Latest News: February 2008

House Panel Rejects Proposal to Revise Home Builder Fees
Washington Post, DC - February 29, 2008
The Virginia General Assembly rejected a proposal Thursday to overhaul the way home builders contribute money to local governments for roads, schools and other services. A House of Delegates committee rejected legislation opposed by Northern ...

IMPACT FEE BILL SHELVED
The Free Lance-Star, VA - February 29, 2008
A bill to change the way localities get development to pay for itself was carried over until next year, with the understanding that developers and local governments will try to work out a compromise in the interim. The controversial bill, introduced by Sen. John ...

Destin closer to a decision on doubling impact fees
Destin Log, FL - February 29, 2008
Increasing fees on single-family homes while lowering them on shopping centers is a bad way to pay for new roads, Destin City Councilor Larry Williges says. "I find it hard to believe a single family is going to put more impact on the roads than a retail ...

Final decision on Destin impact fees ahead?
Destin Log, FL - February 29, 2008
Will Tuesday be the night Destin City Council decides whether to raise the city's impact fees? Last year a city consultant said Destin's fees should be increased by 10 to reflect the real impact of growth on roads, parks and other city services. The council voted instead...

Tom Hanson: Comissioners need to ignore the builder’s noise
Marconews, FL - February 29, 2008
The Lee County Commissioners should not give in to the silence of hammers, saws and bulldozers. They don't need to panic. There is no need to make a knee-jerk reaction in hopes of giving life to a struggling local economy. Lowering or even temporarily halting ...

Proffers Stay in Virginia -- For Now
WTOP, DC - February 29, 2008
Lawmakers delayed until next year a proposal to drastically change the way developers help pay for municipal services required by new development. The move is seen as a big victory for Northern Virginia localities that are pressed by sprawl and the housing market's ...

Developers' fee increase popular idea to pay for roads
Beaverton Valley Times, OR - February 28, 2008
Whether Washington County developers will have to pay more than twice the amount they are paying now – and in some cases 14-fold – to pay for transportation needs, is a question that will likely be answered by voters this spring. At issue is increasing traffic ...

Lehi's fee hike riles builders
Deseret News, UT - February 28, 2008
After 10 years without raising impact fees for building permits, the Lehi City Council decided to make up for it in one night. The three attending councilmen voted Tuesday night to raise the fees from $9,902 to $16,521.07, creating unhappiness among local builders ...

New homeowners to be charged water fee
Farmington Daily Times, NM - February 28, 2008
More new homeowners will pay a $900 water service fee after the City Council voted to expand water service areas this week. "They prefer this to drilling a well or hauling water up to those locations," Community Development Director Mike Sullivan said. "Almost ...

Is this a good time to buy a big new park?
The DeLand-Deltona Beacon, FL - February 28, 2008
If the City of DeLand must cut $1.3 million to $3 million from its budget this year because of tax reform, a large part of the job — perhaps the whole job — could be accomplished by axing one whopping $1.6 million item. Cut that one budgeted expense, and ...

City staff working up fee increase numbers
Bakersfield Californian, CA - February 28, 2008
Bakersfield City Council members got an update Wednesday on the process that will produce a new impact fee on housing development. Over the next two months the city and county will be working to verify that the list of projects on which the fee will be based is ...

Cary prepares for impact hike hearing
News 14 Carolina, NC - February 28, 2008
Rex Bost owns Cary-Based Bost Custom Homes. In office, he looked over plans for a luxury home he's building. But like many of the houses he's built, that one isn't in Cary. Bost Custom homes has only pulled one permit to build a home in Cary in the last seven years," ...

Specific impact fees OK'd for new homes, businesses in Windham
Eagle Tribune, MA - February 28, 2008
Public safety impact fees inspired strong feelings on both sides of the fence last night, with the main arguments centered on whether fees are fair and if they deter economic development. Ultimately, in a 5-2 vote, the Planning Board adopted fees for new home and business ...

Impact fee bill delayed until next year
WSLS.com, VA - February 28, 2008
Lawmakers have delayed until next year a proposal to drastically change the way developers help pay for municipal services required by new development. The House Rules Committee agreed Thursday to postpone the bill to allow further negotiations between ...

Impact Fee Bill Heading for Roadblock?
Loudoun Connection, VA - February 27, 2008
A bill that would take the right to negotiate the amount builders and developers contribute to schools, fire and police protection and roads out of the hands of local government has been sent to the Virginia House of Delegates rules committee where opponents believe ...

Commission postpones impact fee vote
The News-Press, FL - February 27, 2008
As work bottoms out and layoffs mount, builders and developers all but begged Lee County Commission to use the defibrillator. Unfazed, commissioners didn't see an impact fee reduction as a life-and-death matter. Commissioners put off a much-anticipated decision ...

County may lose millions in impact fees
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - February 27, 2008
A temporary impact fee reduction that took effect in January will cost the county millions in revenue this year, it is estimated. Had the fees been rolled back last year, it would have cost the county more than $14 million, according an estimate by county budget director ...

Beaverton plan sets fees to pay for roads
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com, OR - February 27, 2008
The City Council will move ahead with plans for two new fees to pay for road projects. One would charge property owners a monthly fee based on the traffic their property generates; homeowners, for instance, would pay $3 to $4 a month. The second fee would be ...

Dixon council approves increase in impact fees
TheReporter.com, CA - February 27, 2008
In two separate actions Tuesday night, the Dixon City Council approved increases in impact fees and rallied behind veterans groups regarding their meeting facility. The council voted 3-1 to approve proposed impact fee increases for commercial and residential ...

Impact fees going up in Lehi
Daily Herald, UT - February 27, 2008
Members of the real-estate community have until May 27 to get building permits before impact fees increase dramatically in Lehi, adding to the cost of new homes built there. The Lehi City Council unanimously approved a hike in impact fees Tuesday. The impact ...

House panel expected to table impact fee bill for further study
The Virginian-Pilot, VA - February 26, 2008
Legislation that would fundamentally change the way developers contribute to localities to help pay for infrastructure needed by new homes appears headed toward General Assembly limbo. The bill by Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, would replace voluntary cash ...

Lee commissioners delay decision to roll back or waive building
Bonitanews (subscription), FL - February 26, 2008
Lee County commissioners decided Tuesday to wait two weeks before deciding whether to roll back or waive building impact fees. That, builders said, means a de facto building moratorium. "What the county commission has done today is a de facto moratorium," said ...

Lee commission delays impact-fee vote
The News-Press, FL - February 26, 2008
Lee County Commissioners today voted to put off a much-anticipated decision on whether to eliminate or decrease impact fees. Commissioners told staff to report back to the board in two weeks with more information before it makes a decision. More than 175 ...

Impact fees still in the future for Fruitland
Ontario Argus Observer, OR - February 26, 2008
Unlike neighboring cities, Fruitland city officials have yet to tackle the question of whether to establish impact fees for new development to help pay for new infrastructure, and, at the moment, the question will remain unresolved. Ontario has been hammering out the detail ...

Home Builders Won't See Any Reduction In Impact Fees
Polk County Democrat, FL - February 25, 2008
Homebuilders in Polk County won't be seeing a break on impact fees. County Commissioner Jack Myers, who introduced a plan to cut several impact fees by 50 percent, found no support on Wednesday, and an amended plan - to cut the fees by 25 percent, failed 3-2. ...

City road fees back up for discussion
Bakersfield Californian, CA - February 25, 2008
Bakersfield is about three months away from adopting a new impact fee to pay for future freeways but the amount is still up in the air. The City Council will get an update on the issue at its meeting Wednesday. Although City Manager Alan Tandy proposed the fee ...

Standing room only for impact fee discussion
Houston Home Journal, GA - February 25, 2008
If Perry needs new fire stations and parks to serve a growing population, as more and more subdivision are built, who should bear the cost? Those who support impact fees believe that since the impact comes from new construction, builders and developers ...

Editorial: Don’t take economic stimulus too far
Bonitanews, FL - February 25, 2008
Lee County commissioners are considering ramping up public works projects to pump up the local economy. They have their eye on launching $169 million worth of road, utility, park, library and other projects by September.  At the same time, commissioners ...

Council to get briefing on impact fee boost
Bakersfield Californian, CA - February 25, 2008
Bakersfield is about three months away from adopting a new impact fee to pay for future freeways, but the amount is still up in the air. The City Council will get an update on the issue at its meeting Wednesday. Although City Manager Alan Tandy proposed the ...

Economic Impact: Roads
ForConstructionPros.com, MD - February 25, 2008
It takes impact fee money to build roads. So the list of projects for the upcoming year is short. Those county coffers are drying up with the downturn in the housing market and the economy in general, leaving many planned road improvements on indefinite hold. But ...

City board agrees on final SDC
Ontario Argus Observer, OR - February 24, 2008
The Ontario Public Works Committee voted Thursday on one last element of its system development charges (SDC) recommendation for the City Council and may have a draft SDC ordinance ready to discuss as early as its next meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday. Members, ...

Public safety impact fees up for discussion in Windham
Eagle Tribune, MA - February 24, 2008
Some say impact fees are eminently fair. Others say they are punitive. On Wednesday, the Planning Board will take comment at a public hearing before voting on whether to adopt public safety impact fees. If approved, the fees would be charged to new residential ...

Road impact fees starting to take shape
Daily Inter Lake, MT - February 24, 2008
That means that Kalispell’s proposed road impact fees have some blank spots for those stores plus convenience stories that close at night. Someone will have to pay for the extra work to fill in those blanks. The Kalispell City Council probably will be briefed on these ...

Lee may slash impact fees
The News-Press, FL - February 23, 2008
In an effort to help bolster the sluggish building industry, Lee commissioners Tuesday will consider temporarily eliminating or scaling back impact fees. Doing so could jeopardize at least one major road project in south Fort Myers. County Manager Don Stilwell laid ...

Commission to reconsider impact-fee rollback
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - February 23, 2008
Like most of his colleagues, Charlotte County Commission Chairman Tom D'Aprile wanted to help smaller builders when he voted to roll back impact fees. But the experiment has been deemed a failure by officials, who will now revisit the decision Tuesday. "I told ...

Man Bites Dog!
The Ledger, FL - February 22, 2008
Mark Feb. 20, 2008, down on the calendar - the day the Polk County Commission finally told Polk County Builders Association members that, this time, they weren't going to have it their way. A "Man Bites Dog!" moment in Bartow.It wasn't just that the movement to cut ...

Park impact fees disagreement continues
Enterprise-Record, CA - February 22, 2008
The city of Oroville and the Feather River Recreation and Park District remain deadlocked over the park development impact fees for the park district, Tuesday. City Council reviewed a staff proposal to increase city park development impact fees and give council ...

Clay close to impact fee decision
Florida Times-Union, FL - February 22, 2008
The Clay County Commission could take action Tuesday on a controversial road impact fee, four months and multiple revisions after the new revenue source was first proposed. The fee, which would be imposed on all new residential and nonresidential ...

House speaker says homebuilders’ impact fee bill raises unanswered concerns
Examiner.com - February 21, 2008
House Speaker Bill Howell said homebuilders' proposal to overhaul the way they reimburse local governments for growth raises too many unanswered concerns to be passed this session "It really does need to be looked at for another year or two," Howell told the Examiner ...

Builder Fees Are Not Cut
The Ledger, FL - February 21, 2008
County Commissioner Jack Myers on Wednesday couldn't find a second for his motion to cut most of Polk's impact fees in half and the proposal died. Myers then suggested a smaller, 25 percent cut in the fees but it failed in a 3-2 vote with Commission Chairman Sam ...

Horry impact fees vote delayed
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - February 21, 2008
Horry County Council delayed its vote Tuesday on an impact fee and instead opted to hold a workshop on the topic next week. The council also voted to approve new development guidelines that would require more new subdivisions to include green space and make ...

Polk County Rejects Plans To Cut Impact Fees
Tampa Tribune, FL - February 21, 2008
The Polk County Commission rejected a pair of efforts to roll back the county's impact fees during a contentious Wednesday afternoon hearing. County Commissioner Jack Myers' motion to reduce the fees by half was met with silence - and then grumbles from the overflow..

Builders to Stage Parking Lot Protest at County Building
The Ledger, FL - February 20, 2008
If you're planning a trip to Bartow this morning to conduct business at the courthouse or other county offices, be prepared for a parking crunch, courtesy of the Polk County Builders Association. PCBA leaders sent out fliers this week urging members to fill the parking ...

Dazzle 'em With Big Trucks
The Ledger, FL - February 20, 2008
If you have a weak argument, dazzle 'em with construction trucks and utility trailers. As an added benefit, those dazzlers will take up spaces in the parking lot of the Neil Combee Administration Building in Bartow. That way, it will be harder for opponents of slashing ...

County Will Consider Cutting Impact Fees
The Ledger, FL - February 20, 2008
Polk County commissioners today are poised to consider slashing impact fees for at least the next year. A proposed ordinance would reduce the impact fee for a new single-family home from $11,821 to $7,993. The bulk of the $3,828 reduction would be a $3,124 cut ...

Builders complain fees are piling up
Baltimore Sun, MD - February 20, 2008
Homebuilders in Anne Arundel County are paying some of the highest development fees in the Baltimore region -- and that's before county lawmakers consider how high to raise impact fees to offset the full burden of new projects. The county charges fees for planning ...

Howell: Impact-fee bill 'needs a little more work'
The Free Lance-Star, VA - February 20, 2008
If developers and local governments can't compromise on a bill to change the way developers pay for growth, the bill may be shunted into a study for a year. House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford, said he sent Sen. John Watkins' controversial bill to eliminate proffers ...

Siloam Springs Sets Impact Fee For Water To West Siloam Springs
Springdale Morning News, AR - February 20, 2008
An expansion to the Cherokee Nation casino in West Siloam Springs, Okla., will cost $890,000 in impact fees for water, according to Siloam Springs officials. Siloam Springs will sell water to West Siloam Springs, which will in turn supply the casino and its eight-story ...

C is for compromise
Baltimore Sun, United States - February 20, 2008
At the Arundel Center in Annapolis, there's a bit of a learning curve still going on. It seems to be most apparent in government relations, and by that we mean the relations between County Executive John R. Leopold and the County Council. Mr. Leopold, who has ...

Higher impact fees will pinch pocketbooks in Naples
Marconews (subscription), FL - February 20, 2008
Want to build a house in Naples, or remodel one of the homes for sale around town? Better start saving your pennies. Naples City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve changes to the city’s impact fee structure. Impact fees are used to pay for ...

Perry May Increase Taxes if Impact No Impact Fees
Today's MGT, GA - February 20, 2008
The city of Perry has been growing rapidly and in the past five years, it's grown almost thirty percent. The city is currently planning to build two new fire stations. The locations, will be in the northeast and southwest part of the city. They will help service the area ...

Lower Impact Fee Plans Dies
The Ledger, FL - February 20, 2008
The plan to cut Polk County's impact fees died Wednesday afternoon after no one would second County Commissioner Jack Myers' motion to reduce the fees on a new home from $11,821 to $7,996. A subsequent attempt to impose a smaller, 25 percent cut in the ...

Hamilton Twp. creating committee for impact fees
Lebanon Western Star, OH - February 20, 2008
The Hamilton Twp. trustees are starting an Impact Fee Advisory Committee and seeking residents willing to join. Community Development Director Gary Boeres said the purpose of a committee would be to review proposed improvement projects for township ...

Hamilton Twp. looks into cost of developing park
Lebanon Western Star, OH - February 20, 2008
Hamilton Twp. trustees authorized Community Development Director Gary Boeres earlier this month to continue looking into the cost of developing a park, off Stubbs Mill Road. "If we're going to look at it further, then I think people should know what we're doing," ...

Impact fees to build in Arundel may soar
Baltimore Sun, MD - February 19, 2008
A proposal to tack more than $21,000 onto the price of building a four-bedroom home in Anne Arundel County has incensed homebuilders and developers, who predict a sweeping bundle of increases to impact fees could deflate the growth boom around ...

Expansion proposed for housing rebate program
The News-Press, FL - February 19, 2008
A proposed change to an affordable housing program could give more households a $2,000-plus reimbursement on a new home. Moderate-, low- and very low-income families have been able to recoup as much as half the Lee County school impact fee when they purchase a ...

Council to discuss road, fee changes
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - February 19, 2008
New subdivisions could have higher-quality green space and developers could pay for more road repairs if Horry County Council passes new guidelines at its meeting today. The council will also discuss creating an impact fee - a fee charged to builders that ...

Sandy Springs requires impact fees for developers
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA - February 19, 2008
Sandy Springs adopted an ordinance Tuesday requiring developers to pay impact fees to offset the expense of growth-related improvements in transportation, public safety and parks. The city plans to direct as much as 80 percent of the money to ...

Panel reccommends against impact fees
Macon Telegraph, GA - February 19, 2008
The city's Impact Fee Advisory Committee told City Council members and a packed house of about 65 that it was not in favor of using impact fees to help finance two new fire stations for the city. Mayor Jim Worrall said the Tuesday work session before the regular ...

Who pays?
Daily Press, VA - February 18, 2008
The state Senate, in what appears to be a bipartisan effort, wants to raise local taxes on Virginia's hard-working men and women. That will be the effect if the General Assembly bans the current system of "proffers" and gives the homebuilding industry a cap on how much ...

Impact fee war continues: City drops bomb
Enterprise-Record, CA - February 18, 2008
Oroville City Council will review a staff proposal to increase city park development impact fees and give council control over how much the park district would get and how the district could use the money. The impact fee issue has been a point of contention between the ...

Gainesville to talk impact fees on Tuesday
Gainesville Times, GA - February 18, 2008
The City of Gainesville will hold a public hearing on the city’s impact fee program tomorrow morning at the Georgia Mountains Center. The hearing is the last scheduled item on tomorrow morning’s council meeting agenda. It will include an update on the city’s impact ...

Chesapeake loses on impact fees
The Virginian-Pilot, VA - February 18, 2008
Chesapeake is a textbook case of why Virginia should give its cities and counties the power to assess impact fees to pay for new schools, parks and libraries. The city has more than 1,900 acres already zoned for subdivisions and no way to get money from the ...

Ruling on Arundel Fee Backs Homeowner Refunds
Washington Post, DC - February 18, 2008
As he prepared to close on a newly built home, Dan Puckett scrutinized the long list of costs on his settlement sheet, unaware that Anne Arundel County had already assessed an "impact fee" to pay for improvements to schools and roads in his Odenton ...

Senate debates impact fee bill
Inside NoVA, VA - February 17, 2008
The program that Prince William County uses to make developers pay for local infrastructure is threatened by a bill that could win approval from the Virginia Senate today. Today is the last chance that Sen. John C. Watkins, R-Midlothian, has to rally support for his impact ...

Ruling underlines need for county impact fee overhaul
Annapolis Capital, MD - February 17, 2008
The lawsuit against (Anne Arundel) county to recover improperly used impact fees has given new meaning to the term "protracted legal battle." For six years county attorneys have defended against a class action lawsuit pushed by private attorneys John Greiber and ...

Impact fees for schools not a perfect solution
Hilton Head Island Packet, SC - February 17, 2008
At the heart of the debate over charging an impact fee to pay for new schools is equity. Is it fair to levy a fee on a home that might not house children who will add to school overcrowding? Is it fair to keep increasing the property taxes of longtime property owners ...

Charlotte County Commission to consider rescinding impact-fee rollback
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - February 17, 2008
Charlotte County Commissioner Tom Moore was hoping to stimulate the local building industry and help smaller businesses when he voted to roll back impact fees several months ago. Three of his colleagues agreed, and temporarily lowered the commercial fees to the ...

University Park protests county impact fee plan
Southtown Star, IL - February 17, 2008
University Park became the latest town to lambaste Will County's proposal for an impact fee on new development as a way to pay for future road projects. "This is not the time (to impose such a fee)," Mayor Al McCowan said at a village board meeting last week, given...

Chesapeake, standing to lose, opposes impact fees
The Virginian-Pilot, VA - February 16, 2008
Since 2004, developers who ask to rezone land to build new homes have promised Chesapeake nearly $24 million that could be put toward needed school, library and transportation projects. The cash "proffers" could be a long-term revenue source for a city that still ...

Shifting costs from developers to taxpayers
Daily Press, VA - February 16, 2008
A bill that would overhaul how housing projects are paid for passed the state Senate Tuesday — much to the chagrin of the state's fastest-growing cities and counties. While builders say the bill will lead to lower-priced new homes, local officials statewide say it ...

Fayetteville Officials Look To Revive Road Impact Fees
Springdale Morning News, AR - February 15, 2008
Eventually all the data and files in a folder on Tim Conklin's computer will lead to something. Maybe even road impact fees. The proposed fees remain a possibility 10 months after voters tied in a failed attempt to enact the charges for new construction meant to ...

Cary Aims to Make Developers Pay
WRAL.com, NC - February 14, 2008
The Cary Town Council considered increasing impact fees to make developers, rather than taxpayers, fund infrastructure costs, Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said Thursday night. Council members scrapped a recommendation in a recent study to raise water impact fees ...

When project impacts town, developer may pay
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA - February 14, 2008
Dan Anderson doesn't know whether Indiana Township will turn out like Cranberry, the more developed and populated community to the north. But the township manager knows his largely empty community about 18 miles from Downtown is unlikely to stay semi-rural. ...

Fee ruling will not affect debate over development
Examiner.com - February 14, 2008
Last week's appellate court ruling on Anne Arundel's impact fees will not have a significant bearing on the debate over development, officials said.The Court of Special Appeals ruled last week that the county would have to return millions of dollars to citizens because ...

Aspen mandate: green, lean and clean
Aspen Times, CO - February 14, 2008
Aspen city government intends to make developers and residents accountable for how much energy they use by limiting them through legislation and charging them for exorbitant consumption.Elected leaders hope individuals will reduce their environmental footprints ...

Impact fees weighed in Flathead County
KPAX-TV, MT - February 14, 2008
Officials in Flathead County are talking about instating impact fees in the county to partially fund area improvements. The impact fees would be collected from septic permits and officials are still in the very early stages of considering starting the impact fees. Planning ...

Millions in impact fees pay for upgrades
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - February 14, 2008
Impact fees for roads in Tucson have brought in more than $12.5 million since the city's assessment of the fees began in 2005. Add in interest the fees have earned when not being used and the total is nearly $13.2 million. Most of those fees have come from the ...

Charlotte County to reconsider impact fee rollback
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - February 13, 2008
The Law of Unintended Consequences may kill Charlotte County's temporary impact fee tax reduction. Charlotte County Commission Chairman Tom D'Aprile requested Tuesday that the county reconsider a rollback in impact fees enacted in October 2007, citing concerns ...

County raises road impact fee
OurayNews.com, CO - February 13, 2008
County commissioners agreed Monday to adjust the Road & Bridge Maintenance Impact Fee from $3,162 to $3,244.22. As per the county's Land Use Code (LUC), the county may adjust the impact fee annually based on the Denver/Boulder Consumer Price Index. BOCC...

Impact-fee refund case sent back to lower court
Baltimore Sun, MD - February 13, 2008
The state's second-highest court has struck down a key portion of a lower-court ruling in a controversial impact-fee lawsuit against Anne Arundel County, potentially lowering the county's refund to homebuyers of $4.7 million plus interest by more than half, the ...

Council hires firm to write SDC ordinance
Baker City Herald, OR - February 13, 2008
The Baker City Council could be ready, by the end of the year, to assess a system development charge on people who build a new home or business. But councilors have not decided when the city will start sending SDC bills. Nor have councilors discussed how much ...

Lawsuit prompts city to set voluntary fee
Herald Zeitung, TX - February 12, 2008
The New Braunfels City Council enacted a voluntary fee Monday for local property owners and developers who want to hook into the city's drainage system. The connection charge will serve as an option for people who wish to avoid building their own on-site and off- ...

Indian River County School Board not against impact fee hike
TCPalm, FL - February 12, 2008
With an anticipated reduction in state and federal money for building and technology, School Board members think they should reconsider the idea of raising impact fees. But they still don't like the proposed 72 percent increase suggested by a county consultant last year ...

Senate narrowly passes impact fee legislation
Daily Press, VA - February 12, 2008
The Senate narrowly passed legislation Tuesday that dramatically changes the way developers contribute money for the costs of municipal services required by new development. Currently, developers offer cash and land for roads, schools or parks. Those ...

Court: County must repay millions in impact fees
Annapolis Capital, MD - February 12, 2008
The county must refund property owners as much as $22 million in impact fees because it failed to expand school and road capacity in some districts as required by law, an appeals court ruled last week. In its Thursday opinion, the Court of Special Appeals sent ...

New money for roads, schools in danger
Annapolis Capital, MD - February 11, 2008
Growing tension among county leaders appears to have killed one plan to fix aging schools, and may jeopardize other efforts to land more money for expanded schools and roads. "Unfortunately, I think that the friction is starting to build," County Council Chairman ...

Senate debates impact fee bill
Potomac News, VA - February 11, 2008
The program that Prince William County uses to make developers pay for local infrastructure is threatened by a bill that could win approval from the Virginia Senate today. Today is the last chance that Sen. John C. Watkins, R-Midlothian, has to rally support for his impact ...

Data flaw brings clash in AA County
Examiner.com - February 10, 2008
The Anne Arundel County auditor found flaws in the data used to create proposed impact fee increases, raising the ire of a County Council and building industry opposed to dramatic fee hikes. “How are we ever going to get a report that is accurate?” said Councilman ...

County lawmakers won't take up transfer-tax rise
Baltimore Sun, FL - February 10, 2008
Anne Arundel County's state lawmakers will not consider a County Council request to raise the transfer-tax rate, effectively killing a proposal that could have generated $25 million a year for school construction and stream restoration, the chairwoman of the ...

City explores options for drainage fee
Herald Zeitung, TX - February 9, 2008
Since the state's justice system shut down New Braunfels' effort to implement a mandatory drainage impact fee in December, the City Council will consider making the fee a voluntary option at Monday's meeting. Local developers and property owners would have the ...

Builders, localities clash on proffer bill
Manassas Journal Messenger, VA - February 9, 2008
Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart, R-at large, has a message for real estate developers if SB768 eventually becomes reality. "Be careful what you wish for," said Stewart, who along with other Prince William County ...

Proffer Shuffle
Leesburg Today, VA - February 8, 2008
After years of battling local government's efforts to impose impact fees on new homes as a way to offset the high cost of providing schools, parks, fire stations and other public infrastructure in fast-growing communities, the state's home-building lobby is shuffling ...

Lee swoon has government workers in grip
The News-Press, FL - February 8, 2008
It's not just Lee County's building department; other branches of county services can't avoid the housing crash fallout. Parks and Recreation has 26 vacancies within the 250-person department and director John Yarbrough said he has self-imposed a hiring freeze. ...

Letter: Impact fee formula used by school officials based on ...
TCPalm, FL - February 8, 2008
Now we’re talkin’. Kirk Sorenson’s guest column, “Impact fee calculations should be correct” (Feb. 4) injected some common sense into the discussion of impact fees. Check facts and use current, valid assumptions in the methodology used to justify taxes. And ...

Albemarle Proffer System Could Suffer
NBC 29 News, VA - February 8, 2008
The state senate is considering a bill that will mandate fixed impact fees for all new housing developments across the state. It could cost Albemarle County millions of dollars. Here's why: Albemarle uses a system where the builders on rezoned land negotiate with the ...

Impact fee study flawed, auditor reports
Annapolis Capital, MD - February 8, 2008
The study that generated the highest impact fee proposal in county history used flawed data and dramatically overstated the cost of growth in the county, County Auditor Teresa Sutherland said last night. "I don't think it's accurate or consistent," Ms. Sutherland ...

Road fees to increase in two stages
The Coloradoan, CO - February 8, 2008
A sharp increase in road impact fees will take place later this fall. The Windsor Town Board, after listening to developers concerns for the past couple months, finally decided Monday night that it was better to move forward with a compromise plan to increase the ...

Lee drops linkage fees from possible consideration
Naples Daily News, FL - February 8, 2008
Lee County commissioners still don’t know what specifically to do about workforce housing. But they know what they’re not going to do. Commissioners granted a development group’s request this week to eliminate linkage fees from the menu of options they’re ...

DCA: local impact fees trump concurrency rules
Baker County Press, FL - February 7, 2008
The Florida Department of Community Affairs was in Baker County last week and delivered a clear message: state-mandated concurrency regulations shouldn't be the primary funding source for ensuring development pays for itself. "Before you get to the ...

Board: Anti-Proffer Bill Hurts Taxpayers
Leesburg Today, VA - February 7, 2008
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to "strongly oppose" a Senate bill that would require the proffer system to be replaced with a system of impact fees. While sentiment among Loudoun leaders has been negative with regard ...

Impact fee overhaul supported
Examiner.com - February 7, 2008
An influential Virginia Senate panel Wednesday approved a homebuilder-supported proposal designed to reduce the compensation local governments receive for new home construction. The Senate Finance Committee approved 11-2-2 an effort to ...

Remove the blindfolds; OK school impact fees
Beaufort Gazette, SC - February 7, 2008
Hindsight is 20/20, and the move that the Bluffton Town Council made Tuesday to require development fees to support the building of new schools is a step in the right direction.A similar discussion took place between the Beaufort County Council's Legislative Affairs ...

Impact Fee Committee Will Greatly Benefit County
Tampa Tribune, FL - February 7, 2008
Forming a committee of 11 people from varying fields is the best way to monitor and consider impact fees for Highlands County. With the right mix of people, from varying fields of expertise, they can de-politicize the debate about the fees. The 11 positions include ...

Affordable-housing fees
Orlando Sentinel, FL - February 7, 2008
Regarding the article "City Considers New Fee to Boost Affordable-Housing Options" published in Wednesday's paper: First, if the state did not cap and then "reappropriate" the money out of the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund, we would not be having this ...

Impact fees increasing more than previously expected
Bonitanews (subscription), FL - February 6, 2008
Impact fees are going up. That may not come as a surprise to city residents until they learn that the fees are increasing more than Naples officials initially projected. Naples City Council on Wednesday amended a law that would increase the city's impact fees to ...

PSL impact fee case on May court docket
TCPalm, FL - February 6, 2008
The county and Port St. Lucie will spend two days in court in May presenting arguments about how the county collects impact fees within the city. Circuit Judge Ben Bryan, who is presiding over the case, set the dates of May 22 and 23 with the two sides ...

Bill Elminating Cash Proffers Opposed By Board
Midlothian Exchange, VA - February 6, 2008
Chesterfield County isn’t ready to be an example for the Commonwealth with a proposed state senate bill that alters the current course of proffers with development and introduces limited impact fees. “A lot of people are interested in the topic because it ...

Perry chamber opposes impact fees
Macon Telegraph, GA - February 6, 2008
The Perry Chamber of Commerce presented a resolution to City Council on Tuesday night objecting to the idea of imposing impact fees on developers to pay for increased fire protection and parks and recreation. While the city has not officially considered a plan to ...

Development fee would make housing affordable
Independent Florida Alligator, FL - February 6, 2008
The mortgage crisis has dealt a major blow to the Sunshine State's real estate market, affecting everyone in the process. Second only to Nevada, Florida had more than 2 percent of its households entering some stage of foreclosure last year, with a total of ...

City considers new fee to boost affordable-housing options
Orlando Sentinel, FL - February 6, 2008
With foreclosures up and prices still so high that police officers and teachers have trouble buying a home in Orlando, city leaders are thinking about charging developers a new fee to raise money for affordable housing. If Orlando adopts the fee, it apparently would ...

Impact fees back on agenda
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - February 5, 2008
Horry County Council could renew its campaign to create impact fees at its meeting today, but some council members said they are unsure whether they will support the proposal. The council will also decide whether to pay a consulting company, TischlerBise, about ...

Fort Worth officials look at impact fee for roads
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - February 5, 2008
There are 1,600 new houses in the Sendera Ranch subdivision, but only one major road connecting it to the rest of the community. Avondale-Haslet Road still looks like it did when the surrounding land was dotted with cattle, because the city doesn't have the money ...

Horry council divided on impact fees issue
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - February 5, 2008
Horry County Council sent a mixed message on impact fees at its meeting Tuesday, giving an initial nod to the fees in one vote but declining to authorize a state-required impact fee study. The council also voted to allow a race track near North Myrtle Beach to ...

Developers Skipping Out On Payments To County
WFtv.com, FL - February 5, 2008
Orange County Commissioner Theresa Jacobs was stunned to find out certain commercial developers were allowed to skip out on their impact fee payments until the buildings were ready to occupy. It's happened for years in some cases. "It's a loan from the ...

Martin raises developer fees 22 percent
Palm Beach Post, FL - February 5, 2008
Developers will be paying about 22 percent more per home that they build in Martin County to ensure there are enough new schools for all the students in their new homes. County commissioners voted 4-1 to increase the school impact fees charged to developers from about ...

Kirk Sorenson: Impact fee calculations should be correct
TCPalm, FL - February 4, 2008
In response to Commissioner Sarah Heard's opinion of the proposed Martin County impact fee calculations ("Impact fee calculations need to be forward-looking," Jan. 30), many of her statements are inaccurate and misleading. Heard's assertion that new ...

Truckee fire assessment goes to voters
Nevada Appeal, NV - February 4, 2008
The Truckee Fire Protection District is turning to local property owners to increase staff and keep down response times. Ballots went out Friday to property owners around the district, which includes Truckee, Donner Summit and other parts of unincorporated ...

No impact-fee increase
Palm Beach Post, FL - February 3, 2008
It's a tradition in Palm Beach County that every time the county increases the impact fee on new construction, builders complain and trot out reasons why it's unfair. This time, they may have a case. A recent study recommends that the county double its impact ...

Canyon County mulls highway fee proposal
Idaho Press-Tribune, ID - February 2, 2008
With rapid growth and aging roads, Canyon County commissioners are considering a new approach to keep traffic flowing smoothly. Friday, Commissioners Matt Beebe, David Ferdinand and Steve Rule learned about a process that could allow the county to collect ...

Road tax plan heard by public
Monterey County Herald, CA - February 1, 2008
Gonzales farmer Wayne Gularte likes some of the South County road improvements contained in the proposed half-cent transportation sales tax spending plan, especially frontage roads along Highway 101 that would allow him to haul his farm equipment without ...

New growth may be too high
Amarillo.com (subscription), TX - February 1, 2008
A committee Thursday debated remedies to help revenue-strapped Amarillo pay for growth, including property tax increases. Members of the city's Development Policy Review Committee also debated which remedies city leaders, developers, builders and homeowners ...

Stormwater plan to cost $84 million
Nashville City Paper, TN - February 1, 2008
Already caught in a tight budget cycle, Metro government is expected to get the expensive news today that the city's stormwater infrastructure needs about $84 million worth of projects in the next five years. Metro residents and businesses will not ...

 
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