Latest News: May 2010

Newsom announces new development initiatives
California Chronicle, CA - May 27, 2010
Mayor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to stimulate development and generate much-needed construction jobs and General Fund revenues. The Development Impact Fee Reform Deferral Program is a 2-part impact fee reform legislation re-designing how and when ...

Impact fee gets panel's informal backing
Culpepper Star Exponent. VA - May 27, 2010
The Town-County Interaction Committee expressed informal support Wednesday for implementing a transportation impact fee that would link development and roadwork funding. However, local leaders will probably hold off on the matter until all of Culpeper Town Council’s ...

Tehama County Impact Fee workshop today
Red Bluff Daily News, CA - May 26, 2010
Tehama County will hold its first workshop on Development Impact Fees today at 6 p.m. at the Board Chambers on 727 Oak St. The workshop marks the beginning of a process expected to take months, Planning Director George Robson told the Board of Supervisors ...

Habitat for Humanity will not have to pay $28000 roads fee
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA - May 26, 2010
Habitat for Humanity will not have to pay a $28,000 road impact fee when it moves its industrial recycling operation, known as ReStore North, a quarter-mile from its present building in a Templeton industrial park. Supervisors disagreed with their Department of ...

Impact fee drop builds business
Cherokee Tribune, GA - May 26, 2010
County officials are seeing some improvement in construction activity months after moving to slash impact fees. Last July, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners voted to amend its impact fee ordinance to reduce the fees charged to new development. ...

County votes to lower transportation impact fees to zero
Citrus Daily, FL - May 25, 2010
The Citrus County Commission today voted to lower transportation impact fees to zero percent. The vote was 3-to-2, with commission chairman Gary Bartell and Dennis Damato holding out to keep the reduction of fees from sinking to zero. To clarify, all commissioners ...

SF builders will be allowed to defer impact fees
San Francisco Business Times, CA - May 25, 2010
San Francisco's mayor on Tuesday signed legislation allowing developers to defer impact fees in hopes that will spur more construction in the city. The city's impact fee deferral program allows developers to defer payment of 80 percent of impact fees from ...

Proposed park impact fees a significant jump
Enterprise-Record, CA - May 24, 2010
In their second visit to the Chico Area Recreation and Park District board, an array of park impact fee increases were reduced, but in the case of fees on new single-family dwellings, they are more than double the current amounts. After hearing comments from the ...

School board debates impact fees
Tampa Tribune, FL - May 23, 2010
With the one-year suspension of impact fees nearing an end, the School Board of Highlands County grappled with its recommendation to the county on whether or not to continue the suspension of fees. After the school board unanimously approved the new impact fee ...

Fairness reason impact fees are being changed
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - May 23, 2010
Coweta County's new cap on impact fees was devised as a way to bring some fairness and equality to the impact fee system. On Tuesday, the Coweta Board of Commissioners approved a new impact fee schedule and methodology, and the "capital improvements ...

Kent Council looking at developers, businesses, residents, for more dollars
PNW Local News, WA - May 21, 2010
Fees for transportation impacts, business licenses and vehicle-license registrations all could be part of a funding package the Kent City Council may tap for funding city street projects. The Council conducted a second workshop May 18 at City Hall to discuss how ...

County to consider $15 EMS fee for residential property owners
Baker County Press, FL - May 20, 2010
The Baker County Commission will soon consider establishing a $15 annual residential property assessment for emergency medical services [EMS] and beginning a one-year hiatus on impact fees. Commissioners authorized the advertisement of public hearings for ...

Habitat for Humanity appeals $29000 county fee for ReStore project
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA - May 20, 2010
Habitat for Humanity says it should not have to pay $29,000 the county says it owes because of additional traffic it expects the nonprofit organization to generate when it adds improvements to its existing ReStore operation in Templeton. The nonprofit, whose ...

Developers, Tehama County dispute fee structure
Red Bluff Daily News, CA - May 18, 2010
Developers are asking Tehama County officials to consider a straight across the board frontage fee for all developments, which they say would be an equal fee for equal use of roads. During the Tehama County Public Works Committee meeting Monday, talk continued ...

Whittier council expected to approve lower development fees
Whittier Daily News, CA - May 17, 2010
The days of tough negotiations with housing developers over park fees should be over once the City Council gives final passage to a lower development impact fee, city officials believe. The City Council is expected to give final approval next Tuesday to new fees that ...

Cape Coral city leaders look to lower utility rates and pay off debt
Wink News (blog), FL - May 17, 2010
City leaders are looking for ways to curb the proposed 92 percent utility rate increase that residents face over the next 5 years. Council members requested city staff to come up with different senarios to pay off the 400 million dollars in loans the city owes ...

115 agencies statewide defer impact fees
North Bay Business Journal, CA - May 17, 2010
One-hundred-fifteen local governments and special districts in California have adopted deferrals of development impact fees allowed under a 2008 state law intended to help struggling builders, according to the Home Builders Association of Northern California. So far, ...

Hammond Board waives impact fee
New Richmond News, WI - May 15, 2010
The Village of Hammond Board received another request to waive an impact fee at the regular board meeting Monday night, this one for 1345 Afton Lane. The former owners of the house had paid an impact fee previously. The board did approve the request, on a 6-1 vote. ...

Patterson to pay back developer fees
Patterson Irrigator, CA - May 13, 2010
A settlement concerning a case involving $775,000 in affordable housing fees paid by developers of a housing subdivision several years ago has been reached, the Patterson City Council announced Friday, May 7. After months of settlement conferences ...

Impact fees drop by half
Forsyth County News Online, GA - May 13, 2010
Figures Forsyth County officials reviewed Tuesday show that impact fee revenues have dropped nearly in half from 2008 to 2009. The fees, charged per square foot on new developments, fund public safety, library, administration and parks and recreation expenses ...

County commission drops road fees
The Durango Herald, CO - May 12, 2010
La Plata County will not impose road-impact fees on new development after county commissioners failed to come to an agreement on the proposal. After about an hour of heated debate, Commissioner Kellie Hotter, who has repeatedly expressed her ...

Sonoma County supervisors cut largest proposed construction fee increases in half
North Bay Business Journal, CA - May 12, 2010
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a number of fee increases for planning, engineering and building permits but compromised on the largest increases to lessen the impact on the already economically hammered local construction industry ...

Transportation impact fees reduced by 35 percent
Citrus Daily, FL - May 12, 2010
The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted to reduce transportation impact fees by 35 percent across the board. The county has implemented the new fee structure, effective Thursday, that essentially amounts to a "sale", for a limited period of time. ...

Impact fee hearing prompts call for wider review
Laconia Citizen, NH - May 11, 2010
Rather than just act on the current Planning Board proposal to implement impact fees for new construction, the City Council wants a soup-to-nuts review of the entire municipal site permitting process so that it can get the bigger picture facing both developers and ...

Orange Beach impact fee revenue slips with lowest yearly take yet
Press-Register, AL - May 10, 2010
After peaking at nearly $427,000 in 2008, impact fee revenue dipped to its lowest annual total since the tax on new development was enacted in late 2006. Slightly more than $352,000 was collected last year, city records show. Of that, about 88 percent came from ...

Impact fees playing role in city growth
Waxahachie Daily Light, TX - May 9, 2010
Impact fees play a large part in the growth, development and future of a city. These fees help to pay for the future expansion of water and waste water lines and construction of the proper infrastructure by increasing the capacity on roads as necessary. Impact fees ...

Open Space Purchase Impact Fee should be charged to new developments
Tucson Citizen, AZ - May 8, 2010
It was once estimated that we lose about one square mile of virgin land in Pima County a month to urban development. In 1954 when I arrived here Tucson covered an area roughly from A Mountain to about Swan and from the lower Catalina Foothills; to Valencia. ...

Tu-Co Peat avoided paying $54000 impact fee
Tampa Tribune, FL - May 8, 2010
Tu-co Peat, an Avon Park business that makes potting soil, will be fined by the Highlands County building department for not obtaining a property permit and not paying $54,000 in impact fees. Building Official SY Mosley said Friday he's been working on the case for ...

New home impact fee suggested for Helena
Helena Independent Record, MT - May 7, 2010
The cost of building a home in the Helena area could jump by $2,000 or more over the next few years if city and county leaders adopt the recommendations of a committee that spent the past year developing a plan to start charging impact fees on new developments.  Many ...

County hits brakes on impact fees
The Durango Herald, CO - May 5, 2010
La Plata County commissioners on Tuesday delayed a vote on new road-impact fees after Commissioner Joelle Riddle expressed reservations. Commissioners will gather in a closed meeting with the county attorney today, and then the proposal is scheduled to ...

Council rejects impact fee discounts for developers
Maryland Gazette, MD - May 5, 2010
Developers will no longer continue to get discounts on the fees that pay for growth, ending a two-month County Council debate on whether to buttress the flagging construction industry by subsidizing the cost of development. The council Monday night voted 4-3 ...

County Council ends impact fee discounts
Annapolis Capital, MD - May 4, 2010
Developers will not get discounts on the fees that pay for growth, ending a two-month County Council debate on whether to buttress the flagging construction industry by subsidizing the cost of development. The council last night voted 4-3 against a scaled- ...

Impact fee questions
The Ledger, FL - May 3, 2010
Here we go again. Polk County Commissioners were scheduled to have yet another discussion about whether the county's water and sewer connection fees were excessive Monday when Commission Chairman Bob English called it off. He told commissioners instead ...

CRA will award $88700 in tax incentives to Walgreens
Polk County Democrat, FL - May 3, 2010
In a move to stimulate business, the Community Redevelopment Agency agreed, at Wednesday’s meeting, to award incentives worth up to $88,700 to Walgreen Co.Walgreens expects to build a new 15,000-square-foot pharmacy, but doesn’t plan to move far from ...

The long & binding roads
The Durango Herald, CO - May 2, 2010
Notwithstanding the fact that La Plata County is experiencing one the worst real estate markets in its history and many people are out of work, our county commissioners are currently proposing a schedule of new road-impact fees designed to generate $120 million in ...

 
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