Latest News: April 2008

Aldermen want further discussion on impact fees
Northwest Arkansas Times, AR - April 30, 2008
The Fayetteville Water and Sewer Committee met Tuesday to discuss possible impact fees - discuss being the key word. "I think we had more questions than answers tonight, but that's OK," said Ward 2 Alderman Kyle Cook, the committee chair. Ward 4 Alderman Lioneld ...

Makeover time
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - April 29, 2008
A proposed Fort Worth ordinance that would levy transportation impact fees on developers to help pay for new arterial roads in outlying areas raises serious concerns. City Council members tentatively are scheduled to vote on the ordinance at their 10 ...

Impact fee action delayed by Fort Worth council
Fort Worth Business Press, TX - April 29, 2008
After months of discussions between developers, citizens and neighborhood associations, the Fort Worth City Council delayed action on the proposed Transportation Impact Fee until a council workshop can be held on the issue. The fees have been a hot ...

Board Puts Impact Fees On Back Burner
Leesburg Today, VA - April 29, 2008
Loudoun County will not follow in the footsteps of Stafford and create an impact fee to pay for transportation projects anytime soon. County supervisors had a short, blunt conversation about the topic during a Transportation and Land Use Committee meeting ...

Impact fee recommendations an important step
Annapolis Capital, MD - April 28, 2008
Many county executives have grappled with the onerous issue of raising impact fees. The fees are needed to offset the infrastructure cost increases triggered by growth. But imposing excessive fees can discourage developers from building new homes in the county. ...

Developers negotiate amount of road fee increases
Reno Gazette Journal, NV - April 27, 2008
Transportation planners and builders continue to discuss how much developers should pay for road projects in coming years, with the impacts of a sour economy coloring the debate. The Regional Transportation Commission is expected to decide the issue May ...

Why should you care about impact fees?
Annapolis Capital, MD - April 27, 2008
The day after a group advising the County Council on impact fees released its final report, Councilman Ed Reilly was at the Rotary Club in Crofton answering questions. Why is this impact fee debate important to the average taxpayer? And why is it taking so long? ...

Impact fees pass costs of growth to new residents
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ - April 26, 2008
The concept of making the new residents of an area pay for the new public services and infrastructure their presence makes necessary has been working in Central Arizona since the early 1980s. New people to the community create demands for infrastructure and ...

Growth study points out need for overhaul
Tampabay.com, FL - April 26, 2008
A decade ago this county was referred to derisively as Pass Go because of the ease of pushing through proposed development projects. Then came a string of ordinances intended to make the county more aesthetically pleasing; an aggressive impact fee ...

Commissioners meet to discuss proposed fees
Martinsburg Journal, WV - April 25, 2008
A discussion on impact fees — what they are, what they aren't and how they may come to exist locally — took center stage at Thursday's Berkeley County Commission meeting, after members listened to a presentation by Geographical Information System ...

More or less? School board reconsidering impact fees
Florida Times-Union, FL - April 25, 2008
In May, the Clay County School Board will reconsider the amount of the educational impact fee, which was first imposed on new residential development in 2003. State law requires a review of the impact fee every two years. The first time around, the fee was ...

Letter: Impact fees necessary to make growth pay for itself
TCPalm, FL - April 25, 2008
Martin County is at a crossroads. We must do better than these last years of pro-growth, boom debt. The News article, "Impact fees fall far short of need" (April 14) by Hillary Copsey addresses a major issue. The Martin County Commission majority has put the ...

Ailing building industry gets a break
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - April 24, 2008
County commissioners voted Wednesday to delay a planned 47 percent increase in road impact fees on new homes because of worries that the boost would lead to further job losses in the ailing construction industry. There are builders doing work now for little ...

City studies impact fees
Frederick News Post, MD - April 24, 2008
The city council has approved a $43,000 detailed study that is required before a municipality formally adopts an impact fee. The council also ensured that Brunswick Crossing, a planned 1,500-home development, would not be subject to any impact fees the council ...

Plan calls for higher building fees
Petaluma Argus-Courier, CA - April 24, 2008
The infrastructure needed to accommodate an additional 15,000 or so residents in Petaluma over the next 17 years will carry a higher price tag for the developers building the homes for those new residents. In order to afford the new roads, parks and city ...

Impact Fees
Verde Independent, AZ - April 24, 2008
To builders and developers, it is a burdensome tax that discourages growth. To cities struggling to keep service levels and infrastructure needs on pace with swelling populations, it offers a revenue stream solely dedicated to growth-related improvements. ...

Transfer tax irresponsible
The Carrboro Citizen, NC - - April 24, 2008
To present a balance in the editorials and letters on the upcoming vote on the local transfer tax, I present the following guest editorial. Voting for the home equity/local land transfer tax rewards the financial incompetence of our politicians. You say, “No, no, there’s ...

Cabot ends fees it put on builders of houses
Arkansas Leader, AR - April 24, 2008
Cabot's impact fee on new construction, which last year brought in $208,000, has been repealed. The city council Monday night voted 7-1 to do away with the 2006 ordinance imposing the fee on new houses and commercial buildings, which cost builders $1,272 ...

Report urges modest impact fee increases
Baltimore Sun, MD - April 23, 2008
Impact fees on new construction in Anne Arundel County should be significantly increased, though more slowly and by less than sought by County Executive John R. Leopold, according to a new report by an independent panel. The group, formed by the County Council ...

Brunswick will study impact fees
Business Gazette, MD - April 23, 2008
The issue of whether or not to levy impact fees against developers in Brunswick concluded at Tuesday’s mayor and council meeting after many weeks of debate, with the council voting 5-1 to commission a formal study on the topic. The lone dissenting vote came from ...

Impact fees still up for debate
Brownsville Herald, TX - April 19, 2008
The Capital Improvement Advisory Committee will meet with developers on Thursday to calculate an equitable impact fee to recoup the cost of development. The session will be held at noon, in the fourth floor conference room at City Hall, 1001 E. Elizabeth ...

Weak economy helps, hinders
The News-Press, FL - April 19, 2008
As construction grinds to a halt elsewhere in Cape Coral, about 500 workers, supervisors and engineers are drawing a paycheck from the largest infrastructure project the Cape has ever seen. While the plan to bring drinking water, irrigation water and centralized ...

Berkeley seeks to change impact fee law
Charleston Post Courier, SC - April 18, 2008
Berkeley County officials say they might be forced to impose hefty impact fees on new schools unless legislators amend a state law. County Council originally exempted schools, churches and nonprofits two years ago when it approved transportation impact fees on ...

Impact fee committee has proposal
Annapolis Capital, MD - April 18, 2008
In a split-decision this week, a committee appointed by the County Council decided developers should pay for 80 percent of the impact their projects have on schools, roads and other public infrastructure. Current impact fees cover between 10 and 22 percent of ...

Rogers sued over water-utility fees
Benton County Daily Record, AR - April 18, 2008
The Northwest Arkansas Home Builders Association filed a lawsuit in Benton County Circuit Court on Thursday, alleging that the Rogers Water Utility had collected illegal fees since Jan. 1, 2005. The city of Rogers and the Rogers Waterworks and Sewer Commission are ...

Homebuilders file suit over school building
Charlotte Business Journal, NC - April 17, 2008
The Orange County School Board failed to comply with a promise it made six years ago to build schools using sales tax revenue, according to a lawsuit the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando says it filed Thursday. The School Board, in 2002, ...

Fire chief makes case for impact fees, public voices opposition at meeting
Clark Fork Chronicle, MT - April 17, 2008
The debate over impact fees was rekindled April 14 at the regular monthly Frenchtown Fire board meeting, consuming nearly 90 minutes of the three-hour meeting. Chief Scott Waldron laid out his case for impact fees and then argued that they should be used to ...

Palm Beach County commission OKs 15% hike in water rates
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - April 16, 2008
Nearly 500,000 customers of the Palm Beach County water utility system will pay more for water starting in May because of a 15 percent surcharge that county commissioners approved Tuesday. The surcharge on water rates is needed, utility officials say, to ...

Cost of building homes in FH expected to go up
Arizona Republic, AZ - April 16, 2008
While housing construction plummets across the nation, the cost to build a house in Fountain Hills could go up this summer. The Fountain Hills Town Council is expected May 15 to adopt a 7 percent increase in development fees, effective Aug. 1, that pay for streets, ...

Road fees: A $17 million question
Daily Inter Lake, MT - April 16, 2008
Residential projects will pay the majority of Kalispell's road impact fees in the long run, a city consultant said Monday. That clashes with major developers contention that commercial projects especially the big ones in northern Kalispell will pay most of the road impact ...

Indian River County backs off impart fee increases for now
TCPalm, FL - April 15, 2008
County commissioners don't know enough about calculating impact fees to impose any increases, they decided Tuesday. "You need a lot of understanding to explain this in simple terms, and I don't think a lot of us up here can do that," Chairwoman Sandra Bowden said. ...

Commission hears input on impact fees, makes no decision
Macon Telegraph, GA - April 15, 2008
The Jones County Commissioners heard from local residents, builders and real estate agents at a second public hearing this evening on the possibility of adopting impact fees for new construction in the county. Commissioners also heard a report from the advisory ...

Palm Beach County rejects hiking fees on new homeowners
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - April 15, 2008
Wary of increasing the cost of housing at a time when homes sales are sluggish, Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday rejected calls to increase impact fees paid by new homebuyers. County staff had recommended a 9.3 percent increase, or $963 hike, on the ...

Berkeley studies fees on schools, nonprofits
Charleston Post Courier, SC - April 13, 2008
Berkeley County Council will be encouraged today to assess impact fees on schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations in the county's high-growth area. Council exempted those three groups in November 2006 when it adopted impact fees after months of ...

Impact fees are valid
Rock Hill Herald, SC - April 13, 2008
A developer of a Tega Cay retirement community has appealed to the 16th Circuit Court of Common Pleas to exempt his project from paying school impact fees. We hope the court rejects that appeal. Stone-crest Villas, the project in question, is primarily a 55-and-older ...

Vote scheduled on controversial Will County fee
Southtown Star, IL - April 12, 2008
Will County Board members are expected to vote May 15 on a proposed land development fee to fund road improvements. Faced with that deadline, a few board members gathered for several hours Friday for a presentaion explaining the genisis of the proposed ...

Impact fee deferral option provides relief
Appleton Post Crescent, USA - April 11, 2008
Claude Foster and his wife, Christine, have lived on their 15-acre hobby farm on Irish Road for 22 years and don't want to move. Like other residents in the northwest section of town, the Fosters have been watching closely as the town re-examined its $1,500-per ...

New-home impact fees reduced
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - April 11, 2008
New-home impact fees in Volusia County dropped by about $2,500 on Thursday when County Council members complied with a request from the school district. School Superintendent Margaret Smith sent County Chairman Frank Bruno a letter this week recommending ...

Developers challenge road-impact fees
Daily Inter Lake, MT - April 10, 2008
Kalispell's proposed road-impact fees could jeopardize the huge Glacier Town Center project, its developer said Tuesday. "If they stay with the current rates, they may make a financial burden on the project to make it financially unfeasible," said Chad Wolford, a ...

County builders protest impact fee hikes
Daily Herald, UT - April 10, 2008
Several builders in Utah Valley are protesting what they call an unfair increase in impact fees assessed in recent months by cities including Mapleton and Lehi in light of slowing home sales along the Wasatch Front. They argue that the increased impact fees -- or fees ...

Rolling back Volusia school impact fee recommended
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - April 10, 2008
People who build new homes in Volusia County could get a break on school impact fees if the County Council goes along with a recommendation from School Superintendent Margaret Smith. In a Wednesday letter to County Chairman Frank Bruno, Smith ...

Who pays for growth?
The State, SC - April 10, 2008
Local governments soon may be able to single out new homeowners to foot the bill for new schools, roads and parks. A bill that received key approval from House lawmakers Wednesday would give local governments a new way to pay for infrastructure to accommodate ...

Impact fee riles commercial developers
Business Gazette, MD - April 10, 2008
Commercial developers are gearing up for a fight over a proposed affordable housing impact fee floated by a Montgomery County task force last week, even though it’s not clear if County Executive Isiah Leggett supports the recommendation, which was included in a ...

OFFICIALS: Overbuilding, Not Impact Fees Led To Housing Slump
Tampa Tribune, FL - April 10, 2008
Statistics can provide an eye-opening look into reality or a misleading plunge into misguided policies, depending on how they're interpreted. The 11-member Citizens Advisory Committee on Impact fees, appointed by the Highlands County commissioners, dove into ...

Local officials, legislators at odds over impact fee alternative
Beaufort Gazette, SC - April 10, 2008
Local officials and at least three legislators from the area are at odds again, this time over a plan to pay for capital projects that's being sold as an alternative to impact fees.The plan, which the House approved Thursday, lets local governments create special tax ...

Snoqualmie to update school impact charges
Snoqualmie Valley Record, WA - April 10, 2008
The city of Snoqualmie is considering how to put school impact fees more in step with the growth plan for Valley schools. A new ordinance, which goes before the Snoqualmie City Council for approval on Monday, April 14, would update the city's impact ...

Cape Coral committee faced with important task
The News-Press, FL - April 9, 2008
The group includes a former mayor, a handful of engineers, project managers, an IT specialist and a professor. Together they have two-and-half centuries of professional experience. They have offered to throw their free time at one of the most divisive issues in Cape ...

Road fees worry big developers
Daily Inter Lake, MT - April 9, 2008
Kalispell's proposed road impact fees could jeopardize the huge Glacier Town Center project, its developer said Tuesday. "If they stay with the current rates, they may make a financial burden on the project to make it financially unfeasible," said Chad Wolford, ...

Developers get a break on fees, but still unhappy
TheNewsTribune.com, WA - April 9, 2008
University Place has lowered its traffic impact fees, but some developers who likely will pay them said the fees would still put a brake on growth in the city. "High impact fees have already damaged economic development in this community," warned Art Broback, ...

Developers looking to Cary must pay
News 14 Carolina, NC - April 8, 2008
Developers will soon pay more to build in Cary. On Monday, town council members approved an impact fee hike of 75 percent. An impact fee is a one-time charge put on developers to pay for infrastructure like roads, water, and sewage. The Town of Cary ...

Cary boosts development fees
News & Observer, NC - April 8, 2008
Fees charged for new development were hiked by the Cary Town Council on Monday night. Water impact fees were raised an average of seven percent for new development, while sewer impact fees were increased 31 percent. The new rates take effect July 1. The ...

Builder appeals impact fee ruling
Fort Mills Times, SC - April 8, 2008
The developer of a Tega Cay retirement community wants the courts to give the project a pass on school impact fees. The developer of Stonecrest Villas, a primarily 55-and-older community, has filed an appeal with the 16th Circuit Court of Common Pleas to the ...

Fee Could "Impact" County
13wmaz, GA - April 8, 2008
New businesses, developers and homeowners in Jones County may soon have to pay a fee for building in the area. The Jones County Board of Commissioners is considering whether to adopt an Impact Fee Program, which would require anyone developing a new ...

City cuts traffic fees, but developers still complain
TheNewsTribune.com, WA - April 8, 2008
University Place lowered its traffic impact fees Monday night, but some developers who likely will pay them said the fees would still put a brake on growth in the city. "High impact fees have already damaged economic development in this community," warned Art ...

Lee County delays impact fee talks
The News-Press, FL - April 7, 2008
Lee County will wait for the state Legislature before considering a possible school impact fee reduction that could help homebuilders. Lee County commissioners were set to discuss a preliminary 14 percent school impact fee reduction, but it has been taken off ...

What's going on with impact fees?
Houston Home Journal, GA - April 7, 2008
The Chambers of Commerce in both Perry and Warner Robins, as well as realtors, developers and those in the building trades have been heard from on the subject of impact fees for Perry. So has the advisory committee appointed by the Perry City Council, with ...

Sycamore considers increasing impact fees
Northern Star Online, IL - April 7, 2008
Sycamore will reconsider an increase in impact fees for new construction, but local builders say fees are already too high. Impact fees are taxes a city charges on new buildings to offset the potential costs to schools, land and city services. This raises the total cost ...

Impact fees don't get Raleigh off the hook
News & Observer, NC - April 7, 2008
Add the city of Raleigh to the list of groups that will bear the brunt of a proposed doubling of the fees the capital city charges on new development. No, the city won't be levying an impact fee on itself. But it will still pay a price, because the state law that gives ...

Cary Votes To Raise Impact Fees
NBC 17.com, NC - April 7, 2008
After several months of back-and-forth, Cary leaders have decided to raise impact fees. Cary Town Council came to a unanimous decision Monday night at a fairly meeting that was low key compared to earlier discussions. An impact fee is a fee charged to ...

Cary Raises Some Impact Fees, Creates 1 New Fee
WRAL.com, NC - April 7, 2008
The Cary Town Council voted at a Monday night meeting to increase impact fees for water and sewer services but not for transportation, public-information officer Susan Moran said. Council members approved raising those fees by 75 percent of the maximum cost ...

Builders, citizens challenge Clay fee
Florida Times-Union, FL - April 5, 2008
The Northeast Florida Builders Association and a group of area landowners have filed a court challenge to the Clay County road impact fee, created to help pay for an estimated $450 million in road improvements needed by 2020. On Friday, the builders and ...

Home builders push to limit impact fee increases
Phoenix Business Journal (subscription), AZ - April 4, 2008
Home builders and real estate groups are forwarding a bill at the Arizona Legislature that would restrict cities' ability to raise existing taxes and impact fees on new homes. The measure would keep city governments from raising development and new home impact fees ...

Brunswick councilman wants impact fees for all new homes
Business Gazette, MD - April 3, 2008
Brunswick Councilman Jeremy N. Biser says he knows firsthand the dangers of allowing new residential growth without dedicating funding for city services. Biser, a councilman for about one year, started a contentious debate in the city last week about whether to ...

Traffic impact fee under study in South Fayette
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - April 3, 2008
South Fayette has taken the first tentative steps for enacting a traffic impact fee ordinance that would charge developers for road improvements. "You have a relatively open community, but one that's developing rapidly and is poised for further development," Ed ...

Proffer Policy Repreive
Orange County Review, VA - April 3, 2008
Last year, county officials wanted to update the proffer policy so it more accurately reflected current process, and the county's future infrastructure needs. But after a bill was introduced to the Virginia General Assembly which threatened to do away with the practice ...

Impact Fees 101
Clark Fork Chronicle, MT - April 2, 2008
It is not yet set in stone, but impact fees on new construction are a real possibility in the Frenchtown Rural Fire District.  At a special board meeting April 1, fire board trustees and about 20 community members learned impact fee basics from Dwayne Pierce Guthrie, a ...

Residents speak out against Frenchtown Fire impact fee proposal
Clark Fork Chronicle, MT - April 2, 2008
Just say no to new taxes. That was the message from area residents to the Frenchtown Fire board Tuesday night during an informational meeting on the fire district's impact fee proposal. Frenchtown Fire is among the first jurisdictions seeking to impose impact fees, ...

Bay Commission Reduces Impact Fees
WMBB-TV, FL - April 1, 2008
After a long discussion that included two failed motions, the Bay County Commission voted Tuesday to temporarily reduce some impact fees on new construction and to suspend one fee altogether for 18 months. The commission voted 3-2 to reduce the fire ...

The Cape Coral Story — Part II
Xenia Gazette, OH - April 1, 2008
It seems to me that our society is obsessed with the idea that behind almost all negative news there is some kind of conspiracy - you know, those evil villains lurking in the background who are manipulating things for their own purposes. To be sure that are ...

 
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