Latest News: March 2011

Impact fee for Washington Township Boulevard revisited
Waynesboro Record Herald, PA - March 31, 2011
Washington Township Supervisors discussed two options provided by Chad Dixon of Traffic Planning and Design Inc. to lower the current impact fee of $3,147 at Wednesday’s workshop. Supervisors are leaning towards the option of terminating the township’s ...

School Board agrees to suspend impact fees
Daily Commercial, FL - March 30, 2011
Any homes added to Lake County between this Friday and the end of September will not include thousands of dollars in impact fees. At Monday night's regular meeting, the Lake County School Board unanimously approved a recommendation that the county ...

Washington Twp. eyes change in traffic impact fees
The Herald-Mail, PA - March 30, 2011
The Washington Township Supervisors are thinking about replacing their traffic impact fees to accommodate a scaled-back plan for a relief route designed north of Waynesboro. On Wednesday, the supervisors discussed throwing out their current ordinance, ...

City Deliberates Its Options for New Affordable Housing Units
Daily Californian, CA - March 29, 2011
As the city of Berkeley plans to raise money for new affordable housing units by charging a fee on all market development, an in lieu option of providing low-income units on-site appears to be a more feasible solution to provide the housing. At its Feb. 15 meeting, ...

Orange leaders agree to cut impact fees by 25%
Orlando Sentinel, FL - March 29, 2011
Orange County leaders agreed in principle Tuesday to cut growth impact fees by 25 percent because of a drop in construction costs during the recession. Developers wanted deep cuts in the fees the government charges to offset costs that new businesses ...

Orange Co. Commissioner Wants To Cut Impact Fees
WFTV Orlando, FL - March 29, 2011
An Orange County commissioner with major ties to the construction industry is now pushing a plan that would help developers. He wants to cut construction impact fees. Commissioners started talking about the issue late Tuesday afternoon. They just decided ...

Opinion: Impact-fee bill has many consequences
Arizona Republic, AZ - March 28, 2011
Southeast Valley mayors are right to be concerned about how they will pay for new infrastructure if Senate Bill 1525 passes. The bill, whose primary sponsor is Senate President Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, targets impact fees, which go to building streets, water and ...

Lawmaker: Cities, builders in standoff over impact fees
Arizona Republic, AZ - March 28, 2011
A contentious impact fee bill making its way through the Legislature has generated a high-stakes standoff between cities and home builders, said House Speaker Kirk Adams, a Mesa Republican. He and other southeast Valley lawmakers are pushing for a compromise ...

Could businesses support tax? Maybe
Tampabay.com, FL - March 27, 2011
For a guy starting his 30th year on the job, Pasco County Administrator John Gallagher doesn't look in the rearview mirror too often. The road lies straight ahead and the task is figuring out how to pay for it. And how to get fewer people to use it every morning as ...

Marcellus impact fee proposal in the works
Tribune Review, PA - March 26, 2011
Republican senators will introduce legislation to impose a fee on Marcellus shale drillers in a few weeks, in an effort to offset costs municipalities experience dealing with the growing natural gas industry, a top Senate staffer said on Friday. Senate President ...

Dist. 2 impact fee suit tossed
Charleston Post Courier, SC - March 26, 2011
Since 2009, the growing Dorchester District 2 has been collecting $2,500 for school construction for each new home built. It has collected nearly $2 million so far from the school impact fee. But district leaders have been unwilling to spend the money until they ...

Effingham loses court battle with developer
Savannah Morning News, GA - March 25, 2011
The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled Effingham County’s water and sewer agreements are in violation of state law in an affirmation of a lower court ruling. In a decision released late Wednesday, the Court of Appeals agreed with Superior Court Chief Judge ...

Buck stops with town council
Payson Roundup, UT - March 25, 2011
The Payson Town Council last week approved an overhaul of its system for giving various groups a break on town fees. Previously, many town employees had the power to waive town fees — mostly for charitable groups staging events that make use of public ...

First reading for new, higher Franklin road fees approved
The Tennessean, TN - March 24, 2011
The first hurdle to creating new, steeper fees that developers must pay the city as part of building new construction projects has cleared. City aldermen voted 6-0 on the first of two readings to adopt a new city road impact fee schedule that would raise developers’ ...

Taking a stand for heritage
Charleston Post Courier, SC - March 24, 2011
Mount Pleasant Town Council's Economic Development Committee is working on a plan that would encourage new commercial developments to annex into town and preserve the area's heritage. Committee members recently discussed recommending a new ...

GWA Audit Finds Increased Operating Expenses Offset by Increased Revenues
Pacific News Center - March 23, 2011
Water losses and faulty meters continue to be problems for the Guam Waterworks Authority but at least revenues are now outpacing increases in operating expenses. Those are among the findings in the latest audit released today [Wednesday] by the Office of ...

Corbett will listen to gas drilling impact fee ideas
Pocono Record, PA - March 23, 2011
Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday that he's not opposed to proposals that would allow communities or counties to impose fees to deal with the impact from Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry, despite his continuing opposition to a new tax on the industry ...

Hebron considers impact fee removal
Northwest Herald, IL - March 23, 2011
Representatives from Alden-Hebron School District 19, the largest recipient of the fees, attended the meeting Monday to gather information, but Superintendent Debbie Ehlenburg had not formed an opinion about the temporary elimination. “I will be interested ...

Lehi settles with builders on impact fees
Daily Herald, UT - March 23, 2011
Lehi City council members unanimously agreed Tuesday to give back more than $1 million in past impact fees, settling out of court with the Utah Valley Home Builders Association and Ivory Homes. "It's a good compromise and allows the city to move forward in a ...

Pasco school district says more, not less impact fees needed
Tbo.com, FL - March 22, 2011
The Pasco County School Board has a decidedly different take on the county commission's proposal to eliminate or reduce the school impact fee on new residential construction. From the school board's perspective, the impact fee already is about half what it should ...

Ketchum curbs impact-fee increase
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide - March 22, 2011
New homes built in Ketchum will now have to pay $14,000 in impact fees, a $1,400 increase. While residential impact fees have increased 11 percent, commercial fees increased 2 percent, equating to $12,100 for a 3,000-square-foot building. Impact fees are one-time ...

Pasco School District Bracing for 'Perfect Storm'
Patch.com - March 22, 2011
Financial consultant Carson Bise told Pasco County School Board members a proposal by the county commission to reduce or eliminate school impact fees isn’t a good idea. “The county has been subsidizing new development for the last six years,” said Bise, the ...

Commission slashes new home fees
Tampabay.com, FL - March 22, 2011
County commissioners voted Tuesday to temporarily slash several fees on new homes that pay for a range of amenities - parks, libraries, fire stations and hurricane shelters - to serve a growing population. Those so-called "impact fees" would be nearly ...

Ferndale may revise transportation fees paid by builders
TheNewsTribune.com, WA - March 21, 2011
The city is considering an ordinance that would make transportation impact fees more predictable, but potentially more expensive, for builders. Ferndale City Council will have a study session and public hearing on the fee revision Monday, March 21. The proposed ...

Consultant warns against cutting Pasco school impact fees
Tampabay.com, FL - March 21, 2011
To fight a proposal to cut school impact fees in half, the Pasco County School Board turned to the County Commission's impact fee expert for advice. He gave them some strong ammunition on Monday to bolster their effort. Other communities that have decreased ...

Gilbert officials worried about impact-fees proposal
Arizona Republic, AZ - March 19, 2011
A bill currently making its way through the state Legislature could give Gilbert officials a reason to push the panic button and leave them scrambling to replace millions of dollars needed for vital infrastructure. Senate Bill 1525, which already won Senate ...

Council mulls impact fee options
Bonner County Daily Bee, ID - March 18, 2011
Before restructuring the impact fee system, the City Council spent Wednesday’s meeting getting some expert advise on the subject. Impact fee expert Carson Bise outlined the various approaches that the city officials can take when retooling the system to ...

Impact fee battle - a Mesa case study
Arizona Republic, AZ - March 17, 2011
Right now, Lehi Crossing is more than 290 acres of bare dirt being pierced by heavy machines in preparation for utilities, streets and, eventually, 914 homes. In a few months, the first moving van will arrive. The minute it does, the new residents will need ...

Parks and Rec:City should hold impact-fee study
Polaskinews.net, AR - March 17, 2011
Sherwood's Parks and Recreation Committee voted Monday in favor of recommending to the City Council that an impact-fee study be conducted in the city. The committee met Monday at the Bill Harmon Recreation Center, 51 Shelby Road. Sonny Janssen, director of ...

Atherton council rejects settlement of road fee lawsuit
San Jose Mercury News, CA - March 17, 2011
The Atherton City Council has rejected the proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed last August by a local developer who contends the town illegally charged $298,000 in road impact fees. As a result, the town could end up fighting the suit in court. "We remain confident ...

City Council votes to take School Board to court over disputed fees
Ocala, FL - March 16, 2011
By a 3-1 vote Tuesday, the Ocala City Council agreed to take the Marion County School Board to court in an attempt to collect $462,000 in Fire Service User Fees the city says it is owed. Councilman Kent Guinn was the dissenting vote. Councilman John ...

Hearing set for April 12 on new transportation fee
Gainesville Sun, FL - March 15, 2011
The last piece of Alachua County's plan to link future growth and transportation planning together with policies that push for mixed-use developments, a bus rapid transit system and bicycle/pedestrian paths moved ahead Tuesday. At the end of a nearly 4½-...

Seabrook impact fee proposal remains defeated after recount
York Weekly, PA - March 15, 2011
A recount held Friday afternoon on town warrant Article 7 resulted in a slight change in numbers, but it did not affect the outcome, according to Town Clerk Bonnie Fowler. The recount was requested and paid for by Albert "Max" Abramson, one of the sponsors of ...

Board questions fee proposal
Tbo.com, FL - March 14, 2011
Pasco County School Board members have plenty of questions about a county commission proposal to cut or eliminate an impact fee on new construction, a fee that helps pay to build schools.Among other things, board members want to know how much money the county ...

Dueling audit ideas for impact fees, engineering
Lincoln Journal Star, NE - March 13, 2011
For several years, the city's volunteer audit advisory board had nothing to do. Now it looks like they could have two jobs at the same time. Several weeks ago, the city council and mayor told the group of appointed lay people to look at the operations of StarTran, the ...

Warren County's growth brings lots of challenges
Dayton Daily News, OH - March 13, 2011
Officials in the fastest growing county in southwest Ohio say exponential growth can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, the 2010 Census shows Warren County grew by 34.4 percent over the past decade to 212,693 residents. The growth has changed ...

Cascade County commissioners considering wind farm impact fees
Great Falls Tribune, MT - March 12, 2011
Cascade County commissioners say they plan to continue studying the idea of imposing fees on small wind farm developments despite arguments against such a plan by a wind energy developer. The Great Falls Tribune reports that commissioners met Friday to discuss ...

City's new tax district would help pay for bike projects
BikePortland.org, OR - March 11, 2011
Next month, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation hopes to bring a plan to City Council that would create a new "Transportation System Development Charge (TSDC) Overlay District." TSDCs are taxes levied on real estate developers that are calculated based ...

Pasco Schools Stand To Lose More Funding
Patch.com, FL - March 11, 2011
Already wrangling with an estimated $60 million budget cut for next year, Pasco County Board members must now face the possibility of seeing their dollars dwindle even more. A proposal to reduce or eliminate school impact fees is on the drawing board with the ...

City strives to boost growth; Red Bluff offers deferral on project fees
Record-Searchlight, CA - March 11, 2011
The city has declared a new holiday. In an effort to kick-start the local economy and boost jobs, Red Bluff has launched a yearlong suspension and deferral program for development impact fees. "I am thrilled," City Councilman Wayne Brown said Thursday. The council ...

Fee deferral an option for Ferndale home builders
Bellingham Herald, WA - March 10, 2011
Developers in Ferndale will have the chance to defer paying some fees to the city starting April 1. During its meeting Monday, March 7, Ferndale City Council unanimously approved a proposal that would allow builders and developers the option to defer some impact ...

Committee says DOD should pay some of the costs of transportation near bases
MIT News - March 9, 2011
MIT Professor Joseph Sussman recently chaired a congressionally mandated committee that released a report Feb. 7 calling for the Pentagon to pay some of the cost of new transportation infrastructure needed to mitigate the relocation of tens of thousands of military ...

Pasco school district questioning county's idea to slash impact fees
Tbo.com, FL - March 9, 2011
Pasco County School Board members have plenty of questions about a county commission proposal to cut or eliminate an impact fee on new construction that helps pay to build schools. Among other things, board members want to know how much money the county has ...

Ketchum may curb impact-fee increase
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, ID - March 9, 2011
Raising Ketchum's development-impact fees by 26 percent for new residences and 12 percent for new commercial buildings seems to be too much, City Councilman Larry Helzel said Monday. He advocated a compromise to the City Council and public. Impact fees are ...

MATT TOWERY: We must cut local builders' fees
Bakersfield Californian, CA - March 9, 2011
I am weary of the spin and the political posturing that has taken place regarding the traffic impact fees on new homes that were doubled 18 months ago. Homebuilding permits have dropped to their lowest levels since the 1940s. Bakersfield's already high ...

Pasco School Board wary of impact fee cuts
Tampabay.com, FL - March 8, 2011
A proposal to slash education impact fees on new home construction is creating tension between two of Pasco County's largest employee bases: Home builders. And the school system. "We just want to get back up to being competitive and putting people to work," Mike ...

State bill could force hike in tax, water for Surprise residents
Arizona Republic, AZ - March 7, 2011
If state lawmakers approve a bill limiting cities' ability to collect development fees, Surprise residents could be forced to pay higher taxes and water rates. Surprise has more than $285 million in outstanding debts and obligations that it's relying on future ...

St. Johns Raises Impact Fees on Residential Construction, Decreases Them on ...
FlaglerLive.com - March 6, 2011
The St. Johns County Commission last week raised impact fees on residential construction between 13.5 and 16.5 percent, depending on square footage. The county lowered impact fees on commercial and industrial construction. For houses smaller than 1,800 square ...

Montrose may suspend residential growth impact fees
KKCO-TV - March 6, 2011
Montrose could suspend the County's residential growth impact fees. On Monday, the Commissioners will discuss the latest proposal created to offset the declining economy. The fee suspension would have no impact on the County's budget because no projects have ...

Collections on impact fees dwindling
Cherokee Tribune, GA - March 5, 2011
Impact fee collections in Cherokee County have declined dramatically, leading some jurisdictions to use other funds to pay for projects. The fees are collected from the builders of new development in unincorporated Cherokee and the cities of Canton and Woodstock ...

City moves toward impact fees
Laconia Citizen - March 5, 2011
Years in the works, the city is inching closer toward implementing impact fees for new construction. City Planner Shanna Saunders earlier this week updated the city council on some fine-tuning that she and the planning board had done on an impact fee proposal ...

Impact fees meeting delayed
Tbo.com - March 4, 2011
A joint meeting of the Pasco County Commission and the school board, scheduled for Tuesday, is being postponed so that officials from municipalities can be invited and will have time to prepare. The meeting was planned after the county commission began ...

Red Bluff fee suspension aims to bring development, jobs
Red Bluff Daily News, CA - March 3, 2011
Today marks a new year-long celebration of growth and development in the city of Red Bluff. With the implementation of the Development Impact Fee Suspension and Deferral Holiday, which commences at 8:01 a.m. today, they City Council is hoping people will be lining...

Kent City Council approves transportation impact fee changes
PNW Local News, WA - March 2, 2011
Kent business leaders came away pleased Tuesday with changes the Kent City Council unanimously adopted to its transportation-impact fees - especially a controversial part of the previous ordinance that would have automatically bumped the fees up every year for the ...

Developer fee fight resurfaces in downturn
Bakersfield Californian, CA - March 2, 2011
Call it the controversy that won't die. Homebuilders are once again asking the city of Bakersfield to reduce traffic impact fees while the market is tough. City staffers strongly oppose the idea, but a City Council committee will nevertheless consider it on Thursday. ...

County amends impact fees, some lowered
Tampa Bay Newspapers, FL - March 2, 2011
Pinellas County Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment Feb. 22 that changes transportation impact fees for seven land use categories. Fees will be reduced for development projects involving condominiums, warehousing, hotels, sit-down restaurants, ...

Impact fee waiver approved by council
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - March 1, 2011
A change of use impact fee waiver was unanimously approved by the Cape Coral City Council Monday night, a move the board hopes will spark some much needed economic development and fill the thousands of square feet of empty commercial space throughout ...

Housing impact fees could pay for Pasco schools
Seattle Times, WA - March 1, 2011
The Pasco School District would like home builders to pay an impact fee to help pay for schools. KEPR reports it could add $6,000 to the cost of a building permit. Builders such as Ron Olin of Olin Homes say it would amount to a tax without a public vote. The district says ...

Pasco looks at school impact fee for building
TheNewsTribune.com, WA - March 1, 2011
Finding a solution to Pasco's overflowing schools may be the city's and school district's greatest challenge yet. That's what Councilman Al Yenney said as the council discussed the district's request for a school impact fee Monday. The district has struggled to keep up ...

 
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