Latest News: March 2012

Council to consider impact-fee reduction
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - March 31, 2012
The Edgewater City Council is expected to temporarily reduce impact fees for some commercial properties. Elected officials, who meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers, 104 N. Riverside Drive, will review a waiver of all transportation/road impact fees for structures over 10,000 ...

Kane Co. vote pits residents against developers
Daily Herald, Il - March 30, 2012
What’s worth more to local residents — lower property taxes or new jobs? Kane County Board members will answer that question April 10 as they set the county’s impact fees for the next five years. Officials charge an impact fee to developers when a new commercial business or residential ...

Judge rejects Roseville impact-fee ordinance
Star Tribune, MN - March 29, 2012
A Ramsey County district judge has ruled that a Roseville ordinance allowing the city to impose an impact fee on developers exceeds the city's authority. Judge John Guthmann declared Ordinance 1417 "invalid and unenforceable" in his 20-page ruling released Wednesday. The ordinance ...

Palm Coast officials take aim at county over impact fee, sales tax issues
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - March 28, 2012
City Council members on Tuesday opposed the county's proposal to change how a half-cent sales tax would be distributed -- and they weren't happy about the county's plans for spending impact fees, either. First, the half-cent sales tax. The 10-year tax is set to expire in December and voters ...

County to consider future of road impact fees
Kane County Chronicle, IL - March 28, 2012
With the local economy still mired in the doldrums, Kane County's government could soon decide whether the county should continue charging those building new businesses and homes to help pay to improve county roads. On Tuesday, the Kane County Board took up the discussion of ...

Cumberland council to vote again on impact fees
Forecaster, ME - March 27, 2012
While it unanimously approved changes on Monday to a growth ordinance, the Town Council will vote again on amendments to an impact fee ordinance. The council also tabled to its April 9 meeting a vote on the fiscal 2013 budget, to allow more time to complete its budget review. After more ...

Palm Coast, county at odds over impact fee money
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - March 27, 2012
The City Council will discuss setting priorities today for spending about $5 million in transportation impact fees held by Flagler County. It's a bit of a touchy topic, because Palm Coast officials believe the money belongs to the city and they should be able to decide how best to spend it. But a ...

Councils share cost of study to revise development fees
Yuma Sun, AZ - March 25, 2012
The impact fees that Somerton, San Luis, Ariz., and Wellton charge developers for residential and commercial projects are expected to be revised this year to comply with a new state law. All three municipalities' councils have hired the consulting firm TischlerBise to study the cities' existing ...

Flowery Branch wants out of impact fee deal with Hall
Gainesville Times, GA - March 25, 2012
Flowery Branch officials say they want to "even the playing field" when it comes to development impact fees. A June 2004 agreement that has the city collecting impact fees on behalf of Hall County has come under scrutiny particularly from new Flowery Branch council members Damon Gibbs ...

Some businesses to be assessed new fee in West Deer
Valley News Dispatch, PA - March 23, 2012
Incoming business to West Deer and existing ones that plan to make changes or expansions will most likely have to pay a nominal fee. Supervisors adopted an impact fee that is meant to generate money for projects like new intersections, traffic lights and road repairs but haven't set a rate. ...

Impact fees could be refunded
Morgan County Citizen, GA - March 21, 2012
Madison Mayor Bruce Gilbert on Monday urged the Madison City Council to refund all impact fees collected since the city adopted the impact fee ordinance in 2009. "I think since we have repealed this, we should give back the money we collected," Gilbert said at the meeting of the Madison ...

Transportation Impact Fee Heads To Santa Monica City Council
Santa Monica Mirror, CA - March 20, 2012
Hoping to alter the future of traffic management in Santa Monica, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended on Wednesday night that the City Council adopt a Transportation Implementation Fee (TIF), which aims to mitigate traffic in Santa Monica while furthering the goals ...

County's choice of consultant divisive
Fernandina Beach News-Leader FL - March 19, 2012
Nassau County Commissioners voted 4-1 Monday to award a consultancy to Gillette Associates, Inc., despite a recommendation from staff to hire McCranie Associates. The decision drew opposition from engineer Daniel McCranie and Commissioner Steve Kelley, but the board accepted ...

City council takes step to lower impact fees, increase home building
Rockwall Herald Banner, TX - March 19, 2012
The city council has taken a step to temporarily lower impact fees, a move members believe could spark more home construction in Royse City. The motion made during the March 13 regular city council meeting called for the Impact Fee Advisory Board to consider lowering the impact fee on homes ...

Developers facing new fee to fund transit projects
Santa Monica Daily Press, CA - March 16, 2012
The Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to move forward a new fee that planners estimate could raise $60 million for transportation projects over the next 20 years. It's one of the highest such fees anywhere in Los Angeles County outside of the coastal corridor, which ...

Planners Seek Law Hiking Developer Fees
Santa Monica Patcch, CA - March 15, 2012
Developers building in Santa Monica should be required to pay transportation-related fees that would be among the highest in Los Angeles County, if not the state, the Planning Commission said Wednesday. The commission is recommending approval of an ordinance to force housing ...

Pasco schools approve new home impact fee
Tri-City Herald, WA - March 14, 2012
The Pasco School District again could be asking Franklin County commissioners to look at a school impact fee for new home construction. School board members put their final stamp of approval Tuesday night on an agreement with the city of Pasco to charge up to $4,700 for new home ...

Volusia School Board sets 2-year moratorium on impact fees
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - March 14, 2012
A two-year impact fee moratorium won approval from the Volusia County School Board on Tuesday in a move a homebuilders' official expects will help the area's construction industry recover from the recession. "We've had tremendous activity since the first of the year," said Sandy ...

Proposed ice cream shop seeks waiver from parking impact fee
seacoastonline.com, NH - March 14, 2012
A specialty chocolate and ice cream shop could be moving into the former RiverRun Bookstore location on Congress Street. Kilwins, a franchise focused on handmade chocolates, fudge, and ice cream since 1947, could be moving into the site of the former bookstore at 20 Congress St., according ...

Ferndale approves higher traffic fees but will give rebate to big-box stores
The News Tribune, WA - March 14, 2012
Developers will pay higher fees to help cover the costs associated with additional traffic at new stores, but some of them will qualify for a rebate. The City Council on Monday, March 12, approved a traffic impact fee of $3,243 per evening rush-hour vehicle trip in a 443-acre area around ...

More than 250 Indian River property owners could share $1.4 million in fee refunds
TCPalm.com, FL - March 13, 2012
More than 250 county property owners stand to get shares of a $1.4 million refund of fees the county hasn't spent on new parks or fire stations since 2006, county Community Development Director Bob Keating said Tuesday. Under a new ordinance passed by the County Commission, Keating's ...

Cumberland council to vote on budget, ordinance changes
The Forecaster, ME - March 13, 2012
The Town Council scheduled several public hearings Monday, on adoption of the fiscal 2013 budget and proposed growth and impact fee ordinance changes. The hearings will take place at the council meeting on Monday, March 26, when councilors are expected to vote on adoption of next ...

Impact fees, changes to attendance zones top Volusia School Board agenda
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - March 11, 2012
The School Board is expected to make a two-year moratorium on collecting school impact fees in Volusia County official this week. The moratorium, which would be retroactive to Jan. 1, is part of an agreement the board reached in January with the Volusia Building Industry Association to end ...

Ferndale council weighs traffic fee, rebate on Monday
Bellingham Herald, WA - March 9, 2012
City Council members return to the drawing board Monday, March 12, when they reconsider how much to charge developers for the additional traffic their businesses create. Under pressure at a March 5 public hearing from those who seek to build homes or lease vacant building space, the council ...

School board gives up impact fees, with nothing in return
Orlando Sentinel, FL - March 8, 2012
That was what the Lake County Commission demanded to know last month. The School Board had passed along a new study showing that the impact fee on new homes should be $10,292. That's the amount it costs the school district, on average, to provide for new students each time a home ...

Pasco City Council adopts school impact fees
Mid Columbia Tri-State Herald, WA - March 6, 2012
A portion of the millions of dollars the Pasco School District needs to build classrooms to educate future students will come from a new $4,700 building fee. The Pasco City Council approved the school impact fees requested by the Pasco School District in a 4-2 vote Monday. The district told the city ...

Tooele’s new impact fees would outpace comparable communities
Transcript Bulletin, CA - March 6, 2012
On Wednesday, the Tooele City Council will consider adopting new culinary water, public safety and parks and recreation impact fees that will raise the cost of building a new home in Tooele by $1,300.  That raises other questions: Are Tooele's impact fees higher than comparably sized ...

Developers react to school impact fee
KNDO/KNDU, Wa - March 6, 2012
For years now that Pasco has been a rapidly growing city. Acres and acres of new housing have sprung up, and it's meant thousands of new school age children causing extreme overcrowding in Pasco classrooms. Now, the city council has approved what's called a school impact fee to be paid ...

Impact fees to be refunded
Hometown News, FL - March 2, 2012
Notices will be in the mail soon for some barrier island residents who qualify for an impact fee refund from Indian River County. During its Feb. 21 meeting, the board of county commissioners unanimously approved refunding unspent impact fees for homeowners on the barrier island south ...

 
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