Latest News: July 2011

Has the lack of impact fees spurred growth in the county?
Ocala, FL - July 31, 2011
In the coming months, residents of southeast Ocala will be able to cruise the aisles of a new Publix along Southeast Maricamp Road.  For generating all the traffic outside the store, the grocer would have paid $126,722 in transportation impact fees ó if Marion County still collected such fees.  A company spokesman said in a n e-mail that since Publix ...

Chamber, developers say impact fees driving businesses away from Bozeman
Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - July 31, 2011
Faced with rigorous and expensive city development standards, Kohl's department store executives were getting ready to hop a plane last year and abandon plans to open a store here. The city wanted hundreds of thousands of dollars in impact fees, reconstruction of a nearby intersection and changes to the look of the store being proposed. Executives ...

NHC commissioners hope to keep local gov't out of the court room
WECT-TV6 - July 29, 2011
Commissioners in New Hanover County will consider an amendment that could keep local government out of the court room.  The amendment would only affect Planned Development (PD) zoning districts in the county. Even more specific, only developers planning to increase the density of their construction location would notice the difference ...

New retail stores planned in Madras
Newnan Times-Herald, GA - July 26, 2011
Grading work is in full swing for a new gas station and convenience store in Madras. The approved plans for the site, at the corner of U.S. 29 and Edgeworth Road, show a 5,400-square-foot convenience store with an attached 1,500-foot Subway restaurant. Plans also show four gas islands, with two gas pumps each, plus an off-road diesel pump. ...

Moratorium on Volusia County school impact fee unlikely
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - July 26, 2011
With a County Council agreement for a two-year moratorium on some impact fees freshly in hand, the leader of the Volusia Building Industry Association set his sights on similar deals with the School Board and local cities. But a lawsuit the association filed in 2008 challenging the legality of the school impact fee makes it unlikely Mark  ...

Hiller questions if Collier staff properly accounting for impact fee payments
Naples Daily News, FL - July 25, 2011
Collier Commissioner Georgia Hiller contends county government has some unpaid bills to the impact fee fund and she wants it resolved. The tab could be as much as $2.3 million for impact fee waivers over two years already awarded to 60 companies for commercial redevelopment. The figure could reach $3 million if a $500,0000 waiver goes through for ...

New impact-fee law takes effect
Arizona Republic, AZ - July 25, 2011
A new law limiting how cities collect development-impact fees took effect this week, but it's so complex that Chandler will have to hire a consultant to help with the reporting requirements, said city engineer Sheina Hughes. "We know it's going to affect us. We just don't know how yet," she said of the law that took effect Wednesday. It's one of the 357 measures passed ...

Volusia council votes to draft impact-fee moratorium on some new homes
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - July 22, 2011
The Volusia County Council took its first step today toward placing a two-year moratorium on certain impact fees on new home construction -- and builders who showed up to support the measure promised they would pass the savings on to buyers.  "Seeing both sides of the road full of vans and pickup trucks and hearing hammers, it's a good feeling, and ...

Hearing set for impact fee refunds
St. George Daily Spectrum, UT - July 21, 2011
The Enoch City Council discussed refunding a secondary water impact fee paid by some residents between 2009 and 2010, before the council voted to repeal the fee in July 2010. Councilwoman Celesta Lyman said after the council approved the repeal of the secondary water impact fees last year, the council tabled further discussion ...

Local Governments Suspend Impact Fees
WFTV Orlando - July 19, 2011
Local governments are giving up millions of dollars they used to collect from developers and they suspended impact fees to encourage new construction. But WFTV learned on Tuesday why critics call it "builder welfare." John Drury's City Hall office is a room with a view. "I see eight new restaurants," said Drury. It's part of the business boom in Tavares. In 2009, ...

Ocala may turn up heat on School Board over $500K-plus in fire fees
Ocala, FL - July 18, 2011
The Ocala City Council will decide Tuesday whether to put the Marion County School Board on notice that the city intends to begin conflict resolution procedures to collect the more than $500,000 it believes it is owed for fire protection. School officials say they are not obligated to pay such fees because there is no contract. The City Council on March 15 directed ...

Supervisors adopt legislative authority to collect impact fees
Porterville Record, CA - July 15, 2011
To compensate for an increasing demand for new county public and traffic facilities, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to adopt the legislative power to collect development impact fees within the unincorporated areas of the county and also within cities. According to the two ordinances adopted, each of the eight incorporated cities in the ...

Are impact fees the real villain?
News Sun, FL - July 15, 2011
The impact fee issue has been discussed and thrashed out for years now. The most recent public hearing on it drew this conclusion: Impact fees have successfully been made the scapegoat of the housing industry. Somehow, the housing industry - that is, developers, contractors, realtors, banking and insurance industries (a.k.a. Corporate America) ...

Impact fees approved in 3-2 vote
St. George Daily Spectrum, UT - July 13, 2011
In a 3-2 vote the Cedar City Council approved the adoption of the impact fee facility plan, which will result in an approximately 18 percent decrease in total impact fees collected by the city. The split vote saw councilmen Ron Adams and Steve Wood voting against the proposal in favor of greater discounts. At its last meeting, the City Council asked for information on the ...

Council lifts hold on Town impact fees; needs income
Chino Valley Review, CA - July 13, 2011
New homes being built in Chino Valley will once again include a Town impact fee. The temporary moratorium on the fees expired June 30, which a prior Chino Valley Town Council voted in place to give new homeowners a break. Now council members say the Town could use the money, desperately. With a dwindling budget, the council took "no action" at the June 28 meeting on ...

Tea party activists don't keep Pasco commissioners from approving mobility fee
St. Petersburg Times, FL - July 13, 2011
Pasco commissioners were all set to approve a major shift in transportation and growth planning. They had hashed out the details in several public meetings since February. The vote Tuesday was to be somewhat of a formality. But they still had to face a packed crowd of angry tea party members. Clad in matching dark blue and red shirts, the activists worried the ...

Commission Approves New Mobility Fees for Transportation
Patch.com, FL - July 13, 2011
Pasco County commissioners on Tuesday lowered the price developers will pay for new roads as a way to encourage growth that may eventually bring new jobs. The unanimous vote put in place a new set of levies called mobility fees to replace transportation impact fees that have been in effect for decades. The impact fees were charged to new construction as a way ...

Tulare County supervisors establish authorities to set impact fees
Visalia Times-Delta, CA - July 12, 2011
Tulare County supervisors have approved a pair of ordinances that will allow them to charge impact fees for new home and business construction in unincorporated parts of the county as well as cities. But Supervisor Allen Ishida told people attending todayís meeting that the county isnít imposing those fees right now and may not do so for four or five years.

Revamped Road Fees Set For Final Commission Vote
Patch.com, FL - July 12, 2011
Pasco County commissioners could lop thousands of dollars from the cost of building a new home in hopes that someday the move will help spur development. Commissioners are scheduled to take the last of two votes today to enact a new set of road fees that would replace transportation impact fees. The measure comes up at 1:30 p.m. on the ...

Surprise, other cities discuss new impact-fee limits
Arizona Republic, AZ - July 8, 2011
Surprise is not alone in its frustration and confusion about a new state law limiting what fees cities can assess builders. Representatives from cities across metropolitan Phoenix met last month at a workshop to discuss the law's impact. Many said they were unsure about how pieces would be interpreted, but all agreed the law is an albatross for cities. ...

Wrong facts, wrong law equal bad decision
Naples Daily News, FL - July 7, 2011
On Tuesday, June 30, 2011, Commissioner Georgia Hiller irresponsibly tried to hurt Collier County when she inexplicably confused facts, drew incorrect legal conclusions and assigned motives in her vote against Arthrex's application for economic incentives from the county. In the debate on Tuesday, Commissioner Hiller pointed to several "facts." Upon further review by the EDC ...

Remaining settlement money belongs to the builders
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - July 5, 2011
We would like to clarify some misconceptions and misunderstandings about the impact fee lawsuit and the remaining funds that were not distributed to members of the class. The recent media attention given to this situation has failed to mention the most important fact that comes from the lawsuit and SWMBIA's reasoning for not returning the money to the city. First, a ...

Impact-fee moratorium continues
Tbo.com, FL - July 1, 2011
An 11-member citizen's review committee recommended the reinstatement of impact fees, but Highlands County commissioners voted 4-0 against the idea on Tuesday evening. Only two people spoke in favor of the fees, which were adopted in 2006 and instituted in 2007. However, when the economy soured, commissioners suspended collections in June 2009, and again ...

Snoqualmie impact fee wrangle continues as school board approves 2012 charge
PNW Local News, WA - July 1, 2011
Snoqualmie Valley School District's latest construction proposal says a freshman campus is coming in 2013, and calls for the impact fees to pay for it. But the district's Board of Directors appears willing to delay opening of a Mount Si High School annex, even as it renews efforts to push the city of Snoqualmie to collect the full charge. The board unanimously adopted ...

 
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