Latest News: June 2007

Kaneland on verge of fee
Kane County Chronicle, IL - June 30, 2007
Kaneland school officials are one municipality short of completing a districtwide intergovernmental impact fee agreement among their seven growing communities. Sugar Grove already has included portions of the agreement into a revised annexation agreement ...

Rutherford should revive impact study for better planning
Daily News Journal, TN - June 30, 2007
For the sake of good planning, Rutherford County needs to revive a proposal to determine the impact of new subdivisions on services such as roads and schools. In 2006, members of the Rutherford County Regional Planning Commission were considering a method ...

Subdivision gets sewer at first price
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, GA - June 29, 2007
For Phenix City, it was a case of keeping promises. Goat Harris subdivision residents had been promised a sanitary sewer system for $4,500 per home, plus fees when the city began work in the neighborhood nearly two years ago. But when the work was done ...

Town OKs park impact fee
Indianapolis Star, IN - June 29, 2007
New homes in Plainfield will get a little more expensive beginning next year with a new tax to help expand the town's parks.  The Town Council on Monday approved an impact fee of $850 to be paid by the builder or developer applying for a building permit for a new home. ...

Milking the Cash Cow
Gainesville Sun, F - June 29, 2007
In the middle of a lively exchange about impact fees during Tuesday's Alachua County Commission meeting, Mike Bylerly spilled the beans. Responding to Lee Pinkoson's concerns that proposed impact fee increases are too excessive, Byerly retorted: "The point is that ...

Developers would pay. City would use proceeds for to acquire land for parks.
The Express Times, PA - June 29, 2007
The city (Bethlehem) would receive hundreds of thousands of dollars for recreation if council passed a law levying a fee on developers of $1,500 per new home. But the money can't be used to pay parks and recreation staff or for recreation programming. State law ...

OV to phase in impact fees
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - June 28, 2007
Oro Valley won't hit developers with dramatically increased water-connection fees in September, but will instead phase them in over five years, the Town Council decided last week. Months of contention ended with a compromise between the town and the ...

City impact fees get initial go ahead
Coral Gables Gazette, FL - June 28, 2007
If Coral Gables developers and builders felt a surge of electricity materialize in the late afternoon June 26 it likely wasn't from any lightning or thunderstorms but instead the shock emanating from City Hall as the City Commissioners gave their initial approval to a new ...

Businesses say they're saddled by city's fees
Sherwood Gazette, OR - June 28, 2007
Sherwood's new System Development Charges create transportation fees three times more expensive than surrounding cities. Businesses are calling it excessive, but city officials say they're working to make development pay its own way when it comes to the extra traffic ...

Poll: Impact fees best way to pay for schools
Triangle Business Journal, NC - June 27, 2007
The best way to pay for schools, Triangle Business Journal readers say, is to pass on the costs to those building new homes. Between June 20 and June 27, visitors to TBJ's Web site were asked, "What is the best way to fund growth in the Triangle's K-12 schools?" ...

Prince William seeks to impose impact fees on planned houses
Examiner.com - June 26, 2007
A battle is brewing over proposed impact fees that can bring Northern Virginia counties millions of dollars to help accommodate growth.  The Prince William County Board of Supervisors plans to impose the impact fees on 50,000 houses that have been ...

Officials will ask to defer fee increase
2TheAdvocate, LA - June 25, 2007
City-parish officials said Monday they intend to ask for a deferral of a controversial proposal to increase traffic-impact fees in East Baton Rouge. Walter Monsour, the mayor's chief administrative officer, said he wants additional time to meet with homebuilders and real ...

Lady Lake eyes library fee
Orlando Sentinel, FL - June 25, 2007
Town officials could take a page out of Mount Dora's book.  Lake County commissioners last week awarded Mount Dora $250,000 from county library-impact fees even though new homes built in the city don't contribute to the fund.  Officials in Lady Lake, which has ...

Without impact fee increases in North Port, street work and other plans will slow
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - June 23, 2007
The city might have to delay widening Sumter Boulevard, building two new fire stations and finishing the Garden of the Five Senses park if it delays planned impact fee hikes, city engineer Pat Collins said Friday.  North Port is considering putting off increases in its impact ...

August vote on growth planned
Charlotte Observer, NC - June 21, 2007
The actual vote won't happen for two months, but the outcome seemed clear Monday: Lincoln County ultimately will get a new growth-management program. A public hearing on the proposed adequate public facilities program drew several critics, led by ...

County Approves Impact Fee Hike
The Ledger, FL - June 21, 2007
Construction prices are going up and so are impact fees, the (Polk) County Commission voted 4-1 on Wednesday.  Commissioners approved a resolution that, for the first time, imposes an across-the-board 3.3 percent indexing increase to make sure the fees will pay ...

Panel mulls impact fees
2TheAdvocate, LA - June 20, 2007
A Metro Council panel gave a cool reception Wednesday to a proposed traffic impact fee that could increase the cost of a new home in East Baton Rouge Parish by an average of $732. The impact fee is aimed at making new developments pay a fair share of the ...

County to Consider Impact Fee Increase
The Ledger, FL - June 20, 2007
Taxes may be going down this year, but impact fees could be going up. Today the (Polk) County Commission is scheduled to consider a resolution adopting the annual indexing of impact fees. The vote would raise an estimated $1.5 million more in 2008 than in 2007.  ...

Gopher tortoises protected
Branford News, FL - June 20, 2007
Construction of a manufacturing plant in Genoa has been delayed because part of the site is home to several gopher tortoises. As a threatened species, gophers are protected. Their classification was recently upgraded from species of special concern to threatened, ...

Council head questions raise of impact fee
Examiner.com, MD - June 20, 2007
Doubling impact taxes — as is suggested in Montgomery County’s Planning Board-endorsed growth policy — doesn’t make sense considering the unevenness of development across the county, the Montgomery County Council president said Tuesday.  ...

Making an impact
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, LA - June 19, 2007
After four years of discussion and planning, a proposal to assess traffic impact fees on every new development in the city-parish will go before the Metro Council later this month. Supporters of the plan, which include local developers, say the impact fees would spread ...

Commissioners revisit issue of Adequate Public Facilities Plan
The Lincoln Tribune, NC - June 19, 2007
It's the second time around for a program commissioners tabled last year. Lincoln County leaders are taking a look at a program they think is designed to curb and manage growth in Lincoln County. Homebuilders and real estate agents, meantime, see the ...

North Port decides to delay impact fee hike
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - June 19, 2007
Acting against the advice of a paid consultant and the city manager, city commissioners agreed Monday to postpone a scheduled hike in impact fees and to shave more than $700,000 off a proposed medical development. The decisions, made during a budget workshop, ...

Fort Pierce seeks more information on impact fee issue
Stuart News, FL - June 19, 2007
Libraries and parks are filling up. Boat ramps are overcrowded. Existing housing developments like Harbour Isle sit empty. Those are some of the things city commissioners took into consideration Monday night when grappling with whether to start imposing city ...

County impact fee study on hold
Helena Independent Record, MT - June 19, 2007
The Broadwater County Commission on Monday postponed deciding whether to proceed with an impact fee study until emergency response agencies in the county meet Thursday to discuss it.  Broadwater County Planner Shawn Higley of WWC Engineering ...

Impact fees for Elwood?
Joliet Herald News, IL - June 18, 2007
Manhattan Trustee James Doyle crossed village lines Wednesday night to attend an Elwood village board meeting.  Doyle, the former mayor of Manhattan, came to stress the importance of adding a library impact fee to the funds collected when permits are ...

Impact fees
EmeraldCoast.com, FL - June 18, 2007
Bonifay has lower impact fees for new construction within city limits thanks to an ordinance amendment passed by the City Council last week. Ordinance 350, known as the Regional Water and Sewer System Impact Fee, was amended to reduce ...

Fort Pierce might add impact fees for improvements
Stuart News, FL - June 17, 2007
Anticipating a significant increase in growth over the next 15 years, city officials are on the brink of imposing impact fees in addition to what the county charges to pay for new development — fees that undoubtedly will be passed on from developers to residents. ...  

Fire station cost grows
Appleton Post Crescent, WI - June 15, 2007
The (Grand Chute) Town Board is scheduled to take action on a $4.5 million fire station project plan Tuesday. That's $1 million beyond the funding that town electors approved for the project in April. Town Administrator Mark Rohloff said the proposed construction ...

Who foots the bill for our new roads?
Reno Gazette Journal, NV - June 14, 2007
Transportation officials want to sharply increase fees paid by developers for road projects, which builders say could drive up the cost of new homes and further damage an ailing housing industry. Road-impact fees assessed for new single-family homes in the ...

Londonderry councilors adopt impact fee changes
Union Leader, NH - June 14, 2007
The town council last night adopted amendments to the town's zoning ordinance in the area of impact fees, which are one-time fees paid by developers who build in town.  The changes concern school and fire impact fees only, marking the first time school ...

Financing growth
The Independent Weekly, NC - June 13, 2007
Remember that "ticking time bomb of gridlock" that our Raleigh transportation planning guru Ed Johnson warned us about? Ed said it's due in 2030, but I was in it Sunday on I-40 going to Chapel Hill (three-car accident, nothing moving east or or west), which gave ...

Fee on new homes would pay for parks
Indianapolis Star, IN - June 13, 2007
The Plainfield Town Council has taken the first step toward imposing an $850 fee on each new home to help pay for the town's growing network of parks and trails. An eight-page ordinance to create a park impact fee was introduced Monday night, with further action and ...

When it rains ... Arlington
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - June 12, 2007
Few Arlington residents or business operators are aware that a modest fee for surface water runoff management is levied on every water bill. They also probably don't know that this fee doesn't raise nearly enough money to take care of some of the City's more ...

City to make impact-fee-expansion case
Arizona Daily Star, AZ - June 12, 2007
Tucson has long had a mantra of making growth pay for itself. The Tucson City Council will try to add police, fire and public facilities to the list of impact fees growth will pay for at a public hearing tonight. New housing and commercial construction construction already ...

Hampton appoints impact fee committee
Henry Herald, GA - June 12, 2007
Hampton city officials have formed a five-member impact fee advisory committee to help the mayor and council decide if they should charge additional impact fees for public safety, parks and recreation. Ross & Associates, an Atlanta firm tht creates impact fee proposals ...

Copperopolis Road Fee Debated
MyMotherLode.com, CA - June 12, 2007
A proposal to raise road fees paid by developers in Copperopolis was met with much opposition Tuesday in the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors chambers.  The increases are part of an update to the Copperopolis Roadway Impact Fee proam, The update says ...

$39291 new-home impact fee proposed
Appeal-Democrat, CA - June 12, 2007
A City Council ad-hoc committee from Yuba City will recommend that the city charge nearly $40,000 in impact fees for each new home built in the city. Yuba City City Council members Rory Ramirez and Leslie McBride, who comprise an ad-hocommittee that has ...

Cape leaders vote down impact fee hike
WBBH, FL - June 12, 2007
The state's special session on property taxes put Cape Coral leaders on edge. A fee used to pay for growth was voted down for the first time in five years. Cape leaders say it's all about timing. But Monday night, they said it's a bad time to increase road impact fees ...

Swap transit tax for roads tax? State pols scoff
Charlotte Observer, NC - June 9, 2007
I've heard people toss off the suggestion as if it's as easy as flipping the radio from FM to AM: Kill the sales tax that pays for light rail, they say. Then get a sales tax to build more roads. You'll probably hear that more and more in the next five months, since there ...

Fayetteville Officials Ponder Tough Fiscal Road
Springdale Morning News, AR - June 7, 2007
The dry-erase board quickly filled with hopes and dreams as the Fayetteville City Council listed its priorities on Thursday. But the workshop wasn't all good news. With an uncertain fiscal future, city staff and elected officials spent more than three hours ...

Councilman Pledges To Revive Road Impact Fee Issue
Springdale Morning News - June 7, 2007
Lioneld Jordan has been down this road before, but this time the Fayetteville City Council member hopes for new allies. "I'll be bringing the road impact fees back," Jordan said Thursday during a half-day planning session for the City Council. Proposed impact ...

Fees to fund OV water development
Explorer News, AZ - June 7, 2007
New building construction costs in Oro Valley are likely to spike dramatically in the near future. Increases stem from proposals to retool impact fees that town officials hope will cover costs for building new water infrastructure. Money ...

Pros, cons of impact fees heard
Montrose Daily Press, CO - June 7, 2007
A low level of service can negatively impact quality of life in Montrose County. While good services cost money, impact fees could be just the ticket for capital costs, Andrew Klotz of RPI Consulting told commissioners, county staff and the ...

Perry moves forward on impact fees
Houston Home Journal, GA - June 7, 2007
With each new subdivision that's built, there's an impact on Perry's public safety and recreational facilities. Should the developers who are building those subdivisions help with shouldering the cost? Nothing's engraved in stone yet, but the ...

Commentary: Impact fees may be right choice for Lafayette
The Daily Advertiser, LA - June 7, 2007
As one of five members of a steering committee for a grassroots organization named Lafayette Citizens for Common Sense Growth, I think it's time to present an alternative view to the idea of impact fees. As our name implies, we are not ...

Fairhope latest city to adopt impact fee
Mobile Register, AL - June 4, 2007
Officials here unanimously adopted impact fees Thursday, making the city the latest in Baldwin County to do so since April 2006. Officials in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have already approved the impact fees, and county officials, along ...

 
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