Latest News: July 2012

Rio Rancho officials ponder reductions in impact fees
Albuquerque Journal, NM - July 31, 2012
Rio Rancho is considering cutting its impact fees, hoping it will spur job growth, tax revenue and spending. According to a report in the Albuquerque Journal, the Rio Rancho city council has voted to revise the city’s impact fee ordinance. The change would reduce the fee for residential development ...

Impact fee moratorium tied to new sewer system
Davenport News Chief, IA - July 29, 2012
City commissioners told City Manager Amy Arrington last week to prepare for a moratorium so the city won't have to pay $1.4 million in impact fees if commissioners keep their promise to pay hookup costs for residents who may get a new city sewer system on the city's east side. "Growth here ...

Commissioners Seek Citizen Input on Resolution to Reduce Education Impact Fees
Eldersburg Patch, MD - July 27, 2012
The (Carroll) Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing to get feedback on a resolution to reduce the education portion of county impact fees. Builders of new homes pay impact fees with the goal of having new development pay for itself. The impact fees allow the county ...

City's insurer won't pay for impact fee lawsuit
Fernandina Beach News-Leader, FL - July 26, 2012
The city's insurer, Preferred Government Insurance Trust, has denied coverage so the city may have to pay legal fees and possibly more than $1.6 million for so-called illegal impact fees if it loses a class-action lawsuit filed last year. According to a city document, its insurer has denied coverage ...

Council to discuss rise in park impact fees
The News Tribune, WA - July 24, 2012
The fee added to new housing units downtown to fund parks would rise 23 percent to $2,126 per unit, a city-funded draft study recommends. The parks fee for building multifamily units elsewhere would rise 10 percent to $3,368, and the fee for single family homes would rise 4 percent ...

City Council: Hendrix Village may get impact fee credit for Watershed
Log Cabin Democrat, AR - July 24, 2012
The fee added to new housing units downtown to fund parks would rise 23 percent to $2,126 per unit, a city-funded draft study recommends. The parks fee for building multifamily units elsewhere would rise 10 percent to $3,368, and the fee for single family homes would rise 4 percent ...

Planning Commission spares small business from transit fee
San Francisco Examiner, CA - July 19, 2012
New and expanding businesses would have to pay more for the transit impacts they have on The City under new legislation proposed by Mayor Ed Lee’s administration, but the Planning Commission agreed Thursday to spare some small businesses from the brunt of the charges. Business ...

Rotelli gets partial refund of parking impact fees in Lake Worth
Palm Beach Post, FL - July 19, 2012
The downtown restaurant Rotelli will receive an $82,500 refund from the city for a portion of the parking impact fees the company paid in 2006. City commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to give the restaurant company a partial refund of the $105,000 it paid in parking impact fees. The refund ...

Kane County Board Transportation Committee rejects road impact fee reduction
Kane County Chronicle, IL - July 18, 2012
Tuesday, the Kane County Board Transportation Committee rejected a proposal that would have reduced the county’s road impact fees by about 80 percent. For months, County Board members have debated the level of the fees it charges to anyone building commercial structures and houses ...

Blaine planning commission supports park impact fees
The Northern Light.com - July 18, 2012
Blaine planning commissioners want park impact fees reinstituted citywide and have recommended city council set the fees higher than they were in 2009, before being dropped.The move is the second effort on the city’s part to raise more revenue by reinstating dormant fees. In April, Blaine ...

Orange Cove offers impact-fee reduction
Fresno Business Journal, CA - July 17, 2012
In an attempt to bring more businesses to Orange Cove, the city announced a 50 percent discount for the final six months of 2013 on impact fees for commercial and industrial developers. The discount went into effect as of July 1. The city also wanted to point out the HUB Zone and ...

Court rules in favor of Bellingham in parks fee dispute
News Tribune, WA - July 17, 2012
The city won its legal battle with a developer over how much dedicated land should be credited to the developer's parks impact fees. The city was also awarded all its attorneys' fees and costs. The state Court of Appeals, Division I on July 9 ruled in the case of Belleau Woods II, LLC v. City of ...

New impact fee analysis could cost city $100,000
Royse City Herald-Banner, TX - July 17, 2012
City council members learned last week that the city will have to spend $100,000 this year for the development of a new impact fee analysis — a requirement one city official termed "a serious issue." Joint Acting City Manager Larry Lott twice referred to the impact fee analysis as "a serious ...

Maple Valley may change fire impact fees process
Covington Reporter, WA - July 12, 2012
Maple Valley City Council is considering a fire impact fee on new developments to replace the current process, which city and fire district officials consider to be inefficient. The ordinance would also create an interlocal agreement between the city and Maple Valley Fire and Life ...

Hailey adjusts development fees
Idaho Mountain Express, ID - July 11, 2012
The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to make changes to the city's development impact fee requirements, based on new growth rate projections and the commission's desire to stimulate commercial activity in the city. Development impact fees are regulated ...

Impact fee legislation leads to updated studies by City of Prescott
Prescott Daily Courier, AZ - July 11, 2012
Three new City of Prescott studies, all related to recent state legislation concerning impact fees, will take place over the next year or so. The total price tag: more than $600,000. On Tuesday, the Prescott City Council approved a contract for the first of the studies - an update of the city's ...

Caron resigns as Londonderry town manager
UnionLeader.com, NH - July 10, 2012
As citizens and town officials gathered at Town Hall on Monday night to address the town’s improper usage of municipal impact fees, members of the Town Council announced the resignation of Town Manager David Caron. Caron’s resignation, effective July 20, comes several weeks ...

Deadline to use $30K in impact fees
SeacoastOnline.com, NH - July 10, 2012
The Town Council is mulling a proposal to release $30,000 in impact fees to pay for deposits made back in February on properties for the building of a new high school. Superintendent Dr. Jim Hayes approached the Town Council recently about the impact fees. An impact fee is a fee that is ...

School district clashes with county over proposed “zero” school impact fee, costing up to $3M
Palm Beach Post, FL - July 6, 2012
A disagreement between Palm Beach County's two biggest governmental agencies over what constitutes growth could end up costing the school district an estimated $3 million for capital projects over the next two years. County planning officials recently warned the school district of their ...

Snoqualmie school district approves capital facilities plan
Valley Record, WA - July 5, 2012
A new impact fee, new middle school, and new elementary school, in that order, are all in the plans for the Snoqualmie Valley School District. The fee and construction projects were detailed in the capital facilities plan approved by the school board at its June 28 meeting. The plan, which projects ...

Preliminary Park Impact Fee Update
NaplesNews.com (blog), FL - July 5, 2012
A few weeks back, I had posted a blog titled Park Impact Fee Requests. You may want to read that first before moving onto what I write today. To begin, you can find the documents for Collier County Park Impact Fee Graphs and Data that I used under the "Docs" page on My Thoughts Exactly ...

Revising impact fees a top goal
Orland News-Register, CA - July 3, 2012
Reviewing and revising the city's impact fee charges and administrative fees are among the top goals as the Orland City Council moves forward. City Manager Peter Carr brought a list of items before the council on Monday to see what their priorities were for the year. Along with reviewing the fees, ...

 
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