Latest News: April 2009

PAG wary of Legislature's impact fee desires
Tucson Citizen, AZ - April 30, 2009
State lawmakers have pulled back on an effort to raid up to $210 million in development impact funds raised by cities and towns, but area officials say they are not convinced the issue has gone away.  The Pima Association of Government's Regional...

Money Grab Begins: City balks at proposed raid on impact fees
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - April 29, 2009
City officials are balking at a proposal in the state Legislature's joint draft budget outline that would sweep approximately $210 million in municipal impact fee collections in order to offset the state's $3 billion budget shortfall for fiscal year 2010.  The proposal...

Committee recommends suspending impact fees
Tampa Tribune, FL - April 29, 2009
In early May, Highlands County commissioners will consider suspending impact fees.  During a meeting April 13, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Impact Fees called to suspend the fees, assessed on construction projects to finance infrastructure...

Some buildings to be exempt from impact fees
Daily Inter Lake - Kalispell, MT - April 29, 2009
Wal-Mart Supercenter, a Hilton Homewood Suites hotel and another proposed Hutton Ranch Plaza building won't have to pay road impact fees if they obtain building permits by Oct. 1.  A proposed Kohl's department store — which now has been canceled — also would...

Impact fee considered to pay for parks
Greenfield Daily Reporter, IN - April 29, 2009
Developers, builders would kick in to contribute to amenities in new neighborhoods.  The Greenfield Parks Department is looking to get a boost from construction of new homes in the city.  An advisory committee made up of area business owners and city officials...

Local officials deride impact fee plan
YourWestValley.com, AZ - April 29, 2009
A legislative plan to balance the state budget by stripping cities of $210 million collected from developers is actually coming from the people who have been working to limit the ability of cities to collect the fees in the first place. Connie Wilhelm, executive...

PAG to discuss legislative plan to grab impact fee funds
Tucson Citizen, AZ - April 29, 2009
A proposal in the Legislature to raid cities and towns development impact fee programs for up to $210 million to help cut into the state budget deficit has area officials challenging the legality of such a move.  Enough so that it will be discussed at Thursday's...

New park impact fee formula approved
Tampa Bay Newspapers, FL - April 29, 2009
Largo City Commissioners gave final approval on April 21 to an ordinance that reduces park land impact fees that new developments pay.  The ordinance calls for a new method of determining fees, establishing a rate of $1,915 for a fixed multi-family unit. The...

Cities worry about state plans for local impact fees
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ - April 29, 2009
Legislative leaders are looking for another $600 million in cuts as they come down to the wire on their cash-strapped 2009-10 state budget.  One of the ideas on the list of $600 million in cuts, which leaked out Monday, is drawing the ire of local municipalities. That...

County considering road-impact fee
The Durango Herald, CO - April 29, 2009
La Plata County is considering implementing a road-impact fee similar to that being charged by the city of Durango. The City Council in August voted to increase the fee imposed on new development to help cover the cost of road improvements made necessary...

Republicans postpone hearing on impact fee grab
KSWT-TV - YUMA, AZ - April 28, 2009
Republican legislative leaders have postponed an airing of a new element of their budget-balancing proposal, saying it needs more study.  The proposal would save the state $210 million by reducing municipal revenue-sharing. Affected cities would make up that...

State raid on city funds could force higher fees, officials say
AZ Central.com, AZ - April 28, 2009
Chandler and Gilbert officials are angry and worried that Arizona lawmakers might raid municipal treasuries to balance the state budget. The move could force cities to raise rates and fees for residents and cut services even more in lean budget times, leaders...

GOP budget proposal targets Ariz. schools, cities
Forbes, NY - April 28, 2009
Republican legislative leaders' budget-balancing plan includes "revenue enhancements" sweeping hundreds of millions of dollars from school districts and municipalities into the state general fund.  An outline released late Monday of the "joint draft budget proposal"...

Sewer fees go up in July
Ogden, UT - April 28, 2009
Many North Davis and Roy residents could see their sewer bills jump by 20 percent a month beginning July 1.  The North Davis Sewer District, serving the area from Roy to Kaysville, is proposing increasing its monthly user fees from its current rate of $5.80 per...

Kalispell Criticized for Traffic Impact Fee Exemptions
Flathead Beacon, MT - April 28, 2009
Kalispell Planning Director Tom Jentz defended his department Monday night against accusations that city officials had not been forthright regarding which developers would have to pay transportation impact fees.  Mayre Flowers, executive director of...

County starts fee deferral for builders today
Ramona Sentinel, CA - April 24, 2009
Starting today, builders can voluntarily defer paying traffic, parks, drainage and sewer  impact fees until they finish building their projects in unincorporated areas of the county.  County supervisors in March unanimously approved the plan, which will run through...

Guest commentary: Pirates overtake Tallahassee with the stroke of a pen
Naples Daily News, FL - April 24, 2009
Not all of the world’s pirates are in Somalia. Our current Florida legislators are holding us for ransom.  Here is how the shakedown unfolds.  Ultimately, the state legislators want control of our county’s basic destiny. They continue to maneuver control away from local...

Hike proposed for schools impact fee
Ocala, FL - April 23, 2009
The School Board agreed at a workshop Thursday to raise impact fees used to build schools by 3.6 percent, though the group must vote on the hike at an official board meeting before the proposal is sent to the County Commission for final approval. The impact fee, ...

Impact fee idea scrapped
Tampa Tribune, FL - April 23, 2009
County Commissioner James Adkins said he is dropping plans to pursue a short-term moratorium on impact fees because he found no support from his board members.  Adkins' plan called for eliminating the fee for six months to a year. He said six other counties...

Legislature considering proposal to shift impact-fee burden of proof from developers to governments
Orlando Sentinel, FL - April 23, 2009
Legislation that would make it easier for developers to challenge local governments' impact fees has so alarmed county officials that they have proposed freezing the fees for two years, according to the Florida Association of Counties.  State House and Senate...

County impact-fee stimulus could begin 3 months early
Bradenton Herald, FL - April 22, 2009
Manatee County could start an impact-fee reduction program aimed at stimulating local housing construction three months earlier than initially planned, a move that could cost it another $1 million.  County commissioners on Tuesday told county attorneys...

Possible statewide impact fee freeze chills some Southwest Florida government officials
Naples Daily News, FL - April 22, 2009
Florida legislation, passed last week, freezes impact fees for two years at current levels and prohibits local governments from imposing any new impact fees.  House Bill 227 would wrest control from Florida’s 67 counties, more than 400 cities, and thousands...

Mapleton builders: Fees hurt business
Salt Lake Tribune, UT - April 22, 2009
At least one homebuilder claims impact fees are hurting the future of this southern Utah County town. While Richard Lewis would like to see the fees reduced, he recently offered the city another option: Defer the payments to when building permits are issued...

Proposal to freeze builders' fees stirs debate
The Columbia, WA - April 21, 2009
Taxpayers and developers fumed at one another Tuesday over a proposal by county commissioners to cut struggling home builders a multimillion-dollar break. Commissioners, whose 51 phone calls and 15 e-mails on the proposal before Tuesday's hearing...

Impact fees, federal stimulus discussed
Bradenton Herald, FL - April 21, 2009
As Manatee County commissioners get ready to vote on a two-year impact fee moratorium today, they want to know if their counterparts at the school board are willing to do the same.  In a budget workshop Monday, Superintendent Tim McGonegal relayed the...

City ducks Building Industry Association lawsuit
The Desert Sun, CA - April 21, 2009
Desert Hot Springs avoided getting hit with a Building Industry Association lawsuit Monday, with the two parties agreeing to try to resolve their differences in the next 90 days.  The BIA faced a Monday deadline to file suit against Desert Hot Springs for its new...

Palm Beach County holds off on development fees increase
Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - April 21, 2009
With the housing market still suffering, the Palm Beach County Commission today agreed to hold off on increasing fees on new homes and other development.  For a second year in a row, commissioners decided to delay for one year a decision about...

Developers: Impact fee changes threaten PTC's village concept
The Citizen.com, GA - April 21, 2009
A consultant is proposing that Peachtree City should significantly increase its impact fees and eliminate a requirement that part of the funds be spent in a particular service area, generally, one of the city's villages.  Ross and Associates also is recommending the...

$500000 in transportation impact fees during March
Florida Today, FL - April 20, 2009
During the initial months of Brevard County’s transportation impact fee moratorium, the economic-stimulus effects have been hardly stimulating. In early March, the county commission enacted the two-year freeze, which was designed to entice developers...

Commissioners to vote on impact fee increase
Brownsville Herald, TX - April 20, 2009
There will be a second and final reading on adopting an increase to the impact fees charged developers to offset the cost of extending infrastructure to development this evening.  Commissioner will then vote whether to adopt the increase.  The commission's...

Boerne considers valet parking ordinance
Boerne Star, TX - April 19, 2009
The Boerne City Council will be considering optional valet parking for Boerne business owners and increased impact fees for developers in the next few months. Both matters were discussed in a workshop session prior to Tuesday’s regular meeting.  While there...

Lower Macungie forced to delay new impact fees
Allentown Morning Call, PA - April 18, 2009
Lower Macungie Commissioners were ready Thursday night to officially enact controversial traffic impact fees that some say developers should have been forced to pay years ago.  There was just one problem: The committee formed to study the fees wasn't...

Noblesville offered generous incentives for mall
Indianapolis Business Journal, IN - April 18, 2009
The old adage that retail follows rooftops is only partially true; retail also follows taxpayer-funded incentives. Simon Property Group Inc. built central Indiana’s newest mall, Hamilton Town Center, along a major thoroughfare in one of the state’s most appealing...

Impact fee decision not fair, balanced
Bradenton Herald, FL - April 17, 2009
In prior years our county commissioners were not only pro business but also pro community, factoring in all constituents’ concerns. However, under the mantra of “jobs, jobs, jobs” the fair and balanced approach has been shunted.  It is ironic that the...

Housing is hurting, but Palm Beach County ponders fee increase
Sun - Sentinel.com, FL - April 16, 2009
Despite a hemorrhaging housing industry, Palm Beach County is considering fee increases on new homes and other development that builders warn will worsen the economic pain.  County Commissioners on Tuesday decide whether to boost "impact fees"...

Council votes to drop school impact fees
SnoValley Star, WA - April 15, 2009
The council voted April 8 to drop school impact fees. That same night, the council and city leaders celebrated the end of North Bend's building moratorium, which should lead to new development in the community. The two issues are related, because with new growth...

Chance of settling builders' dispute spurs council
The Desert Sun, CA - April 14, 2009
The Desert Hot Springs City Council discussed a possible settlement to the looming Building Industry Association lawsuit against the city in a last-minute emergency closed-session item Monday.  The builders' association has until April 20 to file a complaint...

County to examine fees, potential 3-year budget plan
Hollister Free Lance, CA - April 14, 2009
"It is a government code requirement that you re-visit those impact fees every year and get a report on the balance of each impact fee and what is there, what has been constructed with that money and any changes you may want to make in the projects,"...

County Council supports efforts for sewer system
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - April 14, 2009
The Annie Village resolution, which passed with no opposition, came after a meeting in which officials explained the project costs and the community development block grant being sought to help install the system. Residents of Annie Village are in support of getting...

Bellingham City Council approves impact fee exemptions for certain projects
The Bellingham Herald, WA - April 14, 2009
In a 7-0 vote, council members approved adding language to the ordinances for parks, schools and transportation impact fees that would allow for exemptions of the City Council determined a project served a "broad public purpose." In the case of the National...

State rethinking growth laws
Daytona Beach News - Journal, FL - April 12, 2009
When lawmakers made major changes to Florida's growth-management system in 2005, the state was awash in development. Leaders feared that Florida was falling further and further behind in building enough roads, schools and other infrastructure to keep up...

Panel approves suspending impact fee collections, 7-0
Florida Times - Union, FL - April 12, 2009
The Clay County Planning Commission approved a proposed two-year moratorium Tuesday on collections of the county's transportation impact fee. Next step for the moratorium is the County Commission, where the idea to suspend the fee originated. The County...

Action on Impact Fee is Delayed
The Ledger - Lakeland, FL - April 10, 2009
Plans to come up with a transportation impact fee for the planned Evansville Western Railway freight terminal in Winter Haven stalled Wednesday. County commissioners delayed action until June 3 after a lawyer for the railroad company asked for a delay to work...

Development imapct fees in Fremont lowered temporarily
Fremont Bulletin, CA - April 10, 2009
Fremont City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to collect development impact fees at 75 percent of their normal amount as part of a greater effort to attract residential developers and business to the city, to boost the local economy. In March, city staff...

Council to review imapct fees' punch
Today's News - Herald, AZ - April 10, 2009
The Lake Havasu City Council will look at the impact of impact fees in the city Tuesday. With the implementation of the fees in August 2008, the city expected the fees would help to pay for growth within the community. Several times, Mayor Mark Nexsen has...

E.V. cities defend fees for roads, sewers
East Valley Tribune, AZ - April 10, 2009
Top officials across the East Valley say an Arizona homebuilder coalition's legislative efforts to get a suspension or rollback on impact fees — those fees developers pay to help offset cost of infrastructure like roads, water and sewer lines — would cripple...

What's the future of impact fees in PTC?
Fayette Daily News, GA - April 9, 2009
Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon and council members Doug Sturbaum and Don Haddix got a preview Tuesday night of what could be the future of impact fees in Peachtree City.  During a workshop meeting with council, staff and several members of the...

County considers impact fees
Waukegan News Sun, IL - April 9, 2009
Lake County officials are ensuring that significant school impact fees and other protections will be outlined in an agreement to provide sewer service for the Alter Group's Cornerstone development in Grayslake.   Under the agreement being crafted, the county will...

Bill would allow local-option fees for roads
Dallas Morning News, TX - April 9, 2009
Voters in at least 19 Texas counties could impose taxes on themselves to build road, bridge and rail projects under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate.  The proposal, which could not take effect until statewide voters sign off on it, would...

Taxpayers could soon decide if taxes should be raised to pay for roads and bridges
WFAA - Dallas, TX - April 9, 2009
The Texas legislature is moving forward with a bill to let voters decide if taxes should be raised to build roads, bridges and rail projects. The Senate gave tentative approval to the measure last night. But another vote is still needed.  It would allow county...

Zionxville returns $400000 in park fees to homebuilders
Indianapolis Star, IN - April 9, 2009
Following a lawsuit by builder, Zionsville returned nearly $400,000 in park-impact fees to area homebuilders this week.  But the town is already making plans to charge a similar fee in the future.  Clerk-Treasurer John Yeo said $391,914 was mailed to area builders, ...

HB 3265 - landmark legislation at last?
Bandera County Courier, TX - April 9, 2009
Attempting to secure more regulatory authority, Bandera County Commissioners accompanied Judge Richard Evans to Austin on Monday, April 6, at the request of District 73 Rep. Doug Miller. Along with Comal County Judge Danny Scheel, Evans and Precinct 2...

North Port is finding impact fees dwindling
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - April 8, 2009
This year's impact-fee dependent construction projects, including a new fire station and the widening of a section of Sumter Boulevard, will not be affected by the cash crunch, thanks in part to federal stimulus money. But future projects and items bought with...

Impact fee dispute case gets resolved
Martinsburg Journal, WV - April 8, 2009
A battle between Jefferson County and the city of Ranson over who has the right to collect impact fees within the municipality's borders appears to have reached a conclusion. The Jefferson County Commission asserted that the city was not exempt from its...

School fee raise defeated
Tampa Tribune, FL - April 8, 2009
The county needs to sign off on any impact fee increase because it issues building permits, regulates construction in Pasco and collects the money. The impact fee increase is needed to help deal with overpopulation at schools, about half of which are over...

County to cut road impact fees 50 percent
Bradenton Herald, FL - April 8, 2009
The board asked the county attorney’s office to prepare a resolution to accomplish the impact fee waiver. County Administrator Ed Hunzeker presented figures showing a 50 percent suspension would cost the county about $9 million over the two years. Hunzeker...

Manatee County slashes impact fees for roads
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - April 8, 2009
The County Commission reduced road impact fees by 50 percent for two years in an effort to stimulate the construction industry. The fees are levied on new buildings to pay for new or expanded roads required because of the additional traffic. The new rates...

City Commission delays action on impact fees
Brownsville Herald, TX - April 7, 2009
The City Commission tabled action Tuesday, delaying an increase on impact fees charged to recoup the cost of extending water and sewer service to new developments.  The commission did not take the second and final required vote to increase...

Pro business county
Bradenton Herald, FL - April 5, 2009
From promoting public-private partnerships to fast-tracking the permitting program, Manatee County government continues to pursue economic development.  Thursday’s commission meeting put two other strategic ideas in the spotlight. A new plan on planning...

Impact Fees Harmful
The Ledger, FL - April 5, 2009
The County Commission boosted impact fees for building private homes by 85 percent several years ago. Along with other fees required to get a building permit, the average cost added to a private residence is about $20,000, before any construction starts. Sadly, ...

Town faces budget woes over next few years
East Valley Tribune, AZ - April 4, 2009
Gilbert is moving to fill some holes in its General Fund through contingency funds and other measures for the fiscal year that will begin July 1, but the patches won't hold much longer than that, the town's manager told the Town Council at a Saturday meeting...

Elimination of impact fees would devastate cities, towns
East Valley Tribune, AZ - April 4, 2009
A legislative proposal is being considered that, if enacted, would devastate many cities and towns across Arizona. The proposal is a five-year moratorium on development impact fees (also known as growth impact fees). The proposal would not only prohibit...

County looks at suspending impact fees
Bradenton Herald, FL - April 3, 2009
The Manatee County administrator recommended Thursday cutting road impact fees by 25 percent, while commissioners leaned more toward eliminating all impact fees for a year. Citing the need to create jobs, Commissioner Donna Hayes was the first to suggest...

SLO County Supervisors debate on collecting development fees from health center
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA - April 3, 2009
It was a textbook government quandary. Do they give a guy a break because he has given his fellow citizens — and the county government — a break? Or go strictly by the rules and formulas as written, no matter how arcane or inflexible?  Ultimately, the county...

Art lofts hastened by waiver
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - April 3, 2009
A developer who specializes in building artist lofts hopes to expedite a proposed apartment complex on 14th Street West and take advantage of Bradenton's recent decision to waive impact fees for a year. Depending on the building's square footage and number of...

Manatee County plans to reduce road impact fees
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - April 3, 2009
Hunzeker said that road construction costs have dropped by roughly 25 percent because of the recession and that fees should be adjusted accordingly. In addition, the 30-year time frame may no longer be accurate because of the economic downturn, ...

CSX terminal impact fee may be delayed
The Ledger, FL - April 3, 2009
The idea of adding a new category in the county's impact fee ordinance to specifically cover the proposed CSX rail terminal in Winter Haven may be slowing down.  A consultant has proposed a $12,739-per-acre fee, but that amount is still in play and may be...

Brunswick revisits impact fees on new development
Business Gazette, MD - April 2, 2009
Eleven months after voting to commission a study on impact fees on what new development costs the city, Brunswick officials are again looking at ways to ensure new residents pay their fair share for city services and capital projects. The study, released March 23, ...

Rail North Texas: legislature considers local option funding
Royse City Herald Banner, TX - April 2, 2009
Rail North Texas — locally levied taxes and fees could support regional light rail projects, should the gist of several bill proposals pass the Texas legislature this session.  Receiving heavy local attention is Rail North Texas, proposed in Senate Bill 855, with HB 9...

Lakeland Considers Impact Fee Reduction
The Ledger, FL - April 2, 2009
In the wake of Polk County reducing its impact fees, Lakeland is about to follow suit by lowering its transportation impact fees.  If approved by city commissioners April 20, many of the transportation fees assessed on the construction of new buildings will be...

Recent government action on impact fees
Bradenton Herald, FL - April 2, 2009
The Manatee County commission's consideration of a possible suspension of impact fees follows the Bradenton City Council's decision to suspend impact fees, and the Manatee County School Board asking the county commission to suspend the school impact...

Parks in Duvall
Woodinville Northwest News - April 1, 2009
Last night they approved an ordinance increasing the Park Impact Fee a staggering 122%.  Essentially this will increase from approximately $1900 per home to $4100 per home.  This fee will be applied to any new construction projects within the city.  Not only...

Local option transportation bill will face challenges in Texas House
Fort Worth Business Press, TX - April 1, 2009
The Texas Local Option Transportation Act passed through the State Senate’s Transportation Committee, and area transportation officials believe the bill will face challenges in the House of Representatives. Officials at the Tarrant Regional Transportation...

Despite Council Vote, Impact Fee Issue Not Going Away
Flathead Beacon, MT - April 1, 2009
Anyone attending the March 23 Kalispell City Council meeting could be forgiven for questioning whether the vote earlier in the month to adopt transportation impact fees actually happened. As the meeting began, a spokesman for the business community railed against...

Impact Fee Freeze
WCTV, FL - April 1, 2009
A Florida House Committee approved legislation to freeze impact fees for two years.  Impact fees are levied by cities and counties on new developments.  The municipalities use the money for new infrastructure like utilities and roads.  Florida Association of...

Hotchkiss and Paonia weigh fiscal impact of growth, development
Delta County Independent, CO - April 1, 2009
Last year in May, Delta County municipalities had the opportunity to have a fiscal impact analysis done by RPI Consulting Inc. Funding from the Department of Local Affairs assisted in the project. Crawford declined to be involved in the analysis of what growth...

 
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