Latest News: April 2010

Commercial impact fee program expanded for local businesses
Naples Daily News, FL - April 30, 2010
The Collier County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has approved changes in the Impact Fee Program for Existing Commercial Redevelopment that will allow additional businesses to participate in the program. The original program provided qualifying businesses ...

Study: Double School Impact Fees
News Chief, FL - April 29, 2010
The Polk County School Board met with county commissioners Wednesday to review a study that recommends doubling the school impact fee next year. The school portion of the county's impact fees for a new single-family home, now $4,171, would increase to ...

Proposed county road-impact fee worries businesses
The Durango Herald, CO - April 28, 2010
A new county road-impact fee appears poised to pass if the positions taken by La Plata County commissioners during a discussion Tuesday are any indication. Commissioners are scheduled to make a final decision on the proposal next week. Meanwhile, homebuilders and ...

Farmington OKs new impact fees
StandardNet, UT - April 28, 2010
City leaders Tuesday approved a pair of new impact fees aimed at generating funds for capital projects. The city council voted to implement a new fire facilities impact fee and in a separate vote adopted new water impact fees. The new fees take effect in 90 ...

City looks to lower development impact fees, temporarily
InMaricopa.com, AZ - April 28, 2010
The city of Maricopa is looking at the possibility of adopting a new development impact fee schedule that would temporarily bring the city in line with some of the lowest fees in the state.The temporary fees would set the price of developing a commercial building ...

Doubling School Impact Fees Recommended
The Ledger, FL - April 28, 2010
School impact fees could more than double under a recommendation presented Wednesday by consultant Randy Young during a joint meeting between the Polk County Commission and the Polk County School Board. Young recommended increasing the fee from ...

Council to revisit impact fee issue
Today's News-Herald, AZ - April 27, 2010
The City Council will reexamine its impact fees following a plea from representatives with one builders organization who say the fees could be hurting construction activity.Lake Havasu City is currently in the middle of a three-phased increase of its impact fees, ...

Farmington approves rise in impact fees
Davis County Clipper, UT - April 22, 2010
Farmington City council members approved raising impact fees Tuesday night to help pay for a new fire truck and equipment, as well as well line repairs and an increase in the costs of water meters with a 3-1 vote and one absentee. The fire, water, and parks capital ...

Complex business lures get scrutiny
Tampabay.com, FL - April 21, 2010
His lease at one Pasco industrial park was almost up, so Keith Binney got to thinking about where he might relocate his growing company. Hernando County was offering a good deal on industrial land. But in late 2008, Pasco commissioners sealed the deal to keep Binney's ...

Commission grapples with impact fees, land development code, more
Citrus Daily, FL - April 21, 2010
The Citrus County Commission's plate had sideboards on it today in an agenda-item cornucopia that that spanned nearly five hours. Commissioners heard from Duncan and Associates in the company's studies of the county impact fee system and land-use regulations, ...

Boardman considers new fee on businesses
Youngstown Vindicator, OH - April 19, 2010
The township is looking for ways to ensure that developers or businesses that put a drain on resources help foot the bill. One possibility is development impact fees on new or expanding businesses or subdivisions. These fees would be assessed to a ...

Guest Column: Impact fee delay will hurt our county
Maryland Gazette, MD - April 17, 2010
Bill 12-10 sponsored by four members of the Anne Arundel County Council to delay an increase in impact fees will harm our county's financial well being and force taxpayers to subsidize new development with no documented benefit to the county. This ...

New school impact fee coming on Big Island
Honolulu Advertiser, HI - April 17, 2010
The state's education department will soon have the authority to impose impact fees on all West Hawaii developments. The Board of Education on Thursday voted 8-3 in favor of implementing the West Hawaii School Impact Fee District. The plan will go into effect in ...

Impact fee subject of hearing
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - April 16, 2010
Recommended changes to Volusia County's school impact fee will be the subject of an administrative hearing today requested by the Volusia Building Industry Association. The fee currently stands at $6,066 for each new housing unit in Volusia County, including a 3 ...

Stay issued in water/sewer legal battle
The Herald-Mail, WV - April 16, 2010
The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday granted a stay requested by Berkeley County public water and sewer districts in their legal battle with developer Larry V. Faircloth. The utilities requested the stay pending their high court appeal of a judge's ...

City may lower water, sewer fees
Ocala, FL - April 15, 2010
If the Ocala City Council gives its approval, water and sewer impact fees in the city may be going down, and front footage connection charges may go away completely. Public Resources Management Group Inc., the city's consultant, presented its evaluation of ...

Council seemingly receptive to impact fees
Laconia Citizen, NH - April 14, 2010
Saying that an economic recovery is on the way and that Laconia should be ready to capitalize on it, the City Council appears closer to enacting impact fees for many types of development, but before it does it wants to hold one more public hearing on the matter. ...

Washougal council approves impact fee deferral program
The Columbian, WA - April 14, 2010
Washougal city officials have a plan they hope will help boost development: defer payment of most impact fees until closer to when the impact actually occurs. The city is launching a pilot program this month that will give developers and builders the option to defer ...

Water rate hike may halt use of reserves
Payson Roundup, UT - April 13, 2010
Payson needs a big hike in its water rates to stop slurping up the money it needs to maintain the existing system before itís too late, says Assistant Public Works Director Buzz Walker. The Payson council has asked Walker to update a 2006 report that recommended ...

Homebuilders want county to kill new fees
The Durango Herald, CO - April 13, 2010
Local homebuilders on Tuesday urged La Plata County commissioners not to adopt proposed road-impact fees that would be imposed on new development. Builders said the one-time fee, which would run as high as $5,110 for a single-family home in 2013, would tamp ...

Council sets aside $500000 for road repairs
Kingman Daily Miner, AZ - April 12, 2010
The Kingman City Council renewed its commitment to preserving the city's decaying streets Monday, when Council members agreed to set aside up to $500,000 in contingency funds to continue the city's chip-sealing and overlay program through the next fiscal year. ...

City challenges county road fees
Gustine Press-Standard, CA - April 12, 2010
Local leaders are voicing their opposition to Stanislaus Countyís proposed regional transportation impact fee, or RTIF, which officials at City Hall say would tap the pocket books of new businesses and residential developers without delivering significant ...

Impact fee controversy is back on the agenda tonight
Examiner.com, NC - April 7, 2010
Impact fees are always controversial in Wake County and this hearing this evening promises to be no different. The City Council tonight will hold a public hearing on a proposal to raise impact fees increase for water and sewer development fees by $700. The hearing ...

Residents protest impact fee discounts
Annapolis Capital, MD - April 6, 2010
Frustrated by perceived favors to the construction industry, county residents last night protested continued discounts on impact fees for developers. About 30 people complained that Anne Arundel's infrastructure needs are too great to let builders pay only a ...

County extends impact fee break until 2011
Ocala, FL - April 6, 2010
Three weeks after indefinitely continuing a moratorium on transportation impact fees, the County Commission on Tuesday unanimously agreed to set an expiration date: the end of 2010. This action, designed to further stimulate the local economy, came ...

North Port fees for roads not forgotten
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - April 1, 2010
Opposition from Southwest Florida home builders has not swayed North Port from collecting a fee to help repair local roads damaged by construction traffic. North Port's imposition for the per-square-foot fee on new building prompted lawsuits from developers, ...

 
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