Latest News: August 2010

Indiana, West Deer traffic impact fees plan gets OK
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA - August 31, 2010
Township planners from West Deer and Indiana took the final step on Monday by approving a plan to charge developers fees relating to transportation costs caused by new development. The Joint Planning Committee forwarded a roster of traffic impact fees to their ...

Payson may relax upfront impact fee rules
Payson Roundup, AZ - August 31, 2010
Once upon a time, developers amounted to Payson’s cash cow. These days, they’re more like an endangered species. So the council on Thursday will consider a move to make it a little easier for developers to defer payment of their impact fees — including the $7,500 ...

BexarMet investigates accusations of accounting irregularities
WOAI, TX - August 30, 2010
It was an intense meeting, at times, as the results of an investigation into accounting irregularities was revealed to BexarMet Board members on Monday. "I am very upset with this situation," said District 3 Board member Blanche Atkinson, as she criticized ...

Dantzler clarifies impact fee position
The Ledger, FL - August 29, 2010
County Commission candidate Todd Dantzler talked recently about his position on impact fees. He said he may have been misunderstood. When I spoke with him earlier he said he didn’t like impact fees and thought they were excessive. He gave the impression ...

Bonita impact fee goes, business arrives
NewsPress.com, FL - August 27, 2010
Dr. Saurabh Patel had a problem: The Bonita Springs ophthalmologist was ready to expand his thriving practice but the cost of moving into a bigger office was prohibitive. One main factor was the city's change-of-use impact fees for businesses moving into a building ...

Poultry farmers say water rates hurting growth
The Decatur Daily, GA - August 27, 2010
Poultry farmers in Limestone County have ruffled feathers over water fees. Expansion is possible here, farmers said, but to increase water meter size, they would have to pay a nearly $30,000 impact fee. On Thursday, farmers told the Limestone County Water and Sewer ...

County takes a look at its impact fees
Effingham Herald, NC - August 26, 2010
Effingham County commissioners are weighing a new slate of impact fees. In April, commissioners approved a $60,100 contract with TischlerBise to prepare a capital improvements elements and impact fee analysis. TischlerBise performed a similar study in 2005, and ...

West Deer closer to requiring new business fee
Tarentum Valley News Dispatch, PA - August 22, 2010
West Deer is one step closer to requiring a fee from new businesses that would help pay for traffic-related improvements to its roads. The proposed "joint transportation impact fee" with Indiana Township would protect both municipalities from bearing the full cost of ...

Lawsuit claims Atherton's road impact fees are illegal, demands $298000 refund.
San Jose Mercury News, CA - August 20, 2010
A development company has sued Atherton to recover $298,000 in road maintenance fees it alleges the town illegally charged for years and should have returned. "The town promised people refunds, we took them up on it and they reneged," Walter McNeill, the ...

Homebuilders' efforts will pay off for Oklahoma consumers
NewsOK.com, OK - August 20, 2010
Consumers will reap rewards from state homebuilders' legislative efforts to tighten contractor registration requirements. The first involves roofer registration legislation, where roofers will register with the state's Construction Industries Board. Roofers will ...

Stormwater fee options abound
The Daily Advance, NC - August 20, 2010
Pasquotank County officials remain stymied by a basic conundrum: What is the fairest way to raise funds for stormwater management projects? Although the county commissioners learned a great deal about stormwater funding options last week from a presentation ...

Collier School Board wants to reduce school impact fees by half
Naples Daily News, FL - August 19, 2010
The Collier County School Board wants to make a statement. They hope reducing school impact fees by half is something that gets the county thinking. The Collier County School Board voted unanimously to recommend to the Collier County Board of Commissioners ...

Worst-case scenario water rates for Payson
Payson Roundup, UT - August 17, 2010
Back when Blue Ridge water was just a dream, Payson town officials promised residents that developers and new residents would foot the bill — not current water users. But with a 10 percent water rate hike already in effect and potential additional hikes of 20 or 30 percent ...

Currituck eyes own facility for sewer
The Daily Advance, NC - August 17, 2010
Even though the up-front costs are higher, Currituck officials have decided that building a new wastewater treatment system in Moyock will be better in the long run than buying an existing plant that needs expanding. The Board of Commissioners Monday decided against ...

Details, please: In order to pass, drainage and street referendum costs must be clear
Houston Chronicle, TX - August 17, 2010
Now that Houston City Council has scheduled a November vote on a proposal to levy fees on Houston property owners and developers for a dedicated $8 billion pay-as-you-go program for drainage and street renewal, it's time for some serious show and tell. As the Chronicle ...

Outraged by impact fees? Talk to the experts ....
NMPolitics.net - August 15, 2010
"I am outraged," were the words with which BIA executive director David Roewe began his August 2010 newsletter. The source of his outrage was a "bunch" of cost increases on Las Cruces home construction. Among those increase were impact fees, a topic ...

Kalispell Considers Role of Impact Fee Committee
Flathead Beacon, MT - August 14, 2010
During the 2009 Kalispell mayoral race the question of revoking or revising impact fees, and whether these fees were hindering the city's economic development, was one of the key issues. But since then, with development at a virtual standstill, impact fees – and ...

School district seeks impact fee approval
SnoValley Star, WA - August 11, 2010
The North Bend City Council asked the Snoqualmie Valley School District if it had planned enough to prevent school crowding at its July 20 meeting. District Business Director Ron Ellis said the district had, as he presented the district’s proposed 2011 impact fees, ...

Impact fee suspension proposed
Tbo.com - August 11, 2010
Could suspending impact fees for a year jump-start growth in Pasco County? Commissioner Ted Schrader thinks it might. On Tuesday, he proposed suspending fees for parks, fire services and libraries for the 2010-11 budget year, which starts Oct. 1. Suspending those ...

Schrader pitches plan to suspend Pasco impact fees
Tampabay.com, FL - August 11, 2010
Commissioner Ted Schrader says he hears it from developers at least once a week: What's the county going to do about the high impact fees? On Tuesday, Schrader put forth one idea: Suspend for a year the impact fees developers pay for the construction of parks, ...

Impact fee suspension proposed
Tbo.com, FL - August 11, 2010
Could suspending impact fees for a year jump-start growth in Pasco County? Commissioner Ted Schrader thinks it might. On Tuesday, he proposed suspending fees for parks, fire services and libraries for the 2010-11 budget year, which starts Oct. 1. Suspending those ...

Georgetown county moves toward lowering controversial fees
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - August 10, 2010
Georgetown County is moving toward lowering its controversial development impact fees by as much as $2,000. An ordinance revising the year-old impact fees was given second reading by the council last night. The fees are designed to help pay for capital ...

Flowery Branch City Council mulling impact fees
Gainesville Times, GA - August 10, 2010
Development impact fees, once all the rage among governments to help pay for infrastructure, haven't made as much noise in a tanked economy. Many governments, such as Hall County and Gainesville, adopted the fees long ago, when the economy was moving ...

Why charge impact fees when no schools are needed?
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - August 9, 2010
I am surprised The Daytona Beach News-Journal chose to publish the letter from Susan Gaines regarding the Volusia Building Industry Association's (VBIA) lawsuit against Volusia County and the school board. Mrs. Gaines must not have read VBIA's lawsuit, or Circuit ...

County commission to vote on development rules
Gainesville Sun, FL - August 9, 2010
In January, county commissioners approved a long-term plan for future growth through a Comprehensive Plan policy that envisioned mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods linked by a future bus rapid transit system. On Tuesday, commissioners are scheduled to take ...

Couple: High fees preventing dream of Sandpoint restaurant
Bonner County Daily Bee, ID - August 7, 2010
John and Tullaya Akins' dream of opening a Mediterranean-style restaurant here went south after they learned how much the city would charge to start the venture. The Sandpoint couple will pursue the plan, but the location will likely be in Ponderay, or maybe in ...

Traffic impact fees for developers cut in half
Hollister Free Lance, CA - August 5, 2010
Hoping to make San Benito County more desirable for developers, the San Benito County Board of Supervisors approved a nearly 50 percent interim cut to traffic impact fees during Tuesday's board meeting. The cut lowers the fee to $11,995 per new residential dwelling. ...

Veterans and Belleview officials try to work out fee impasse
Ocala, FL - August 4, 2010
City commissioners and members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8083 want to reduce some impact fees for the veterans’ club. But a few things stand in the way: an ordinance the commission amended and a quickly approaching deadline for already reduced impact ...

Spanish Fork ups impact fees for building permits
Deseret News, UT - August 4, 2010
For homebuilder Rick Salisbury, the fees cities charge to allow him to get building permits to construct new homes is part of the cost of doing business. But he wasn't expecting a hike in impact fees in a down economy, where major construction jobs have been ...

Golden Palms Hotel gets break from City Council
Ocala, FL - August 4, 2010
The Ocala City Council is waiving the 20 percent down payment of the impact fee that the Golden Palms Hotel must pay to hook up to the city sewer system. The council took this action Tuesday night despite discovering the hotel owner has not paid 2009 property ...

Commission Majority Cites No Evidence for Impact Fee Moratorium
The Ledger, FL - August 1, 2010
Are three of five county commissioners daft? Or do they think we are? It's hard to draw any other conclusions that don't involve indictments from the July 23 public hearing on impact fees. The deal was apparently done and three votes were in the can before ...

 
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