Latest News: May 2008

Willows eyes big hike in impact fees
Willows Journal, CA - May 30, 2008
Lawmakers propose to raise development impact fees and create new ones to pave the way for building new city facilities. The Willows City Council has proposed a $11,722 impact fee to build a single-family home in order for the city to fund libraries, parks, streets, police ...

Let's walk, not lurch, toward real-estate tax
New Mexican, NM - May 30, 2008
Once again, a municipal tax rush is on: What's looking like a City Council majority wants to tax real-estate sales — but only the big ones, $650,000 and more, and according to a formula. It will take Santa Fe voters' approval — and, owing to precincts in the ...

Leaders fear impact fees deter development
Gulf Breeze News, USA - May 29, 2008
Santa Rosa County Commissioners think water taps and utility impact fees might be stalling economic development in the area. "I know of one business that we had given incentives to locate in the county, but the water utility impact fee was $1 million," Commissioner Don ...

Company may donate 45 acres to Hamilton Twp.
Lebanon Western Star, OH - May 28, 2008
Hamilton Twp. may be growing by 45 acres. Classic Properties is asking to donate the woodland area in Miami Bluffs for use as a passive park area, Community Development Director Gary Boeres told trustees at a Wednesday, May 21 meeting. The wooded hillside ...

Development fees proposed to skyrocket
Bakersfield Californian (subscription), CA - May 28, 2008
The city and county are proposing to double traffic impact fees on new development in metro Bakersfield, something developers say could halt additional building. The fee per home would jump to $14,940 and nearly double for commercial properties, according ...

Road fees vanish after Greystone
St. Joseph News-Press, MO - May 28, 2008
The city of St. Joseph leaped on board a new policy of making new developments pay a small share of road costs, but it appears that train has lost steam. The Greystone housing development along Cook Road will pay $500 per house for “transportation impact fees ...

Sen. John Watkins defends impact fee bill
Chesterfield Observer (subscription), VA - May 28, 2008
State Sen. John Watkins defended the concept of his Senate Bill 768 on impact fees last week, calling the current proffer system "a backdoor tax increase." County supervisors may approve a nominal increase in proffers at this week's board meeting. "Cash proffers ...

Impact fee study delayed again
Dahlonega Nugget, GA - May 28, 2008
Now it will be at least a year before the second phase of a study on impact fees begins. Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners voted to delay the study on the recommendation of the impact fee committee, despite the fact money was set aside in the 2007 budget for the ...

Impact fees: Despite vote serious questions remain
Fort Worth Business Press, TX - May 26, 2008
Now that an impact fee has been placed upon the development community, the question in my mind is: What next? Assuming monies start coming in as a result of development, do we have a plan to apply these monies wisely? During the impact fee debate, no one ...

End to impact fee dispute could open door to new St. Lucie projects
Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription), FL - May 24, 2008
A settlement reached Friday between Port St. Lucie and the county has paved the way for several major projects that have been delayed for years, including widening Midway Road and expanding a high school sports complex. The biggest impact will be on the South ...

County attorney gives go-ahead to cutting impact fee
Ocala.com, FL - May 22, 2008
Marion County Attorney Tom Wright told the County Commission Wednesday that it was his legal opinion the county could immediately start charging the reduced road impact fees commissioners approved Tuesday. Wright told commissioners that he didn't find any case ...

Council approves impact fee increase
News 14 Carolina, NC - May 21, 2008
Starting next month, developers will pay double the amount to build an average sized home in Raleigh as city council voted to approve a hike in impact fees on Tuesday. John Kerr and his crew from Kerr Smith Homes worked on a new home in a north Raleigh ...

State Rep. Aubuchon wants to slash impact fees by 25 percent
The News-Press, FL - May 21, 2008
A rash of foreclosures and a virtual shutdown of the construction industry are hobbling the region's economy, said State Rep. Gary Aubuchon, R-Cape Coral. And while most  agree with his assessment of the problems, Aubuchon's proposed solution faces mixed ...

County to slash impact fees — if it's legal
Leader on 200, FL - May 21, 2008
The County Commission devised and approved its own economic stimulus package for residential and commercial development Tuesday, although commissioners were not quite sure it was legal. Toward the end of a two-hour hearing on a consultant's ...

Impact fees may change in Santa Rosa County
Pensacola News Journal, FL - May 21, 2008
The Santa Rosa County Commission is considering changing the impact fees the county collects to help build roads and bridges. The discussion came during an annual review of the impact fee ordinance Tuesday. One key area of discussion was the impact the fees ...

School impact fees back before city
Lynden Tribune, WA - May 21, 2008
School impact fees are back on the agenda of the Lynden City Council. Seventeen months ago, the idea of a charge on residential growth to support schools — $2,781 per new house and $732 per apartment unit – got through one step. The city adopted the ...

Raleigh impact fees set to leap today
News & Observer, NC - May 20, 2008
Despite protests from builders and developers, most members of the City Council say they plan to fulfill a campaign promise today by voting to more than double many of Raleigh's impact fees. "This has been debated, quite frankly, long enough," Councilwoman ...

Firm suggests raising fees for homebuilders
Augusta Chronicle (subscription), GA - May 20, 2008
The cost of a new home in Aiken County could be going up by nearly $1,600. That's how much a Maryland consulting firm says the county can charge in impact fees to recoup the strain new development puts on services such as law enforcement, garbage collection and ...

Culpeper weighing impact fees
Fredericksburg.com, VA - May 20, 2008
If Culpeper County adopts a transportation impact fee ordinance as is being considered, everyone who builds a house--from developers to multi-generation landowners--could soon be paying as much as $5,000 more for a building permit. The Culpeper Transportation ...

SR may lower or kill impact fees in historic districts
Pensacola News Journal, FL - May 20, 2008
The Santa Rosa County Commission is considering lowering or eliminating the impact fees assessed in historic areas, among other changes to the fees. Santa Rosa adopted impact fees to help pay for roads and bridges in 2005, and began collecting them on Jan. 1 ...

Fort Worth adopts impact fee for developers
Fort Worth Business Press, TX - May 19, 2008
The culmination of more than two years of studies resulted in the approval of a flat rate transportation impact fee for the city of Fort Worth. In answer to the explosion of development – particularly in the city's fringes, such as far north and far south Fort Worth – ...

Beaufort, Port Royal considering fire impact fees
Beaufort Gazette, SC - May 19, 2008
Municipal officials are considering charging home builders a new fee that would be used to pay for fire stations and trucks that would serve Beaufort and Port Royal's growing borders. The fire impact fee, to be charged by Beaufort and Port Royal, would pay for at least ...

Commission will vote on impact fees
Ocala.com, FL - May 18, 2008
The impact that impact fees for road construction have on residential and commercial development in Marion County will be up for debate again Tuesday. The County Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposed change to the way the county assesses ...

Ave Maria developer seeks to ease income requirements on affordable housing
Naples Daily News, FL - May 18, 2008
Ave Maria's developer is looking for some relief from Southwest Florida's less than heavenly real estate market. Citing a new state law, the town is asking to change income requirements for those who wish to live in Ave Maria's affordable housing sections. If the ...

Clay Calls Hearings on New Fee The County Wants to Settle a lawsuit
RedOrbit, TX - May 17, 2008
The Clay County Commission has agreed to hold two public hearings in July to settle a lawsuit filed over its transportation impact fee, which is to take effect in January. The commission unanimously approved the settlement Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed in April by ...

Tavares to reduce impact fees for downtown businesses
Orlando Sentinel, FL - May 16, 2008
In an effort to lure new businesses into the struggling downtown district, city leaders plan to reduce certain impact fees for commercial ventures. Before a new business opens, it typically must pay tens of thousands of dollars in impact fees to the city for ...

$78000 brought in by impact fees
Joliet Herald News, IL - May 16, 2008
Village President Jason Briscoe had the honor of handing out checks totaling more than $78,000 to local entities for impact fees the village collected over the past year. The money is disbursed annually. Minooka collects land impact fees and school site impact fees ...

Feeling the Impact
Santa Rosa Press Gazette, FL - May 16, 2008
A Milton development almost came to a complete halt on Monday, but now appears to be two weeks away from opening. Monday, Cassandra Sharp almost had to pull the plug on her antique mall she has been working on going into the former Milton Post Office all ...

We've only just begun (we hope)
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - May 15, 2008
The Fort Worth City Council's vote on Tuesday night to assess transportation impact fees on future development in outlying areas was a step in the right direction but nevertheless disappointing. The impact fee ordinance, approved 8-1, is flawed because its ...

Cedar Grove to offer impact fee break
The News Herald, FL - May 15, 2008
Cedar Grove wants to follow Bay County’s lead in cutting builders’ impact fees to ease the financial burdens during the economic downturn. At Tuesday’s Cedar Grove City Commission meeting, board members moved toward a motion allowing water and sewer impact ...

Plan to phase in impact fees considered
Northwest Arkansas Times, AR - May 14, 2008
Water and wastewater impact fees will be phased in over three years if a proposal made Tuesday at the Water and Wastewater Committee meeting is adopted by the Fayetteville City Council in weeks to come. Ward 4 Alderman Lioneld Jordan suggested that the city phase in ...

Panel: Raise Raleigh impact fees slowly
WRAL.com, NC - May 13, 2008
The city Planning Commission voted Tuesday to phase in higher impact fees for new development over four years. The City Council will review the recommendation at an upcoming meeting. Mayor Charles Meeker has pushed for doubling impact fees to generate ...

Impact fees force business to close; owners thank community for support
North Fort Myers Neighbor, FL - May 13, 2008
Local business owners closed down their shops last weekend due to what they said was a "surprise" bill of $58,000. After being in operation for several months, the owners of Shoppers Village Mall, located at 19751 N. Tamiami Trail in North Fort Myers, said ...

Sharing the burden
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - May 13, 2008
The development community and some of its staunch allies have made a sincere push to portray Fort Worth's proposed impact fee as a problem that will do nothing but slow growth. An op-ed by developer Danny Moss in Monday's paper hinted that new ...

Clay calls hearings on new fee
Florida Times-Union, FL - May 13, 2008
The Clay County Commission has agreed to hold two public hearings in July to settle a lawsuit filed over its transportation impact fee, which is to take effect in January. The commission unanimously approved the settlement Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed in April by ...

Preventing bad impacts
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - May 12, 2008
New residential and commercial growth makes money for Fort Worth City Hall. Given its positive contributions to the city's general fund, new development should not be constrained by the implementation of unreasonable transportation impact fees. Developers are ...

Dividing lines drawn on land use
Salisbury Post, NC - May 11, 2008
The final draft of a land-use plan for west Rowan appears to be setting up a clash among the 10-member committee. The original 26-page draft has been cut to a 10-page document dealing with basic development issues. The issues of farmland preservation, ...

Indian River County commissioners stall on fee increase, opt formore workshops
TCPalm, FL - May 9, 2008
County commissioners, who were scheduled in a special meeting Friday to vote on an average 72 percent increase in impact fees, instead decided to have more workshops on the fees. “This was our eighth meeting on impact fees over the last year and we still sent ...

Council set to reduce fees to help area construction
Record-Searchlight (subscription), CA - May 9, 2008
Redding officials will give homebuilders and remodelers a bit of a break on building and impact fees, hoping the incentives breathe some life into the flat-lined construction industry. The City Council earlier this week unanimously endorsed the idea of offering the incentives ...

Town considers higher impact fees
Explorer News, AZ - May 8, 2008
The results of an Oro Valley-commissioned study on possible increases to the town's impact fees have many in the development community on edge. The study calculates a "maximum supportable" schedule of new and renamed impact fees that total $6,203 for ...

Consultants tell village water, sewer rates need to rise
Pioneer Press Online, IL - May 6, 2008
Consultants hired by the village to study its water and sewer systems are recommending that officials increase rates over the next several years and eliminate a senior citizen discount in order to pay for what they said is a critical replacement program. The ...

Officials to review study analyzing user fees, costs
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - May 3, 2008
The City Council will consider a utility rate and impact fee study on Monday to determine if user fees are appropriately covering costs. It has been about five years since the last study of this kind was conducted. This analysis will help officials manage the city's ...

Developers should pay for impact
BlueRidgeNow.com, NC - May 2, 2008
To The Editor: Take a good look around this county at the garbage piling up alongside roads that are being patched when they should be paved. Look at areas like Flat Rock and Laurel Park, where the power routinely goes out, sometimes for days at a time, because ...

Stimulus Packages Always Hurt Working People
Tampa Tribune, FL - May 2, 2008
Recently, the county commission decided to dismiss action on a proposed impact fee stimulus package. Charitably, it was not a good policy. A number of factors clearly illustrated that it would have jeopardized the local economy rather than stimulated it. That ...

Planners weigh highway impact fee ordinance in South Fayette
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - May 1, 2008
When John Deklawa proposed a research and technology park on Alpine Road in South Fayette two years ago, it was regarded as the straw that would break Washington Pike's back. According to PBS&J, the township's traffic engineering firm, the Alpine Point complex ...

Business leaders push for traffic fee hike reprieve
Beaverton Valley Times, OR - May 1, 2008
With a recession looming nationally and trickling down locally, area business leaders and industry representatives continue to push for a temporary reprieve for increasing traffic impact fees as plans for an election on the issue in the fall seems less likely. Members of ...

 
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