Latest News: June 2011

Pasco commission closer to consensus on mobility fees
Tbo.com, FL - June 30, 2011
Pasco County commissioners this week inched closer to consensus on a new mobility fee ordinance that is set for a final vote July 12. But Commissioner Ted Schrader still isn't satisfied with the new fee schedule, which he said penalizes rural property owners. The mobility fees, which would replace transportation impact fees on new construction, would help pay for ...

BCC extends moratorium on impact fee collection
Clay Today, FL - June 30, 2011
County commissioners have extended a moratorium on transportation impact fees that essentially have never gone into effect since the fees first were imposed in 2008. After an hour-long discussion during a Board of County Commissioners meeting held on Tuesday, June 28, commissioners voted 5-0 to defer collection of the fees from developers for at least ...

Proposed Mobility Fees Drop For Rural Areas
Patch.com, FL - June 29, 2011
Residents and developers building in rural parts of Pasco County should pay more for roads than in other places of the county, but not as much as originally proposed. That's the rationale county commissioners used when they agreed Tuesday to modify proposed fees that would defray the cost of road construction brought on by new development. The new fees ...

North Port legal fees: taxpayers help with records tab
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - June 25, 2011
For years the City of North Port has allowed its legal counsel to charge taxpayers thousands of dollars to do work benefitting private businesses and individuals who sought copies of public records. City Attorney Rob Robinson and his firm would rack up dozens of billable hours copying and reviewing records, then offer the requestor a steep discount when the bills came ...

County's 'Mobility Fee' Stalls in New Port Richey
New Port Richey Patch, FL - June 23, 2011
Pasco County's proposed "mobility fee" program will get nowhere in New Port Richey. The city council on Tuesday unanimously rejected the county's proposal to adopt a regionalized mobility fee program to replace transportation impact fees ...

Cedar City Council approves budget
thespectrum.com, UT - June 23, 2011
The revised impact fee proposal showed reduced fees in parks and recreation because of decreased land values. This lowering of impact fees wasn't enough to satisfy many public members involved in construction and real estate who voiced strong opposition to impact fees during the public comment portion of the public hearing.

Transportation Impact Fee Discussed
Limerick-Royerford-Spring City Patch, PA - June 22, 2011
The Limerick Township Board of Supervisors heard two presentations on traffic/transportation ...The first presentation came in the form of a public hearing on Act 209, which concerns the Transportation Impact Fee Ordinance.

Pasco Commissioners disagree on mobility fees
NewPortRicheyPatch, FL - June 22, 2011
Pasco County’s road to reducing and drastically revamping its transportation impact fees hit a bump Tuesday when commissioners differed on higher levies for construction in rural areas.

City fee cuts could provide business boost
HanfordSentinel.com, CA - June 20, 2011
Hanford city leaders are expected to take action on Tuesday to adopt an economic stimulus option that would temporarily reduce impact fees for new construction. Impact fees help offset the infrastructure expansion costs that new development brings, such as police, fire and utilities. But officials worry that the fees - which cost nearly $11,500 per single family ...

Cape Coral to consider assessment on lots
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - June 20, 2011
But if council approves a a proposed "infill assessment" for unimproved lots where utilities are available, Myers could be faced with another $5,000 - $6,000 - plus against future services he says he will never use. Should council go down that road, Myers said the city can expect a host of legal challenges, one of which will be his own.

City in legal battle with SWMBIA over the remainder of $5 million impact fee ...
KBZK Bozeman News, MT - June 20, 2011
The City of Bozeman is heading back to court against a local construction conglomerate-- the newest step in an argument over impact fees that stretches back to 1999. The latest dispute centers around what should happen with $211,000. That's what's left over from a $5 million settlement the city agreed to pay back in 2005. But going back further, in 1999 the ...

Impact fee reduction seen as positive step
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - June 16, 2011
The Lee County Commission vote to lower road impact fees across the board Tuesday night during a public hearing in Fort Myers has been greeted as a positive step by officials and industry leaders alike.  The proposed ordinance reduced road impact fees from about 14 percent to about 46 percent depending on the category, consolidated medical office into the general office category and created a category for high-cube warehouse.

County sets meeting to discuss impact fee zone for Odenton
Odenton Patch, MD - June 16, 2011
Business and community leaders will meet with Anne Arundel County officials later this month to discuss the creation of a special impact fee district that would funnel money toward road and infrastructure improvements in Odenton. ... the goal is to see more money raised from fees on developers spent on upgrades right in town.

Town to reimburse $800,000 in road impact fees
coloradoan.com, CO - June 15, 2011
Four developers are getting a windfall in road impact fee reimbursements from the Town of Windsor.  In keeping with its desire to pay down debt quickly, the Windsor Town Board approved a resolution ...

Avon Park closer to waiving utility impact fee increases
Highlands Today, FL - June 15, 2011
The city hopes to spur the opening of new businesses in existing buildings by waiving increases in impact fees for developers, changing the use of existing water and sewer connections. By a unanimous vote, the city council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would waive any increase in water and sewer capacity impact fees charged when a new business moves into an existing structure.

Local customers get unwelcome surprise from new drainage fee
Your Houston News, TX - June 15, 2011
In a heated and close election last November, Houston voters narrowly approved a referendum calling for a new drainage impact fee as part of a two-decade, $8 billion “pay-as-you-go” infrastructure program. In April, City Council overwhelmingly approved an ordinance implementing the program, now called “Rebuild Houston.” During both the referendum election ...

Town's spotlight shines on impact-fee reductions
Belgrade News, MT - June 14, 2011
Impact fees are back in the spotlight of the Manhattan Town Council and local officials are considering reducing them as a way to spur growth.  As it stands, Manhattan has the second highest municipal impact fees in the Gallatin Valley, just behind Bozeman at $8,088 per lot, according to the council.

Arthrex scraps request for business incentives, opting for impact fee relief
naplesnews.com, FL - June 13, 2011
Arthrex Inc. doesn't want to get held up by politics for expansion projects in Ave Maria and North Naples.  That's why the medical device manufacturing company has decided to drop its request to take part in Collier County's property tax stimulus program and pursue approval for the impact fee assistance program.

Pasco schools seek developer impact fee
The News Tribune, WA - June 13, 2011
The district already has asked the city and county to adopt an impact fee of $6,012 per single-family home and $5,572 per apartment unit.  But Pasco City Council members and Franklin County commissioners haven't agreed yet.  Mitigation fees can be requested when projects go through the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and platting process. ...

Impact fee amendment called 'useless'
Access North Georgia, GA - June 10, 2011
Hall County Commissioners Thursday narrowly passed an amendment to the county's impact fee ordinance over objections from Commissioner Craig Lutz who said it was useless and wanted it voted down or at least tabled. Homebuilders wanted a moratorium on the fees; the amendment allows builders to pay the fees when they apply for a building permit or when it's time to get ...

Manatee County impact fees to change dramatically
Bradenton Times, FL - June 10, 2011
What's happened with Young's new methodology is nothing short of transformative, however. Computer databases have allowed planners to pinpoint with much greater accuracy the actual usage of police, EMS, park and road uses and provide pinpoint accuracy - even down to the number of ambulance, fire or patrol responses to a given address. Young assembled a large ...

Ohio Supreme Court listens to local impact fee case
Dayton Daily News, OH - June 8, 2011
Justices on the Ohio Supreme Court peppered attorneys Wednesday with questions about Hamilton Twp.’s impact fees. The state’s highest court will decide if the fees are legal or an improper tax. The fastest growing township in Warren County instituted impact fees in May 2007 to deal with the large growth it was receiving in new homes.

Meeting set on county impact fees
Visalia Times-Delta, CA - June 7, 2011
The Tulare County Resource Management Agency will put on a public workshop Friday to get input on a pair of studies on the need for the county to charge impact fees for new developments.  While the eight cities in the county already charge impact fees, it would be the first time that they are charged by the county if the Board of Supervisors approves them.

Frederick County moves forward on school mitigation fee
Frederick News Post, MD - June 4, 2011
The new ordinance would allow developers the opportunity to pay a fee if they want to build in areas with overcrowded schools. Under the current Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance, developers must either wait until schools are no longer overcrowded or build an addition or new school before building more houses.

Surprise OK of impact-fee collection faces challenge
The Arizona Republic, AZ - June 3, 2011
Surprise City Council members maneuvered their way through a new state law this week and declared their intent to continue collecting certain developer fees. The money will be used to pay off debts that city officials said Surprise incurred to meet the demands of the recent building boom. The Home Builders Association of Central Arizona sent an attorney to Tuesday's ...

 
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