Latest News: June 2010

Appeals court rejects challenge to town's impact free process
Pierce County Herald, WA - June 30, 2010
In a decision released last week, Wisconsinís District III Court of Appeals upheld a judgment dismissing the St. Croix Home Builders Associationís challenge to a townís impact fees. The three-judge panel ruled the association should have used mechanisms in ...

Appeals court weighs Mesa's cultural impact fees
AZ Central.com, AZ - June 29, 2010
Three judges on the Arizona Court of Appeals are weighing whether Mesa has a right to impose impact fees on new development to pay for cultural facilities. The fees, which add $218 to the price of a new house, are under attack by the Home Builders Association ...

Mesa's cultural impact fees under fire
ABC15.com (KNXV-TV), AZ - June 23, 2010
A fee in Mesa is under fire as attorneys take the city to court. The Goldwater Institute is challenging Mesa's impact fee on new development. "We were challenging one of those fees, a fee for cultural facilities that all of the people of Mesa should be paying ...

County to continue impact fee hiatus
News-Sun, FL - June 23, 2010
Highlands County Commissioners voted 5-0 at their meeting Tuesday afternoon to continue the suspension of impact fees until June 30, 2011. Commissioners originally voted to suspend the fees in June of 2009, and had to vote to extend the suspension before July 1. ...

Impact fees suspended again
Tbo.com, FL - June 23, 2010
For those who detest impact fees, two items of good news came from the county commission on Tuesday: impact fees were suspended again, and if they do come back in a year, they'll be one-third smaller. In a two-hour discussion, the commission looked at ...

Nye won't defer impact fees
Pahrump Valley Times, NV - June 23, 2010
The suspension or elimination of impact fees was an issue in vogue as candidates sought to project the most pro-business stand during the 2010 Nye County District 4 county commission race. It's not all that simple. County commissioners took no action on a request ...

Atlantic Beach rejects Habitat For Humanity's request for break on impact fees
Florida Times-Union, FL - June 23, 2010
In a stark sign of the tough economic times, the City Commission denied Beaches Habitat for Humanity's request for reduced impact and utility fees for construction of low-income housing. The nonprofit housing organization that builds homes for needy families said ...

New Fees For New Home Buyers In New Castle
MyFox Philadelphia - June 23, 2010
New home builders in New Castle County will have to pay an extra fee on new home permits. Of course, this fee will trickle down to new home buyers. They will inevitably have to pay a percentage of the value of their new home, along with that $510 impact fee. ...

Bellingham council votes to end parks fee dispute
Bellingham Herald, WA - June 22, 2010
City leaders have voted to settle a three-year-old dispute over whether developers of a housing project should have to pay parks impact fees, and, if so, how much. The City Council on Monday, June 21, voted 6-0 to settle a lawsuit by Skeers Construction over the ...

Court protects right of towns to impose fees on developers
Isthmus Daily Page, WI - June 22, 2010
Here is an interesting display of conflict developer-municipality conflict. The town of Oak Grove won a case in appeals court today against the St. Croix Valley Valley Home Builders Association, who protested the fees the town levied on developers. Oak Grove, like ...

CARD wants to review fee implementation stints
Enterprise-Record, CA - June 22, 2010
Higher park impact fees are the goal, but how long it takes the Chico Area Recreation and Park District to raise the fees is under discussion. A Bay Area consultant came back to the CARD board Thursday with a new set of fees after board members observed ...

County commissioners address garbage, school impact fees
Polk County Democrat, FL - June 21, 2010
With a faltering economy on their minds, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday took measures to contain costs on several "hot button issues," chief among them an education impact fee. However, long before that issue was addressed in the ...

Impact-Fee Raise to Be Discussed
The Ledger, FL - June 21, 2010
City commissioners in Lakeland today are scheduled to hear the first reading of an ordinance that would raise impact fees that would pay for city parks. With the goal of having development pay for itself, impact fees are paid by the developers of new buildings, ...

Impact-Fee Moratorium Could Bring Down Housing Prices Further
The Ledger, FL - June 21, 2010
Before the County Commission leaps to lift impact fees, it may want to fully consider the negative impact that could have on our already-depressed housing prices. In addition to the reasons for hesitation wisely voiced by Commissioner Jean Reed, we should ...

Ocean City Impact Fees Reduced
The Dispatch, MD - June 18, 2010
When it came to impact fees, the Ocean City Council passed on an opportunity to cut them entirely, but chose to chop them in half for the foreseeable future. City Engineer Terry McGean was tasked to come before the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday at City Hall to ...

Reaping the Benefit
The Ledger, FL - June 18, 2010
When the County Commission voted April 21 to contribute $10 million to build a road at the new USF Polytechnic campus, Commission Chairman Bob English made a point of thanking his colleagues for voting in 2005 to increase property taxes to build roads. That tax ...

Commission Reduces School Impact Fees
The Ledger, FL - June 17, 2010
Polk County commissioners will decrease school impact fees slightly. Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to accept the latest consultant study but adopted 44 percent of the recommended rate. That will mean a fee of $4,160 for a new single-family home. ...

Kalispell studies system of business licenses
istockAnalyst.com, MT - June 16, 2010
Business licenses could be on the agenda for Kalispell business owners soon. That's the word from City Manager Jane Howington. "There's a lot of public safety reasons why you would" want business licenses, said Howington, who has been on the job for just over ...

Impact-Fee Proposal: Do Not Buy Into False Hope
The Ledger, FL - June 16, 2010
Polk County commissioners are scheduled to meet today with a consultant to discuss a possible doubling of school-impact fees for new residential and commercial construction. Meanwhile, some of them want to impose a yearlong moratorium on collecting impact ...

Higher impact fees on new homes coming Oct. 1 in Martin
TCPalm, FL - June 15, 2010
Despite calls from business leaders to keep the current low impact fees on new construction until the economy improves, Martin County commissioners decided to go forward with higher fees as of Oct. 1. Martin County commissioners voted 3-2 to affirm their March 16 ...

Developers to pay higher development fees to build in Buckeye
Arizona Republic, AZ - June 14, 2010
Developers who build in Buckeye will pay increased development fees that are used to pay for new roads, police and fire stations and other services.It's the town's first increase in five years for development-impact fees, Buckeye Finance Director Gail Reese said. The town ...

Court sides with Lemoore on impact fees
Fresno Business Journal, CA - June 14, 2010
South Valley builders are unhappy with a recent court opinion upholding a slew of development fees enacted in the City of Lemoore.Lemoore may continue charging new-home builders for impacts in such areas as park land acquisition and community/ ...

One-year moratorium on Polk impact fees looking possible
News Chief, FL - June 11, 2010
A one-year moratorium on almost all Polk County impact fees on new construction - as a means to kick-start the local economy - became a real possibility Thursday. The moratorium, which would exempt only the impact fee that goes to education, was adopted as an agenda...

County Considers Impact Fee Moratorium
The Ledger, FL - June 10, 2010
Polk County commissioners agreed Thursday to consider a one-year moratorium on impact fees next month. Commissioners are scheduled to consider the change July 7. It was unclear Thursday when the moratorium would take effect, but county officials said it should ...

Arlington panel wants impact fees unchanged as it studies incentives
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - June 9, 2010
After months of study, a City Council committee on Tuesday recommended that impact fees stay unchanged while it continues to explore possible incentives, such as rebates or fee reductions, aimed at making the city a more financially attractive place to build. ...

Mandatory fee may be in store for road maintenance
Ocala, FL - June 9, 2010
A top Marion County transportation official suggests it might be time for some homeowners to pay more for their road maintenance. County engineer Mounir Bouyounes recently told the County Commission he needs extra funding to keep pace with needed ...

School-impact-fee ruling put off
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - June 8, 2010
After nearly two years of swapping written arguments, lawyers for three parties to a lawsuit challenging the validity of the Volusia County school impact fee got their first chance Monday to plead their cases to a judge. But they'll have to wait a little longer to find ...

Anti-impact fee group organizes
The Ledger, FL - June 8, 2010
Just in time for Thursday's County Commission work session on impact fees, we have a relatively new Facebook group called Moratorium on Polk County Impact Fees. One of the prime movers is Lakeland lawyer Robert Stanz, who has been lobbying ...

City gives initial OK to nixing impact fees
The Coloradoan, CO - June 7, 2010
New housing in Fort Collins no longer will help pay for new libraries. The Fort Collins City Council last week gave initial approval to a pair of ordinances that would do away with impact fees charged on new residential development to support the expansion of the local ...

SANY getting impact fee cut
Fayette Daily News, GA - June 7, 2010
Without discussion, Peachtree City's city council voted unanimously Thursday to offer SANY America a 75-percent reduction in impact fees for phase one of the company's massive new job-creating project in the city's industrial park. The Development Authority of ...

Impact Fee On New Homes Proposed For Funding Street Improvements
KWTX, TX - June 3, 2010
Killeen officials say several roads in including Stagecoach and Cunningham Roads need upgrades as a result of growth in the and one option on the table to pay for the work is an impact fee on homebuilders for each newly developed lot in a subdivision. Killeen ...

Raising impact fees may be a deal-breaker, developers tell Arlington panel
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - June 3, 2010
Developers already consider Arlington an expensive place to do business and the city's many building, inspection and permit-related fees could be deal-breakers when the economy begins picking up, those in the industry warned Arlington City Council members ...

Fee Waiver Sought to Aid Growth
The Ledger, FL - June 2, 2010
The Town Council in Lake Hamilton unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday with Polk County aimed at attracting new business to the town. If also approved by the Polk County Commission, the agreement would create a "core improvement ...

Trustees waive a fee, set public hearings
Berthoud Recorder, CO - June 2, 2010
Mayor Patterson was absent this evening and Mayor Pro-tem Greg presided over the board meeting. The April Financial Statement was approved without comment and the attention turned to Associated Thermoforming (ATI), a long time business on Second Street. ...

Houston engineers seek to fix city's flooding problems
Houston Chronicle, TX - June 2, 2010
An influential group of engineers has begun to solicit voter approval for a 20-year, $8 billion campaign to shore up Houston's infrastructure and protect the city from the intense flooding problems it has experienced in recent years. Renew Houston, the non-profit ...

Bonita council, chamber hash out plans to draw new businesses
Naples Daily News, FL - June 2, 2010
Bring us your big-wigs, your techies and your tree-huggers. This will be the ultimate goal of today's Bonita Springs City Council and Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce workshop to draw targeted businesses, such as corporate headquarters, aviation, internet ...

PTC to decide on fee break for Sany plant
The Citizen.com, GA - June 1, 2010
Thursday night the Peachtree City Council will consider offering a 75 percent break on impact fees for a Chinese heavy equipment company that is preparing to build its first U.S. location here. Sany Corporation is asking for the maximum impact fee exemption of ...

 
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