Latest News: December 2009

Growth issues dominate agendas
Charleston Post Courier, SC - December 31, 2009
A running battle over levying impact fees to help pay for growth dominated the politics of both Summerville and Dorchester County this year. Meanwhile, MeadWestvaco in September and December unveiled plans for developing the Watson Hill and East Edisto ...

Twin Falls city officials consider increasing fees to fund growth-related projects
Twin Falls Times-News, ID - December 30, 2009
Impact fees may be on the rise in Twin Falls, which would increase costs for those building new homes or businesses in the city. Under Idaho code, the city is allowed to collect impact fees on new construction to help pay for police, fire, parks and street projects ...

Salisbury impact fees debate stalled
Delmarva Daily Times, MD - December 28, 2009
City councils have for years been trying to agree on an impact fee ordinance. After commissioning a study, the City Council discussed implementing the fees on at least two occasions this year, but nothing was moved past a work session. City Administrator ...

Council reactivates impact fee question
Charleston Post Courier, SC - December 28, 2009
Transportation impact fees haven't hit the wall yet in Dorchester County. Less than a month ago, County Council postponed "for at least a year" asking its planning commission to recommend whether and how to impose the fees to improve roads. Now, council ...

New study sheds light on county impact fees
News-Sun, FL - December 25, 2009
The (Highlands) county-appointed Impact Fee Board discussed last week several changes to land uses and the possibility of asking commissioners to re-address the impact fees in the upcoming year. In June, Commissioners voted to suspend impact fees for one year ...

Orland fees go back to go forward
Orland Press Register, CA - December 24, 2009
The 2009 recalculation of building impact fees was supposed to make the schedule easier for business owners and others to understand. However, Orland officials discovered it had the opposite effect, so the City Council reversed the summer action this week - putting ...

Orland council deals with fees, commissions
Enterprise-Record, CA - December 23, 2009
The Orland City Council made decisions Monday night that included changes to commercial and industrial impact fees and appointments to several city commissions. The council also talked about whether or not to re-establish a Planning Commission. However, it was ...

Impact fee committee ponders new study
Tampa Tribune, FL - December 23, 2009
Unless the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners acted beforehand, a moratorium on impact fees would go away and the fees would automatically be reinstated on July 1. The impact fees initially went into effect on Jan. 1, 2007 and continued ...

Future of local impact fees discussed
Greenville Herald-Banner, TX - December 23, 2009
An appointed committee has begun the process of updating how the City of Greenville assesses impact fees to help pay for local economic development. The Capital Improvements Advisory Committee (CIAC) met Monday evening, immediately after the end of the Planning ...

Kalispell Council Votes to Ease Impact Fee for Downtown Business
Flathead Beacon, MT - December 22, 2009
Kalispell City Council members took away very different messages from a Monday night vote to reduce the burden of impact fees on a small business trying to relocate from one part of downtown to another. The debate concerned a request by PB&J, a Christian ...

Hurricane to look at impact fees
St. George Daily Spectrum, UT - December 21, 2009
City officials have paired with local developers and representatives from homeowner's associations to form a task force designed to find ways to reduce Hurricane's impact fees. In recent years developers have been highly critical of Hurricane and its impact fees, which ...

Guest column: Howard acts to aid building of homes
Green Bay Press Gazette - December 21, 2009
New homebuyers purchasing a home in Howard will find it more affordable to own a home. The Village Board voted to enact a new ordinance, effective Nov. 27, which will amend its current impact fee ordinance to reduce impact fees substantially for both single and ...

On The Agenda: PB&J's Fee Lowered
Flathead Beacon, MT - December 21, 2009
Kalispell City Council meets for the last time this year to vote on whether to lower the impact fees to be assessed the PB&J bookstore and cafe, in its plan to relocate, from about $1,800 to less than $200. PB&J's owner, Nancy Johnson, previously asked to have her ...

Transportation impact fees now law in Lower Macungie
Allentown Morning Call - December 20, 2009
Developers who build in Lower Macungie can now expect to get hit with thousands of dollars worth of fees when they add traffic to township roads with new homes and businesses. Township commissioners last week approved a new law that imposes an ...

Pittsburgh debates 'fair-share' tax
Providence Journal, RI - December 20, 2009
Facing declining revenue and a growing presence of tax-exempt colleges and universities, a former manufacturing center proposes a student tax. Sound familiar? Earlier this year, it was Providence, as Mayor David N. Ciclline was looking to close a $17-million ...

Farmington raises impact fees
StandardNet, UT - December 19, 2009
Impact fees for developments will be increased even as a developer warned city officials they are sending the wrong signal to companies that may want to locate here. A new road impact fee schedule was approved Tuesday night by a 4-0 vote of the city council and is ...

Majority of road impact fees will decrease despite increase
Windsor Beacon, CO - December 19, 2009
Even with the approval of the road impact fees increase, there’s going to be an overall decrease in 20 land use categories for the fees in 2010. The contradictory resolution passed by the Windsor Town Board last Monday night is the result of a postponed increase ...

Relocation Tests Kalispell's Impact Fee Policy
Flathead Beacon, MT - December 17, 2009
Kalispell officials are attempting to mitigate the effect the city's transportation impact fee policy would have on a small downtown business attempting to relocate, but currently can't because the fees it may be charged are too high. The controversial fees ...

St. Lucie OKs hike in impact fees of $3000 per new home
Fort Pierce Tribune, FL - December 16, 2009
Impact fees will go up by about $3,000 on new homes after Commissioners opted early Wednesday to follow staff recommendations on adjusting the fees. The County Commission voted 4-1 with Commissioner Chris Craft voting against. Impact ...

City takes up sewer, water rate hikes
Bonner County Daily Bee, ID - December 16, 2009
The City Council is conducting a public hearing tonight to set new rates for water and sewer customers now that voters have approved a bond to update the lakeside water treatment plant. The full council meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Base water and sewer rates for ...

City of Miami may lose $317000 in overdue impact fees
Miami Today, FL - December 16, 2009
Taking action too late in the game, the City of Miami may never collect much of more than $317,000 in impact fees overdue since 2005. Legal deadlines limit lawsuits to four years after the original fees were due — and that line was exceeded in two of the ...

City plan commission endorses impact fee
Greenfield Daily Reporter, IN - December 15, 2009
The Greenfield Advisory Plan Commission has recommended approval of an impact fee that would charge future home builders about $1,000 per building permit to fund parks infrastructure. Plan commission members asked a variety of questions about the ...

County commission suspends impact fees
Santa Rosa Press Gazette, FL - December 15, 2009
Santa Rosa commissioners seem to be wavering over a fee they implemented in 2006. The transportation impact fee that was implemented in an effort to raise money for road improvements in Santa Rosa County is steadily becoming the road less traveled. At ...

Miami inquiry treads familiar ground
MiamiHerald.com FL - December 15, 2009
As it explores how Miami moved millions from account to account to balance its troubled budget, the Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation with striking parallels to an earlier case that pinpointed fraud in Miami's books. A decade after the SEC ...

Grand Junction City Council delays transportation fee increase again
Grand Junction Sentinel, CO - December 14, 2009
Grand Junction City Council members will delay increasing a transportation impact fee for a second year. The city asks commercial and industrial developers to pay Transportation Capacity Payments to help pay for traffic impacts brought on by new ...

Tavares to consider waiving impact fees
Orlando Sentinel, FL - December 14, 2009
In an effort to spur development, City Council members will consider Wednesday whether to give builders a pass on impact fees for new construction. City staffers developed a proposal that would eliminate impact fees for a year to encourage developers to build ...

Jerome Council to ponder impact fees
Twin Falls Times-News, ID - December 13, 2009
Growth in Jerome is projected to take off in the next 10 years. And somebody will have to pay for it. The Jerome City Council on Tuesday will consider adding a chapter addressing impact fees to the city’s proposed comprehensive plan. But questions loom over whether ...

Developer sues Palo Alto over affordable housing requirements
San Jose Mercury News, CA - December 13, 2009
Palo Alto is defending its low-income housing program against a lawsuit from a private developer who argues the city has no right to require him to pay for below-market-rate units. John Mozart, the builder behind the 96-unit Sterling Park housing development ...

NC court rules for developers in Union
CharlotteObserver.com, NC - December 10, 2009
The N.C. Appeals Court has ruled that Union County can't require developers to pay for new schools, making Union the second county to unsuccessfully fend off developers who say they shouldn't have to pay such fees. Homebuilders had sued Union County over its ...

Sacramento County cuts some development fees
Sacramento Business Journal, CA - December 9, 2009
After a lengthy review of its fee structures, Sacramento County is reducing development fees by 20 percent for its North Vineyard Station area in the hopes that homebuilders with plans in there will be able to launch their developments. Lennar Homes expects ...

Titusville may drop transportation impact fees
Florida Today, FL - December 8, 2009
Sandra Jankovich wants to turn an empty parking lot into a fast-food restaurant and create 37 new jobs. The lifelong resident said she planned to open the Taco Bell-Long John Silvers in Titusville, but it will save her almost $105,000 in transportation impact fees if ...

Town may implement water resource fee
Explorer News, AZ - December 8, 2009
In 2010, the Town of Marana may establish the first groundwater resource acquisition and development fee in its water rate structure. Revenues from that proposed fee, up for public hearing Jan. 5, would be used to "isolate and pay for all the costs of water resource ...

Dorchester County Council Strikes Down Impact Fee
WCIV, SC - December 7, 2009
It’s a win for builders in Dorchester County, but could it slow down drivers? Monday night Dorchester County considered charging builders a fee for each house they build to help pay for roads and ease traffic, but council shot it down for another year with a 4-3 ...

Realtors oppose Dorchester impact fee
Greenville News, SC - December 6, 2009
Dorchester County Council is expected Monday to discuss a new impact fee that would generate new dollars for road widening and other highway projects.  But the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors is hoping to put the brakes on the idea, its government ...

Impact fee would aid parks
Greenfield Daily Reporter, IN - December 5, 2009
Greenfield home builders would be charged about $1,000 per building permit next year under a new proposal to fund future trails and park space.  Local officials tout an "impact fee" for new houses as a fair way to raise money for future infrastructure like trails as the city ...

Local mayors concerned over state finances
Cherokee Tribune, GA - December 4, 2009
The state's lingering fiscal crisis and its potential impact on city governments is on the minds of Cherokee County's mayors and council members.  The Cherokee Municipal Association this week heard an update from the Georgia Municipal Association regarding ...

Cash crunch fuels fight over impact fees
CharlotteObserver.com, NC - December 3, 2009
The battle over who should pay the costs of growth in Cabarrus County is intensifying as a major developer now says it shouldn't have to pay fees dedicated for new schools. Crescent Resources last month became the latest developer to sue the county over its ...

County extends impact fee halt
Fernandina Beach News-Leader, FL - December 3, 2009
The Nassau County Commission has voted to extend by six months its suspension of impact fee collection. The commission voted 4-1 on Nov. 23 to continue the suspension, with Commissioner Mike Boyle dissenting. The commission suspended impact fees ...

Realtor: Housing market stabilizing
Tampa Tribune, FL - December 3, 2009
In October, the average sales price for an existing single-family home in Hernando County was $117,932, down from $122,494 one year earlier. The median sales price of homes was down, as was the median list price. But despite all that, Marilyn Pearson-Adams, ...

Wendle out as Collier builders executive director
Naples Daily News - December 3, 2009
After less than nine months at the helm, Bill Wendle is no longer leading the Collier Building Industry Association.  "It was by mutual agreement with David Aldridge,” Wendle said Thursday afternoon. Aldridge, who will replace Tom Lykos as association president ...

Collier impact fee deferral program suspended
Naples Daily News, FL - December 2, 2009
With a glut of unoccupied properties crowding Collier County's real estate market, there is no longer a need to develop affordable housing, with some exceptions, commissioners agreed Tuesday. Commissioners suspended the impact fee deferral program ...

School fee proposal fair, pragmatic solution
Hilton Head Island Packet, SC - December 1, 2009
A recommendation to exempt the developer of 100 acres on Lady's Island from some of the school development fees required by a Beaufort County ordinance raisesconcerns.  After all, new home construction tends to be accompanied by overcrowding ...

Collier County votes to suspend affordable housing fee program.
Marco Eagle, FL - December 1, 2009
Collier County commissioners unanimously approved suspension of the affordable housing impact fee deferral program.  The exception: 36 agreements with Habitat for Humanity for 100 percent deferral of impact fees, valued at $531,498. An impact fee is money ...

 
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