Latest News: June 2012

Impact fees waived for pre-1976 mobile homes
Journal-News.net, WV - June 30, 2012
In the rare instance that a potential Jefferson County resident would like to move a mobile home constructed before 1976 into the county, they will not have to pay an impact fee after Sunday. The Jefferson County Commission voted on Thursday to waive impact fees for any mobile homes constructed ...

Board proposes suspending collection of schools impact fee
Carroll County Times, MD - June 27, 2012
County commissioners cited declining student enrollment as the reason they plan to temporarily stop charging developers a fee that helps pay for increased school capacity. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to draft a resolution that lowers the county's school capacity ...

Jackson approves traffic fee loan to finish Prospect Drive
TSPNTV.com, CA - June 27, 2012
Jackson City Council voted 5-0 Monday to approve a Regional Traffic Mitigation Fee Program oversight committee’s approval of a loan of $200,000 in fee program funds to Sutter Creek’s Prospect Drive realignment project. The Council also voted approval of impact fee changes in the program ...

Martin County committee takes hands-off stance on impact fees for auto dealer
TCPalm.com, FL - June 27, 2012
As a South Florida auto dealer attempts to establish a Stuart location and lobbies for a reduction in impact fees for the project, the Martin County Impact Review Committee on Wednesday said it would monitor the issue closely but let the process take its course. The committee is charged with ...

Panel recommends city holds line on housing fees
Napa Valley Register, CA - June 26, 2012
City fees to build a house in Napa had threatened to go up by thousands of dollars, but it appears they will remain unchanged for now because of protests from developers, Realtors and other stakeholders. The city completed a study late last year assessing the impact new development ...

Apartments Near Disney Emerge With Help From Impact-Fee
Orlando Sentinel, FL - June 25, 2012
The developer that won one of Orange County‘s first impact-fee deferrals in 2009 expects to break ground next month on the initial phase of what is planned as a 480-unit workforce-housing apartment complex near Walt Disney World. Timberlock Partners LLC purchased about 40 acres off ...

County can't stop impact fees
Culpeper Star Exponent, VA - June 24, 2012
Despite a recent call from the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce for the county not to implement traffic impact fees on new or expanding developments next month, county officials say it is too late for the locality to stop or delay the ordinance’s July 1, 2012 implementation date. No public hearings ...

Council wants audit of $870K shortfall
The Gridley Herald, CA - June 22, 2012
The cash deficit of $869,935 discussed at Monday night's Gridley Council meeting is in large part due to the City's Planning Fund (Fund 500), cumulative expenses incurred for the City's General Plan Update according to City Administrator Rob Hickey. In order to approve the 2011-2012 budget ...

Kane County renews impact fee debate with push
Daily Herald, IL - June 19, 2012
Kane County officials restarted the debate on what fees to charge new development in the county Tuesday with a renewed push for a major reduction. The charges, known as impact fees, are imposed to hold new development accountable for the increased burden placed on roads ...

Cary mints fee for apartments
newsobserver.com, NC - June 18, 2012
Developers of apartment complexes here will pay thousands of dollars more in fees under a policy, approved Thursday by the Cary Town Council, that’s meant to fund new park space. Apartment industry representatives warn the new cost will make Cary the least hospitable Triangle ...

Elephant roaming Norman
Norman Transcript, OK - June 17, 2012
The recent debates at city hall (NTIFA, NEDA, the north water treatment plant and high-density housing) are examples where various agents are looking at different sides of the same elephant: "Who pays for growth?" If cost of growth was properly accounted for, then citizens would have no ...

What happened to the fiscal conservatives we elected?
Star Banner, FL - June 17, 2012
All of our Republican county commissioners ran as fiscal conservatives, which to me means they want balanced budgets. So how, in the same meeting, do they pass a balanced Transportation Improvement Plan budget for fiscal year 2012-13 and then less than an hour later cut $783,000 in revenue ...

Park Impact Fee Requests
Naples Daily News, FL - June 16, 2012
There has been alot of crazy stuff going on lately in the Estates and I can no longer sit here at my desk without expressing how I feel about some of the issues. As much as I would rather sit and write a family story, I am compelled to do the opposite. I will begin with the latest venture I have ...

Impact fees for new homes do more harm than good
The Olympian, WA - June 15, 2012
On Wednesday at 6 p.m., the Thurston County commissioners will be holding a public hearing on imposing impact fees on potential homebuyers in Thurston County. Since the recession and housing crisis began, our local jurisdictions have seen drastically reduced revenues. The most dramatic ...

Tavares poised to continue impact-fee waiver
Orlando Sentinel, FL - June 13, 2012
City Council members are prepared to continue giving developers a break on impact fees until the end of the year. Public hearings on the proposal will be held June 20 and July 18, and if approved the fee-waiver period could be extended through Dec. 31. The period is currently due to expire ...

Mayor to defend 'environmental fee' dinosaur park charge at freeholders meeting
Hudson Reporter.com, NJ - June 12, 2012
Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli, along with Town Council members and administrators, were planning to attend the Hudson County Freeholders meeting Tuesday at 4 p.m. to defend the environmental impact monies that the town collects from visitors who park at Field Station: Dinosaurs ...

Council to hold first reading on bid to eliminate parking fee
SeacoastOnline.com, NH - June 11, 2012
The City Council at tonight's meeting will consider first reading of an effort to eliminate downtown parking requirements for nonresidential uses and to repeal a controversial parking impact fee. Elimination of the requirements and impact fee is being proposed through an amendment ...

Secaucus charging 'environmental impact fee' despite parking fee ban at Field Station
The Jersey Journal, NJ - June 11, 2012
Question: When is a parking fee not a parking fee? Answer: When it's an "environmental impact fee." At least that's what town officials in Secaucus and officials of the recently-opened Field Station: Dinosaurs attraction at Laurel Hill Park are saying about a $10 fee visitors have to pay to park at ...

Impact fees collection to start for North Davis Fire District
Davis Standard-Examiner, CA - June 10, 2012
A new agreement will start July 1 regulating the collection of impact fees for North Davis Fire District. The city, West Point and the North Davis Fire District entered into an original interlocal agreement July 1, 2005. This agreement was meant to memorialize what the parties intended regarding ...

County expands time frame for lowering impact fees
Newnan Times Herald, GA - June 7, 2012
Coweta County is slightly expanding the time frame for retroactively applying the county’s newly lowered impact fees. The Coweta County Commissioners voted May 15 to reduce the impact fees. At the time, they voted to make that retroactive to Jan. 1, and to give refunds for any project that ...

Boulder County to study impact of oil and gas vehicles on roads
Boulder Daily Camera, CO - June 7, 2012
The Boulder County commissioners Thursday approved funding for a study of how heavy oil and gas vehicles may impact rural county roads in the future and whether a fee should be charged on those trips to cover increased road maintenance costs. The commissioners gave the OK for the ...

F’ville eyes lowering sewer impact fee
TheCitizen.com, GA - June 6, 2012
The Fayetteville City Council on Thursday will hear the first reading of ordinances that would amend the sewer impact fee and the city’s early retirement program. The council will also consider a resolution opposing the federal government’s “unconstitutional encroachment on the free ...

Portland tries to make buildings more age friendly
Journal of Commerce, OR - June 5, 2012
With the recent release of the expansive Portland Plan, the city established a daunting goal: creating equity for all groups. One of the groups mentioned was the elderly population, which is expected to more than double in the Portland-metro area in the next 25 years, according to a 2006 ...

County suspends transportation impact fees another year
Ocala.com, FL - June 5, 2012
Marion County Commissioner Stan McClain received quick and total support from his colleagues after calling for suspending transportation impact fees for another year. Impact fees are paid by developers to cover the cost of new infrastructure needs created by their projects. The issue came ...

Construction in St. Johns County: Getting the message on impact fees
Florida Times Union, FL - June 4, 2012
I found the Times-Union article on the upward surge in increased building and home sales in St. Johns County disingenuous. It was unfair in its comparison to Duval County in that this "surge" took place when St. Johns County has only recently turned around an almost complete lockdown of ...

City council votes to temporarily cut impact fee in half
Herald-Banner, TX - June 3, 2012
The city council has voted to temporarily cut in half the impact fee for new, single-family 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 ...

Martin County commissioners, candidates debate impact fees for new auto dealerships
TCPalm.com, FL - June 2, 2012
The controversy over as much as $1 million in impact fees on three luxury auto dealerships planned on U.S. 1 escalated Tuesday during a Martin County Commission meeting. Several county commissioners, commission candidates and civic activists took sides on the efforts by Brickell ...

 
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