Latest News: July 2010

Shrinking Indiana gas tax revenue forces communities to scale back road projects
The Republic, IN - July 31, 2010
Cash-conscious Indiana motorists are driving less and buying more fuel-efficient vehicles, cutting gas tax revenue to the state and forcing many Indiana communities that rely on a portion of the money to defer road repairs. Indiana gas tax and vehicle fee revenue ...

Impact fees are a fairer way to pay for the cost of new growth
NMPolitics.net, NM - July 30, 2010
I believe that most of us want to live in vibrant communities with safe, well-maintained neighborhoods. This costs money. When new developments are being built they often require new money to pay for the new infrastructure they require. Too often this new ...

Do school-impact fees on West Hawaii property owners make sense?
Hawaii Business Magazine, HI - July 30, 2010
YES!  For several decades, public policy has been that taxpayers shouldn’t bear the entire brunt of building new schools in growth areas, but this policy was implemented project-by-project because there was no state law obligating developers to pay. A group of ...

Auto Trips Generated: The Standard that Ate the Bicycle Network
Fog City Journal, CA - July 29, 2010
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has bedeviled efforts to alter the streetscape of San Francisco to implement voter approved Transit First policies for the past decade.  But it appears now that efforts to change the way that CEQA works have ...

New construction fees to go toward city emergency services facility
Sauk Prairie Eagle, WI - July 29, 2010
With no debate, the Baraboo City Council gave its first approval to a $2,630 emergency services impact fee Tuesday to support construction of a future police, fire and ambulance services building. At their first meeting in July, council members delayed action ...

Heritage Harbor Appeals Impact Fees --Asks County Commision for Special Rate
The Bradenton Times, FL - July 28, 2010
Just when you think local developers couldn’t have any more audacity -- they try to pull something like this. Luckily, it didn’t pass – the board voted in favor of denying the applicant 6-1, with only Commissioner Whitmore opposing. “This practice has been met by ...

Request for impact fee relief denied
Bradenton Herald, FL - July 28, 2010
After hearing a developer’s case for a reduction in impact fees, the Manatee County Commission voted 6-1 on Tuesday to deny the request. Local attorney Kevin Hennessy argued that his client, Kimberly-Horn Associates, developers of The Landings at Heritage ...

Hamilton Twp. impact fees OK, court rules
Cincinnati.com, OH - July 27, 2010
Impact fees the township charges for new construction are legal, the 12th District Court of Appeals has ruled. Township officials have battled the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati over the legality of the fees for three years. In a decision released this ...

School funding essential for healthy community
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - July 26, 2010
Tuesday offered a small victory for the children of Volusia County. A motion for a summary judgment in a 2-year-old lawsuit challenging Volusia County's school-impact fee was denied by Circuit Judge Terence Perkins. This lawsuit stemmed from a Florida Supreme ...

Syracuse tackles $900000 deficit in the park impact fee fund
StandardNet, UT - July 24, 2010
Budget troubles have surfaced in Syracuse as the city is trying to address a $900,000 deficit in the park impact fee fund. Development fees provide money for the fund, to pay for new parks and improvements to existing parks. City leaders believe the first ...

Impact-Fee Moratorium: Just Half a Dose of Hemlock
The Ledger, FL - July 23, 2010
The way Polk County Commission Chairman Bob English sees it, forcing taxpayers to take a half dose of hemlock is better than giving them a full dose. At Wednesday's meeting, English - the swing vote on approving a yearlong moratorium on impact fees for new ...

Road-impact fee refunds coming to some in Atherton
The Almanac Online, CA - July 23, 2010
Residents of Atherton have little to cheer about in considering the town government's straitened financial condition, but for residents who engaged in major home construction projects during the two years when the town had an elevated road-impact fee, ...

Dorchester County To Vote on New Impact Fee
WCIV, SC - July 21, 2010
Dorchester County may be hitting the brakes on bumper to bumper traffic, but it could actually end up costing you. Monday night, Dorchester County Council is considering creating a fee that builders would have to cough up. It would pay for new roads to help ...

Impact-Fee Moratorium: Don't Lose More Jobs in Polk
The Ledger, FL - July 21, 2010
Let us review, shall we?  If not for the benefit of us all, then for the benefit of the Polk County commissioners are scheduled to consider removing impact fees on new construction for the next 12 months during today's County Commission meeting in an effort to ...

Impact fee refunds could be as high as $1600
Georgetown Times, SC - July 21, 2010
Last week, Georgetown County leaders decided to lower the impact fees it has been charging for new construction. Soon, the owner of a residence who has paid the fees should receive a reimbursement check from the county for an average amount of $1,600. Boyd ...

Impact fees gain county approval
Modesto Bee, CA - July 21, 2010
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved new development fees for roads Tuesday night. The regional transportation impact fee is the last piece in a comprehensive overhaul of the county's public facilities impact fee, which developers

School impact fee OK, for now
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - July 21, 2010
A two-year-old lawsuit challenging Volusia County's school impact fee will live on to be decided another day while another challenge to the fee from a DeLand adults-only community is argued Thursday before the County Council. Circuit Judge Terence R. Perkins Tuesday ...

Payson gives builders time to pay hefty impact fees
Payson Roundup, AZ - July 20, 2010
In a bid to lure new development, the Payson Council has approved a new system that will allow developers to pay hefty impact fees over an extended period. The council unanimously approved a plan to let developers put up a bond but not make any payment on impact ...

Pleasant View adopts impact fees
StandardNet, UT - July 20, 2010
Impact fees for new construction will be higher beginning in October. City council members voted unanimously to increase the impact fee for a one-inch service hookup from $550 to $650. This will mean large construction, such as apartment buildings, could pay a hefty ...

Village I hit with big fees for schools despite pact
Sacramento Bee, CA - July 19, 2010
Modesto's Village I homeowners may have been wrongly charged millions of dollars in extra property taxes, and they may be on the hook for millions more because of how school construction funds were spent. A 1994 deal with the Modesto and Sylvan school districts ...

County board to vote on impact fee moratorium
News Chief, FL - July 19, 2010
A one-year moratorium on impact fees, which will affect bringing in new businesses or expansion of current businesses, will be voted on by County Commissioners during Wednesday's meeting. The moratorium would affect almost all Polk County impact fees on ...

What candidates say about impact fees
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - July 19, 2010
When Georgia counties were growing like gangbusters, and traffic from newcomers choked country roads, impact fees were seen as a Godsend. But in leaner economic times, the extra fees charged to new development aren't nearly as attractive. When Coweta added ...

Impact fee moratorium in trouble?
The Ledger, FL - July 19, 2010
Until last week, it looked as though the County Commission's approval of an impact fee moratorium was a sure thing. Now it's unclear. On Friday, Commissioner Randy Wilkinson said he was having second thoughts about the moratorium. Commissioner Jean Reed has ...

Polk County Would Bring Problems With Impact-Fee Moratorium
The Ledger, FL - July 18, 2010
Top ten reasons against impact-fee reductions: A moratorium on impact fees would result in the loss of an estimated $6.5 million. Nassau County and Highlands County didn't see any evidence that impact-fee reductions boosted construction, and the 50 percent ...

How long will impact fee moratorium last?
The Ledger (blog), FL - July 16, 2010
This details of the pending impact fee moratorium the County Commission is poised to consider on Wednesday are getting interesting. Commission Chairman Bob English suggested a nine-month moratorium instead of a one-year moratorium because of the ...

Parkland to introduce fire, police impact fees
Sun-Sentinel, FL - July 16, 2010
With significant new developments expected in the 1,900-acre "wedge" piece that is now part of the city and unincorporated Broward County, Parkland city officials have started taking steps to ensure that developers in the city pay their share of the costs the ...

Impact Fee for New Businesses and Homes
WCIV, SC - July 16, 2010
How much is less traffic really worth to drivers in Dorchester County? Monday County Council may decide that when they vote on an impact fee for new businesses and homes to help pay for new roads. A transportation impact fee buys new roads. If the county ...

Impact fee moratorium pushback begins
The Ledger (blog), FL - July 14, 2010
The politics is becoming a little more interesting as the County Commission heads for next Wednesday's vote on a one-year impact fee moratorium for everything but school impact fees. Earlier this year, the only voices in the debate appeared to be the Polk ...

Palm Desert's $1.7M child care fund is largely unused
The Desert Sun, CA - July 14, 2010
In the past five years, Palm Desert has raised more than $1.7 million from commercial developers in the city, ostensibly to improve and expand affordable child care. But to date, city officials have spent only about $207,000, which hasn't increased Palm Desert's stock ...

Traffic impact fees stretch resources
TheNewsTribune.com, WA - July 14, 2010
Shaun Brobak is not about to give up on his new business plan in downtown Puyallup, despite spending two years and about $100,000 on the project, he says. “I’m fully committed,” said Brobak, who plans to open Crockett’s Public House along East Stewart Avenue ...

OUR VIEW: Impact fees make sense for managing development
Culpeper Star Exponent, VA - July 13, 2010
Transportation impact fees could aid localities, as long as they don’t hurt citizens/small business owners. As the Town-County Interaction Committee unofficially put its support behind transportation impact fees a few months ago, it got us thinking whether the move ...

Summerville puts off new impact fee
Charleston Post Courier, SC - July 13, 2010
Dodging for the moment one of those political fireballs in the Lowcountry, the town doesn't plan to add a transportation impact fee when it reapproves fees this year. That's despite some road problems that one Town Council member described as infrastructure..

Atherton will revisit road-impact fee refund
The Almanac Online, CA - July 13, 2010
The refund of about $1.65 million worth of fees paid by builders to the town of Atherton to repair roads torn up by heavy construction vehicles was approved by a divided City Council in February, stirring up a chorus of criticism among some residents. Now with the ...

City fears new county fees will discourage development
The Turlock Journal, CA - July 13, 2010
The Turlock City Council took issue with a proposed revision to County Public Facility Impact Fees Tuesday night, voicing a laundry list of complaints with higher fees that could discourage new businesses while providing limited utility to Turlock. But optimism ...

City delays action on emergency fee
Baraboo News Republic, WI - July 13, 2010
The Baraboo City Council delayed action Tuesday on a $2,630 emergency services impact fee to allow two weeks for written public comment on the proposal. During the regular council meeting City Administrator Edward Geick reminded the alderpersons the city ...

Newton County misses state planning deadline
Covington News, GA - July 11, 2010
For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August. Newton County was late turning in its Capital Improvement..

Voters may decide on Houston drainage
Houston Chronicle, TX - July 9, 2010
Voters in November likely will be asked to tax themselves for better drainage and infrastructure and to possibly ban red-light cameras and alter term limits. Renew Houston, a group of influential local engineers, has collected more than 30,000 signatures in a push ...

If one impact fee cut does no good…
The Ledger (blog), FL - July 9, 2010
The County Commission will be considering a one-year moratorium on most impact fees at its July 21 meeting.  The ordinance’s preamble makes the following points.  The County Commission cut its impact fees in half last year. The previous cut didn’t stimulate the ...

Cape Coral impact fee adjustment contemplated
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - July 7, 2010
Bonita Springs City Council is considering an ordinance that would provide changes to requirements for assessment of impact fees on commercial development, an idea Councilmember Marty McClain thinks would work well in Cape Coral. McClain said he's not looking ...

Palm Desert council to hold child care study session
The Desert Sun, CA - July 7, 2010
The Palm Desert City Council will hold a special study session at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Administrative Conference Room at City Hall, 73-510 Fred Waring Drive. The council will hear a proposal from the College of the Desert Child Development Center for funding ...

Lakeland Keeps Impact Fees Unchanged
The Ledger, FL - July 6, 2010
City commissioners voted unanimously today to keep police, fire and parks impact fees assessed on new housing at current levels. With the goal of having development pay for itself, impact fees are paid by the developers of new buildings, who in turn pass the cost ...

City of Lakeland Not Likely To Raise Parks Impact Fees
The Ledger - July 3, 2010
City officials in Lakeland are backing away from a proposed impact fee hike to pay for city parks, saying it would send the wrong message in a bad economy. Commissioners were expected to hear the final reading of an ordinance Tuesday that would have raised ...

Albuquerque impact fee extension proposed by Jones
New Mexico Weekly, NM - July 3, 2010
City Councilor Trudy Jones plans to introduce legislation at the council's August 2 meeting to extend the one-year impact fee moratorium when it expires in September. Jones' bill will not alter the moratorium's 100 percent fee waiver on green projects and 50 ...

Dr. Joe Harrop: Who should pay for lunch?
Red Bluff Daily News, CA - July 3, 2010
Locally there have been protests against the recommendations for developer fees presented in the 74 page report by PMC of Chico, the Developer Fee Impact Program Nexus Study. Builders, developers, and pro-growth individuals have gathered together to argue ...

Fishers increases 1 impact fee, creates another
Indianapolis Star, IN - July 1, 2010
Development in Fishers is about to get more expensive. The town recently decided to increase the road impact fee it charges on new development and likely became the first community in the state to adopt a bridge impact fee. Its road impact fee will be the highest ...

School impact fees for West Hawaii postponed
Hawaii 24/7, HI - July 1, 2010
The collection of school impact fees in West Hawaii is postponed until further notice. The state Board of Education approved the department's recommendation to create the state's first "School Impact District" in West Hawaii at its April 15, 2010 meeting. ...

 
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