Latest News: February 2009

Chandler city funds half-depleted
East Valley Tribune, AZ - February 28, 2009
The bad economic news continues for Chandler, with finance officials reporting that about half of the funding for the city’s $900 million list of capital projects like roads and libraries has dried up.  Next Saturday, the City Council plans to hold a second retreat...

Impact fees ongoing subject of debate
The Sun, AZ - February 28, 2009
The debate over the city of Yuma's impact or development fees has heated up again. City officials defend the fees assessed on new development, saying that "growth needs to pay for growth." Business leaders, on the other hand, say that during the economic downturn...

Town prepares
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - February 28, 2009
It wasn't hard to predict that the Georgetown County Council, despite numerous good reasons against it, would adopt totally unfair impact fees for new construction and at totally the wrong time.  While the federal government is trying to create...

New impact fees will exacerbate problems
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - February 28, 2009
It wasn't hard to predict that the Georgetown County Council, despite numerous good reasons against it, would adopt totally unfair impact fees for new construction and at totally the wrong time.  While the federal government is trying to create...

Recession has slowed growth to a crawl
Charleston Post Courier, SC - February 27, 2009
The Scotts Creek development on Rifle Range Road has a lot going for it: A 6-acre landscaped park with fish-stocked ponds, walking trails, grand oaks and a kayak dock. Decorative fountains. A creek that connects to the Intracoastal Waterway. Nearby beaches, ...

Suspension of development fee advances in Senate
Asbury Park Press - February 27, 2009
A plan to exempt nonresidential construction projects approved before mid-2010 from a 2.5 percent tax intended to help provide affordable housing cleared another hurdle Thursday in the state Senate. Citing the recession, Gov. Jon S. Corzine called for a...

Seeking growth, county waives impact fees
Florida Today, FL - February 27, 2009
The Brevard County Commission decided Thursday to put a one- to two-year moratorium on commercial impact fees, effective Sunday.  Commissioners hope the temporary moratorium can spur new commercial construction and jobs. All five voted for it.  "It will...

Impact fee legislation targets Dorchester County growth, creates controversy
Charleston Regional Business, SC - February 27, 2009
Dorchester District 2 — the state’s fastest growing school district — may soon gain the authority to levy impact fees on home builders. A bill sitting on Gov. Mark Sanford’s desk would allow the school to charge up to $2,500 per every newly built home. If signed into...

Council narrowly votes to keep town's no-impact-fee zones
Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, AZ - February 26, 2009
A bare majority of Town Council members voted to continue allowing new construction in the old part of town and North Florence to be exempt from the "impact fees" charged in other parts of town. This was despite the fact that it was the council that asked town staff...

Council reaffirms charging developers impact fee
Arizona Republic, AZ - February 26, 2009
A majority of Surprise elected officials recently reaffirmed their stance that growth should pay for itself.  The dismal economy raised a question at the City Council retreat last week: Should the city change its policy of imposing a one-time development impact fee...

Impact fees stir a hot debate
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - February 26, 2009
Area developers say that if local governments temporarily waive impact fees on construction, they could jump-start the sagging housing market by taking thousands of dollars off the price of a new home. In appeals before the Manatee County Commission and...

Bill giving developers a break on housing fee gets panel's OK
The Star-Ledger, NJ - February 26, 2009
A fee assessed on the state's commercial and industrial developers to fund affordable housing would be suspended until mid-2010 under a bill released yesterday by a Senate committee. Proponents told the Senate budget committee the fee has stifled...

Dade City Ups Water, Sewer Rates
Tampa Tribune, FL - February 25, 2009
Water and sewer customers can expect to see higher rates in March.  City commissioners adopted a new rate structure that could raise the average customer's bill $5.46 a month. Customers who live outside the city limits will be charged 25 percent higher rates, ...

Tightened oversight of impact fees panel urged
El Paso Times, TX - February 25, 2009
The City Council Legislative Review Committee voted Wednesday to recommend that the city's impact fee advisory committee disclose potential conflicts of interest and televise its meetings. West-Central city Rep. Susie Byrd, West Side city Rep. Ann Lilly and Southwest...

Editorial: St. Lucie considering proposal that could have positive impact for region
TCPalm, FL - February 25, 2009
Beyond considering how federal stimulus funds might be used, Treasure Coast governments are investigating steps they can take independently to promote jobs creation and economic development. Some have talked of tax waivers and impact fee reductions or...

Dade City Residents Get Higher Water Fees
MSNBC, FL - February 25, 2009
City Manager Billy Poe said the city needs to raise its rates and impact fees to pay for improvements to the utility lines and for a future expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. The city won $16 million in grants to help pay for the improvements. The plan...

Collier votes to limit increased impact fees
Marconews, FL - February 24, 2009
It was a bit confusing to all concerned, but if the plan works, Collier County's businesses could see a little more action.  Collier leaders approved a plan to limit increased impact fees to stimulate the economy. By a vote of 4 to 1, with Commissioner Jim Coletta...

Clay County to consider suspending road impact fee
Florida Times - Union, FL - February 24, 2009
The Clay County Commission will on March 10 consider suspending the county's transportation impact fee for six months, in a bid to help the county's struggling housing and construction industries.  At their Tuesday meeting, commissioners heard from homebuilders and...

Greenville County balks at releasing document on impact fee
Greenville News, SC - February 24, 2009
To make up the difference, and pay for the improvements required by county growth, consultant Carson Bise of TischlerBise said in a report to County Council that the county should consider impact fees to fund new roads, parks and public safety. Optional sales taxes could...

Don't forget city residents in impact fee equation
Sun Publications Chicago, IL - February 24, 2009
Late in Feb. 17's City Council meeting, the discussion turned to impact fees -- how much they should be, who should pay them and whether reductions in these user charges can provide an economic stimulus in a challenged economy by increasing sales tax revenue...

Council candidates debate impact fees
Explorer News, AZ - February 24, 2009
As Marana Town Council candidates faced off at the last of several public candidate forums last Thursday, Feb. 19, they found themselves addressing impact fees — more specifically, whether the town should collect them. The fees can stir controversy, though...

Council Wants Fees Recalculated
The Morning News, AR - February 23, 2009
Council members say impact fees must be fair. For that reason they want the consultant responsible for recommending an increase in the water impact fees to recalculate them based on what they consider to be a reasonable basis for charging new customers. TischlerBise...

Editorial: Collier County Commission ... impact-fee enticement worth more discussion
Naples Daily News, FL - February 23, 2009
Collier County commissioners eye a stimulus plan of their own, with impact-fee breaks for new businesses that move into space now sitting empty.  County staff members are proposing a two-year test period for waiving fees above and beyond the base level of...

Meeting on proposed impact fee changes Tuesday
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - February 23, 2009
Pima County is holding a meeting to let people know about its proposed impact fee changes for development on the southwest side of the metro area. The proposed changes are detailed in a story here.  The meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, ...

Growth should pay for schools
BlueRidgeNow.com, NC - February 22, 2009
To The Editor: An Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance is a law to enable county planning staff to assess classroom space of a given school to determine if a proposed subdivision will overcrowd that school.  The County Commission has the opportunity to provide...

Aurora's magnificent seven
YourHub.com, CO - February 20, 2009
Mayor Tauer reminded neighborhood associations that the Chinese word for "problem and opportunity" are nearly identical.  The perfect storm is here and provides us with the opportunity to test term limits.  The economic storm that exacerbates Aurora's structural...


Impact fee debate shifts to commercial development
The Ledger, FL - February 19, 2009
Polk County commissioners heard more about the evils of impact fees Wednesday. This time the issue was whether Polk County's impact fees are a deterrent to commercial development that was chasing new development - in this case an unnamed restaurant chain...

County suspends impact fees
Gulf Breeze News, FL - February 19, 2009
Businesses or industries purchasing a building permit in Santa Rosa County in 2009 will not have to pay county impact fees.  Also, any business already making installment payments on its impact fees will have those payments suspended until 2010. The county also...

City eyes cutting impact fees in bid to lure business
Ocala, FL - February 19, 2009
An ordinance addressing a moratorium on impact fees would be necessary because the waiver will not be granted to all properties. The moratorium will be applied to for-profit businesses with a few exceptions, such as car washes, where the city feels the loss...

Salisbury officials discuss fee
Delmarva Now, MD - February 18, 2009
City officials sought to answer questions and continue their discussion on a proposed impact fee. Jack Lenox, Salisbury-Wicomico Planning and Zoning director, addressed a short-handed City Council during a Tuesday afternoon work session regarding aspects of the...

New developer fee OK'd amid dispute
The Desert Sun, CA - February 18, 2009
The Desert Hot Springs City Council on Tuesday approved the first increase to developer impact fees in seven years — but not at the levels recommended by a recent study that local building industry representatives have threatened to challenge in court. ...

Non-residential progress tops growth chart
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - February 18, 2009
While Palm Coast's recent past was focused on residential development, its present and future are following a different path.  According to the city's 2008 annual report on Growth and Development Trends in the City of Palm Coast, non-residential...

Sycamore considers traffic impact fee
MidWeek, IL - February 18, 2009
The city of Sycamore could have another source of revenue to offset future development.City officials are considering implementing a transportation/traffic impact fee.  Members of the Sycamore City Council discussed the issue during their Feb. 2 meeting. ...

Impact fees a start on handing growth
Charleston Post Courier, SC - February 18, 2009
Lower Dorchester County stands face to face with the differences between growth and progress. The very lifestyles and community values that define the Dorchester residential development market are now threatened by developments that take little account of...

Editorial: Rails and roads
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - February 18, 2009
Finally, the legislative train is rolling in Austin toward allowing local voters to decide on new ways to fund new road and rail projects. As with any proposal at this early stage of the legislative session, there are questions about exactly where this one is heading and how...

Senator proposes impact fee ban Mike Bennett also suggests change to growth reviews
Bradenton Herald, FL - February 18, 2009
A local state senator has filed a bill in the Florida Legislature that would block collection of developers' impact fees for three years. Another bill proposed by the senator would eliminate most state growth management review of big, new developments by revising...

Desert Hot Springs council adopts new fees at reduced amount
The Desert Sun, CA - February 17, 2009
The Desert Hot Springs City Council approved Tuesday the west Coachella Valley city’s first increase to its developer impact fees in nine years – but not at the levels recommended by a recent city consultant study.  The Development Impact Fee Calculation and...

Commissioners say 'no' to Monforton impact fees
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - February 17, 2009
Gallatin County Commissioners said ‘no’ to easing Monforton School’s growing pains by charging builders a fee for new homes constructed in the school district, though parents, trustees and administrators pled their case for overburdened infrastructure.  As it stands, ...

Fate of Project Jumpstart unclear
Yuma Sun, AZ - February 17, 2009
to jumpstart the economy, but no one is saying much about the results. The meeting was reported to the Yuma City Council during its roundtable Tuesday by City Administrator Mark Watson. "We had an informative meeting Friday," Watson reported to the council. ...

City closer to implementing impact fees
Delmarva Now, MD - February 16, 2009
The City Council discussed impact fees during a work session in October, but wanted to know where the money fit in with the city's Capital Improvement Plan. Impact fees are one-time payments made by developers to pay for the increase in use of parks, fire, police...

Impact fees under assault in Tallahassee
The Ledger, FL - February 16, 2009
SB 630, filed by Mike Bennett, would put a three-year moratorium on all impact fees, beginning Oct. 1, 2009. The bill has been referred to five committees, which means it may undergo some review and may well disappear by the time the session ends. Many bills are...

Bill would let voters in urban Texas counties decide on fees, taxes for transit projects
Dallas Morning News, TX - February 16, 2009
North Texas officials have been saying for years that residents here would willingly pay more taxes if only they could get better roads and expanded rail service. If a bill introduced Monday becomes law, they may finally get to test their theory.  The bill would permit counties...

Proposal to cut impact fees would hurt schools
Orlando Sentinel, FL - February 15, 2009
Bennett's proposal would prohibit cities and counties from collecting the impact fees levied on new development for three years. This would help slingshot us back in time to the days when homebuilders could build as many houses as they wanted -- without having...

Capell proposes rescinding fees
St. Joseph News-Press, MO - February 13, 2009
Rather than trip over its own red tape, the city is ready to pull out the scissors and cut it away. City Manager Vince Capell suggested the city abandon its policy of collecting transportation impact fees from developers this week during a work session with the City...

Impact Fees: After 2 Years, County Collects 12% Of Budget
Tampa Tribune, FL - February 13, 2009
By now, Highlands County commissioners thought they would have collected $17 million in impact fees. Instead of that fat bank account, two years after they started collecting a tax on new homes and businesses, only $2.16 million has come into the coffers. ...

Tucson City Council sends impact fee suspension to committee
Inside Tucson Business, AZ - February 13, 2009
More than 150 people in the construction industry rallied at El Presidio Park Feb. 10 to show support for a proposal to suspend some residential construction impact fees in the city of Tucson for one year.  The City Council agreed to establish a committee to study...

Homebuilder's study says new construction pays for itself
Charleston Regional Business, SC - February 13, 2009
A study released Thursday by the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association suggests that new development in the Charleston region pays for itself within seven years, negating the need for impact fees.  The study was rolled out the day after the S.C. General...

Impact fee promising, but store vote is not
Beaufort Gazette, SC - February 11, 2009
First a "bouquet" for Sen. Tom Davis and Rep. Shannon Erickson, who spoke simple truth to a large, well-organized and motivated meeting to discuss impact fees for school infrastructure costs generated by new development.  Undeniably, new development generates...

Builders, developers protest Georgetown impact fee plans
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - February 10, 2009
Developers and homebuilders in Georgetown County have joined forces to oppose the passage of new construction impact fees that County Council members expect to give a third and final reading tonight.  Those against the impact fees met in Litchfield Monday...

Proposed impact fee suspension draws praise, fire
Tucson Citizen, AZ - February 10, 2009
If Tucson waives the fees intended to make development pay for the infrastructure needed to accommodate it, the city will forgo about $6.7 million over the next year, officials estimate.  The lost funds would likely mean road and parks project delays, Assistant...

City to exclude transportation impact fees for infill lots
KMAS, Mason County - February 10, 2009
The City of Shelton is proposing to exclude infill lot development from the proposed Transportation Impact Fees provided frontage improvements are constructed as part of the project. This proposal was created after Jim Killoran and other developers requested...

Impact fees head for vote next month
Daily Inter Lake, MT - February 10, 2009
It's almost showtime for the Kalispell City Council on the long-running road-impact-fee controversy. The council gave its staff a bunch of choices Monday on what it wants to vote on.  The staff hopes to get the choices on the city's Web site before March 2. The council...

Beaufort and Jasper Counties proposing new fee
WTOC, GA - February 10, 2009
Even as the economy slows, Beaufort and Jasper County residents can look around and see a lot of growth in the area that's just been completed, new businesses, shopping centers and whole neighborhoods.  And with that comes need for schools, a crowd...

City Moves Toward Impact Fee Compromise
Flathead Beacon, MT - February 10, 2009
The finish line could be drawing near for Kalispell's seemingly interminable debate over transportation impact fees. At a work session Monday, Mayor Pam Kennedy ordered city staff to hold a public hearing on a revised traffic impact fee structure March 2...

Georgetown county adds controversial impact fee
WPDE, SC - February 10, 2009
If you plan on building a new home or business in Georgetown County, get ready to pay more.  Georgetown County Council passed a law Tuesday night that will tack on thousands of extra dollars to your cost.  The new fees will fund, in part, about $330 million...

Rose appears to have found key to school-impact fees
Charleston Post Courier, SC - February 9, 2009
After years of various attempts to convince lawmakers to allow development impact fees for school construction, the Rose bill that would do just that for the state's fastest growing school district has passed the Senate, and the House — with amendments — within...

Builders oppose school impact fees
Beaufort Gazette, SC - February 9, 2009
State Sen. Tom Davis' first major legislative initiative is a controversial measure opposed by many builders because it would impose fees on new homes and apartments to pay for school construction. Davis, a Beaufort Republican, is holding a public...

Panel to debate third reading on housing impact fees
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - February 9, 2009
The impact fees would help defray the costs of parks, libraries, roads and law enforcement associated with growth, according to the proposed ordinance. Horry County does not have mandatory impact fees, but some developers have agreed to pay for infrastructure in...

Editorial: Mandated state moratorium on impact fees would damage government, taxpayers
TCPalm, FL - February 9, 2009
Local governments already struggling financially could be put in even greater straits if a bill proposed by a Florida state legislator is adopted.   The bill introduced by Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, calls for a three-year moratorium on the imposition or collection...

Reduced impact fees may help some builders
Big Builder Online - February 9, 2009
"This is probably happening more in the harder hit areas," said Clancy Mullen, executive vice president at Duncan Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on land development regulations, growth management, and impact fees. "It is becoming a popular thing to...

Road-impact fees remain on the table
The Daily Inter Lake, MT - February 8, 2009
The impact fee on a new single-family home would be $928. But major retail projects — likely to create lots of traffic — can expect to pay tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The huge Glacier Town Center project by Wolford Development might pay $6 million...

Lobbyist foresees dark future
Florida Today, FL - February 8, 2009
The lobbyist said cities face a looming danger if impact fees are cut, which he suspects could happen this year. Impact fees are extra payments on new homes to help offset the costs of things like building roads and schools. "Let them know how much impact fees...

County considers boosting impact fees on SW Side
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - February 8, 2009
Pima County is considering raising road impact fees for a portion of unincorporated land on the city's Southwest Side to pay for planned growth there.  The road impact fees would more than double if the Board of Supervisors approves the Southwest Infrastructure...

Kane may freeze impact fees
The Courier News, IL - February 7, 2009
Kane County Board members are expected Tuesday to approve a one-year freeze on impact fees in an effort to combat the poor economy and to help jump-start real estate growth. Members of the board's executive committee recently discussed the possibility of...

Impact fees unfair to new home buyers
Beaufort Gazette, SC - February 6, 2009
As impact fees and other regulatory costs rise, thousands of families are priced out of the opportunity to own their own homes. Impact fees are charges levied against new development in order to generate revenue to pay for capital improvements. Usually, ...

Impact fees bring $12.5 million
Hagerstown Morning Herald, MD - February 5, 2009
It's been four years since Jefferson County implemented the first impact fee ordinance in West Virginia.  The Jefferson County Commission learned Thursday morning that it has paid off.  F. Mark Schiavone, director of the county's impact fee program, told the...

Bill allowing school impact fees advances
Charleston Post Courier, SC - February 5, 2009
A plan to make new residents help pay for more schools around Summerville has cleared a key hurdle in the General Assembly. After years of debate and failed efforts, a bill to let Dorchester School District 2 charge builders an extra fee to help build schools has...

Time for new debate on school impact fees
Beaufort Gazette, SC - February 5, 2009
Newly minted state Sen. Tom Davis of Beaufort has moved quickly to focus a local debate on the issue. He's introduced legislation that would allow fees for new schools to be collected on new construction in Beaufort County. Because the bill is special legislation...

Owners rebuild after impact fee nightmare, open shop in new location
North Fort Myers Neighbor, FL - February 4, 2009
Last April, the owners of Shoppers Village Mall said they were involved in a nightmare. They closed down shop, due to what they said was a surprise bill of $58,000.  Liz Klen and long-time partner Russ Haun have just reopened their business as Shoppers Village...

County Awards Impact Fee Consulting Contract
Tampa Tribune, FL - February 4, 2009
Highlands County commissioners awarded a $110,000 contract to the consulting firm of Duncan & Associates for a study on impact fees.  The firm will work with the 11-member Impact Fee Review Committee and conduct an in-depth study of the county's impact...

School Board OKs Impact Fee
Tampa Tribune, FL - February 4, 2009
A 2007 study recommended that Pasco County's school impact fee be increased to $8,983 for a single-family residence, but an updated study says that figure should be slightly lower.  The new recommended fee would be $8,606, according to a report give...

City Council takes cautious attitude toward traffic fees
Lake County News, CA - February 4, 2009
The Lakeport City Council decided on Tuesday to direct the city engineer to continue working with the county on traffic impact fees that would support future transportation projects. City Engineer Scott Harter reported to the council on his work with county Public...

School board ponders fee's future
Palatka Daily News, FL - February 4, 2009
Impact fees dominated discussion at the Putnam County School Board meeting Tuesday, with Superintendent Tom Townsend saying "It would be my recommendation at this time not to do away with impact fees." Later, he said that while a temporary suspension of...

New-home impact fee bill stirs up debate
Charleston Post Courier, SC - February 4, 2009
A bill that could put the cost of more schools around Summerville on builders is fueling a heated debate in Dorchester County.  It's part of an ongoing argument over who should pay for growth.  The housing market has slowed, but thousands of new houses have been...

Help new home builders and help the economy, too
Modesto Bee, CA - February 4, 2009
There are no easy solutions to this dreadful economy. What started out as a housing market correction has resulted in a global financial crisis and potentially a prolonged recession.  Economists and financial analysts agree that until housing prices stabilize there will be no...

Commissioners take action to help stimulate local economy
Santa Rosa Press Gazette, FL - February 4, 2009
At Thursday's Santa Rosa County Commission Goal Setting Workshop commissioners voted to immediately: "Suspend the collection of impact fees for calendar year 2009. Projects issued a building permit in 2009 will have impact fees waived and those paying...

Developers seek break on impact fees
The Columbian, WA - February 4, 2009
Builders and developers who put big bets on the real estate market in 2006 are warning that they'll be out of business unless taxpayers cut them a break on some big fees that are coming due.  County commissioners said Wednesday that they hope to help. ...

Local governments look at 'de-Brucing' ideas
Delta County Independent, CO - February 4, 2009
The county's revenue stream from voters' 2002 "de-Brucing" of certain property tax revenues for use in road projects will sunset this year. The term "de-Brucing" refers to an approval by voters granting government the right to keep and use revenues that otherwise...

Dorchester Council backs impact fees bill
Charleston Post Courier, SC - February 3, 2009
Dorchester County Council and the District 2 School Board have backed state Sen. Mike Rose's effort to let the district charge impact fees to help pay for new schools. County residents have been urging a change in state law to allow impact fees for schools for years. ...

County senators plan special legislation to allow impact fees for schools
Beaufort Gazette, SC - February 3, 2009
School districts in Beaufort and Jasper counties could charge developers impact fees on new homes and apartments under bills filed in the South Carolina Senate, an idea supported by local government leaders but opposed by Realtors and home builders.  Impact...

Columbia Falls discussing impact fees
KPAX-TV, MT - February 3, 2009
The city of Columbia Falls probably will not pass any transportation impact fees for several years.  City Manager Bill Shaw told council members on Monday night that plans haven't moved forward because the city doesn't have the same issues as Kalispell.  Most...

Proposal: year with no city impact fee
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - February 2, 2009
Residential and commercial impact fees could be waived for the next 12 months as a way to spur building and create jobs, under a proposal released over the weekend by City Councilman Rodney Glassman. Glassman said the one-year waiver of all impact fees...

Traffic impact fees, business loan program expansion before council Tuesday
Lake County News - February 2, 2009
County Public Works Director Brent Siemer will give a presentation to the council on the restructured traffic impact fee program. Traffic impact fees would be assigned to development projects in order to fund future road improvements around the county. A...

Santa Rosa suspends fee to spur growth
The Northwest Florida Daily News, FL - February 2, 2009
Walmart is probably wishing it could ask for a refund after the Santa Rosa County Commission recently decided to suspend collection of impact fees.  County commissioners voted last week to suspend transportation impact fees for all of 2009 in an attempt to...

Trim or delay road impact fees
Daily Inter Lake, MT - February 1, 2009
That's why the City Council needs to follow the advice of some of its members to either delay the impact fees altogether or scale them back greatly so that they will not impede development. Money spent by developers today will result in an instant stimulus for the...

 
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