Latest News: May 2009

Taxes in new Boulder developments could skyrocket
Colorado Daily, CO - May 31, 2009
For more than a year, the council has been studying whether to replace the city's voter-approved excise tax structure with an impact-fee system that circumvents voter approval and raises the amounts charged on new development. The city currently...

Impact Fees Get Review
Prescott Daily Courier - May 31, 2009
City Manager Steve Norwood explained that City Council members asked to bring the impact-fee increase back, after hearing a recent appeal from Prescott Chamber of Commerce Executive Director David Maurer about the effects the impact fee increase could...

Salem eases impact fee timing
Desert News - Salt Lake City, UT - May 29, 2009
Deferring the impact-fee payments until then protects the city, because banks won't fund a loan until the home has passed its final inspection. It also allows builders to put their money into construction, city officials said. "We'll still get the fees," said Jeff...

Builders promote fee rollbacks
Inman News - May 27, 2009
Nation's Building News, a National Association of Home Builders publication, notes that some government agencies are rolling back development-related impact fees in an effort to attract construction and stimulate local economies. The city of Fremont, Calif., ...

West Melbourne will pay more for Melbourne water, sewer service
Florida Today - Melbourne, FL - May 27, 2009
The new rates go into effect Oct. 1 and would mean lower bills for most of Melbourne's customers. But the change also means rates will go up in West Melbourne about 12 percent on top of a 5 percent increase that already was set to start Oct. 1. "Obviously, ...

Collection rate on impact fees lowered to zero
Dawson News and Advertiser - Dawsonville, GA - May 27, 2009
The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on May 21 to lower the county collection rate on impact fees to zero. The meeting Thursday also included the second public hearing on the proposed change. The two hearings brought out potential...

Court gives Bellingham victory over developer in parks impact fee dispute
Bellingham Herald, WA - May 27, 2009
A decision on Tuesday, May 26, by the state Court of Appeals, Division I, stated that city officials were right to charge Belleau Woods II LLC more than $300,000 in fees meant to pay for new parks and trails. The fees were charged for phase two of the Belleau...

Impact Fees May Change Once More
The Ledger - Polk County, FL - May 26, 2009
The decision to revisit the impact fees just two months after cutting them came at a commission workshop to review a study by Duncan Associates, an Austin, Texas, growth management consultant. The study was done under a state law requiring a review...

Judge rules against Westfield on road fees
Indianapolis Star, IN - May 25, 2009
Westfield might have made a costly mistake.  Ruling on a lawsuit without holding a trial, a Hamilton County judge has found that a road-impact-fee ordinance Westfield used from roughly 2004 to 2008 violated state law.  Now, the city might have to refund some...

Salem planners propose revamped impact fee system
Eagle Tribune, NH - May 25, 2009
The town's Planning Board is looking to change the system used to determine the road impact fees developers pay, expanding the area where they apply from two corridors to the entire town. The current road impact fee applies only to development along Route 28...

Can break on fees breathe life into Lake's sagging economy?
Orlando Sentinel, FL - May 25, 2009
"The county is trying to be business-friendly," Commissioner Jimmy Conner said. "It shows we're trying to work with businesspeople during difficult economic times." The county recently considered suspending its impact fees. Such a moratorium might help...

School district reduces developer impact fees
Press - Banner.com, CA - May 24, 2009
School officials informed city leaders at an April committee meeting that the developer fee, currently set at $6.31 per square foot for a new house or apartment building, will be reduced to $3.27. The new amount was affirmed by the school board May 12. The fee is...

Changes to road impact fee are on hold for now
The Coloradoan - Fort Collins, CO - May 23, 2009
The Windsor Town Board debated the community's road impact fee payments this month, but officials decided they need more time before making any changes. "This discussion was spurred by some concerns about the impact fee as an upfront cost impacting...

State gives Charlotte $2 million
Sun newspapers - Port Charlotte, FL - May 22, 2009
Charlotte County's proactive reduction of impact fee taxes will bring a surprise windfall of revenue from the state. State Rep. Gary Aubuchon, R-Cape Coral, will be on hand at Tuesday's Charlotte County Commission meeting to present the county with a $2 million...

Building industry welcomes new Fla. legislation as plus
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - May 22, 2009
A bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Charlie Crist means local governments must prove impact fees are justified when challenged by developers.  Rep. Gary Aubuchon, R-Cape Coral, co-sponsored the legislation and said the law makes impact fee rules more equitable. ...

Now wait a minute...
Morgan County Citizen, GA - May 22, 2009
To the Editor:  It was disheartening to read Glenn Eskew’s letter to the Citizen. He seems to have misunderstood my objections to the current impact fee ordinance.  I am not opposed to impact fees or the amount to be collected from such fees. I support...

Crist signs bills to cut impact fees, add business incentives
Brandon News and Tribune - Tampa, FL - May 21, 2009
Gov. Charlie Crist signed new laws Thursday intended to boost Florida's economy, including measures to reduce impact fees on new development and provide tax incentives for businesses to locate in low-income communities. Crist, also a Republican candidate...

Suspending impact fees
Tampa Tribune, FL - May 21, 2009
As the impact fee committee report states, Highlands County has an over abundance of unoccupied residential dwellings. It only stands to reason that by suspending the impact fees on residential dwellings in an attempt to start another housing boom and further flood...

Duffy's expansion proposal hampered by impact fees
York County Coast Star, NH - May 21, 2009
Kennebunk isn't doing enough to help its business owners succeed, Economic Development Committee chairman Bob Georgitis told the Board of Selectmen recently.  While advocating for an economic development director position in town, Georgitis used David...

Officials hammering out incentives
Keller Citizen, TX - May 20, 2009
The Keller City Council seems poised to approve an incentive policy proposed six months ago as a tool to lure developers.  The policy calls for tax breaks and fee waivers. In a work session last week, officials were also considering another incentive rarely...

Alternate impact fee payment method eyed
Tampa Tribune, FL - May 19, 2009
Factoring in interest, roughly three times that amount, the $10,000 impact fee now become $30,000 over that time period. Lower upfront costs could make the home more attractive to potential buyers, committee members reasoned. Committee member Laurie Pizzo...

Manatee commissioners suspend impact fees for 2 years
Bradenton Herald, FL - May 19, 2009
An impact fee is a one-time charge placed on new development to pay for new roads, parks, emergency equipment and more. Manatee County estimates that the temporary impact fee reduction will amount to $7 million over two years. Without that money, certain...

Lake Alfred Lowers Impact Fees Downtown
The Ledger - Lakeland, FL - May 19, 2009
City officials hope $1,100 will provide enough incentive to commercial developers to build in downtown Lake Alfred. City commissioners on Monday unanimously gave initial approval to an ordinance creating a "core improvement area" along the entire stretch of U.S. ...

Supervisors OK fee change over developer objections
Bakersfield Californian, CA - May 19, 2009
A passionate appeal from home builders, workers and industry leaders failed Tuesday in the face of Bakersfield's practical need to build roads and freeways.  Kern County supervisors approved a decrease in the county's transportation impact fee from $12,958...

Impact Fee Cut Moves Forward
The Ledger - Lakeland, FL - May 18, 2009
The commission gave initial approval to an ordinance creating a 'core improvement area' along the entire stretch of U.S. 17-92 in Lake Alfred. The ordinance would allow the city to waive all but municipal water and sewer impact fees in the core area, City Manager Jan...

Salt River tribe votes to raise impact fees
Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ - May 17, 2009
Members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community acted last week after months of debate over a plan to raise impact fees for new shopping centers, office buildings and other commercial development on community land along Loop 101 near Scottsdale. ...

Much at stake with development fee vote
Bakersfield Californian, CA - May 16, 2009
The battle over Bakersfield's traffic impact fee has waged for a year. Action to raise the fee from $7,066 to $14,940 has been delayed for 12 months and the maximum fee has already been chopped by just less than $2,000. But the fight is far from over.  City and...

Another look at impact fees
Newspaper Tree - El Paso, TX - May 16, 2009
There have been numerous articles and comments in local media following the impact fee assessment vote by Council on May 12. First, the presumption that "build it and they will come" is nearly always incorrect regarding development and building; they have to...

Impact Fee vote was right
Morgan County Citizen, GA - May 14, 2009
It is heartening to see the leadership of this community continuing in the footsteps of the previous stewards who through hard work and foresight have over the decades made Madison the crown jewel of the Georgia Piedmont. I commend City Council members...

Park district board adopts impact fee schedule
Enterprise-Record - Chico, CA - May 14, 2009
Marking the end of a two-year long debate with city officials over impact fees, the Feather River Recreation and Park District board officially adopted a fee schedule Wednesday that district officials say will benefit the parks as well as the entire community...

Builders say home buyers will absorb fees
El Paso Times, TX - May 14, 2009
The $1,500 the city will charge developers to hook up new houses to water and sewer systems will ultimately be passed on to homebuyers, El Paso builders said Wednesday. The City Council late Tuesday voted to create fees of between $1,469 and $1,617 to help offset...

Construction impact fee rollback extended in Charlotte County
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - May 13, 2009
Staff presented a new fee schedule and methodology to the County Commission on April 14. But some commissioners, as well as builders, said some fees seemed high. The proposed ordinance amendment was delayed for 60 days. In the meantime, residential...

County moves to suspend impact fees
News-Sun, Sebring,FL - May 13, 2009
The county commission voted 4-1 Tuesday morning to move forward on suspending impact fees for residential and commercial building projects for 12 months. Although the commission put July 1 as the effective date, the county has to give the local municipalities...

City Council votes in favor of impact fees
KVIA - El Paso,TX - May 13, 2009
Tuesday night, city representatives debated the hotly contested issue before a packed house in its chambers downtown. Dozens of current homeowners and home builders wanted to hear what City Council decided. The issue centered around the current...

Latest state budget fix would allow other uses of impact fees
Kingman Daily Miner - Kingman,AZ - May 13, 2009
According to a bulletin from the League the idea for the impact fee legislature came from the Homebuilders Association of Central Arizona - a claim that struck Kingman's Financial Services Director, Coral Loyd, as very unusual. "I find it highly irregular that the...

City Council decision on impact fees makes waves
KVIA - El Paso, TX - May 13, 2009
El Paso City Council approved a controversial decision to support impact fees on Tuesday, and that decision continues to make waves. In a 4-4 tie with the Mayor casting the deciding vote, City Council decided to create a fee to cover the cost of infrastructure...

Surprise provided edge in Dorchester 2's lone impact-fee win
Charleston Post Courier, SC - May 12, 2009
If you are a property owner in the Dorchester 2 School District, a new law allows your school board to give you some long-sought tax relief for new construction. Unfortunately, taxpayers in Beaufort and Jasper counties won't be given the chance for the...

Collier jail impact fees to jump at least 25 percent
Naples Daily News, FL - May 12, 2009
Impact fees that help build jails – and other correctional facilities – will increase this year, just not as much – or as soon – as Collier County employees had hoped.  The proposed rate hike primarily affects residential construction, with Phase I – or 25 percent...

Impact fees, burning ban among hot topics at Tuesday's Collier commission meeting
Naples Daily News, FL - May 11, 2009
Impact fees will again be the subject of discussion Tuesday when the Collier County Commission meets.  This time, the question will revolve around the county’s collection of impact fees that pay for correctional facilities.  Impact fees are collected from developers...

Guest commentary: Collier impact fees: playing catch-up in tough economy
Naples Daily News, FL - May 9, 2009
Collier County government assesses impact fees which are essentially a tax on new construction that must be paid in advance of drawing permits. Within Collier County, fees typically vary in amount from 10 percent to more than 100 percent of the cost of constructing...

Developers, districts near compromise on school impact fees
The Columbian - Vancouver, WA - May 8, 2009
Two weeks after a public backlash persuaded county commissioners to scale back a proposed fee break for struggling builders, schools and developers seem to be nearing a new compromise.  Under the new proposal, schools would receive the full fees they're...

Tiered fees could direct redevelopment
Sun newspapers - Port Charlotte, FL - May 8, 2009
Impact fee systems now treat all areas alike. Charlotte County is headed in another direction, and Sarasota County may follow. While counties and cities sway back and forth between raising and lowering impact fees depending on the economic climate, they are...

Wrong time for impact fees
Morgan County Citizen, GA - May 8, 2009
Last week Madison’s Council adopted impact fees. Such fees are appealing. In theory growth pays for growth and will not be at the expense of existing citizens. How could one not support adoption? And one would be correct…if the ordinance were properly drafted...

Top Maryland court favors developers, property owners on impact fees
Baltimore Sun, MD - May 8, 2009
The state's highest appeals court Wednesday ruled in favor of several Anne Arundel County developers and property owners who sued the county to recover millions of dollars in impact fees paid from 1988 to 1996.  Development impact fees, which the county...

County on hook for impact fee refunds
Annapolis Capital, MD - May 7, 2009
After an eight-year legal battle, the state's highest court yesterday ruled that the county government must repay impact fees to some homeowners.  The ruling said county officials must return fees that either were not spent or misspent. The Court of Appeals...

City Council discusses impact fees
St. George Daily Spectrum, UT - May 7, 2009
Debate over a proposed six-month moratorium regarding impact fees in Cedar City topped the agenda during Wednesday night's City Council meeting.  Proposed by council member Georgia Beth Thompson, the idea to do away with impact fees for six months...

Sarasota County refuses to lower impact fee
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - May 6, 2009
Sarasota County commissioners voted Tuesday against a proposal to cut impact fees for new construction by 26 percent, expressing doubts that the reduction would help the local economy. They also approved coming up with a plan later this year that would...

County mulls impact fees future
St. Augustine Record - St. Augustine, FL - May 6, 2009
Doug Timms, director of the county's Office of Management and Budget, said the state's poor economy has meant a 48 percent decline in impact fee collections since 2006. For 2009, the county will collect $9.7 million. Next year it will raise $10 million. Each year, ...

League fights state use of local impact fees
Sun Shopper - Prescott, AZ - May 5, 2009
Prescott needs its impact fee money for projects such as wastewater treatment plant expansion, Mayor Jack Wilson said, adding that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality was close to halting new development because of the system's lack of capacity...

Redding council rejects new impact fee for widening I-5, interchanges
Record-Searchlight - Redding, CA - May 5, 2009
The Redding City Council this evening rejected a regional impact fee that would have raised about $116 million over 20 years to widen Interstate 5 and beef up major interchanges between Shasta Lake and Cottonwood. The council voted 3-2 to reject the fee, which...

It may be moot, but Redding council will vote on highway fees
Record-Searchlight, CA - May 5, 2009
The Redding City Council will vote tonight on a proposal to raise fees on new homes and commercial buildings for widening Interstate 5 and key interchanges between Cottonwood and Shasta Lake.  But the Shasta County Regional Improvement Program (SCRIP) is already...

Council discusses future of impact fees
Bethany Beach Wave, DE - May 5, 2009
The City Council discussed the potential implementation of impact fees in what has become an age-old ritual which may soon see its end.  Councilwoman Terry Cohen said while she was not comfortable voting on the legislation at the next regular meeting on...

Showdown At The County Seat
The Daily Record, NC - May 5, 2009
Amid all the passionate debate at yesterday's Harnett County Board of Commissioners meeting, the most heated battle had nothing to do with the property revaluation or the Harnett Forward Together Committee.  Instead, it was between Board Chairman Tim McNeill...

Developers propose stimulus package for buyers of new homes
Morris Daily Herald, IL - May 5, 2009
Monday evening’s Channahon Village Board meeting began with a discussion of a local economic stimulus package some developers are asking the village board to consider.  Developer Gene Briscoe told trustees he represented developers, builders, and tradesmen...

City Likely To Slash Impact Fees
The Ledger - Lakeland, FL - May 2, 2009
City officials Monday will almost certainly reduce transportation impact fees to the same level as Polk County's reduced fees.  City Manager Doug Thomas and other city officials met with city commissioners individually to discuss impact fees. On Friday during...

 
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