Latest News: August 2009

Big houses in Avon could pay more for water
Vail Daily News, CO - August 29, 2009
Builders of big houses in Avon may have to pay more for water rights.  The Avon Town Council might impose a fee for water rights for large new homes. The town would charge an extra $1.40 for every square foot over 3,000 square feet the home spans. For...

Engineering funds go to the school
Hampton Union, NH - August 28, 2009
Although they have been delayed longer than expected, the Hampton Falls School Board is still working on plans for a two-classroom addition at the Lincoln Akerman School. Board Chairwoman Ellen Christo went before the Board of Selectmen last week to request...

Builders, North Port try to settle dispute over road fees
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - August 28, 2009
A legal showdown between builders and North Port over an experimental "construction traffic road fee" has been abruptly canceled, as the plaintiffs say it would be cheaper to try negotiating a settlement before going to trial. North Port's desire to cut legal costs...

Recession takes toll on Volusia County roads
The DeLand-Deltona Beacon, FL - August 28, 2009
County government can no longer realistically plan to cut new thoroughfares through undeveloped land, or add additional lanes to roads already loaded with traffic. Many projects are on hold, as county officials now speak about a 10-year or even a 20-year road...

Impact fees discussion on tap for Vail
Vail Daily News, CO - August 28, 2009
The town of Vail has completed two studies that are being used to evaluate the need for traffic and fire impact fees to offset future development impacts on existing infrastructure and services within the town. The studies, one for fire department impacts...

Plano ends impact fees on developers in hopes of attracting projects
Dallas Morning news, TX - August 28, 2009
Call it evidence that growth in Plano, once among the nation's fastest-expanding suburbs, has slowed to a trickle. Plano has ended its practice of charging developers impact fees, a tool that growing cities use to pay for new infrastructure. The city began...

Plano ends impact fees on developers in hopes of attracting projects
Dallas Morning News, TX - August 28, 2009
Call it evidence that growth in Plano, once among the nation's fastest-expanding suburbs, has slowed to a trickle. Plano has ended its practice of charging developers impact fees, a tool that growing cities use to pay for new infrastructure. The city began...

Peter O'Bryan: Indian River County Commission tries to balance economy, equity
TCPalm, FL - August 27, 2009
Larry Reisman’s column of Aug. 19 once again exemplifies the Press Journal motto, “Only report half the story and then screw up the half you report.”  About the only thing Larry got correct was, yes, the County Commission did vote to waive five of our nine...

City to vote on sewer impact, hook-up fees
Dothan Eagle, AL - August 27, 2009
Two city department heads recommended several changes to regulations affecting Dothan Utilities customers earlier this week, most of which would realign various wastewater fees so customers are paying the actual cost of services.  Another proposal...

Developer impact fee pulled from this year's ballot
The Aurora Sentinel, CO - August 25, 2009
Aurora residents Duane Senn and Arnie Schultz said this week that they are abandoning their efforts get a proposal on the city ballot that would raise Aurora’s development impact fee from its current sum of $1,204 to $4,041. The organizers of the citizen...

Senator loses impact fee fight over Citrus County "barn"
Tampabay.com, FL - August 22, 2009
The Inverness Republican then sought to have the impact fees waived because he claimed that vested rights had been transferred to it from an old mobile home on the same 25-acre property. In a ruling released Friday, County Administrator Brad Thorpe said...

There are other UEP payment options
Cape Coral Daily Breeze - Cape Coral, FL - August 22, 2009
While impact fees are designated to pay for utility capital facilities they are not capable of being the revenue source of bond amortization. Their receipt as revenue is not timely and any revenue bond could not be sold based on impact fee revenue at any realistic...

Broomfield construction fee extension set for council vote
Broomfield Enterprise, CO - August 22, 2009
The average impact fee for a new single-family home in Broomfield is $2,400. The comparable fee in Westminster is $1,654. Thornton doesn`t charge a fee, although it has much less new construction. When compared to seven metro-area communities, Broomfield...

Impact fees to increase in Buckeye
AZ Central.com, AZ - August 21, 2009
The Town Council voted Tuesday to raise development-impact fees. However, if the governor signs the state budget into law, an impact fee moratorium could block Buckeye and other cities from increasing those fees, retroactive to July 1.  The fees are charged...

Hernando commission urged to grant fee relief to builders to boost construction
Tampabay.com, FL - August 19, 2009
Figuring that such a break would work best for larger projects, the staff proposed a $250,000 threshold, an impact fee that would reflect a building project about the size of the Publix and affiliated shops at County Line Road and Anderson Snow Road, according...

Moreno Valley may give developers a break
Press Enterprise - Riverside, CA - August 19, 2009
In 2008, the average impact fee in California was $19,536, according to Duncan Associates, a nationwide consulting firm on development fees. Foster touted the fee trimming strategy in a report he presented Tuesday night at a council study session. His report...

Reno council moves toward impact fee vote
Reno Gazette - Journal, NV - August 19, 2009
The fees on new development would help pay for up to three police stations, six fire stations and new parks. As required by state law, current property owners would have to pay their fair share for the new facilities and that could require higher taxes.  The council...

City talks homebuilder suit...in private
Bakersfield Californian, CA - August 19, 2009
A legal fight between local homebuilders and the city of Bakersfield took a quiet step forward Wednesday evening when the city council agreed to postpone consideration of three large projects, including the Canyons, until they better understand the lawsuit's...

Dropping impact fees still a short-sighted idea for Hernando County
Tampabay.com, FL - August 19, 2009
Suspending impact fees — one-time charges on new construction to help cover the cost of new infrastructure — is being pitched by the private sector as an economic stimulus. The stated goal is to allow home builders to better compete with the prices available...

Has suspending the charges had an impact?
Tampa Tribune, FL - August 18, 2009
"I thought it would have stirred things up a little more than that..., but we have the rest of the year to go," said Helen McKinney, building administrator. No building permits had been issued two months prior, in apparent anticipation of the vote. It was...

Lois Henry: Developers have had the wheel long enough
Bakersfield Californian, CA - August 18, 2009
Here's an idea: Those who put an extra burden on the system by building housing subdivisions should help ease that burden by paying a fee toward traffic improvements from the profits they'll reap from that very subdivision. That's fair and appropriate. The only...

Change environmental impact fee for every dog
Shore News Today, NJ - August 17, 2009
Instead, Margate can by ordinance impose a modest yearly “environmental impact fee” on every dog housed or visiting the city. The fee would be $15 per year. A dog must have a valid local or out-of-town registration and proof of rabies vaccination for the owner...

Reno wants impact fees in new master plan
Reno Gazette - Journal, NV - August 16, 2009
Under state law, impact fees can be imposed on new construction only if current property owners also share in the cost, most likely by voting to allow bond sales repaid with taxes or other tax increases. Under the law, the council would have up to five years...

Low land prices create buzz to add county parks
Orlando Sentinel, FL - August 15, 2009
The rain clouds of the real-estate market have a silver lining for those who want more public baseball and soccer fields: cheaper land. Orange County's parks and recreation department has been scouting dozens of tracts 20 acres or larger across the county. The idea...

Starke audit full of recommended changes
Bradford County Telegraph, FL - August 14, 2009
The audit also found the city was out of compliance with Florida statutes because impact fee revenue was not being accounted for in a separate accounting fund. City Clerk Linda Johns opened five separate banking accounts to deposit impact fees for roads, ...

Impact fees on Sen. Dean's property called into question
Citrus Daily - Local Citrus County News - August 14, 2009
The news release concludes by saying, "Dean was not required to pay an impact fee on the structure because there had been a mobile home on the property prior to the new structure. That is normal procedure in replacement of a structure. Dean’s application...

Lawsuit may delay development approvals
Bakersfield Californian, CA - August 14, 2009
A lawsuit challenging Bakersfield-area traffic impact fees could trigger a delay for city building projects Wednesday. Three development projects -- including the controversial The Canyons tract on the Kern River bluffs -- will likely have their review postponed...

Salem impact fee will soon be townwide: All new developments will contribute now
Eagle Tribune, NH - August 13, 2009
An expanded impact fee system will require all new developments to contribute to road projects aimed at increasing traffic capacity. The change goes into effect March 1. Salem was one of the first towns in the state to implement such a fee in the 1980s, but only...

D-H says yes to impact fees plan
The Daily Courier - Prescott, AZ - August 12, 2009
Municipalities use impact fees, which are not taxes, to offset the cost of building new infrastructure, including roads, brought on by growth. Town Manager William Emerson said Wednesday that the fees likely will not go into effect until the end of December and...

Minot considers refunding homeowners impact fee
SunJournal.com - August 12, 2009
For the past five years, the town has collected $2,800 with each housing permit it issued: $2,000 of it was earmarked for the school; $500 was to be held for public safety improvements, and $300 was for recreation. Selectmen noted that while subdivisions...

Builders criticize PTC Council's impact fee hike
The Citizen.com - GA - August 11, 2009
By Georgia law, impact fees are to be spent only to account for the additional service needs created by a new home. The funds cannot be redirected to the city’s general fund. The city is in the process of creating a system to begin charging impact fees to...

Peachtree City leaders get conflicting advice on impact fees
Fayette Daily News - Fayetteville, GA - August 10, 2009
The city currently charges impact fees only for new residential development, a practice it began in 1992. Also, the amount a builder must pay currently differs based on where the new development is located within the city. Under the new staff-recommended...

City expected to arrive at budget that holds property taxes steady, but increases fees
Lawrence Journal World - Lawrence, KS - August 10, 2009
Commissioners also are set to increase a set of rates that are tied directly to new housing growth. Corliss is proposing significant increases in the city's water and sewer impact fees, which are charged to new homes and businesses that hook into the city's...

Salem sets third hearing on impact fee changes Tuesday
Eagle Tribune, NH - August 9, 2009
The Planning Board is looking to change the system used to determine the road impact fees developers pay, to expand the area where they apply from two highway corridors to the entire town, and to increase the fee to take inflation into account. But local...

Dewey-Humboldt council to delve into impact fee report
Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, AZ - August 9, 2009
At a special meeting this week, the Dewey-Humboldt Town Council members will hear about a new report outlining the municipality's revised impact fees and likely adopt a notice of intention to assess those fees. Tuesday at 3 p.m. inside Town Hall, 2735 S. Highway...

Mayor Kenoi urges BOE to abandon West Hawai'i school impact fee plan
Hawaii 24/7, HI - August 8, 2009
The Department of Education selected West Hawai’i to be a pilot project to test out the school impact fee program, citing high rates of growth projected for the area over the next 25 to 30 years. The proposal will be considered by the Board of Education’s Committee...

'Menu of choices' urged to help Surprise developers with fees
Arizona Republic, AZ - August 7, 2009
At this week's special City Council work session, Mihelich suggested offering developers a "menu of choices" instead of what the city does now: Ask for an up-front impact fee. These fees are determined by traffic count. The alternatives include...

Refunds look unlikely for Atherton's road fee
The Almanac Online - August 6, 2009
It doesn't look like that will be the case with the town's controversial road-impact fee, meant to cover the cost of repairing roads battered by construction trucks. The fee, 0.71 percent of the project's valuation, is charged to builders as part of the permitting process. ...

County considering two new impact fees
Gunnison Times - Gunnison County, CO - August 6, 2009
As the number of people and businesses in Gunnison County increase in coming years, and that growth creates increasing demands for services, taxpayers will be left with the tab. That's a scenario that two impact fees on new construction Gunnison County is...

Board schooled on road impact fees' needs, uses
Windsor Beacon, CO - August 6, 2009
The board, which updated its fees in two years ago, had stated recently that it was unclear about the road impact fee process and wanted more information about how those fees are determined and just how the money collected could be used. Bob Felsburg, ...

HBA sues city and council
KGET 17, CA - August 5, 2009
The Home Builders Association filed a lawsuit against the city of Bakersfield and Kern County challenging traffic impact fees. The city and county recently doubled their traffic impact fees on new residential development. The goal is to generate local matching...

Yankees try squeeze play on $42000 Tampa water fee
Brandon News and Tribune, FL - August 4, 2009
The impact fee is being charged for switching from a 2-inch to a 3-inch water meter. "An increase in meter size will result in no additional demand on the city's water supply system or wastewater collection system," Daniel Vickstrom, vice president of Charlotte...

NY Yankees call 'foul' over water-meter fee
Water Technology Online - August 4, 2009
The owners of the New York Yankees baseball franchise are questioning a $42,000 impact fee from the Tampa water department for installing a new water meter at the club’s spring training stadium, The Tampa Tribune reported August 4. Yankee owners have...

Home Builder Lawsuit
TurnTo23.com - Bakersfield, CA - August 4, 2009
The Home Builder's Association of Kern County is claiming, among other things, that the joint agreement between the city and county is invalid. The impact fee was raised last month from around $7,100 to just under $13,000 for every home.  The city hopes to match...

ABQ city council takes up impact fees, charter amendments veto tonight
The New Mexico Independent, NM - August 3, 2009
A proposed one year impact fee moratorium is also on the agenda tonight. It’s been characterized as a way to give a much needed kick start to a struggling building industry that’s been hit hard by the recession. Supporters say it’ll make it easier to get...

Tonopah has impact fee records
Pahrump Valley Times - Pahrump, NV - August 3, 2009
Garlough said local developers contributed to that impact fee account and have a right to know how their money is spent. He added the accounts are supposed to be earning interest. Budahl said the town has impact fee funds for the fire department and...

 
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