Latest News: March 2010

Washington Township debates best way to lower impact fees
The Herald-Mail, PA - March 31, 2010
Two leading plans to lower traffic impact fees in Washington Township would accomplish the cut by shortening a planned relief route or reverting to a previous figure. Several residential and commercial developers have asked the township to lower its ...

Businesses benefit from break in city impact fees
Issaquah Press, WA - March 30, 2010
A city program to make Issaquah more appealing to businesses has aided the developers of Overlake Center, a Northwest Maple Street medical building, offices along East Sunset Way and more than a dozen construction and remodeling projects citywide. ...

PV officials: No plans for moratorium on impact fees
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ - March 30, 2010
Town government officials have no plans to follow the examples of their counterparts in Prescott and possibly Chino Valley when it comes to impact fees for residential development. "I'm not aware that we are looking at it," Councilwoman Fran Schumacher ...

County puts brakes on impact fee study
Tampa Tribune, FL - March 27, 2010
County commissioners have put a halt to a study examining impact fees until the economy improves. The last thing the county needs to do right now is even consider raising impact fees, County Commissioner Dave Russell said Friday. Back in January 2006, ...

'School impact district' plan advances
KPUA, HI - March 27, 2010
A state Board of Education committee has approved a plan to establish Hawaii's first "school impact district" on the Big Island. The plan developed by the Department of Education calls for assessing a fee for anyone building a home from roughly Kealakekua and ...

Impact district plan moves ahead
Honolulu Advertiser, HI - March 26, 2010
A state Board of Education committee yesterday advanced a Department of Education plan to assess fees on anyone building a home on the Big Island roughly between Kealakekua and Waimea. If approved later by the full Board of Education, the West Hawai'i ...

Prescott approves impact fee refunds to homebuilders
Sun Shopper, AZ - March 25, 2010
Refund checks and explanation letters should begin going out soon to more than two dozen homebuilders in Prescott. By unanimous action Tuesday, the Prescott City Council rolled back the water and sewer impact fee increases that the city imposed in July 2009. ...

Canton votes no to cutting impact fees
Cherokee Tribune - March 25, 2010
The city of Canton rejected a plan to spur more development by temporarily changing the amount of impact fees it charges. The city council on Tuesday declined to reduce impact fees or pass a moratorium on the collection of impact fees, but the city is still ...

Sequim City Council creates Peninsula's first developer impact fees
Peninsula Daily, WA - March 23, 2010
The price of building a house in Sequim is soon to be steeper, while the living will, the City Council hopes, be a little easier. In a landmark vote Monday night, the council voted to adopt $4,868 in new impact fees for each single-family home built in Sequim. Those charges ...

County supervisors slice road fee in half for man building home
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA - March 23, 2010
A retired teacher who was hit with a $10,445 road impact fee for a home he plans to build in Templeton had the amount sliced in half by a Board of Supervisors who were sympathetic to his argument that he was not going to create a lot of traffic. Supervisors also ...

Development impact fee changes to be discussed by supervisors
San Francisco Examiner (blog) - March 22, 2010
A plan by Mayor Gavin Newsom's administration to spur construction activity by offering developers relief from some city building fees will be discussed by city supervisors on Monday. Legislation introduced by Newsom and Supervisor Bevan Dufty that would change rules ...

Use it or lose it: Bonita Springs has six years to use nearly $700000 for parks
Naples Daily News, FL - March 22, 2010
Bonita Springs must spend $691,000 on acquiring, building or improving parks in the next couple of years or risk losing it, the city’s finance director said Monday. The money, from residential building impact fees, comes with a six-year time-frame in which to allocate ...

Kingman reports on impact fee use
- March 20, 2010
Kingman's finance director says the Arizona city's impact fees have saved taxpayers nearly $4 million on capital projects. Coral Loyd came to that conclusion in a report to city councilors compiled at the request of 1 councilor who wanted to show that impact fees ...

'Worst time' for school impact fee, Kenoi says
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI - March 20, 2010
Big Island Mayor William Kenoi said he is against imposing an impact fee that requires residential builders to contribute money to develop schools in West Hawaii. "It's absolutely at the worst place at the worst time," Kenoi said yesterday in a telephone interview. ...

Big Isle may set school fees
Honolulu Advertiser, HI - March 20, 2010
Facing a building boom of new schools in West Hawai'i, the state Department of Education is considering designating the North and South Kohala regions as a "school impact district," the first such zone in the state. The designation would provide a more formal ...

County won't halt construction tax
Pahrump Valley Times, NV - March 19, 2010
Nye County School District board members wanted to suspend the $1,600 residential construction tax on new construction but county commissioners wouldn't let them. Nevada Revised Statutes spell out how to impose the tax but not how to remove it, Commissioner ...

Council discusses revamping impact fee policy
Rowlett Lakeshore Times, TX - March 18, 2010
Rowlett City Council met in a special work session Feb. 23 to discuss possible changes to impact fees collected by the city. Rowlett collects the fees on new buildings that are built in the city to help cover the cost of increased capacity on capital projects. The ...

Camden County to continue impact fee collections
Florida Times-Union, FL - March 18, 2010
Two weeks after openly supporting a proposal to suspend the collection of impact fees to stimulate new construction, the Camden County Commission has done a reversal. At a work session this month, a majority of the commissioners said suspending the ...

Civic Leader Opposes Decreasing Impact Fees
The Ledger, FL - March 17, 2010
County commissioners should not decrease impact fees on new construction, the leader of a local civic group told commissioners Wednesday. "Impact fees are not a deterrent to growth, but necessary to finance infrastructure,'' David Hupp of Florida ...

Lehigh plaza owner receives bill for unpaid impact fees
Lehigh Acres News Star, FL - March 17, 2010
The owner of DeLaCruz Professional Plaza in Lehigh Acres is being billed nearly $60,000 for impact fees the water and sewer utility company didn't collect in 2004. But Lupe DeLaCruz said today that he thinks the billing is fair. The fees were due in 2004. The unpaid ...

School Board needs more time to make a decision on impact fees
Daily Commercial, FL - March 17, 2010
Facts, figures, pie charts and projections weren't enough for the Lake County School Board to make an informed decision about deferring impact fees. At a special meeting Monday, Chief of Business Services Carol MacLeod and Director of Growth Planning Harry Fix ...

County impact fee debate to continue
The Ledger (blog), FL - March 16, 2010
Earlier this month the County Commission heard from the Polk County Builders Association criticizing impact fees and other ideas they thought were impediments to development, claiming they had no real basis. On Wednesday commissioners will hear what will ...

Taiwan capital to tax advertising billboards
eTaiwan News - March 16, 2010
Advertising billboards in the capital will be subject to a “scenery impact fee,” Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin announced Tuesday. The levy is the first of its kind in the country and will amount to 0.2 percent of operating costs, reports said. The fees will apply to flat ...

State impact-fee moratorium could affect local builders
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ - March 16, 2010
About 30 local homebuilders likely will be getting a refund check soon from the of Prescott, thanks to a state moratorium on impact fee increases. City officials reported Tuesday that the moratorium on impact fee increases that the Arizona State Legislature approved ...

Panel: Mounting debt and slow growth will continue to challenge Collier's economy
Naples Daily News, FL - March 16, 2010
Collier County government continues to face big challenges, from the mounting burden of debt to slower growth. Three economic experts offered their views on the county's fiscal stability during an event Tuesday night sponsored by the Naples Daily News and the ...

Council leaves impact fees intact
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - March 15, 2010
Developers will continue to pay impact fees when building homes in new additions in Weatherford. City Council members voted 4-1 not only to leave impact fees as they are, but also to take another look at them in the future to see if they should be increased. ...

City impact fee update slated
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - March 15, 2010
Fees, taxes and grants will dominate the agenda at Monday's meeting of the Kingman City Council. Council members will first revisit the issue of impact fees, with Finance Director Coral Loyd set to give a report updating them on how much has been collected and ...

Visalia Chamber of Commerce plan would offer 'local stimulus'
Visalia Times-Delta, CA - March 15, 2010
A "local stimulus" proposal that would eliminate a number of developers' fees and offer gift cards for shopping locally will be discussed today by the Visalia City Council. The Visalia Chamber of Commerce proposal will be addressed at 5 p.m. at the Visalia ...

Prescott City Council mulls refunding impact fees
Sun Shopper, AZ - March 14, 2010
A possible refund of some city impact fees, and the purchase of new kiosks to collect parking fees at city recreational sites will be among the issues the Prescott City Council will discuss this week. At its study session at 3 p.m. Tuesday, the council will consider an ...

Suspension of impact fees being considered
Pahrump Valley Times, NV - March 14, 2010
A request to suspend impact fees is on the agenda when the Nye County Commission meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Bob Ruud Community Center. It will also consider a request by the Nye County School Board to discontinue its residential construction tax. The ...

Noblesville waives fees for Habitat home
Indianapolis Star, IN - March 11, 2010
The Noblesville City Council decided to waive certain fees so Habitat for Humanity can lower its expenses to build a home for a needy family. The Hamilton County chapter recently acquired six lots in Creekside at Cedar Path subdivision in Noblesville, according to ...

Council hears public's takes on Sequim impact fees proposal
Peninsula Daily, WA - March 10, 2010
It all came together in one night: Sequim's future, its past and its present struggle. When will the economy rebound? How much should Sequim residents pay for parks and roads, and which residents should owe the most? And what is the "elephant in the room" when ...

City impact fee would offset costs
Baraboo News Republic - March 10, 2010
State law allows Baraboo to recoup part of the cost of a new police, fire and ambulance station by charging an impact fee of about $2,630 to new residences constructed in the city, a financial advisor reported Tuesday. James A. Mann of Brookfield-based ...

Polk City Official to Work Out Impact Fee Payment Plan
The Ledger, FL - March 9, 2010
City Manager Cory Carrier has agreed to work out a payment plan on at least $539,055 in unpaid impact fees Polk City owes to Polk County. Carrier spoke with County Manager Mike Herr on Monday about the impact fees that had not been paid through Sept. 30, ...

Development fees to rise near Casa Grande, Maricopa
TriValley Central, AZ - March 9, 2010
Unincorporated county areas adjacent to Casa Grande and Maricopa will see an increase to development impact fees, effective June 2, after the Pinal County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved adjustments to all such fees throughout the county last week. ...

New home permits trending upward
Tampa Tribune, FL - March 8, 2010
Single-family building permit numbers are trending upward since December when the county's new impact fee rates went into effect. Hernando County issued 17 single-family permits in February, up from 13 the month before and 14 one year earlier.  To spur activity ...

Bill would continue developer discounts
Annapolis Capital, MD - March 8, 2010
Developers would continue to get big discounts on fees that pay for roads and schools under a plan backed by a majority of County Council members. A bill introduced last week would freeze impact fees at a discounted rate that recaptures less than 22 percent of the ...

Downtown Developers Could See Lower Impact Fees
KECI-TV, MT - March 8, 2010
If you're looking at building a house or business in downtown Missoula, you could also be looking at lower fees. Two years ago, Missoula officials implemented the downtown transportation impact fee. Its purpose: to pay for street repairs resulting from increased...

Chino Valley eyes placing moratorium on impact fees
Sun Shopper, AZ - March 8, 2010
Will the Chino Valley Town Council place a moratorium on impact fees on residential units?Mayor Jim Bunker, at the request of the Mayor's Economic Development Committee this past week, said he will ask the council at its March 25 meeting to consider placing a moratorium ...

Polk City Drowning In Debt
The Ledger, FL - March 7, 2010
Polk City has narrowly averted a cut-off of state revenues for missing the deadline to file its fiscal year 2008 audit by more than five months. But that hardly ends the city's financial troubles, according to a Ledger review that uncovered numerous other problems with ...

Impact-fee suspension a boon to projects in the works
Orlando Sentinel, FL - March 7, 2010
Lake County commissioners not only removed an impact-fee hurdle for future developments by voting to suspend the controversial assessments for 12 months, they also forgave thousands more in road fees owed by developers of commercial projects now ...

Miami's shifting of fees could pose serious problems in inquiry
Miami Herald, FL - March 6, 2010
Desperate to stop its financial bleeding, Miami broke its own laws by shifting millions of dollars reserved for parks and police to fill budget holes and make it appear the city was on sound footing, legal experts say.  The move, which prompted a sweeping federal investigation, ...

City OKs impact fee issue change
St. George Daily Spectrum, UT - March 5, 2010
The Hurricane City Council hopes Thursday's approval of an impact fee ordinance will help spur home building and boost the city's struggling economy. The ordinance, which allows property owners to pay power impact fees after either a six-month period or at the ...

CARD looking at new, higher fees
Enterprise-Record, CA - March 5, 2010
The Chico Area Recreation and Park District is going to be asking the governments of Chico and Butte County to consider raising park impact fees for the district. At a meeting Wednesday, the CARD board heard a consultant's draft proposal that would raise the ...

Legislators to meet with city
St. George Daily Spectrum, UT - March 4, 2010
Enoch City Council members will have the chance at their next meeting to ask Sen. Dennis Stowell, R.-Dist.28, questions about the recently passed Senate Bill 20 that allows for the creation of special districts by local entities to assess water rights. The City Council ...

Cape Coral in bind over utility cost
The News-Press, FL - March 4, 2010
During a two-hour meeting Wednesday, the City Council heard from consulting firm Burton and Associates on ways to knock down a pending increase in utility bills. The city has already built about $465 million worth of new water and sewage treatment facilities. ...

Council passes developer stimulus
Newcastle News, WA - March 4, 2010
The City Council has unanimously passed a developer stimulus ordinance that will help certain development projects in the city withstand the economic recession, by deferring fee collection and allowing more time to obtain permits and city approvals. ...

Cedar City Council cuts impact fees
Deseret News, UT - March 4, 2010
The City Council approved a resolution to cut $116,152 from the originally proposed impact fees of $153,527 for the Southern Utah University science center, settling a disagreement over the fees. City Manager Ron Chandler said when the city impact fee ordinance ...

Some ideas for prosperity
BlueRidgeNow.com, NC - March 4, 2010
To The Editor: We have a great community that people from other places want to move to. Our downtown is the envy of most other towns. I believe we need to protect this asset by planning ahead. Our city manager and council did a great job handling the ...

Lake County commission suspends transportation impact fees for one year
Daily Commercial, FL - March 3, 2010
County officials aren't bracing for a tidal wave of building permits just yet, but they are hoping Tuesday's decision triggers at least a brisk surge. By a 4-1 vote, with only Elaine Renick dissenting, Lake County commissioners approved a suspension of transportation ...

Council permanently tables water ordinance
Chino Valley Review, CA - March 2, 2010
The Chino Valley Town Council Thursday, on a 6-0 vote, permanently tabled the town's controversial proposed Water Sustainability and Conservation concept paper. Councilwoman Gloria Moore was absent. Mayor Jim Bunker said at the council's Feb. 16 study session ...

Building industry balks at city's fee proposal
The Sacramento Press, CA - March 1, 2010
Representatives from the building sector are fighting a proposal from the city to charge developers fees for transportation-related construction. City staffers said that Sacramento must address how the city's transportation infrastructure will be affected by ...

New plan for impact fee debated in Washington Township
The Herald-Mail, PA - March 1, 2010
Debate about traffic impact fees in Washington Township, Pa., continued Monday, as developers offered plans to build Washington Township Boulevard while taking steps to stimulate growth. Rod Krebs, a developer from York, Pa., suggested to supervisors that ...

 
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