Latest News: November 2012

Valley home builders challenge Tulare County fee plan
Fresno Bee, CA - November 29, 2012
A lobbyist for southern San Joaquin Valley home builders is suing Tulare County over development impact fees. The Home Builders Association of Tulare-Kings Counties alleges that the county's push for cities to collect county impact fees from developments inside city limits is illegal and ...

Palm Beach County school district impact fee revenue to drop
Palm Beach Post, FL - November 29, 2012
Palm Beach County Schools would get less help from developers to pay for the district’s billions of dollars in construction needs, under a recommendation this week by the county’s impact fee review committee “but it’s better than zero,” said School District Facilities Planning and Coordination ...

Wildomar's Proposed Fee Hike Could Deter Development In The City, Critics Argue
Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch, CA - November 28, 2012
Mayor Pro Tem Tim Walker and councilwoman Marsha Swanson say the city's proposed development impact fee schedule is too high and could stunt construction. At the strong urging of two Wildomar city council members, city staff will take another look at a proposed plan that increases ...

Impact fees waived in Lincoln for two more years
Valley Breeze, RI - November 28, 2012
LINCOLN - Citing business growth over the past year, the Town Council voted at its meeting on Nov. 20 to extend the impact fee waiver for another two years. Impact fees were originally waived for the 2011 and 2012 calendar years, with the exception of those collected for major residential ...

City attorney’s opinion on fee refund released to public
Snohomish County News, WA - November 28, 2012
The city attorney had recommended back in September that the City Council refund homeowners for overcharged school impact fees rather than the home builder. “I would recommend refunding the overpaid amount to the current owners of the underlying lots rather than to the original developer,” ...

Santa Cruz City Council weighs traffic fee revision, more desal spending
Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA - November 26, 2012
In an effort to boost the city's attractiveness among small business owners, the City Council on Tuesday will consider revising a traffic fee to lessen the financial burden. The council's Competitive Task Force has recommended a number of changes to the traffic impact fee that developers ...

Council Votes To Simplify Impact-Fee System
Albuquerque Journal, NM - November 20, 2012
Albuquerque city councilors voted late Monday to simplify the city's impact-fee system and reduce the cost of building on the West Side. The council voted 6-3 in favor of an ordinance that overhauls the way City Hall determines how much to charge developers for the parks, roads and other ...

City’s Impact Fee Program Should Be Fair to Everyone
Albuquerque Journal, NM - November 19, 2012
The current impact fee program is one of the critical underpinnings of the city's Planned Growth Strategy that was adopted by the City Council in 2004. At its heart is the city's Impact Fee system, which is designed to ensure that new development/growth pays its fair share of the costs ...

ABQ Council Wants Simpler Impact Fees
Albuquerque Journal, NM - November 19, 2012
The simpler, the better. That seemed to be the theme of the night Monday, when Albuquerque city councilors agreed to simplify the city’s impact-fee system and reduce the cost of building on the West Side. The council voted 6-3 in favor of an ordinance that overhauls the way City Hall determines ...

City’s Impact Fee Program Should Be Fair to Everyone
Albuquerque Journal, NM - November 19, 2012
The current impact fee program is one of the critical underpinnings of the city’s Planned Growth Strategy that was adopted by the City Council in 2004. At its heart is the city’s Impact Fee system, which is designed to ensure that new development/growth pays its fair share of the costs of ...

Montgomery Co. exempts projects near Metro from special transportation impact fee
Washington Business Journal, MD - November 16, 2012
The Montgomery County Council has settled on a formula for deciding how much a developer will pay, prior to a building permit award, to offset their project’s burden on the road and transit network. The revised policy, which takes effect Jan. 1, offers a big incentive to build near transit. Projects ...

Collaboration leads to victory on county impact fee policy
Colorado Springs Gazette, CO - November 15, 2012
Real estate developers spent years wrangling with county officials about transportation impact fees but both sides hailed a new program that was finalized Thursday. “This is probably the most complicated policy this board has dealt with in my five years,” said commission chairwoman Amy Lathen. ...

Builders in Redding balk at preliminary impact study
Record Searchlight, CA - November 14, 2012
A consultant's study indicates Redding would have to nearly double its park development impact fees to maintain the level of services the city offers. The study, barely a draft at this stage, is part of a comprehensive evaluation of whether the city's development impact fees are where they should be. ...

Rauvadage developer pushes Maitland to sell impact fees
Winter Park Observer, FL - November 14, 2012
Hours after members of the Maitland City Council adopted a resolution announcing the city is open for business, they took a first-of-its-kind step toward trying to bring that businesses in by attempting to create an open market for the sale of city impact fee credits for capital. in February, ...

Bartow rejects impact fee waiver
Bartow News Chief, FL - November 12, 2012
Commissioner A.J. Jackson, who's remained opposed to an extension, questioned Nov. 5 whether the one-year moratorium was effective. He said neighboring cities witnessed growth this year that surpassed Bartow's new construction, and none of those cities lifted impact fees. "The time has ...

Investment requires more than delay ploys
Tampabay.com, FL - November 10, 2012
To appease a special interest, some Hernando commissioners are poised to empty the county's contingency budget just 45 days into the fiscal year. It's a bad idea aimed at propping up an even worse one — extending the county's moratorium on school impact fees. Last week Commission ...

Peoria researches new fee schedules
Independent Newsmedia, AZ - November 5, 2012
Peoria officials are studying changes to development impact fees and services fees. Impact fees are assessed to help fund one-time capital infrastructure costs from new development in the city. Service fees are charged when activities provide direct benefits to specific groups. Development-service ...

Monroe may cut school impact fee to spur building
HeraldNet, WA - November 4, 2012
The City Council is considering reducing the fees developers are charged to reduce the impact of growth on schools. A 7 p.m. meeting is set for Tuesday in the council chambers, 806 W. Main St. The fees have become a hot issue during previous council and Monroe School Board meetings. The city ...

Eastern Shipbuilding gets fee waiver
The News Herald, FL - November 4, 2012
Port St. Joe commissioners have unanimously approved the waiver of water and sewer impact fees for Eastern Shipbuilding Group, eliminating another hurdle as the company moves ahead with expansion into Gulf County. A company representative said there remained some hurdles but the ...

Richland looking for school money sources
Tri-CityHerald.com, WA - November 3, 2012
Of the hundreds of new homes built in Richland in recent years, the bulk have been built south and west of the city's core. Schools are so overcrowded in those areas that some students are bused into central Richland so they have a classroom. It's also part of the reason the district is asking ...

Wisdom of investing in schools escapes commissioners
Tampabay.com, FL - November 3, 2012
Hernando's County Commission and School Board members gathered in the same room this week, congratulated themselves for doing so and talked about the need to get together more often to work through shared concerns. Then they spent three hours talking but not listening. By the close ...

Audit finds no problems with two previous audits of impact fee mistake
Tampabay.com, FL - November 2, 2012
An external auditor has found no improprieties in two city audits completed after a 2004 fee break cost the public $219,000. The Clearwater-based firm Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. told the City Council on Thursday that it also did a limited review of how city staffers calculated transportation ...

 
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