Latest News: November 2011

Committee explores complexities of lowering development fees
Bakersfield Californian, CA - November 30, 2011
A task force discussion on the hot-button issue of city development fees Tuesday generated lots of ideas, but few specifics. The group of Bakersfield City Council members and city staff is looking into ways to revive the local homebuilding industry.Its first meeting centered on the $12,870 ...

OUR VIEW: Traffic impact fees are high but necessary
Bakersfield Californian, CA - November 30, 2011
Bakersfield leaders are right to oppose the idea suggested by local homebuilders to temporarily suspend the traffic impact fee in order to spur new home sales. The $12,870 transportation impact fee developers have to pay for each new home is high, but for a reason. For years, the fee ...

Clovis passes development fee reduction
- November 29, 2011
The Clovis City Council has approved a two-year development impact fee reduction in an effort to stimulate development in the city. At its Nov. 21 meeting, the council approved a temporary fee reduction that will begin Dec. 1 and continue for the next 24 months, after which the program will ...

DOE to hold hearing on developer impact fee for Leeward Oahu
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, HI - November 28, 2011
A public hearing is set for December to discuss development-related school impact fee proposals for Leeward Oahu. Under state law, the Department of Education is authorized to collect impact fees from all new residential development in certain areas. The law requires the designation of impact ...

Get to the bottom of sweetheart fee deals
St. Petersburg Times, FL - November 28, 2011
Just how many developers have received sweetheart deals from St. Petersburg City Hall? Officially, no one knows. City officials never attempted to find out, nor did they acknowledge publicly that some businesses were given unauthorized breaks on transportation impact fees. But Mayor ...

Vice Speaker Intros Bill Requiring GWA to Tell Customers About the
Guam News - November 27, 2011
Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz has introduced a bill requiring the Guam Waterworks Authority to notify ratepayer that a program is available that will help make GWA's System Development Charge [SDC] more affordable. The SDC is meant to help GWA recover the cost of hooking up a newly constructed ...

Sapphire Plaza owner asks for 7-year fee deferral
Orland Press, FL - November 25, 2011
A request by the owners of Sapphire Plaza to pay $124,000 in development impact fees over seven years was met with skepticism Monday by the Orland City Council. Interim City Manager Gail Wingard described it as an "unusual request" as far as he was concerned as most cities do not ...

Panel wants to raise city’s road impact fees
Daily Interlake, MT - November 25, 2011
A routine review of Kalispell’s transportation impact fees found they should be increased by about 12 percent for the next two years. The city’s impact fee advisory committee recently approved a fact-finding study done by the Public Works Department staff to develop recommended fees. The study ...

Sarasota Park Impact Fees to Stay
Patch.com, FL - November 23, 2011
Sarasota City Commissioner Shannon Snyder wanted the county to stop collecting park impact fees if the city would stop charging, but the county disagreed on the proposal. Commissioner Shannon Snyder had hoped his county counterparts would agree to stop collecting park impact fees ...

Corbett disputes claim that impact fee is tax
Connellsville Daily Courier, PA - November 22, 2011
Washington anti-tax guru Grover Norquist and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett are parting company. At least for now. Corbett on Monday rejected Norquist's contention that a levy on Marcellus shale drillers in H.B. 1950, legislation based on the governor's plan, would be a tax. Corbett ...

Governor Norquist Doesn't Like the House Impact Fee
Keystone Politics, PA - November 22, 2011
I’m late to this, but I didn’t see much discussion of Grover Norquist’s statement on the House impact fee last week: The nation’s chief tax definer, Grover Norquist, has published an open letter to Pennsylvania lawmakers. He calls the Corbett Administration-sponsored impact fee slated for a final ...

Impact fee waiver saves Oak Hill $320291
Hernando Today, FL - November 22, 2011
Oak Hill Hospital is the first big recipient of the county's decision to waive impact fees for a year. Building department statistics show the hospital will save about $320,291 from the board's decision. The hospital had already budgeted the money and was poised to pay it upon issuance of the building ...

Corbett: Norquist And I Have "A Difference Of Opinion" Over Impact Fee
Capitol Ideas with John L. Micek (blog), PA - November 21, 2011
It Ain't Exactly Martin Luther nailing his list of grievances to the cathedral door, but Gov. Tom Corbett put some daylight between himself and GOP tax enforcer Grover Norquist this afternoon, telling a packed house at the Pennsylvania Press Club that an impact fee bill now before the state Senate ...

Tucson expected to lose millions of dollars under impact fee law
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - November 21, 2011
The city of Tucson could lose millions in development impact fees under a new state law that will eliminate its ability to charge some of them. Impact fees are a one-time charge levied against new residential and commercial developments to offset costs of new growth, from additional needs in ...

Daytona Beach suspends 4 impact fees
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - November 17, 2011
The city has become the latest local government to impose a temporary moratorium on impact fees for new construction and developments. DeLand, Deltona, Edgewater and Volusia County all have impact fee moratoriums in place. The county passed its fee suspension last week. At their meeting ...

UP cuts developer fees
TheNewsTribune.com, WA - November 17, 2011
University Place will reduce a fee paid by developers and offer them additional incentives, surpassing other South Sound cities that have adopted similar tactics to try to revitalize their flagging business centers and sales tax bases. The City Council voted unanimously this week to cut the ...

Panel considers transportation impact fees
Daily Inter Lake, MT - November 17, 2011
Kalispell’s impact fee committee meets tonight to consider how much the city should charge for transportation impact fees over the next two years. The committee will meet with public works staffers to review the fee proposals and the future road projects and inflationary pressures used to justify ...

Editorial: Impact fee decision shows council has mixed priorities
Hollister Free Lance, CA - November 17, 2011
A majority of Hollister council members were out of touch with the community's priorities when they approved a completely irrational set of new traffic impact fees that stand to send an anti-business message to prospective developers. The Hollister council last week voted 3-2 in favor ...

Nancy Hicks: Impact fee freeze losing council supporters
Lincoln Journal Star, NE - November 16, 2011
Had impact fees followed the consumer price index, they would be about 11 percent higher than they were five years ago. So fees for an average new home, $4,685, would be about $5,188 next year, if the City Council had not frozen them for the past five years. But council support for the ...

County Suspends Annual Building Fee Increases
The Sacramento Press, CA - November 15, 2011
Sacramento County Supervisors have voted to suspend the automatic annual fee adjustments for several development impact fee programs. “As part of our ongoing effort to encourage business and job opportunities, and improve the local economy, we have held back automatic fee ...

Impact fees on the way out in Kingman
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - November 15, 2011
Council will take the final step tonight toward repealing nearly all impact fees, and it will also hold a public hearing regarding expected rate hikes to wastewater user fees and monthly fixed charges as well as water connection fees. Senate Bill 1525, which passed earlier this year, makes it so cities ...

UPlace lowers traffic impact fee by at least 20 percent
TheNewsTribune.com (blog), WA - November 14, 2011
The University City Council reduced Monday night the fee it assesses developers to help pay for improved streets to accommodate growth. Other revisions to the traffic impact fee include offering credits and allowing payment of the fee in installments. The revisions are intended to drive ...

Hernando County's vote on impact fees takes school district by surprise
Tampabay.com, FL - November 11, 2011
The Hernando School Board will decide Tuesday how to weigh in on the County Commission's decision to make a deeper cut in impact fees. Problem is, the board will be about four hours too late. The commission is slated to take a formal vote on the issue at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. The School ...

Apply reasonable fees for businesses
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News Online, MD - November 10, 2011
Flexibility is key to managing the uncertainties of today’s economy, especially when it comes to government policies. The City of Frederick found out as much recently when the investors behind Volt Restaurant balked at the $205,000 price tag for water and sewer impact fees to open another ...

Get rid of all impact fees
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - November 9, 2011
I noticed in Thursday's News-Journal that the city of Daytona Beach is considering suspending some impact fees. Why not all? The impact fee is hurting new growth, builders and businesses. I am glad to see that the city is getting smarter and realizes that impact fees are hurting growth, builders ...

Scarborough sets impact fees for Route 1 development
KeepMEcurrent.com, ME - November 9, 2011
The cost of commercial development in Scarborough has gone up, thanks to the implementation of impact fees tied to recent improvements at the intersection of Route 1 and Haigis Parkway. At its most recent meeting, Nov. 2, the Town Council unanimously approved a new ordinance that will ...

Solar groups commission impact study
The Desert Sun. CA - November 8, 2011
On the eve of a planned vote by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on a proposed $640 per-acre solar fee, opponents say county officials need to provide more facts and figures. Three solar industry trade groups announced Monday they have commissioned longtime Inland Empire ...

School Board votes to stop paying city stormwater fees
Ocala, FL - November 8, 2011
School Board officials threw off their gloves in their fight with the city of Ocala over the implementation of user fees, voting unanimously Tuesday night to immediately stop paying $9,500 per month in stormwater fees. The emergency vote came just three weeks after the city of Ocala ...

Riverside County solar fees could dwarf that of neighbors'
The Desert Sun, CA - November 6, 2011
When Kern County wanted to attract solar and other renewable energy projects to the region, it came up with a comprehensive plan on where it wanted to put the development — mostly on disturbed private land — and its likely impacts. And after negotiations with solar companies, county ...

Panel suggests axing some city charges
Daily Inter Lake, MT - November 5, 2011
Citing continued economic challenges in Whitefish, a committee tasked with reviewing the resort town’s impact fees has recommended dropping some of the fees. The committee also recommended the City Council consider either an in-house study or independent review of the impact fee schedule ...

Prescott Valley council chastises Legislature, homebuilders association on impact fee law
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ - November 4, 2011
The Town Council Thursday chastised the state Legislature for approving a state law that council members believe restricts the abilities of Arizona cities and towns to collect development impact fees. "I think, to summarize it, the Legislature should get a life," Mayor Harvey Skoog said at the start of ...

Impact fees on course to shrink
TampaBay.com, FL - November 2, 2011
With the local economy at a standstill, the Hernando County Commission on Tuesday decided that a further reduction in impact fees is needed to jump-start construction activity. Commissioners decided by consensus to roll back fees to 1999 levels and drop the fee for remodeling nonresidential ...

Mountain View council members split over contentious talk over affordable housing funds
San Jose Mercury News, CA - November 1, 2011
According to the agenda for Tuesday night, the Mountain View City Council was to consider a levying a fee on apartment developers for affordable housing funds. Instead, the study session went on for an extra hour, four council members voted to scrap the fee, and talk of a possible parcel tax ...

 
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