Latest News: August 2007

Fee review is ordered by BBL City Council
Big Bear Grizzly, USA - August 30, 2007
Big Bear Lake City Council is looking into raising fees. The council approved two items at its Aug. 27 meeting related to fees and recovery of costs for service. The city will spend $26,500 to do a development impact fee study, which focuses on the impact ...

Commission approves reduced impact fees
Coral Gables Gazette, FL - August 30, 2007
As well as facing an abysmal real estate market, developers in Coral Gables will soon have to face more significant obstacles to building in the City Beautiful when the city’s newly enacted Impact and Sewer Fee ordinances go into effect Sept. 10, after the City Commission ...

Building fee hikes supported by county
The Columbian, WA - August 30, 2007
If you're planning to build something in Clark County, you might want to do it soon. County commissioners Wednesday endorsed a round of major building fee hikes that would raise millions of dollars for wider county roads while deterring the construction of cheap ...

Schools weigh big increase
Orlando Sentinel, FL - August 29, 2007
Another batch of impact fees may be coming for county approval, if the Lake County School Board decides tonight that it wants to double school-impact fees.  The hike would increase the fees by almost 108 percent. That would double the fees for single-family ...

Cedar City Council Approves Impact Fee Use
Cedar City Review, UT - August 29, 2007
The Cedar City Council unanimously approved the use of Parks and Recreation impact fee monies to build a sidewalk trail along Northfield Road during its July 8 meeting. City Manager Ron Chandler said the amount that could be allowed in the impact fee budget for the ...

Mesa to hike builder impact fees
East Valley Tribune, AZ - August 28, 2007
Mesa will charge higher impact fees on homebuilders and commercial developers starting Sept. 3. Developers pay impact fees to help alleviate the pressure new growth puts on city services, such as wastewater plants and police and fire services. On average, ...

Lee County revisits impact fees
Albany Herald On-line, GA - August 28, 2007
Faced with the possibility of driving away potential industry, a Lee County committee voted Monday to recommend that commercial customers be exempt from paying impact fees and that residents support fees for parks and recreation and libraries. The county's ...

Holden enacts impact fees
2TheAdvocate, LA - August 28, 2007
Monday was the first day the city-parish began collecting a new impact fee on new building permits to help offset traffic from new growth on East Baton Rouge roads.  The new impact fees were slated to go before the Metro Council on Wednesday, but ...

City affordable impact fee makes progress
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - August 28, 2007
The city's (Punta Gorda) advisory Planning Commission likes city staff's idea to make housing a bit more affordable to working people and others with moderate incomes. The Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday to support a proposed affordable housing ...

Lee County drops most impact fees
WALB-TV, GA - August 28, 2007
Lee County Commissioners passed a new ordinance Tuesday night; that ends impact fees for commercial development. Residential developers must still pay fees that will go toward parks and libraries, but the total fees will be drastically reduced. A homebuilder ...

Taxes, taxes and debt: This fall’s ballot options
Aspen Times, CO - August 28, 2007
Citizens this fall will have an option to tax themselves in an effort to clean up the Roaring Fork River and ride free buses throughout town, as well as allow City Hall to borrow money to build a hydroelectric plant to generate renewable energy.  Voters also will ...

Letter: Traffic-impact fee plan praised
2TheAdvocate, LA - August 27, 2007
Appreciation is in order for Mayor-President Kip Holden and his chief administrative officer, Walter Monsour, for their decision to impose traffic-impact fees after the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors and Capital Region Builders Association failed to offer ...

Local impact fees above average compared to most of nation
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - August 27, 2007
A survey released last week of communities across the nation shows that impact fees in Gallatin County communities are higher than those in many other states, although the local fees are far from the highest. Manhattan, for instance, is considering charging up ...

New home prices may soon balloon throughout the Treasure Coast
Vero Beach Press-Journal, FL - August 27, 2007
Treasure Coast builders predict an economic slowdown if Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties approve plans to significantly increase their impact fees. But officials and analysts say increasing the fees to developers is the only way to keep up with the costs of ...

Despite complaints, impact fees will remain in Navarre
The Northwest Florida Daily News, FL - August 27, 2007
The Holley-Navarre Water System has not changed its policy on charging impact fees for new businesses and homes, despite complaints they are stifling growth in southern Santa Rosa County The Holley-Navarre Water System's staff and attorney conducted ...

Impact Fees May Increase
AM850, FL - August 27, 2007
Taxation, whether you're for it or against it, is bringing together Alachua County once again. Tomorrow night the County Commission will be voting on whether to increase the transportation impact fee. If passed, the money will offset the growing cost of road ...

Impact Fees Aren't Polk's Problem
The Ledger, FL - August 26, 2007
Listen to Polk County Commissioner Jack Myers moan and groan long enough and one would think that the county's impact fees on new residential and commercial construction are dragging down the economy of the entire nation. "[New starts on] Houses are down, ...

City Council refocuses on road impact fee proposal
Northwest Arkansas Times, AR - August 24, 2007
The Fayetteville City Council passed a resolution Thursday expressing the city’s intent to enact road impact fees. “ Well, we had so much fun during the election, I just hated to see it end, ” said Ward 4 Alderman Lioneld Jordan, who proposed the resolution, ...

Cabela's impact fees cut
The Union Leader, NH - August 23, 2007
The town council agreed with the planning board's decision this week and voted to waive nearly $500,000 in roadway impact fees for the Cabela's project last night because the developer has proposed doing $7.2 million of road improvements in the area, $2.4 million more ...

Perry council votes ‘yes’
Houston Home Journal, GA - August 23, 2007
Should those who are building new homes and bringing new residents to Perry pay part of the cost of increasing fire protection and recreational space? The answer is yes, as far as Perry City Council is concerned. Impact fees are on their way for the Perry service ...

No easy fix for roads, schools
Orlando Sentinel, FL - August 23, 2007
After rejecting huge increases to Lake's road-impact fees, county commissioners expect another fight brewing over whether to boost school-impact fees that are used to help build classrooms.  Commissioners on Tuesday night unanimously voted down a ...

S. Burlington council considers impact-fee changes
BurlingtonFreePress.com, VT - August 23, 2007
The cost to build in South Burlington may be going up, depending on how much the City Council decides to raise impact fees.  Total impact fees for a single-family residence are $6,485 and $4,300 for each unit of a multi-family unit. Commercial fees vary by size, ...

County rejects impact fee changes
Ocala Star-Banner, FL - August 22, 2007
Amid complaints that higher transportation impact fees would pave the road to an even slower housing market, the (Marion) County Commission turned down a consultant's proposed increase Tuesday. The county hired consultant MuniFinancial last October for ...

Feelings fill fee showdown
Orlando Sentinel, FL - August 22, 2007
Some in the throng waved signs -- "Save our Jobs!" and "Save our Economy." Others wore stickers with a slash running through the words "Impact Fee Increase." Emotions ran high Tuesday evening when Lake County commissioners met to take up a proposal to ...

Cedar City Impact Fee Increase A Difficult Issue
Cedar City Review, UT - August 22, 2007
The Cedar City Council voted to increase impact fees about two weeks ago by the entire amount recommended in a recent study done on the subject. The study was conducted by Lewis, Young, Robertson and Burningham, a Salt Lake City area firm. They ...

Last-minute effort aims to detour fees
Orlando Sentinel, FL - August 21, 2007
Lake County Commission Chairman Welton Cadwell said Monday that an "economic perfect storm" isn't the right time to raise road-impact fees, and today he will propose creating a citizens task force to find other ways to pay for new or improved roads needed because ...

Chatham may trim impact fees
News & Observer, NC - August 21, 2007
The Chatham County commissioners agreed Monday to lower the county's impact fee on new homes by $1,000 if voters approve a land transfer tax in November. Originally, the commissioners had agreed to repeal the $2,900 impact fee if the legislature authorized a 1 ...

Port St. Lucie squares off with county on fees
Palm Beach Post, FL - August 21, 2007
City council members on Monday said they will stop collecting county law enforcement impact fees on new homes and businesses in 30 days unless St. Lucie County officials tell them how they plan to use the money next year and how they've spent $706,292 collected ...

School Impact Fee Reduced
Polk County Democrat, FL - August 21, 2007
Those thinking of building a house have found the right time, as Polk County commissioners voted last week to reduce the school impact fee, as requested by the county school board. The new impact fee, in effect now for a single family home, is $4,171, a significant ...

Martin County school impact fees could be going up
Vero Beach Press-Journal, FL - August 21, 2007
Martin County’s school impact fees could be among the state’s highest, if a proposed increase is approved. School impact fees are one-time charges on new construction used to pay for capital costs such as buses and new schools. The county's Comprehensive ...

Mayor to set impact fees
2TheAdvocate, LA - August 21, 2007
Threats by real estate agents and builders to lobby the Metro Council against a proposed increase in East Baton Rouge traffic-impact fees prompted Mayor Kip Holden’s office to play hardball.  Holden’s chief administrative officer, Walter Monsour, said Tuesday ...

Punta Gorda looks at lessening affordable housing impacts
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - August 20, 2007
To keep housing costs within the range of working people, the city's advisory Planning Commission will consider an affordable housing impact fee at its Aug. 28 meeting. "It's a two-prong approach to try to reduce the upfront costs for affordable housing," said Urban ...

County Commission considers increasing residential impact fees
Ocala Star-Banner, FL - August 20, 2007
Residential developers may get upset and retail and commercial developers may feel relieved if the County Commission approves the changes a consultant recommended to Marion's transportation impact fees. Consulting firm MuniFinancial's proposed changes to the way ...

Snowmass considers construction impact fee
Aspen Daily News, CO - August 20, 2007
The town of Snowmass Village is considering implementing a construction mitigation fee on most new development. The fee would fund things like the salary of a construction coordinator, communication about construction and other additional costs the ...

Committee looks at Lee impact fees
WALB-TV, GA - August 20, 2007
The debate over whether to keep impact fees in Lee County continues. Monday night, the Lee County Impact Fee Advisory Committee began re-assessing whether the fees are good for the county. The county instituted the fees last year to help keep up ...

Raise some taxes instead of fees
Orlando Sentinel, FL - August 19, 2007
When one speaks of the American Dream, thoughts of home ownership are often the first that come to mind. Whether it's a young family saving to purchase their first home or a single parent struggling to create a better life for a child, the idea of purchasing ...

Impact Fee Hike Considered In Lake Co.
Central Florida News 13|, FL - August 19, 2007
People in Lake County will have the chance Tuesday to weigh in on a controversial hike to building impact fees. The county commission is considering raising the transportation impact fees from just over $2,500 to more than $11,000. County leaders said the fees are ...

Taxed out
Salt Lake Tribune, UT - August 18, 2007
Utah legislators want to share the tax burden for new schools among everyone in the state. Wouldn't it be more fair to impose the tax on the cause of the new schools: population increase which results in new residential construction, which many questionably proclaim ...

Legislators question impact-fee shift
Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR - August 17, 2007
Legislators were skeptical Thursday of a push by developers to shift infrastructure costs from buyers of new homes to all real-estate buyers. Rep. Ray Kidd, D-Jonesboro, likened the proposal to "putting it on the poor folks." Two Northwest Arkansas developers told ...

Newmarket Around the Town
Portsmouth Herald News, NH - August 17, 2007
Impact fees help offset the impact on infrastructure from new development. The fees must be appropriated within six years of collection. In Newmarket some unused fees may have to be returned as of Oct. 25. Impact fees have a time limit for use; if they are ...

Commissioners hear impact fee debate
Gulf Breeze News, AL - August 16, 2007
Baptist Healthcare and Santa Rosa County are about $100,000 apart on what they each believe should be a fair impact fee for the new building in Navarre. After working back and forth for "about a year," according to the consulting engineer for Baptist, they came last ...

Panel Approves Impact Fee Cut Ordinance
The Ledger, FL - August 16, 2007
Impact fee cuts for economic development and work force housing were approved 4-1 Wednesday following a sharp debate by members of the Polk County Commission.  The fee cuts, which could result in the loss of more than a $1 million in impact fee revenue, were ...

School impact fees may shoot up
Orlando Sentinel, FL - August 16, 2007
(Seminole) County leaders scheduled a public hearing for October on a proposal to increase the fee on new homes to help pay for school construction. But major questions remain about how the increase is being calculated. County commissioners spent about 45 minutes ...

Monforton School looks at impact fees
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - August 16, 2007
No public school in the state has been allowed to collect impact fees from new homes to pay for the facilities needed to serve the students those homes will bring - but Monforton School officials are crossing their fingers they'll be the first.School officials might soon ...

District approves impact fees
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - August 15, 2007
Charlotte County Public Schools will move forward with its impact-fee plan to offset costs for future growth, despite opposition from area builders. The School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to partner with Punta Gorda and the Charlotte County Commission to ...

Builders uniting to fight road fee
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - August 15, 2007
Builders are rallying their forces against North Port over a fee they fear could give other cities and counties in Florida a new way to tax development. North Port started collecting a fee in May to fix roads based on square footage of new construction. But the city has ...

New Braunfels to appeal fee ruling
San Antonio Express, TX - August 15, 2007
The New Braunfels City Council will ask the Texas Supreme Court to review a 3rd District Court of Appeals ruling this month that the city's drainage impact fees are invalid. The council huddled with its lawyers in an executive session Monday night to decide whether ...

As Martin debates impact fees increase, some question whether ...
Stuart News, FL - August 14, 2007
Several civic leaders questioned Tuesday whether Martin County is spending too much money on new roads, fire-rescue stations, libraries and schools. They also questioned whether Martin County should use impact fees to help pay for the Indian Street Bridge ...

Ogden will assess impact fees on builders
Salt Lake Tribune, UT - August 14, 2007
Builders of new homes and businesses in the Ogden Valley and western Weber County will now be charged for the added demands on infrastructure, the Weber County Commission decided Tuesday.  Revenue from the fees will help the county provide roads, trails, ...

Legislation would assess impact fees
Asbury Park Press, NJ - August 14, 2007
Legislation drafted by Assemblyman Michael J. Panter, D-Monmouth, would have impact fees assessed on 300 homes at Naval Weapons Station Earle, should they become available to non-military families, to help pay the $30 million tab for a school that might be needed ...

Lee County impact fee debate continues
WALB-TV, GA - August 14, 2007
Lee County commissioners are a step closer to getting rid of controversial impact fees. Tuesday night, commissioners heard the first reading of an ordinance that would repeal impact fees on residential and commercial development instituted a year ago. Some ...

Orange Is Out of Step With Growth – and Likes It
WRAL.com, NC - August 13, 2007
Double-digit growth is happening in nearly every corner of the Triangle, but Orange County is not part of the trend, and officials say that is the result of growing smart!  The numbers certainly set Orange apart. Population in Wake County is up nearly 26 percent ...

Local governments can see way through housing bust
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - August 13, 2007
Year after year, residential development drove the economy in Palm Coast and Flagler County. In the last 12 months, the bottom dropped out of that engine. No soft landing here. Just a plain crash, judging from school impact fees collected (the one-time fees levied on ...

Home sale slump hurts impact fees
Delmarva Daily Times, MD - August 13, 2007
As "for sale" signs continue to line Wicomico County home lawns and condo windows faster than they can be removed, residential builders have changed the county's construction machine mantra to a wait-and-see approach. At the end of July, the number of active ...

Parks rule not looking pretty to developers
Houston Chronicle, TX - August 13, 2007
As details emerged Monday of new requirements for developers to provide land or pay fees for park acquisition and improvements, leaders of development groups said the city was on the verge of imposing an unfair burden on their industry.  A draft ordinance ...

Finding money for growth
Charlotte Observer, NC - August 12, 2007
An impact fee is paid by a builder for each new home when it's built. The fee is set by the local government. In some places it varies according to what's built, with different rates for apartments and single-family houses, for instance. By law, the fee must be used ...

City Council changes fees for home additions again
Santa Maria Times, CA - August 11, 2007
The Santa Maria City Council, which recently changed its system of fees charged to developers, further tweaked those revisions last week. The council first updated its developer fee program, called Growth Mitigation Fees, in May with two important changes from ...

Resolution Could Revive Road Impact Fees
Springdale Morning News, AR - August 10, 2007
Proposed road impact fees in Fayetteville could get another chance at success with noticeable changes if the City Council passes a resolution Aug. 21. Council member Lioneld Jordan submitted a resolution urging the staff to solicit input from the public, ...

Martin County impact fees may double
Stuart News (subscription), FL - August 10, 2007
Hundreds of new homebuyers in Martin County would pay $13,000 extra, if the County Commission approves a proposal to more than double the impact fees on new residential construction. The new impact fee for a 2,000-square-foot house with three bedrooms ...

Developer impact fee to be discussed
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX - August 9, 2007
Anticipating a major new ordinance that could help ease traffic congestion in the city, a far north Fort Worth neighborhood group has scheduled an informational meeting Aug. 23 open to all city residents. The North Fort Worth Alliance wants to ensure that ...

Big new Geneva area road earns fee discount
Aurora Beacon News, IL - August 9, 2007
What does a developer need to do to get a $3.65 million impact fee discount? The answer is, build a $7.65 million road. That's what Foxford LLC and Wyndham Deerpoint Homes, developers of The Settlements of LaFox, are going to do. The developers will spend ...

Drainage appeal is being considered
San Antonio Express, TX - August 9, 2007
The (New Braunfels) City Council will huddle with its attorneys next week to decide whether to keep fighting to save its drainage impact fee. Since 2005, the city has collected the fee from developers, charging them for impact their projects have on the city's ...

Consultant recommends Martin double impact fee on new-home construction
Stuart News (subscription), FL - August 9, 2007
Martin County is considering doubling the impact fee on a new house to more than $24,000, which would be the second highest in the state. Under a proposal by an economic consultant, the impact fee on a 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom house would rise to ...

Cedar City Council Conducts Public Hearing for Impact Fee Increases
Cedar City Review, UT - August 9, 2007
The Cedar City Council heard a short presentation and then listened to comments during a public hearing on raising impact fees during its July 11 work meeting. Elise Lechtenberg, senior analyst for Lewis, Young, Robertson and Burningham, which is the company ...

Madison City Council names members to Impact Fee group
Morgan County Citizen, GA - August 8, 2007
Madison elected officials appointed 10 members and two alternates to a special committee which will meet three times this fall to discuss the city's upcoming impact fee ordinance. Mayor Tom DuPree outlined the structure of the group, which is specified by state law. Half ...

Impact fee strategy changes
Augusta Chronicle, GA - August 8, 2007
Columbia County commissioners voted Tuesday night not to approve $61,000 for a consultant who would have helped establish an impact fee ordinance for the county's consideration. Commissioners agreed to drop the idea of an impact fee as it is currently established ...

County calls for study on development fees
San Bernardino Sun, CA - August 8, 2007
Seventeen years after a failed bid to create developer impact fees in unincorporated areas, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is again tackling the issue. On Tuesday, the board voted unanimously to study how to implement a fee and determine ...

City of Yreka asks: To fee or not to fee?
Siskiyou Daily News, CA - August 8, 2007
Tension ran high in the Yreka City Council Chambers last Thursday night when community members packed the auditorium to address city ordinance 795, which sets six impact fees for building permits issued within the city limits. The city has stated that the fees ...

Board waives impact fee for non-profit group
Walton Sun, FL - August 8, 2007
At the Aug. 6 South Walton Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners meeting, Michael Grantham requested an exemption of the district's impact fee for Caring and Sharing of South Walton. Grantham represented Grantham Construction, the company building a metal ...

Proposed impact fee reduced
Bakersfield Californian, CA - August 8, 2007
A proposed fee to pay for Bakersfield's highway projects got smaller this week after city officials decided to apply it to the entire city. That means the new fee, expected to be applied to all new construction, will total $2,487 per home. That's $378 less than ...

Waldron Studies Water Fee
Fort Smith Times Record, AR - August 8, 2007
The Waldron City Council is considering levying a 50-cent fee on water bills to pay for preliminary work associated with building a water source lake with the city of Booneville. A public hearing to receive residents’ comments is planned at 6 p.m. Thursday ...

Metro Council may table fees
2TheAdvocate, LA - August 7, 2007
The Metro Council will likely defer a proposed system of traffic impact fees Wednesday, but some city-parish officials say it's just a matter of time until it becomes reality. The mayor's chief administrative officer, Walter Monsour, said the mayor doesn't need Council ....

Impact fees for construction reasonable
Pocono Record, PA - August 7, 2007
Legislation in the state House would finally give fast-growing school districts the means to recoup some of the added educational costs caused by rapid home development, through imposition of impact fees. It also contains incentives to encourage developers ...

Money from water hookups dries up as growth slows
Palm Beach Post, FL - August 7, 2007
Providing further proof of the county's housing slowdown, new connections to Palm Beach County's water utilities system have plunged over the last year and a half, according to department figures. New residential and commercial hookups dropped from 497 ...

Dixon to take second look at increases in impact fee
Vallejo Times-Herald, CA - August 7, 2007
A proposal to raise impact fees from $2.14 to $61.56 per square foot for Interstate 80 development and from $2.14 to $18.236 per square foot for other development will get closer study. "It's incredible what they're trying to do," said Bill Bernheim, part owner of the Dixon ...

SB County explores development fee
Press-Enterprise, CA - August 7, 2007
San Bernardino County supervisors are taking a cautious first step toward considering a fee on development to pay for services such as jails, libraries and parks.  The Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to commission a study to explore the idea, but it could be 18 to 24 ...

Who should pay for roads?
St. Petersburg Times, FL - August 6, 2007
Few people were paying attention when the cost to build a new home in Hillsborough County went up last week, with school impact fees doubling to $4,000 on average. But the debate over the fee is far from over. County officials are eyeing the money as a fight ...

Richland seeks financial plan for development
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, WA - August 6, 2007
The city of Richland is trying to figure out the best way to get developers to pay for road improvements that will be needed in the Queensgate area as more businesses continue to build there. The land between Keene and Kennedy roads, along Truman Avenue to ...

Impact fees split schools, home builders
Pocono Record, PA - August 5, 2007
In the 1950s, real estate developer William Levitt turned suburbia into an American staple when he built more than 17,000 cookie-cutter homes in what was then rural lower Bucks County. But Levitt did more than just throw up houses. Recognizing that a community ...

Builders question proffers
Richmond Times Dispatch, VA - August 5, 2007
Builders bristle at the mention of cash proffers, money paid to localities for each home they build. They say the fees push the cost of housing higher -- and force some prospective homebuyers out of the market. Localities say the money is needed to build and ...

North Port OKs slight break for impact fee payment
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - August 5, 2007
Commissioners have been debating a need for a change in impact fee collection, largely prompted by the building slow-down. Last week they approved that change, moving the collection of impact fees from the time of permitting to when a Certificate of Occupancy ...

Who should pay for growth?
Gainesville Sun, FL - August 4, 2007
The question that doesn't seem to have an answer is again being debated at Alachua County Commission meetings - does new growth pay for itself? With roads growing ever more crowded and money for them growing ever more scarce, some suggest the question ...

Were traffic impact fees spent on the right things?
Bakersfield Californian, CA - August 4, 2007
If you bought a new home in Bakersfield sometime in the past 15 years chances are you entrusted the city of Bakersfield with some of your hard-earned cash to build roads. The money may not have appeared on your mortgage papers. But you can bet it was buried ...

House builders should pay for schools, legislators are told
Allentown Morning Call, PA - August 3, 2007
A state committee studying impact fees on developers as a way to help school districts facing a tsunami wave of new students listened to 4 hours of testimony Thursday at a hearing in the Slate Belt. The idea to collect impact fees, money that a school district could ...

Group fights impact fees
Orlando Sentinel, FL - August 2, 2007
A political action group called for the rollback of impact fees on Wednesday and plans to address the Lake County Board of County Commissioners later this month.  Citizens for Better Government, L.L.C., headed by Leesburg businessman Donald Magruder, said ...

High-rises lose bid to cut fees
Orlando Sentinel, FL - August 2, 2007
A trio of downtown high-rise developers seeking school impact-fee reductions were shot down Tuesday by Orange County leaders who argued the city's inner core could someday attract more children. A lawyer for developers behind the Paramount Lake Eola, 55 ...

Housing permits sink in Lee, Cape
The News-Press, FL - August 2, 2007
Housing permits in Cape Coral fell to their lowest level in more than a decade in July, according to a city report released Wednesday. Meanwhile, activity in unincorporated Lee County slowed drastically following a surge in June caused by a deadline to avoid the tripling ...

Traffic impact fee draws ire
Bakersfield Californian (subscription), CA - August 2, 2007
Bakersfield is almost $1 billion short of what it needs to complete its planned highways, and not many options for making up the money. So City Manager Alan Tandy Thursday proposed a fee on most new development -- $2,865 per home, on top of the existing $6,800 ...

Builder fee likely for Glendale
Los Angeles Daily News, CA - August 1, 2007
Amid concerns about a soft real estate market, the City Council on Tuesday finalized the details of a proposed fee on local development projects to finance parks and libraries. The draft Development Impact Fee ordinance - considered a watered-down version by at least ...

Plaintiffs ask SV for additional $56,000
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, ID - August 1, 2007
On the heels of a recent court ruling effectively ending the city of Sun Valley's residential workforce housing linkage fee ordinance, plaintiffs Phil and Lynn Schaefer, via their attorney Christopher Meyer, are seeking an additional $56,000 from the city. ...

New Study Shows Impact of Government Fees On Home Affordability
MortgageNewsDaily.com, AZ - August 1, 2007
The National Association of Home Builders sponsors an economic publication for the housing industry which publishes at HousingEconomics.com. In mid-July it released a study on Metropolitan Area House Prices and Affordability written by Elliot ...

To fit all the kids, fees must fit schools' need
St. Petersburg Times, FL - August 1, 2007
Of all the unresolved details that surround school concurrency - a bureaucratic term meaning there is an open desk at the local school for your kid when you move into the county - the biggest item is last on the list. That is where you'll see the bottom line. Who pays ...

July permitting slows in Lee after June surge
Naples Daily News, FL - August 1, 2007
After a peak in June caused by a road impact fee deadline, builders slowed their permitting activity in July for unincorporated Lee County, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers Beach.  Commercial permitting was valued at $6.8 million in July, following an all-time record value ...

City considers compromise
Northwest Herald, IL - August 1, 2007
A residential impact fee discussion went late into the night Tuesday as City Council members struggled to find a balance between attracting development and fairly funding the city's taxing bodies. The Committee of the Whole meeting had been scheduled to ...

 
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