Latest News: May 2012

City council votes to temporarily cut impact fee in half
Royse City Herald Banner, TX - May 30, 2012
The city council has voted to temporarily cut in half the impact fee for new, singlefamily homes in Royse City, including the first 38 houses planned for the Kerala Christian Adult Homes development. During a regular meeting on May 22, the city council voted by a 4-2 margin to reduce ...

Council considers repealing parking impact fee
seacoastonline.com, NH - May 24, 2012
The City Council voted this week to move forward with an effort to eliminate downtown parking requirements for non-residential uses and to repeal a controversial parking impact fee. Councilors were unanimous in their decision to bring back the proposal for first reading at the June 11 meeting ...

Luxury auto dealer balking at $1 million in impact fees in Stuart
TCPalm, FL - May 24, 2012
Impact fees totaling as much as $1 million for three luxury auto dealerships planned on U.S. 1 could kill the $20 million-plus project, the developer's representative said. However, Mario Murgado, the president and CEO of Brickell Motors of Miami, hopes to negotiate much lower fees, said Jose ...

Council approves school impact fee increase at lower level
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald, WA - May 23, 2012
The Sumner School District will soon start getting more money in impact fees from builders in Bonney Lake, but not quite as much as the city originally proposed. The city council Tuesday night passed an ordinance raising the city's school impact fees from about $1,200 to $3,005 per single ...

Melborne to decide on water, sewer rate
Florida Today, FL - May 22, 2012
Melbourne is weighing a new round of water and sewer rate increases that wouldn’t hit customers’ bills until October 2013. The average residential customer would see their combined bill go up by about $3 per month in the first year after the proposed rate increases take effect, then ...

White House reduces impact fees
The Tennessean, TN - May 22, 2012
The City of White House has voted to drastically reduce its impact fees in a ploy by local leaders to spark business and residential development. After promising to eliminate impact fees in his recent State of the City address, Mayor Mike Arnold presented the Municipal Planning Commission ...

Bonney Lake City Council poised to raise school impact fees
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald Reporter, WA - May 21, 2012
Even as they look for ways to reduce their already-high building costs, the Bonney Lake City Council seems poised to pass an increase on school impact fees. The increase was requested by the Sumner School District, though the city council in Bonney Lake is expected to be more than originally ...

Reflections on the impact fee vote
The Ledger, FL - May 17, 2012
I received an email from Carlton Hodges, one of the longtime stalwarts of the Polk County Builders Association, about the public reaction to the impact fee vote by the County Commission. He correctly noted that the public doesn’t understand impact fees. Impact fees are part of the cost of ...

Panel votes to extend impact fee moratorium
News Leader, FL - May 16, 2012
County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to extend a two-year impact-fee moratorium for an additional 18 months. Commissioners imposed the moratorium Aug. 1, 2010, stopping the collection of impact fees to help pay for transportation, parks, jail, police, ambulance service and libraries ...

Cumberland council looks again at impact fee ordinance
Forecaster, ME - May 15, 2012
A month after it approved an amended impact fee ordinance, the Town Council on Monday sent a new proposed change to the Planning Board for a recommendation. The town's Ordinance Committee recommended language be added that would waive the fee on a building permit for a house ...

Impact fee refund program draws few companies
Linclon Journal Star, NE - May 14, 2012
In eight years, just six companies have applied to take advantage of a special incentive program tied to the city’s impact fee system. But quality, not quantity, was the goal of the program, intended to help attract decent new jobs to the city. The special tax refund program, created in 2004, ...

Crestview considers eliminating some impact fees
News Bulletin, FL - May 11, 2012
Crestview city leaders took the first tentative steps toward rescinding or suspending some of the city’s impact fees by engaging a consultant who is expert in the process. Unplugging the fees, a tool wielded by city government to have developers pay some of the burden their developments place ...

City prevails in settlement with developer
Sandy Post, OR - May 8, 2012
The city of Sandy recently saved nearly $2 million in a lawsuit that has been ongoing for nearly five years but has never reached a jury. A trial had been scheduled to begin Monday, May 14. In an out-of-court agreement, the city settled with the 4-J Land Company, developer of Sandy Bluff, according ...

Schools will ask county to suspend impact fee
Ocala.com, FL - May 8, 2012
The Marion County School Board on Tuesday voted to formally ask the County Commission to suspend the 2012-13 impact fee, stating there's not enough growth to justify the tax on residential development. Though the decision was expected, considering the board reached a unanimous consensus ...

Deerfield establishes infrastructure fee
Pioneer Local, IL - May 8, 2012
Deerfield officials have passed an infrastructure impact fee to pay for repairs to damaged streets caused by large construction vehicles. Trustees unanimously passed the ordinance Monday on its second reading, establishing a one-half of one percent fee on the estimated cost of a ...

Polk Impact-Fee Moratorium: Two Years, Nothing To Show
Ledger.com, FL - May 6, 2012
The Polk County School Board held a joint meeting Thursday with the County Commission in the commission chamber in Bartow. The topic was the commission's moratorium on construction impact fees. Leave it to the educators to teach the commissioners a lesson or two. The commission...

Orange Beach looks at reducing impact fees on new development
Press-Register, AL - May 5, 2012
The city may reduce the impact fees on new development in an effort to bring in more residents and businesses. "Is our impact fee impeding construction and economic development or a valuable resource?" Mayor Tony Kennon asked rhetorically. In most cases, the developers cannot finance ...

Polk School Board Wants to Keep School Impact Fees
The Ledger, FL - May 3, 2012
Polk School Board members are not interested in eliminating school impact fees, they told the County Commission Thursday. County commissioners imposed a moratorium on all but school impact fees in 2010 and are seriously considering an extension for as much as two years this year. ...

City Council approves park tax
Port Orchard Independent, WA - May 2, 2012
The Port Orchard City Council Tuesday approved the collection of a one time tax on new home construction to help pay for city parks. The council approved a “park impact fee” by a 7-0 vote during their regularly scheduled meeting. The city will levy the fee on all new residential homes built, ...

 
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