Latest News: December 2011

City adopts new impact fee system
Bonner County Daily Bee, ID - December 31, 2011
Individuals with aspirations for a new local home will soon have a fresh set of impact fees to pay. After some final tweaks, council members approved a new impact fee system developed by nationally recognized authorities at TischlerBise. The new fee structure, approved on Thursday, will go ...

Pasco's mobility fee will chart new course for county's growth
Tampa Bay Times, FL - December 30, 2011
As Florida begins an overhaul of its growth management policies, Pasco became one of a handful of communities this year on the cutting edge of developing a new tool to combat urban sprawl. You read that right. Pasco. Cutting edge. Combatting sprawl. Same sentence. How in the world ...

Committee wants to halt development impact fees
Seacoastonline.com, NH - December 30, 2011
After an initial review of the town's impact fees, the Impact Fee Subcommittee has recommended that school and recreation impact fees be suspended and water and sewer fees be condensed into a simplified systems development fee.  An impact fee is a fee that is implemented by a ...

Some impact fees to be refunded soon
Hometown News, FL - December 30, 2011
Refunding unused traffic impact fees, the topic of many a long discussion in the Indian River County Commission chambers this year, may soon find its way to the pockets of some county residents. The commissioners voted 4-1 during the Dec. 20 meeting to refund some of the money ...

Frederick aldermen look at water and sewer fees
Maryland Community News Online, MD - December 30, 2011
Home builders in Frederick city may soon pay less in water and sewer fees, while those who redevelop commercial property may pay nothing. When builders obtain a Frederick city building permit, they must pay an “impact fee” that the city uses to repay the debt it took on to build the water ...

Some Homeowners Due Refund on School Fees In Pleasanton
The Independent, CA - December 30, 2011
Some homeowners and developers are eligible for a partial refund on the fees that they paid the Pleasanton school district between January 2010 and Dec. 13, 2011. Robert Kingsley, a Folsom attorney who represents the district, told the school board Dec. 13 that anyone who paid the fee of $8.62 ...

Council makes right call on fees
The Herald, NC - December 30, 2011
Selma leaders have reached the conclusion - perhaps reluctantly - that businesses make decisions based on costs. Only in government could that be an epiphany. Last month, town leaders decided to lower the development fees paid by the highest-dollar projects in Selma. With a little ...

Sherwood City Council tables impact fee proposal
Polaskinews.net, AR - December 30, 2011
The Sherwood City Council voted 6-2 Monday to table “indefinitely” a proposal to enact impact fees. Alderman Tim McMinn made the motion and Alderman Charles Harmon seconded it. Besides McMinn and Harmon, the motion was supported by Aldermen Kenneth Keplinger, Toni Butler, ...

Possible impact fee changes discussed
Frederick News Post, MD - December 29, 2011
Frederick water and sewer impact fees may get shaken up a little in the new year if the mayor and Board of Aldermen vote in favor of proposed changes. During a city workshop Wednesday, aldermen discussed the effects of adjusting some fees and how they are allocated. The city collects ...

City impact fee options revised
Bonner County Daily Bee, ID - December 29, 2011
In an exhaustive four-hour meeting, city officials spent half the time making final revisions to the revised impact fee system last Wednesday. One of the biggest city projects to be completed before new council members are sworn in, the new impact fee system is based on extensive work by ...

MORENO VALLEY: Council to consider reducing developer fees
Press-Enterprise, AZ - December 28, 2011
The Moreno Valley City Council will consider lowering the fees it charges developers, which officials say are higher than those in many Inland communities. Barry Foster, the city’s community and economic development director, said that by reducing the financial barriers to growth ...

Rialto approves increases in development fees
San Bernardino Sun, CA - December 28, 2011
Rialto City Council Tuesday night unanimously voted to approve sweeping increases in development impact fees, many for the first time in more than a decade. The revised fees, which will be phased in over a period of four years, places Rialto in the middle with its fee structure, ...

Mayor voices concerns with Summit's storm water management fee
Twinsburg Bulletin, OH - December 28, 2011
Mayor Katherine Procop opposes a proposed countywide storm water management plan that would cost homeowners around $12 a year for the next two years and raise between $5 million and $6 million for mitigation projects throughout the county. Procop voiced her concerns with the proposal ...

Coupeville refunds park fees
Whidbey Examiner, WA - December 22, 2011
More than a year after a state auditor told the Town of Coupeville to refund park impact fees that it had improperly spent on installing a sidewalk, 14 property owners got their fee money back – plus interest. The town will refund a total of $13,538. A letter was sent to each property owner ...

Impact fee refunds big issue for county
VeroBeachOnline.com, FL - December 22, 2011
Local activist Charlie Wilson says the county may be liable for tens of millions of dollars in impact fee refunds to developers whose projects went bust when the real es tate boom collapsed. “Court suits are either in place or pending that could leave taxpayers on the hook for upwards of $50 million ...

Commissioners agree to return unspent impact fees to group of Vero Beach ...
Vero Beach Press-Journal, FL - December 21, 2011
The last Vero Beach property owners who paid into a $132,159 traffic-impact fee fund will see refunds in the next three months, county commissioners agreed Tuesday. In a 4-1 vote, commissioners agreed to return the unspent fees, which have been sitting in a county fund since 1999, ...

County suspends impact fees again for 2012
Gulf Breeze News, FL - December 21, 2011
Santa Rosa County Commissioners have extended the suspension of transportation impact fees for the fourth year, through December 2012. Any new construction – residential or commercial – that would normally be assessed a transportation impact fee during the building permit process in ...

Gilbert reduces impact-fee structure
Arizona Republic, AZ - December 20, 2011
Developers in Gilbert will pay about 6 percent less in impact fees after the Town Council last week adopted a new rate structure as mandated by state law. Senate Bill 1525, signed by the governor earlier this year, added restrictions on how municipalities can assess developer fees and ...

Builders ask for help from the county
Gainesville Sun, FL - December 19, 2011
In the extended down economy, area builders are pushing Alachua County commissioners for changes they say would assist local businesses. In meetings with individual commissioners, representatives of the Builders Association of North Central Florida pressed for a moratorium on the ...

St. Petersburg's inquiry into hotel developer's fee break lacked vigor, records show.
Tampabay.com, FL - December 18, 2011
With the stroke of a pen at the dizzying height of the building boom, a city employee made $219,951 vanish. When Don Tyre, a plans examiner, altered a permit for a nine-story Hilton hotel about seven years ago, it violated a county ordinance, siphoned city revenue away from roads ...

Lake commissioners extend moratorium on transportation impact fees
Orlando Sentinel, FL - December 14, 2011
County commissioners agreed this week to move ahead with extending a moratorium on collecting transportation impact fees for the next year. Commissioner Welton Cadwell has long supported impact fees for building and improving roads. However, he said he wouldn't support collecting ...

Hearing attendees mostly favor impact fee suspension
Martinsburg Journal, WV - December 14, 2011
At a public hearing held by the Jefferson County Commission Wednesday night, 10 people spoke in support of a request by the Jefferson County Development Authority to suspend commercial impact fees for two to four years, while four people spoke against the suspension of those fees. JCDA ...

Debateable: Would development fee change work in the real world?
Bakersfield Californian, CA - December 10, 2011
City staff and council members have been debating how to ease the burden of a $12,870 fee developers pay for each new house they build. The aim is to breathe life back into the industry. How about adding the fee to buyers' property taxes? Temporarily cutting the fee? Directing ...

Peoria must reduce impact fees to comply with new state law
AZ Central.com, AZ - December 9, 2011
Starting next year , Peoria can no longer charge homebuilders a fee for trash containers or solid-waste vehicles to service new homes. Any future expansion of municipal buildings such as the City Court cannot come from those fees either. The new rules are the result of a new state law dealing ...

Maple Valley makes changes to traffic impact fees
Maple Valley Reporter, WA - December 7, 2011
Developers in Maple Valley will have an easier time calculating their transportation impact fee (TIF) when applying for permits. The Maple Valley City Council voted at its Nov. 28 meeting to repeal the ordinance pertaining to TIFs replaced it with a new ordinance. Under the previous ...

Road impact fee exemption extended to spur downtown Bonita Springs
Naples Daily News, FL - December 7, 2011
With redevelopment efforts finally showing signs of life in downtown Bonita Springs, City Council members on Wednesday unanimously voted to extend a road impact fee exemption for projects built in the district. The exemption was set to end at the beginning of next year but will be extended ...

Maple Valley City Council approves new School Impact Fee
Maple Valley Reporter, WA - December 6, 2011
Maple Valley City Council voted to approve a new School Impact Fee (SIF) as a part of the 2011-2016 Capital Facilities Plan at its Nov. 28 meeting. The new SIF raises the single family permit fee from $7,791 to $7,896, a $105 increase. The multiple family fee was raised from $2,920 to $3063, ...

City considers new road impact fee
Denton Record Chronicle, TX - December 5, 2011
Denton city leaders are considering charging developers a new fee to help pay for street improvements. Under a plan presented Monday, the city would impose a road impact fee on developers whose projects are expected to create additional traffic. The fees would help fund new streets and ...

Board looking at deferring collection of school impact fees
Carroll County Times, MD - December 2, 2011
The impact fee paid by developers to address school capacity issues may not be collected for two years if the Carroll County Board of Commissioners act on a suggestion by the county's leading budget advisor. The county's impact fee provides facilities and infrastructure improvements for ...

 
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