Latest News: February 2012
Albuquerque City Council extends impact fee moratorium
New Mexico Business Weekly, NM - February 28, 2012
Albuquerque has extended the moratorium that reduced impact fees on new construction for at least eight more months and, perhaps, as much as one year. The Albuquerque City Council voted last week to maintain the impact fee moratorium until a study on their affect can be completed ...
Lee commission delays impact fee hearing
News-press.com, FL - February 28, 2012
The Lee County Commission on Tuesday delayed a public hearing to raise impact fees for parks and lower them for schools and most emergency services until April 10. Commissioner Ray Judah asked to push back a public hearing on the matter from March 13 to April 10. He said to allow ...
Kalispell’s water, sewer impact fees will get further review
Daily Inter Lake, MT - February 28, 2012
Kalispell’s water and sewer impact fees are going back to the drawing board, with the City Council questioning proposed fee adjustments that were based on a study done by HDR Engineering in August 2010. Public works staff will update the study’s figures in-house and return with revised ...
Simpler Impact Fees Urged
abqjournal.com, NM - February 28, 2012
The consultant helping Albuquerque reshape its impact-fee system has a suggestion: Keep it simple, stupid. Duncan Associates, a firm from Austin, Texas, doesn’t use those words exactly, but that’s a key concept in its 35-page policy memo, presented to city councilors last week. The firm ...
Lee committees recommend impact fee suspension, officials question economic effect
NaplesNew.com, FL - February 28, 2012
A proposed two-year suspension of impact fees probably wouldn't result in a flood of new development within Lee County, Community Development Director Mary Gibbs said Tuesday afternoon. The county's Local Planning Agency, a citizen's advisory committee, recommended a suspension ...
Pasco to mull over school impact fee
TriCity Herald, WA - February 27, 2012
Pasco is moving forward on requiring a school impact fee when new homes are built. The Pasco City Council will consider an interlocal agreement with the Pasco School District and an ordinance setting the fee tonight. The Pasco School District has told the city it needs the fee to pay a portion ...
Red Bluff restores impact fees
redbluffdailynews.com - February 24, 2012
Construction is well underway at the site of a new Holiday Inn Express just north of The Home Depot on North Main Street in Red Bluff. ( DN-Thompson )Development Impact Fees will be reinstated after a one-year suspension expires March 3 in Red Bluff. City Council members opted ...
Fees on home construction best way to handle crisis
Tri-City Herald, WA - February 24, 2012
Pasco has seen major growth for more than a decade. And no part of the city has felt the crunch more than the schools. The schools are jammed with students, and the district has been looking for ways to find new sources of money to help pay for new buildings. Based on the district's existing ...
City torn over fees
Morgan County Citizen, GA - February 23, 2012
All cards were on the table Monday night when Mayor Bruce Gilbert put fellow council members on the spot at an impact fee work session, asking each member to tell where they stand on the issue. Three councilmen were opposed to the fee, while the two in favor, Councilmen Michael Naples ...
Council to review study behind impact fee plan
Daily Interlake, MT - February 23, 2012
Questioning a 19-month-old study, the Kalispell City Council put the brakes on proposed adjustments to the city’s wastewater and water impact fees Tuesday night. Council member Bob Hafferman moved to table for two weeks a pair of resolutions that would have set a March 19 public ...
American Canyon three-year deficit elimination plan still on track
Times-Herald, CA - February 23, 2012
Some developers won't have to pay certain city fees until after their project is done and occupied, with the final passage of an impact fee deferral ordinance at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Instead of having to pay public facility, park and traffic impact fees, developers will be able to ...
Pasco moves toward school impact fees
Bellingham Herald, WA - February 22, 2012
The Pasco City Council took the first step toward adopting school impact fees Tuesday. The council approved the Pasco School District's 2011-17 capital facilities plan in a 4-3 vote. Last week, City Manager Gary Crutchfield told the council that would be the same as supporting a school ...
Businesses earn reprieve from city fee until March 2013
IssaquahPress.com, WA - February 21, 2012
City leaders offered entrepreneurs a reprieve from a fee for another year, as officials attempt to entice businesses to relocate to or remain in Issaquah. In a unanimous decision, City Council members agreed to exempt businesses from paying the transportation impact fee until March 2013. ...
Hundreds of Indian River County property owners eligible for impact fee refunds
TCPalm.com, FL - February 21, 2012
Bill Furr, a resident of Painted Bunting Lane in Vero Beach, is excited to see if he gets a notice from the county that could mean an extra $1,500 in the bank in the form of a refunded impact fee he never actually paid. "To me, this would be like a gift from heaven," he said Tuesday. "It's great. ...
Pasco schools bursting at the seams
News Tribune, FL - February 20, 2012
The Pasco School District cut in half the cost of proposed new schools and facilities it will need to teach new students in the next six years. But the district says it still needs school impact fees on new homes to help pay for the space to house the coming wave of students. In the next six years, ...
Fee seen as a bar to new business
Westerleysun.com, RI - February 20, 2012
Patricia Isted, who is developing the Twisted Vine Wine Bar at 3 Canal St., recently asked the Town Council to review the fee and how it is administered and disclosed to those opening new businesses in the town. Isted said that while she had a vague memory of the fee from a discussion ...
Kalispell considers boosting some impact fees
DailyInterlake.com, MT - February 19, 2012
Two weeks after killing off the short-lived transportation impact fees, Kalispell City Council members are staring at a whopping $2,846 proposed increase to more than double the city's wastewater impact fee. The proposal would push the fee from $2,499 to $5,345 per single-family home ...
Jefferson County Commission eliminates impact fee department, director's position
Heraldmail.com, WV - February 16, 2012
Following a recommendation from the outgoing county administrator, the Jefferson County Commission Thursday voted to eliminate the county’s impact fee department and abolish the director’s position. Tim Boyde, who resigned as county administrator in January, suggested in a confidential ...
City: Impact fees do not drive away business
Crestview New Bulletin, FL - February 15, 2012
Crestview city planner Eric Davis addressed head on what some contend is a popular misconception while speaking to the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce's Government Issues committee. "One thing I would like to set straight is that the city of Crestview's impact fee does not drive away ...
School Board should ask county to collect impact fees, raise property taxes for schools
OrlandoSentinel.com, FL - February 15, 2012
School Board members are trying desperately to find $387 million over the next five years, mostly for new schools and for renovations to make small schools accommodate more students. Now they think they've found a new source to stick with the bill: you, the taxpayer. All through the building ...
Pasco growth forces council to look at impact fees
The NewsTribune.com, FL - February 14, 2012
Adopting Pasco School District's capital facilities plan would be the same as supporting a school impact fee, Pasco City Council members were told Monday. The council still would need to pass a fee ordinance, but adopting the district's plan without the impact fee would be failing to implement ...
Transportation Impact Fee Adopted By Santa Monica Planning Commission
Santa Monica Mirror, CA - February 13, 2012
Developers eyeing new projects in Santa Monica may have to be cognizant of how their respectively planned residences or commercial buildings will impact traffic within the city, or be willing to pay City Hall a fee for not fostering its goal of "No New Net Trips"ť during p.m. peak hours. ...
Sudden impact: Mobility fees may soon pave way to improve other transportation
NaplesNews.com. FL - February 12, 2012
Soon, the fees developers pay to maintain roads may also be used for bus shelters, bicycle paths and other modes of transportation.The county is going to evaluate the transition from a roads-based impact fee to a mobility fee. The change will allow the county to expend impact fee revenue ...
Will burden for new schools be shifted from those who move here to those who live here?
OrlandoSentinel.com, FL - February 11, 2012
The two most important elected bodies in Lake County have been tossing a jar of political nitroglycerin back and forth. They know the one that fumbles first is toast. But it has come to this point: They're standing toe-to-toe, shoving it back and forth into one another's gut like kids on a ...
School Board to discuss countywide tax hike to make up for impact fees
Orlando Sentinel, FL - February 11, 2012
School Board members say they want to sit down with county commissioners to discuss them supporting a higher impact fee or a tax hike so they can have the funds to run the school district. Board members debated at a workshop this week whether to ask commissioners to levy a countywide ...
The red-headed step fee
SanDiegoCityBeat, CA - February 8, 2012
Tony Young hasn’t forgotten a promise he made last July. The San Diego City Council president, a Democrat who tends to be fiscally conservative, was the deciding vote against raising a fee that helps fund affordable housing. But Young’s vote came with a warning to opponents of the fee ...
Council dumps road impact fees
Daily Inter Lake, MT - February 7, 2012
The Kalispell City Council voted to kill the city’s transportation impact fees Monday night, and in coming weeks will refund $143,702 collected since the fees took effect in March 2009. The controversial move prompted ethics allegations against Mayor Tammi Fisher and triggered the resignation ...
Kalispell Council Axes Transportation Impact Fees
NBC Montana, MT - February 7, 2012
Four out of five members of Kalispell’s impact fee committee have resigned after the city voted to do away with transportation impact fees at a meeting Monday night. The council’s decision to do away with the fees went against the committee’s recommendation to keep the one-time fees ...
Impact fee waiver considered for Coupeville historic barn mover
Whidbey News-Times, WA - February 6, 2012
The town of Coupeville is considering a proposal that would lessen the cost a Coupeville builder is paying to move a historic barn. The town may waive the park impact fee for Dan Miranda, who is paying to move the Holbrook barn from a lot on NE Eighth Street to the community lot behind ...
Bill Would Funnel Impact Fee Cash to Odenton
Odenton Patch, MD - February 6, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Council is set to consider a measure designed to funnel new money from development fees toward transportation upgrades in the Odenton Town Center. The bill from County Executive John R. Leopold would give Odenton priority status when the county distributes ...
Impact fees are clearly confusing
Coeur d'Alene Press, ID - February 4, 2012
I noted a recent letter to the editor on the general topic of county impact fees. The writer, Larry Spencer, makes a few good points but creates some confusion in his attempt to clear up "common misconceptions." To begin with, impact fees are not an attempt to make new growth pay a ...
Reorganization is an issue for commission
Martinsburg Journal, WV - February 3, 2012
Before leaving his post as Jefferson County administrator and returning to his old job in Pennsylvania, Tim Boyde outlined a proposed reorganization plan for the county's government. The reorganization recommendations, which Boyde outlined in an exit memo to the commission, address ...
OUR VIEW: Waiving or delaying impact fees is no solution
Bakersfield Californian, CA - February 2, 2012
Bakersfield City Councilmen Ken Weir and David Couch are pushing to eliminate or sharply reduce the transportation impact fee that new homebuilders must pay the city. In their eyes, lowering the $12,870 fee will miraculously jump-start the sale of new homes and bring back ...
Cape city council looks at sewerage alternatives
The News-Press, FL - February 1, 2012
Cape Coral might have found a piece to help solve the puzzle of bringing less expensive sewer service to the city’s north side. A system made by Orenco Systems of Sutherlin, Ore., could help people who have homes on acreage, several council members agreed during a Wednesday workshop. ...
Sherwood City Council tables impact fee proposal
Pulaskinet.net, AR - February 1, 2012
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, ...
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