Latest News: March 2009

Library district pitches impact fees to county commissioners
The Coloradoan, CO - March 31, 2009
The Council Tree Library, which opened Saturday in the Front Range Village shopping area in southeast Fort Collins, was paid for primarily through the city's impact fee, said Ken Draves, interim executive director of the district. A county-imposed fee that would be...

Martin commissioners decide to temporarily halt impact fee for new construction
TCPalm, FL - March 31, 2009
But, as Commissioner Sarah Heard said, “If we reduce impact fees, then we will stick that burden on existing tax payers. This commission has several big bond issues and if we don't get the funds from impact fees then we need to get them from somewhere else.” Jim...

Mesa looks at raising utility rates
East Valley Tribune, AZ - March 31, 2009
Mesa's utility rates may soon increase to make up for the city's ongoing budget shortfall. The increase could potentially infuse an extra $6.2 million annually to its coffers.  The city's $62 million in cuts approved in December through June 2010 already fall...

Lake City considers new fees
Laconia Citizen - March 30, 2009
The city is moving closer toward establishing impact fees that would be charged to developers for the burdens their projects place upon municipal infrastructure and services. A final draft of the proposed fee structure will be available in two to three weeks, said...

Shorewood cuts impact fees to lure developers
Joliet Herald news - March 29, 2009
After much debate, the village board Tuesday approved an ordinance temporarily reducing a portion of the village's impact fees for construction of single-family homes and duplexes. The village will forgo a projected $274,000 in capital improvements and $82,000 in...

Shorewood cuts impact fees to lure developers
Joliet Herald News, IL - March 29, 2009
After much debate, the village board Tuesday approved an ordinance temporarily reducing a portion of the village's impact fees for construction of single-family homes and duplexes. The village will forgo a projected $274,000 in capital improvements and $82,000 in its...

Town tables proposal to defer payments of road impact fees
Windsor Beacon, - March 28, 2009
The benefit area road system, where the fees are collected from and spent in, includes the Windsor growth management area, arterial and collector roads, existing and planned roads, state highways and also the Interstate 25/Colorado Highway 392 interchange...

Builders Association Lawsuit Puts Impact Fees Out of Reach for Schools
The Ledger, FL - March 27, 2009
Scott Coulombe's letter of March 18 concerning impact fees ["Builders' Impact-Fee Lawsuit Is Not Delaying School Construction"] requires a measured response. The constitution and laws of the state of Florida allow counties to impose impact fees in order to fund...

Recommendations of the Study Group
OurayNews.com, CO - March 27, 2009
Citizens in Ouray County might be forgiven if they think local government has gone study crazy. It did, creating the Study Group to study the Theobald build-out study and the RPR study of what it's going to take to keep up levels of county government services. ...

Kona Sea Crest Development moving forward
Big Island Video News, HI - March 27, 2009
A 289 multifamily unit development on 46.3 acres between Alii Drive and Kuakini Highway is moving forward, after the Hawaii County Planning Department accepted the environmental assessment for the Kona Sea Crest condo project.  The $70 million Kona Sea...

Impact fee public hearings begin
Morgan County Citizen, GA - March 27, 2009
Madison City Council members held the first of two public hearings on whether or not to enact impact fees in the city.  Impact fees are heavily regulated costs associated with new development that are collected by local government and set aside for specific public...

Martin County commissioners to vote on lowering impact fees
Stuart News, FL - March 27, 2009
Acting on directions from the Martin County commissioners, a consultant said he did his best to calculate the lowest possible impact fees the county could charge for the construction of new business buildings.  If the commissioners approve the updated...

Construction: Impact fees? Builders say industry pays for itself
Ocala, FL - March 26, 2009
Developers are pushing municipalities to relax or eliminate impact fees, one-time charges imposed by local governments on proposed development projects to defray some of the costs of constructing or improving off-site infrastructure such as sewers, roads, parks...

Kohl's, PetSmart No Longer Plan to Open in Kalispell
Flathead Beacon, MT - March 26, 2009
And while Kalispell City Council’s recent vote to adopt transportation impact fees may not have been the chief reason Kohl’s opted out, Goldberg said it played a large role, given that Kohl’s bought the Mervyns locations when debate over the traffic impact fees – and...

State should study impact fees
Columbia County News Times - March 25, 2009
With Columbia County's proximity to the city of Augusta, which seems to spend money on, and then shelve, consultants and studies as often as cars crash on Washington Road, there's every reason to be skeptical of such spending. But local lawmakers, including one...

Brunswick considers impact fees again
Frederick News Post, MD - March 25, 2009
The Brunswick City Council is revisiting the concept of impact fees for future development and could decide the issue in April.   Tuesday's meeting was the second time the issue has come before the council.  A few months ago, the council directed TischlerBise, ...

Winchester disputes Poolesville impact fees
Business Gazette, MD - March 25, 2009
Winchester Homes has asked Poolesville to review the amount of impact fees it charges developers seeking to build in the community.   In a letter to the town dated Feb. 23, Winchester Homes Vice President Mike Conley asked that Poolesville officials...

Impact fee policy should look forward
Sun newspapers - March 25, 2009
We're having trouble understanding our local politicians. While we agree on many preferred outcomes and the policies we believe will help produce those outcomes, we just can't fathom the logic behind one policy all local governments seem to agree on: lowering...

City council suspends imapct fees for a year
Bradenton Herald, FL - March 25, 2009
The city council suspended impact fees for one year, hoping to stimulate construction and create jobs. Tim Polk, director of the city planning and community development department, told the council before three votes Wednesday night that the various impact fees...

Impact-fee increases delayed
Orlando Sentinel, FL - March 24, 2009
City leaders voted to delay an impact-fee increase, hoping the move will jump-start construction. Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City Council also voted to waive transportation impact fees for affordable housing. "The hope is that it will be a stimulus for development, ...

City establishes transportation impact fee
KMAS, WA - March 24, 2009
The Shelton City Commission has adopted the ordinance that establishes a Transportation Impact Fee in the City. The T-I-F will help off set the cost of growth created transportation improvements. The fee is $1,610 per trip generated forresidential development, ...

Infrastructure issues highlight city's growing pains
KSLA, LA - March 24, 2009
A Shreveport City Council member is concerned that as the city grows, the water and sewer infrastructure in some of the city's older neighborhoods is being left behind. "I want these citizens of the city to have the water service that they should," say City Councilor...

Indian River County suspends some building impact fees for six months to jumpstart economy
TCPalm, FL - March 24, 2009
Dr. Valerie Biehl, a Vero Beach veterinarian, whispered cheers Tuesday in the back of the County Commission chambers.  In a 4-1 vote, the commission had just approved a six-month suspension of some of the fees builders pay to offset growth. And for Biehl, ...

Acrimony over impact fee vote continues
The Ledger, FL - March 24, 2009
Al Whittle, who's a frequent critic of county government decisions on fiscal and growth policy, has had more to say about last week's impact fee vote than what was posted recently by Lakeland Local. In a separate communication,Whittle took offense at Commission...

Board defends charge
The Republican, MA - March 24, 2009
The Sewer Commission is holding a meeting tonight to discuss why the department needs to be able to assess an impact fee for those who want to tie into the sewer system. The commission in March approved the impact fee to help pay for $3.2 million in needed...

Collier freezes impact fees on some buildings to stimulate business
Naples Daily News - March 24, 2009
The freeze is for two years, but county staffers will report back to the commission on an interim basis, said Amy Patterson, the county's impact fee director. The approval is a reiteration of last month's discussion, when commissioners agreed to freeze some impact fees...

Idaho sifts through impact fees: Leaders, builders debate who pays for growth
Idaho Business Review, ID - March 23, 2009
The city of Middleton is feeling the wrath of the building industry these days. The city is trying to figure out how to make growth pay for itself, and the solution it came up with involved developers paying a flat fee per house. Commercial development would also...

Audit: County cuts lead to less tax scrutiny
Annapolis Capital, MD - March 23, 2009
An annual financial audit has revealed that the county no longer makes sure it collects all the sales taxes due to it.  Lean budget times have prevented the hiring of an employee to look over county sales-tax receipts, a job that in the past has uncovered errors as...

Impact fees, county clerk litigation among issues Collier board will consider Tuesday
Naples Daily News, FL - March 23, 2009
Large sums of money will change hands when Collier County commissioners meet Tuesday.  At the same time, county leaders are preparing to freeze some impact fees for certain properties; take to the shade to discuss ongoing litigation with Collier Clerk of Courts...

Commissioners to discuss impact fees on Wednesday
Brownsville Herald, TX - March 23, 2009
The City Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday to discuss possible increasing impact fees, which are use to recoup the cost of extending water and sewer service to new development. A decision as to whether to adopt an increase could also be made later...

North Texas transportation bill facing multiple challenges
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - March 21, 2009
A month after it was introduced with a burst of fanfare from North Texas officials, supporters of a major transportation funding bill are now confronting the challenges of trying to advance the measure in an economic downturn against emerging opposition on...

Pitco eyes new transit impact fee
Aspen Times, CO - March 20, 2009
Developers hoping to build homes in rural parts of Pitkin County might soon be required to pay a “transit impact fee,” designed to help offset any expansion of the local bus system caused by the development.  No one is sure how much it would be, or against...

Water district rolls back impact fee
Desert Valley Times, UT - March 20, 2009
Virgin Valley Water District’s Ordinance 2 fee, one of the impact fees the district collects from new development, has been rolled back to $3,300.  The action came Tuesday, nearly two months after the water district board voted on Jan. 20 to raise the Ordinance...

Alderman vote to study impact fees
Northwest Arkansas Times, AR - March 20, 2009
The city of Elkins does not yet impose impact and sewer fees, but it plans to have a blueprint on how to go about calculating the fees if it decides to implement them. The basis for that will be an analysis and study the council commissioned on impact fees. ...

Council addresses housing
Morgan County Citizen, GA - March 20, 2009
Madison City Council members met Tuesday evening in a called work session to talk about the current multi-family housing moratorium, a draft impact fee ordinance, and what topics might be on next month’s joint meeting of council members and Morgan County...

Sarasota County weighs rollback
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - March 19, 2009
If the plan is finalized at an upcoming public hearing Sarasota County would join Charlotte County, North Port and other governments across the state who are lowering fees in a bid to jump-start the economy. The Manatee County Commission and School...

County impact fees to be reduced
News Chief, FL - March 19, 2009
With the 4-1 vote - Commissioner Jean Reed cast the dissenting vote - the commission approved a recently completed transportation impact fee study, selected a rate reduction schedule based on the study and instituted a 50 percent rate cut across the board...

Editorial: Transportation funding bill makes progess
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - March 19, 2009
Local funding options are the goal of SB855 and its House companion, HB9, sponsored by Rep. Vicki Truitt of Keller. It’s a concept that this Editorial Board has supported for years. The initial hearing on the draft bill in Carona’s Senate Transportation and Homeland...

Supervisors approve impact fee deferrals
Village New Network, CA - March 19, 2009
The deferral program would cover Transportation Impact Fee payments, Park Land Dedication Ordinance fees, and drainage fees. It would also cover sewer connection fees to county sanitation districts and sewer maintenance districts which are operated by...

Polk Impact-Fee Fairness: In Deepest Sympathy
The Ledger, FL - March 18, 2009
A few months after the Marion County experiment ended, Duncan Associates, a Texas-based impact-fee consulting firm, released a national impact-fee study. Among the conclusions: "Despite the obvious fact that the problem is one of oversupply, some governing...

Local governments face impact fees
Jax Daily, FL - March 18, 2009
Saying the current system is vulnerable to abuse and impact fee rates are skyrocketing, Rep. Gary Aubuchon, R-Cape Coral, told members of the House Civil Justice & Courts Policy Committee that the measure (HB 227) is needed to provide a check to...

Perry City Council amends impact fees
Macon Telegraph, GA - March 18, 2009
The amendment also will exempt any property in the impact fee area constructed before 2000. City manager Lee Gilmour said the fee was reduced because an evaluation of the fee found that the portion to create a park was too high. The impact fees...

Jerome Co. Commissioners looking for 'impact fee' committee members
KMVT, ID - March 18, 2009
Commissioner Cathy Roemer says that Planning and Zoning Administrator Art Brown gave the commissioners a list of names of possible members for an impact fees committee. She says they need at least five people for the committee. Roemer says the...

State bills could have multimillion-dollar impact
Sun newspapers, FL - March 18, 2009
Duffy said an impact-fee moratorium, which would cost the county an estimated $8.5 million each year, would be a poor move. "That doesn't make any sense to me," Duffy said. Skidmore concurred. "I don't think we ever want the state telling us what we...

Builders' Impact-Fee Lawsuit Is Not Delaying School Construction
The Ledger, FL - March 18, 2009
In regard to your story on March 7 "County, Schools Meet on Funding," the conversation of impact fees arose by Superintendent of Schools Gail McKinzie ,wherein she said that more school-construction money may be available soon, depending on whether...

Chavez proposes impact fee reduction
New Mexico Business Weekly, NM - March 18, 2009
Impact fee collections have dropped dramatically since the recession hit the Duke City as few building permits have been pulled by residential and commercial builders. Chávez said that impact fee collections have dropped from $1.2 million a month...

Schools consider impact-fee freeze
Bradenton Herald, FL - March 18, 2009
"In our present position, growth has stopped. We find ourselves with several thousand empty seats in schools," said Walter Miller, chairman of the school board. "How can we say we need impact fees when we have so many empty seats in our schools?" The move is...

Eagle Lake commission waives impact fees for redevelopment zone
News Chief, FL - March 17, 2009
Providing an incentive for new business development, Eagle Lake City Commission voted unanimously Monday night to waive impact fees for construction and redevelopment within the city's designated core improvement area. The vote affirmed last week's...

City Commission Moving Foward With Transportation Impact Fees
Mason County Daily News, WA - March 17, 2009
The City of Shelton is moving forward with its proposal to charge developers Transportation Impact Fees. The fee, $1,610 per trip generated for residential and $3,219 per trip generated for commercial, would help the city offset cost of growth generated...

Ideas to boost Pasco's economy are few, far between
Tampabay.com, FL - March 17, 2009
The suggestion of altering the county's impact fee of $20,000 per single-family home made it to a County Commission agenda earlier this year, but never was discussed. The staff yanked it for more research. Translation: They killed it, for the time being...

City looks at jump starting construction
Douglas Daily Dispatch, AZ - March 17, 2009
City Manger Curtis Shook also pointed out that there currently is legislation in Phoenix, which would call fro a moratorium on development impact fee increases. Michael Martinez of Southern Arizona Real Estate said that the impact fee really isn’t taxing the...

Brian Carman: Proposed Florida impact fee moratorium a bad idea
TCPalm, FL - March 17, 2009
Two bills recently introduced in the Legislature most likely will result in higher taxes for Florida's residents and, even worse, Florida business owners. Senate Bill 630 (Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton) and House Bill 1129 (Denise Grimsley, R-Lake Placid) seek a three-year...

Slow economy may have impact on impact fees
Verde Independent, AZ - March 16, 2009
Not only has the economic slowdown put a crimp on impact fee revenues, but it is also generating interest in having the fees suspended, temporarily or otherwise. The Home Builders Association of Central Arizona has never taken a stance against the fees in...

County approves impact fees special allocation
Boca Raton News, FL - March 16, 2009
Impact fee credits are allowed on a first in - first out permit basis, commissioners said. However, the law does allow for a special allocation of credits upon approval from commissioners. The special allocation requested by BTC will assign road impact fee...

Transportation planners back with fee plan for I-5 improvements
Record-Searchlight, CA - March 15, 2009
Although the recession has north state development virtually on hold, transportation planners are taking another crack at trying to finance Interstate 5's future growth.  Representatives from the Regional Transportation Planning Agency Fox 5 Partnership will present...

Eagle Lake to consider waiving some impact fees
News Chief, FL - March 15, 2009
During its scheduled Monday meeting, the Eagle Lake City Commission will consider waiving impact fees for construction and redevelopment within the city's designated core improvement area.  If passed on second reading, the impact fee-related ordinance should jump...

Impact Fee Suspension Won't Solve Housing Woes
Tampa Tribune, FL - March 15, 2009
The issue: Moratorium on county impact fees. Our opinion: It won't help the housing market.  We tried to convince Hernando County commissioners last summer to cut impact fees by 25 percent to become eligible for a $20 million pool of state funding for...

Transportation impact fee scuttled
Florida Times-Union, FL - March 15, 2009
After hearing about layoffs and shrinking paychecks from struggling workers, and sharply declining profits and threatened businesses from their bosses, the Clay County Commission decided this week to temporarily remove at least one of the financial...

City Commission to talk parking and transportation impact fees
Mason County Daily News, WA - March 15, 2009
Transportation Impact Fees and downtown parking enforcement top tonight's Shelton City Commission meeting agenda. The Commission will hold the first reading of the ordinance establishing a Transportation Impact Fee during the 6 PM meeting in the...

Editorial: Being careful with those impact fees
Camp Verde Bugle, AZ - March 14, 2009
Yavapai County is toying with the idea of suspending its road impact fees, thinking perhaps that this will promote growth in hard times. However, the idea immediately stings with unfairness.  Imagine if Camp Verde or Clarkdale suddenly decided to temporarily...

County Commission to consider impact fee reductions
News Chief, FL - March 14, 2009
County commissioners are expected to decide on Wednesday exactly how much transportation impact fees will be reduced in an effort to stimulate construction and boost the local economy.  The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Neil Combee...

Park impact fee questions plague Cheney council
Cheney Free Press, WA - March 13, 2009
Cheney City Council's discussion Tuesday evening about park impact fees ground to a halt after more questions surfaced regarding how fees would be assessed, whether they could be paid at the time a building permit was issued and providing developers an on site...

Hernando County Commissioner Jim Adkins' impact fee idea is bad
Tampabay.com, FL - March 13, 2009
Here is the latest bad idea from Commissioner Jim Adkins: Suspend the collection of impact fees on new construction in Hernando County. It is the wrong approach to fiscal management and follows on the heels of his other poorly conceived notions to eliminate...

Fee break seen as building stimulus
Bradenton Herald, FL - March 12, 2009
Hoping to spur the construction industry and create jobs, the Bradenton City Council on Wednesday preliminarily approved suspending impact fees for one year. The next step before a final vote is a March 25 hearing to get public input. Alan Anderson, ...

County impact fee refunded
Fernandina Beach News - Leader, FL - March 12, 2009
A local builder has finally been refunded more than $26,000 in impact fees after a yearlong battle with Nassau County. In 2007, Yulee Professional Plaza LLC remodeled the former IGA Supermarket at the corner of A1A and US 17, turning the building into office space...

Impact Fee Moratorium Proposed
Tampa Tribune, FL - March 11, 2009
County Commissioner Jim Adkins is proposing a short-term moratorium on impact fees to jumpstart the economy and put builders back to work. Eliminating the fee for six months to a year would spur people sitting on the home-buying fence, Adkins said. That in turn...

Delaying impact fees studied
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - March 10, 2009
Developers could be allowed to delay impact-fee payments under one of several recommendations by a city committee looking for ways to get Tucson's economy moving.  Deferring or suspending the payments, which would have to be approved on a case-by-case...

Bradenton may suspend impact fees
Bradenton Herald, FL - March 10, 2009
In an effort to spur business during the economic slump that has smacked the area, the City Council will vote on suspending impact fees for parks and recreation and public safety.  The proposed impact fee ordinances, which will be presented to the council at the...

Commission reduces impact fees by half
Sun newspapers, FL - March 10, 2009
Hoping to spur economic growth, city commissioners voted Monday to reduce most impact fees on new development by 50 percent.  The builder of a new, single-family residential home in North Port currently pays $10,467 in impact fees to three jurisdictions -- $6725...

Clay Considers Cutting Impact Fees
WOKV, FL - March 10, 2009
Clay County Commissioners say they hope to stimulate the local economy, possibly by cutting at least one of their impact fees.  Clay County Government is working with a budget that's several million dollars in the hole.  "The next fiscal year which is 2009-2010...

St. Petersburg adds impact fee funds to federal grants building north bay trail
Tampabay.com, FL - March 10, 2009
North Bay Trail, the city's branch of the regional trail system, has gotten $1 million worth of work, but the city of St. Petersburg hasn't paid for any of it, yet. Last week, the City Council agreed to contribute toward the bill.  On the consent agenda, the council...

Kalispell Adopts Transportation Impact Fees
Flathead Beacon, MT - March 9, 2009
Kalispell City Council voted, 8-1, Monday night to impose transportation impact fees after two years of debate and deliberation. The decision left many in the business community, which opposed the fees, disappointed, while supporters of the fees...

NJ Supreme Court to hear builders case
Asbury Park Press, NJ - March 8, 2009
The state Supreme Court on Monday will be the arbiter of a second dispute over a local ordinance, this time involving the requirement that developers set aside land for open space and recreation or pay a fee to the township.  This is the second time in six months that...

Developers in Lower Macungie to pay more toward future road improvements
Allentown Morning Call, PA - March 7, 2009
Taxpayers in Lower Macungie who have shouldered the brunt of many costly township road improvements over the years will be getting much more help from developers when paying for future projects.  Township commissioners Thursday night approved a...

Impact fee in for bumpy ride
The Record-Courier, NV - March 6, 2009
Douglas County has long had trouble with its roads. One of the first reader-written diatribes in the old Carson Valley News decried the expense of building a bridge over the Carson River to serve the center of the Valley.  Near the beginning of the 20th century, the...

Warren court to judge township impact fees
Cincinnati.com, OH - March 6, 2009
A court case filed more than a year ago that challenges the right of an Ohio township to collect impact fees on new construction opens today in Warren County Common Pleas Court.  Judge James Flannery will hear oral arguments in the civil case that pits the Greater...

Developers ask water board to roll back fee increase
Desert Valley Times, UT - March 6, 2009
A group of developers asked the water district to reconsider the current $11,170 in fees it currently charges for construction of new projects saying a recent hike in Ordinance 2 fees would have disastrous consequences for development.  Mesquite Mayor...

County approves impact fee moratorium
Bradford County Telegraph, FL - March 5, 2009
The county commission has approved a 365-day moratorium on the collection of impact fees.  County impact fees amount to $550 for a new single-family home, and commercial impact fees are based on the square footage of the new construction.  Tom Tatum of...

City Council: Council raises impact fees despite contractors' protests
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - March 5, 2009
After a five-month period of studies, work sessions and public hearings, the Kingman City Council on Monday voted to raise development impact fees for new water and wastewater connections.  In a unanimous vote, Council adopted a set of...

County waives transportation impact fees
Florida Today, FL - March 5, 2009
Citing “a deep economic recession” gripping the Space Coast, Brevard County leaders have suspended transportation impact fees to try to encourage commercial development.  The Brevard County Commission today unanimously enacted a two-year moratorium...

Our Views: Not so fast
Florida Today, FL - March 4, 2009
County commissioners should put the brakes on a rush move to waive commercial impact fees for two years due to the stalled economy.  The board voted unanimously last week to put a moratorium on four fees that have been collected since 1989.  The money goes...

County commits $3 million to housing
Aspen Daily News, CO - March 4, 2009
The Pitkin County commissioners are ready to get back in the local housing game and committed Tuesday to spend $3 million to buy or help develop some employee rental units.  “We’ve got some money and we’re ready to play,” said Commissioner George Newman, ...

Transportation impact fees raise more concerns
KMAS, WA - March 3, 2009
The City of Shelton's proposed Transportation Impact Fees have raised more concerns. The proposal is to charge commercial developments $3,217 per trip generated and residential developments $1,610 per trip generated with that fee increasing to $3,217 per...

County, city officials need joint talks on impact fees
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - March 3, 2009
It's past time for Coweta County and Newnan officials to sit down at the same table and discuss impact fees. Impact fees are a necessity in our community because of the massive growth we have experienced in the past two decades. As more people come, ...

Pitkin County ready to spend its housing funds, but where?
Aspen Times, CO - March 3, 2009
Pitkin County commissioners are willing to put the county’s money where their mouths are when it comes to worker housing.  At a discussion Tuesday, commissioners directed staffers to find out what, specifically, can be done to acquire housing with $3 million...

After Public Hearing, Council Poised for Road Impact Fee Vote
Flathead Beacon, MT - March 3, 2009
With a vote set for March 9, opponents and supporters of the proposed transportation impact fees made their impassioned cases before the Kalispell City Council one last time in a public hearing on the issue Monday night.  After two years of deliberation...

Mount Pleasant considers cutting impact fees in half to spark development
Charleston Regional Business, SC - March 2, 2009
The fees, charged to new development to help pay for infrastructure and services, have generated revenues in the millions of dollars in recent years, Burdette said. This fiscal year they might bring in $400,000."That shows the state of the development industry," ...

Public Hearing on Traffic Impact Fees Tonight
Flathead Beacon, MT - March 2, 2009
Kalispell City Council will hold a public hearing at its 7 p.m. meeting tonight to collect feedback on the implementation of the controversial transportation impact fees, which are scheduled for a March 9 vote.  A transportation impact fee would charge...

Housing fee moratorium questioned
Cherry Hill Courier, NJ - March 2, 2009
For many South Jersey towns, a proposed measure that would eliminate a fee commercial developers have to pay to help fund the creation of more affordable housing units is a double-edged sword.  The measure would make it easier for towns to attract...

Impact fee quandry
Bradenton Herald, FL - March 1, 2009
One person's stimulus for growth is another person's road to ruin.  That's the case with impact fees. The money, collected from developers for residential and commercial construction, pays for infrastructure — roads, parks, schools, utilities and more.  On one...

 
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