - November 11, 2009
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns is taking the State of Arizona to court. It is filing a Special Action lawsuit with the Arizona Supreme Court over the state legislature’s two-year freeze on development/impact fees. The moratorium presents Wickenburg ...

Dressing up a pig
Tampa Tribune, FL - November 10, 2009
Impact fees are levied on new construction to partially pay for required infrastructure — streets, schools, etc. When those fees are not paid, the county taxpayers must make up the difference. The county already has problems with reduced revenues. Florida ...

Park Board won't waive impact fee for The Birches
TheDoings-ClarendonHills.com, IL - November 10, 2009
The Clarendon Hills Park District denied a request from The Birches retirement community to reduce an impact fee from $30,000 to $5,000. The Birches is proposing a two-story expansion of 21 units in the Encore Memory Care wing, which will be secured ...

League of Cities to File Lawsuit Over 2-Year Freeze on Fees
Prescott eNews, AZ - November 9, 2009
The Executive Committee of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns voted today to file a Special Action lawsuit with the Arizona Supreme Court over the issue of HB2008 as passed in the Third Special Session of the Legislature. Specifically, the League is concerned ...

City ponders 18-month moratorium on requiring sidewalks
Jefferson City News Tribune, MO - November 9, 2009
As a result of the poor economy, the Jefferson City Council is looking to ease the requirements of constructing sidewalks to in-fill (non-residential) developments.  The city's current sidewalks ordinance has three stages to address the construction of new ...

Hernando County impact fee cut would benefit home buyers, builders
Tampabay.com, FL - November 8, 2009
On Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners will consider temporarily reducing the impact tax to 2001 levels which would, in effect, cut the tax from $9,300 to around $4,700 for a single-family home. This impact tax was being collected at a time when material...

Charter govt., impact fee rollback in spotlight Tuesday
Tampa Tribune - November 7, 2009
Charter government and impact fees are among the hot-button topics awaiting county commissioners when they meet Tuesday.  Commissioner Jim Adkins broached the subject last month and wanted it put on the agenda for discussion. Commissioner Jeff Stabins also ...

Farmington to consider higher impact fees
StandardNet, UT - Nov 6, 2009 - November 6, 2009
Building in this city could come with much higher impact fees for developers in the near future. In an effort to address the infrastructure needs and costs associated with anticipated growth, Farmington officials have started looking at impact fees associated ...

Ariz. Cities Group to Challenge Budget Legislation
ABC News, AZ - November 6, 2009
Arizona municipalities will sue to challenge state budget legislation that local government officials contend went astray. The executive board of the League of Arizona Cities voted Friday to challenge a budget bill that included provisions on impact limits, housing codes ...

Village withdraws Birches impact fee waiver request
Suburban Life Publications, IL - November 6, 2009
Because a proposed addition to The Birches in Clarendon Hills will not bring additional students into Hinsdale Township High School District 86, the developer will not have to provide impact fees to the district.  "The developer's plan is to add efficiency units to the ...

City Council hears pleas against high impact fees
St. George Daily Spectrum, UT - November 6, 2009
Nick Berg of the Pioneer Development Group, speaking on behalf of local developers, urged the Hurricane City Council Thursday to find ways to lower impact fees, saying the city's fees on home development are much too high to provide competitive housing ...

Impact fee reduction will help local families
Tampa Tribune, FL - November 6, 2009
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Board of County Commissioners will consider temporarily reducing the impact tax back to 2001 levels. If passed, this action will cut the tax from $9,300 to around $4,700 for a single family home. This impact tax was being collected ...

County refunds $85000 in fees
Fernandina Beach News-Leader, FL - November 6, 2009
The Nassau County Commission has approved the refund of more than $85,000 in impact fees to a local developer. The commission agreed to refund $85,812 to Blackrock Crossing, LLC, owner of the Eagle's Crossing shopping center on the corner of A1A ...

Builders vow to reduce prices if impact fees cut
Hernando Today, FL- - November 6, 2009
Builder-members of the Hernando Builders Association have agreed to reduce the price of their homes "dollar for dollar" by the amount of the impact fee reduction," according to an HBA press release issued Wednesday. "This will ensure that no builder will experience ...

County to pass any reduction in impact fees to permit holders
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - November 5, 2009
Coweta County soon will be guaranteeing anyone who pulls a permit in the next few months that, if the county reduces impact fees in the near future, the difference between the current impact fee and the new impact fee will be refunded. The county has been ...

Board agrees to accept loss of impact fees
Tampabay.com, FL - November 4, 2009
The Hernando School District agreed Tuesday to absorb a loss of more than a half-million dollars in impact fee revenue for one year to try to kick-start the local economy.  That's the message that three members of the School Board agreed to send to the ...

County moves forward with development fee
Times-Standard, FL - November 4, 2009
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to take the next step toward imposing a development impact mitigation fee to support Humboldt Fire District No. 1. The district has long looked to have such a fee imposed to help cover ...

Developer welfare in Hillsborough: Impact Fees (or lack of them)
Creative Loafing Tampa, FL - November 3, 2009
You probably already know that growth does not pay for itself and taxpayers are left holding the bill for things like roads, fire safety and parks despite what politicians would like you to believe. Impact fees should be funding these things, yet they don't even fund the ...

Mesa planning for another library branch
East Valley Tribune, AZ - November 3, 2009
Mesa is writing the first chapter in the story of new library as it looks to open a tiny branch in the city's southeastern area.  The city calls the 2,500-square-foot facility an express library, though the demand for service is much greater than the size of the initial configuration...

Impact Fee Repeal Nixed by Harford County Council; Cut Proposed
The Dagger, MD - November 3, 2009
A bill to repeal Harford County's development impact fee lost a co-sponsor and was defeated in a 6 to 1 vote of the Harford County Council on November 3 (Tuesday). Councilman Chad Shrodes was a co-sponsor of the repeal effort, but asked for his name to be ...

Woodland mulls change on developer fees
Longview Daily News, WA - November 1, 2009
Under a change being considered by the city, Woodland developers wouldn’t have to immediately pay city-mandated impact fees.  Rather than pay when developers submit project applications, Woodland city officials are proposing letting developers pay the fees when ...

 
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