Latest News: April 2007

Kane board divided over fees formula
The Courier News, IL - April 29, 2007
The Kane County Board should vote this summer on a new formula for transportation impact fees that are higher than today's fees but balanced more geographically across ...

Austin takes another look at how it pays for parks
Austin American-Statesman (subscription), TX - April 29, 2007
For two decades, the City of Austin has collected a park fee from every subdivision built. It has gathered $9.1 million to create or improve parks near the new homes. But ...

Builders cry foul over proposed impact fee hike
Orlando Business Journal, FL - April 27, 2007
Home builder George Glance wants to price homes affordably in Central Florida. But a Lake County decision expected in the next couple of months could make that a challenge not ...

Impact Fee Rule Changes Get OK From Officials
The Ledger, FL - April 27, 2007
Polk County commissioners agreed Thursday to changes in the county's impact fee ordinance that will offer subsidies to lure new factories and to make it easier for working-class residents to buy ...

Hailey looks forward to increased funding
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, ID - April 26, 2007
As the population of Hailey continues to expand, the City Council has taken steps to ensure that levels of service remain constant. City Council members voted Monday, April 23, to a adopt a ...

Township closer to impact fees
Oxford Press, OH - April 26, 2007
The Hamilton Twp. Board of Trustees passed the first reading April 18 to enact impact fees, which would add a payment on new infrastructure.   Hamilton Twp. — a home-rule ...

Hamilton Twp. trustees address concerns over fees
Oxford Press, OH - April 26, 2007
On April 18, Hamilton Twp. passed a first reading to enact impact fees — amid more concerns and questions during a lengthy meeting.  "This is not a recurring tax that shows up on a ...

Impact exemptions debated
Kane County Chronicle, IL - April 25, 2007
The issue of what, if any, exemptions there should be to a proposed impact fee restructuring became too large for the Committee of the Whole.  The debate about exempting ...

Road impact fee to double
St. Petersburg Times, FL - April 25, 2007
Road impact fees for new homes will go up even higher than first proposed. Facing a budget crunch as road construction costs rise, (Pasco) county commissioners voted 5-0 ...

Hailey on the verge of receiving impact fees
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, ID - April 24, 2007
Hailey Mayor Susan McBryant gave the first of three legally required readings that will allow the city to collect development impact fees. City Council members voted at ...

In support of the transfer tax
Chatham Journal Weekly, NC - April 24, 2007
I strongly support a 1% transfer tax for Chatham County - for the many solid reasons that have also been offered by others. While not a big fan of taxes, with the recent and ...

Utility Agrees to Seek Impact Fee Approval
Springdale Morning News, AR - April 24, 2007
The fees aren't new, but they're slated for a possible new name. The Rogers Waterworks and Sewer Commission voted Monday to ask the Rogers City Council to approve the ...

Impact Fee Election Upheld
Springdale Morning News, AR - April 23, 2007
It's official. Fayetteville will not have road impact fees. Washington County Attorney George Butler said his research upholds the county election commission's decision ...

Loosen the reins on impact fees
Beaufort Gazette, SC - April 21, 2007
The expensive process of paying for roads, libraries and parks took a step forward last week when the Port Royal Town Council agreed to charge hefty impact fees on new ...

Election Commission Certifies Impact Fee Vote a Tie
Springdale Morning News, AR - April 21, 2007
Fayetteville's road impact fee election is a tie. The Washington County Election Commission certified the April 10 election today, but a legal quandary remains. An overseas absentee ...

EDITORIAL: Water, sewer impact fees help sustain continued growth
The State, SC - April 20, 2007
Home builders questioned efforts to rein in sprawl and control rising infrastructure costs, and now they're opposing water and sewer increases governments need to meet the demand for more ...

Hamilton Twp. passes first reading on proposed impact fees
Lebanon Western Star, OH - April 19, 2007
The Hamilton Twp. Board of Trustees passed the first reading Wednesday to enact impact fees that would add a one-time payment on new construction by builders and ...

Impact fees raise concerns
Oxford Press, OH - April 19, 2007
Builders and developers aren't shy about their opposition to a proposed Hamilton Twp. impact fee. The administration building was packed at an April 11 public hearing on ... 

Delay sought for growth bill: Homebuilder's group wants time to propose own plan
Newszap Delaware, DE - April 18, 2007
A Delaware homebuilder's group wants to give a state Senate committee its own spin on a bill that's tied to the effectiveness of a Kent County growth ordinance. Lobbyists for the ...

More study needed
Daily Inter Lake, MT - April 18, 2007
Council tells panel to look again at traffic-impact fees.  Someone is going to foot the bills to get Kalispell's roads up to snuff to handle traffic generated by upcoming business ...

Cedar Hills hikes up impact fees
Daily Herald, UT - April 18, 2007
Building homes in Cedar Hills just got more expensive -- and it may soon cost more every year.  Council members here more than doubled several impact fees on Tuesday, effective ...

City OKs impact fees pact
Newszap Florida, FL - April 18, 2007
The Okeechobee City Council met Tuesday, April 17, and approved an interlocal agreement with the Okeechobee County School Board and Okeechobee County to collect impact ...

Infill pushed as impact fee hike advances
Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, AZ - April 18, 2007
No one from the public spoke at a hearing Monday night on Casa Grande's proposal to increase development impact fees on residences and business and commercial properties. Two councilmen, though, called for special efforts for infill projects and for redevelopment ...

Legislators debate impact fees
Mail Tribune, OR - April 17, 2007
For fast-growing school districts, the effort to accommodate more students has become a major issue as property owners grow more resistant to bond measures for construction.  ...

City likely to approve impact fees
Newszap Florida, FL - April 16, 2007
The Okeechobee City Council will complete the implementation and collection process for impact fees through an interlocal agreement, consider citizen board appointments and ...

EDC’s affordable housing plan doesn’t get warm response from county leaders
Naples Daily News, FL - April 16, 2007
An initiative by the Collier Economic Development Council to create more affordable housing got a lukewarm response Monday from Collier commissioners.  During ...

Road Fees May Have An Unwanted Impact
Springdale Morning News, AR - April 16, 2007
If there's ever an Olympics for stupid things happening, Fudville (Fayetteville) has to enter as the early favorite.  Voters there can't even hold an election and get a result ...

Greer studies impact fees
Spartanburg Herald Journal (subscription), SC - April 15, 2007
Greer City Council took its first steps into the murky waters of impact fee discussions during a recent workshop. The council is still in the infancy stages of its research, Mayor ...

Impact fees pay for growth
Newszap Florida, FL - April 14, 2007
In the future, new residents to the unincorporated area of the (Okeechobee) county will be expected to pay for the increase on the infrastructure their new house, apartment ...

Commission Discards Two Ballots
Springdale Morning News, AR - April 13, 2007
The results of Fayetteville's road impact fee election remain a one-vote margin for now.  Friday morning, the Washington County Election Commission rejected two provisional ballots ...

Hamilton Twp. weighs proposed impact fees
Lebanon Western Star, OH - April 13, 2007
"One of the reasons they're looking at these fees is the township provides what we consider a very high level of service," Township Zoning and Planning Administrator Gary ...

County OK's impact fees
Newszap Florida, FL - April 12, 2007
In 90 days, the cost of new homes in the county will be going up thanks to action taken at the Thursday, April 12, meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners. ...

Audit Confirms Road Impact Fee Election Result
Springdale Morning News, AR - April 12, 2007
Proposed road impact fees in Fayetteville are not at the finish line just yet, but are inching closer.  An internal audit Wednesday morning of Tuesday's road impact fee election ...

Fayetteville Voters Approve Road Impact Fees
Arkansas Business Online, AR - April 11, 2007
By the slimmest of margins, Fayetteville voters have approved a system of road impact fees on new development.  With 23 absentee ballots to be counted before April 20, the impact ...

Orange wants right to levy real-estate tax
News & Observer, NC - April 11, 2007
Orange County Commissioners on Tuesday night became the latest county board to call on state legislators to let them levy a 1 percent tax on the sale of homes and commercial properties ...

Pay for growth? It's out of pocket
AZ Central.com, AZ - April 11, 2007
Hang onto your wallets, people. The power set is preparing yet another foray into your pocket and this one appears to be a deep-impact expedition.  I knew it as soon as I read ...

Developers may face heavier fees
Hi-Desert Star, CA - April 11, 2007
Yucca Valley's Town Council will be reviewing its development impact fee structure on Thursday. Adopted in October 2005 after much committee and public hearing ...

Road Impact Fees Undecided
Springdale Morning News, AR - April 11, 2007
Whether or not Fayetteville begins assessing road impact fees could hinge on 23 overseas absentee votes. Washington County Election Commission Chairman John Logan Burrow ...

Planners to hear report on impact fee increases
Eagle Tribune, MA - April 10, 2007
A consultant will report to the (Londonderry) Planning Board tomorrow on proposed changes to school and fire impact fees on new development. The fees would help offset ...

Impact fees on tap for county commission meeting
Newszap Florida, FL - April 10, 2007
The long delayed final report on impact fees will be presented to the Thursday, April 12, meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners.  Consultant Walter ...

PTC says impact fee reduction 'not in best interest of the city'
Fayette Daily News, GA - April 10, 2007
A Peachtree City developer won't get the reduction in impact fees he wanted in exchange for construction of a portion of MacDuff Parkway. Saying it's "not in the best interest of Peachtree ...

Impact-fee changes will quiet critics of old system
Aurora Beacon News, IL - April 9, 2007
It probably seemed like the day would never come for some Kane County officials. But after more than a year of study, the public hearing on the new transportation impact ...

Home builders vow to fight new roads law
Culpeper Star Exponent, VA - April 9, 2007
Mike Toalson says a new component in the state's transportation bill that never allowed a period for public comment is not fair and something the housing industry will fight ...

Water connection fee increase to be considered
Norman Transcript, OK - April 9, 2007
The Norman city council will consider raising water connection charges for anyone wishing to connect to the city's water or sewer service at its regular Tuesday meeting. ...

Voters To Decide On Road Impact Fees
Springdale Morning News, AR - April 8, 2007
Fayetteville voters will decide Tuesday if the city will assess proposed impact fees on new development to fix city streets overwhelmed by growth. Supporters and critics of the proposal ...

Impact fees invite debate across the state
Anderson Independent Mail (subscription), SC - April 7, 2007
If the Anderson County Council ultimately decides to impose development impact fees, Anderson County would join a select group. So far the cities of Summerville, ...

North Port building permit fees may rise
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - April 7, 2007
A home-building slowdown that has gripped the region since late last year could lead to higher fees for building permits soon. Local building departments that were issuing record ...

Report: Raise water, sewer rates in city
Citrus County Chronicle, FL - April 6, 2007
Water and sewer users in Crystal River — plus future customers — may be paying more for service so that the city may expand its utilities to accommodate future growth. The ...

Impact Fee System Studied at Retreat
The Ledger, FL - April 6, 2007
A complex impact fee system that includes a provision for reduced fees for favored projects, indexing to keep up with inflation and alternative payment schedules was unveiled to ...

Forum Airs Views On Road Impact Fee
Springdale Morning News, AR - April 4, 2007
Take a drive out Rupple Road, and you can see why residents should and should not support proposed impact fees, advocates on both sides said Wednesday.  Developments ...

Builders: Impact fee would drive business away
Daily Inter Lake, MT - April 4, 2007
Kalispell's proposed road-impact fees are too steep, some housing and commercial-development representatives told the Kalispell City Council on Monday.  Three ...

Bill would set county impact fees
Brunswick Beacon, NC - April 4, 2007
N.C. Rep. Bonner Stiller (R-Brunswick) has introduced a bill into the House of Representatives that will allow Brunswick County to impose impact fees on new commercial and ...

Impact fee study on its way
Montrose Daily Press, CO - April 4, 2007
Montrose County Commissioners cleared the way for an impact-fee study Monday, when they signed off on a grant and awarded a bid for the study. The county was awarded ...

Vote nears on Kaine's proposed developer fees
Washington Post, DC - April 1, 2007
In a historic change, Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) has proposed giving local governments in fast-growing areas the right to impose fees on residential and commercial ...

 
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