Latest News: February 2011

County may adjust impact fees
St. Augustine Record, FL - February 28, 2011
The Board of County Commissioners is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to adopt an updated impact fee schedule that lowers nonresidential impact fees about 50 percent on average, according to county records. The Board of County Commissioners is expected ...

Surprise's plan to repay $73 million could stall
Arizona Republic, AZ - February 28, 2011
Surprise's plan to repay nearly $73 million that was misallocated to build City Hall and other projects could be hitting a snag at the Legislature.Senate President Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, is sponsoring a bill that would limit the ability of Arizona cities to collect ...

Cape Coral council passes road impact fee waiver
The News-Press, FL - February 28, 2011
A waiver allowing some businesses to dodge a road impact fee when they move into a building was approved tonight by the Cape Coral City Council. The vote allows the to waive the difference in transportation impact fees when the business use of a building ...

Portage park impact fee to be updated
nwitimes.com, IN - February 27, 2011
The Portage Park Board this week approved a contract with Lehman & Lehman of Mishawaka to update the department's recreational impact fee. Chuck Lehman, president of the firm, which was involved in establishing the department's impact fee five years ago, told ...

County approves impact fees
Coeur d'Alene Press, ID - February 26, 2011
Four years of hearings, discussions and calculations finally paid off. Following a public hearing on Friday, the Kootenai County commissioners voted unanimously to collect 100 percent of impact fees requested by local service districts. There are no ads ...

Kent City Council to consider changes to Transportation Impact Fee
PNW Local News, WA - February 25, 2011
The Kent City Council is expected to vote on several changes to its new Transportation Impact Fee ordinance at its 7 p.m. regular meeting March 1 at City Hall. Local business people and city staff raised questions about the ordinance after the Council adopted it ...

Muni's latest tax options are pipe dreams
San Francisco Examiner, CA - February 25, 2011
Up against a projected $1.6 billion deficit over the next 20 years, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency concluded it must bring in an extra $50 million each year, while also cutting annual spending by $30 million. It is unlikely to surprise many that SFMTA ...

Ketchum faced with impact-fee dilemma
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, ID - February 24, 2011
Ketchum consultant Randy Young gave city leaders two options for updating impact fees to pay for capital projects planned over the next five years: either decrease the fees by 4 percent for residences and 8 percent for the average commercial building or increase them by ...

Fee cut's effect on Pasco schools
MyFox Tampa Bay, FL - February 24, 2011
The financial lifeline offered to Pasco County homebuilders could mean money problems for the already cash-strapped Pasco County School District. Tuesday, county commissioners agreed to massive cuts in the impact fees developers pay when they complete ...

As Visalia city fees drop, subdivisions rise
Visalia Times-Delta, CA - February 24, 2011
Local builders see a glimmer of hope that Visalia's housing market can finally restart after years in the doldrums. The optimism stems from reduced builders' fees, the benefits of a county tax for road improvements and a sign ordinance to help builders promote ...

City of Surprise audit details errors
Arizona Republic, AZ - February 24, 2011
Surprise released an audit Wednesday detailing its misspending of millions of dollars to build a sleek City Hall complex and revealing improper handling of bond funds. Much of the 126-page report focuses on nearly $73 million that was improperly used to pay for the ...

Residents pay fees, developers get expensive gifts
Tampabay.com, FL - February 23, 2011
As I opened the Wednesday Pasco Times I had a reality check. The headlines touted the action of our Pasco commissioners who want to give developers a gift by cutting impact fees on new construction and to the left the story was about paying a park fee or getting ...

Impact Fee Challenges in Florida: Legislature Moving to Neutralize Local Governments
FlaglerLive.com, FL - February 23, 2011
Attempting to render moot a legal challenge, a House panel on Wednesday passed a measure to re-enact provisions of a 2009 law that makes it more difficult for local governments to impose impact fees for new development. The proposed committee bill ...

Brevard County considers fee-freeze extension
Florida Today, FL - February 22, 2011
Space Coast leaders may extend a transportation impact-fee freeze to try to "preserve and promote employment in the real estate development industry" during the lingering economic recession. On March 5, 2009, the Brevard County Commission enacted a two-year ...

Impact fee cuts hurt Pasco school district
Tampabay.com, FL - February 22, 2011
In the name of job creation, Pasco commissioners gave short shrift to the county's largest employer - the public school system. As part of an economic development strategy that has been a near universal flop elsewhere, commissioners Tuesday took the first ...

Berkeley City Council Fails to Pass Controversial Resolutions
Berkeley Daily Planet, CA - February 22, 2011
Last Tuesday the Berkeley City Council discussed open government, Bradley Manning, the Affordable Housing Impact Fee, and PG&E's pipelines in Berkeley. Council voted unanimously to adopt the first reading of the Open Government Ordinance, with a second reading ...

County passes revised impact fees, but some faces aren't smiling
Citrus Daily, FL - February 22, 2011
What started as a discussion on Tuesday surrounding adoption of a revised impact fee ordinance soon grew into a meeting dominated by the Citrus County School District. The heart of the issue was over the interpretation of the consultant about funding for the school ...

Pasco County commissioners endorse slashing impact fees
Tampabay.com - February 22, 2011
Citing a depressed home building industry, county commissioners agreed Tuesday to a major cut in the fees developers pay for services such as roads, schools and parks. Commissioners unanimously endorsed cutting so-called impact fees by at least $8,500 on a ...

Leaders hope slashing impact fee will help Pasco business
ABC Action News, FL - February 21, 2011
Cyndi Castle is proud to be one of the few women around who can install an air conditioning system. "I'm one of the guys now. Plus I carry this six inch blade with me, so it tends to help," said Castle who works for Progressive Air Systems. When the construction ...

Pasco agrees to cut impact fees
MyFox Tampa Bay, FL - February 21, 2011
A long line formed outside the Pasco County Administration Building more than two hours before the doors opened for Tuesday's commission meeting. "We are tired of these crushing taxes these crushing impact fees," Jim Deitch told the crowd. Deitch runs ...

City considers changing impact-fee rates
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, ID - February 18, 2011
Ketchum is considering increasing its impact fees for fire and wastewater but decreasing those for parks, police, streets and water. Impact fees are charged to new development for its additional burdens on city services, such as increased wear to streets or more ...

Cherokee County to restore full impact fees
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA - February 17, 2011
Cherokee County plans to start charging full price again for its deeply discounted building impact fees -- but will phase in the increase over the next year and a half. The County Commission approved the move this week. At the height of the development boom, impact fees ...

City unveils impact fee payment plan
Delmarva Daily Times, MD - February 17, 2011
A payment plan for water and sewer capacity fees aimed to make the city more business friendly was approved by the City Council at its Tuesday regular meeting. The fees -- one-time payments for developers meant to foot the bill for additional capacity required ...

Should cities charge storm water fees in proportion to property size?
MYfoxLUBBOCK.COM, TX - February 16, 2011
Should a small mom and pop business pay the same storm water runoff fee as a big box retailer? Lubbock City Councilman Todd Klein says the current flat commercial fee should be reviewed before the city budget work sessions begin. "There ought to be some sort ...

Oakwood to press ahead with impact fee study
Gainesville Times, GA - February 15, 2011
Oakwood is moving ahead with plans to study development impact fees, which were once a popular item for governments grappling with the costs of growth. The City Council voted Monday night to seek out proposals from consultants to conduct the study, a move ...

Bozeman City Commission denies three-fourths of developer's impact fee credit ...
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - February 15, 2011
The Bozeman City Commission voted Monday not to grant impact fee credits for four of the six construction projects that Mitchell Development Group of Great Falls had requested. In January, the commission voted to move forward with granting credits for the ...

City assesses large sewer connection impact fee on PACE Complex
Plattsmouth Journal, NE - February 15, 2011
The city of Plattsmouth has asked the Plattsmouth Board of Education to pay an impact fee of more than $40,000 in order for the school to connect the new P.A.C.E. Complex to the city's sewer system. The city inspector's office recently sent an e-mail to ...

City drainage fee plan under development
Ultimate West U, TX - February 15, 2011
The city's plans to Rebuild Houston have hit the road, so to speak. Approved by voters last November as Proposition 1, Rebuild Houston requires the city to switch to a pay-as-you-go method of funding street and drainage projects and will impose a new drainage fee ...

Impact fee waiver in Cape Coral to face vote
The News-Press, FL - February 15, 2011
A proposed road impact fee waiver to promote business development also could mean less money for future road projects in Cape Coral. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal Feb. 28. Meanwhile, staff has been asked to get more details about how ...

Public hearing for proposed impact fee waiver Feb. 28
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - February 14, 2011
A public hearing date of Feb. 28 has been set for a proposed waiver of change of use impact fees on existing construction. Assistant City Manager Carl Schwing said the move, if adopted, will be the first in a "series" of ordinances to be brought forth by the city's Economic ...

Oakwood council discusses impact fees, new roadway
Access North Georgia, GA - February 14, 2011
The Oakwood City Council Monday night authorized the city staff to solicit proposals from consultants to conduct a citywide development impact fee to fund capital projects. The staff and the development impact fee advisory committee are to return with a ...

City considering new business incentives
NBC2 News, FL - February 14, 2011
The Cape Coral City Council will discuss a proposal to waive road impact fees for businesses that move into an empty storefront or commercial building. The fee waiver could save business owners thousands of dollars. Cape Coral's residential real estate market ...

Twin Falls council rejects impact fee hike
Twin Falls Times-News, ID - February 10, 2011
The Twin Falls City Council declined to raise impact fees on parts of Falls Avenue East and Eastland Drive, opting not to add hundreds of dollars to the cost of building a nearby single-family home. The decision came during a late-running Monday meeting that didnít ...

New homeowners may get $2000 fee rebate
Lewiston Sun Journal, ME - February 9, 2011
Owners of houses built within the past seven years could be receiving $2,000 checks in the mail in the next few months following the Board of Selectmen's vote Monday amending the town's development impact fee schedule. ďThis will affect the owners of 106 properties, ...

Commissioner's flip-flop on impact fees is misguided
Tampabay.com, FL - February 9, 2011
Commissioner Jack Mariano is aiming in the wrong direction. Just five months after correctly opposing a plan to cut county impact fees, Mariano now sees such a strategy as an appropriate way to stimulate the Pasco economy. It is a misguided flip-flop. Mariano had ...

Commissioners hear impact fee study
Savannah Morning News, GA - February 8, 2011
Whether impact fees are going up, down - or even away - is a question commissioners soon may answer after a workshop on the issue was held at last week's regular meeting. Impact fees are a method of funding infrastructure needed because of a community's ...

Chardon Council to consider revising home builder deposits
News-Herald.com, OH - February 8, 2011
Chardon leaders are continuing their efforts to reduce home construction costs. City Council on Thursday will consider an ordinance amending rules for construction deposits for single-family and two-family dwellings and residential additions. If approved, ...

New West Deer businesses to get tax break
Tarentum Valley News Dispatch, PA - February 5, 2011
West Deer officials hope to bring in new business by waiving all road maintenance-related fees levied against new businesses this year. Three joint transportation impact "trip" fees ó averaging about $350 per trip ó are part of a joint agreement with Indiana Township ...

Developer seeks relief from impact fees
Belgrade News, MT - February 4, 2011
The developer of a 343-lot subdivision south of Belgrade is looking to nix county-imposed impact fee requirements if it finishes all road improvements by this fall, including the installation of a traffic signal at Jackrabbit and Valley Center roads. Mike Stewart, developer of ...

Issaquah updates impact fees to match inflation
Issaquah Press, WA - February 4, 2011
The city has updated impact fees to adjust for inflation. The affected areas include fees for government buildings, fire, parks, police and transportation. The city updates the fees each year. Per the City Council, the city updates the fees updated annually to avoid ...

Developer opposes impact fee cut?
Gulf Coast Business Review, FL - February 2, 2011
Sarasota County government's proposal to cut road impact fees 50% may face a challenge from an unexpected direction: A major developer in Palmer Ranch landowner Hugh Culverhouse. That's because a lower fee will stretch out the reimbursements for road ...

County favors reduced impact fees
St. Augustine Record, FL - February 2, 2011
The St. Johns County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to support a version of its updated impact fee schedule that lowers commercial fees an average of 27.8 percent but keeps residential impact fees flat. County officials hope that lowered fees will ...

VIDEO: Hoffmann's Hawaii Ciunty plastic bag reduction, impact fees
Big Island Video News, HI - February 2, 2011
The Hawaii County Council held a series of committee meetings in Hilo on Tuesday. The big news of the day: the Committee on Environmental Management finally gave a positive recommendation to a plastic bag reduction bill. Kohala Councilman Pete Hoffmann ...

County Commission, School Board hold meetings today
St. Augustine Record, FL - February 1, 2011
The St. Johns County School Board will hold a workshop meeting at 8:30 a.m. today to discuss issues including possible changes in impact fees, the Race to the Top application and the district's safety plan. The St. Johns County School Board will hold a workshop ...

Commission likes new impact fee ordinance
Citrus Daily, FL - February 1, 2011
The Citrus County Commission likes what's in the new impact fee ordinance that will take effect after June 1. That's the date when a period of suspended transportation impact fees will end, and a new impact fee structure will then take effect once the county ...

School district may seek impact fee hike
St. Augustine Record, FL - February 1, 2011
The St. Johns County School District plans to seek an increase in the impact fees it gets for new houses constructed in the county to help pay the cost of new schools. During a workshop session Tuesday, the School Board discussed seeking a nearly 41 percent ...

 
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