Latest News: August 2011

Where did the impact fee money go?
Hernando Today, FL - August 30, 2011
After reading the article titled "County to examine limerock road dust problem" in Friday's edition, I would just like to commend County Commissioner Wayne Dukes for his efforts to help those of us who live on these limerock roads. I will not bore you with all the negatives ...

Mayors debate impact fees, growth plans at home builders meeting
Charleston Post Courier, SC - August 27, 2011
Don’t get home builders — and apparently a mayor or two — started about impact fees. The controversial topic came up Tuesday during a mayoral roundtable at the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association annual meeting. The Post and Courier’s TV host and writer ...

Cary Weighs New Fee for Apartments
LoanSafe, NC - August 26, 2011
The town of Cary is considering new rules that would force apartment builders to save room for parks and open space or pay a fee — a move that could slow the growth of controversial high-density development.The effort, if successful, would put the town at odds with Wake ...

Letter: Impact fee discourages businesses
The Columbian, WA - August 25, 2011
To understand our nation’s persistent high unemployment, we couldn’t find a clearer explanation than the local example of Chuck’s Produce and its efforts to build a new store on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Because the new store will — horrors! — create traffic, Chuck’s is faced with a $1 million impact fee. A Chuck’s Produce spokesman stated, “We’ve built in 49 states and ...

Impact fees on new homes dropped in some areas of Volusia
Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL - August 24, 2011
The Volusia County Council has officially called a timeout on impact fees in many already-developed parts of the county -- but it wasn't easy. It won't exactly be simple to implement, either, judging by the council's latest discussion. The council, which agreed in principle last month on a two-year, impact-fee moratorium, voted 5-2 last week to approve the ...

Romeoville slashes fees on new homes
Chicago Sun-Times, IL - August 18, 2011
Officials have approved a plan to lower fees for new home construction. Under the Build Romeoville program, the village will lower new home permit fees by $5,000 with hopes that it will stimulate residential construction. Development director Steve Rockwell said that an average home permit can cost around $16,000 and that the reduction could help ...

Applications for impact fee refund now cost less in Indian River County
TCPalm, FL - August 16, 2011
Hundreds of would-be homeowners, who took out county permits and paid impact fees but gave up in the recession and never started construction, got a break Tuesday. In a 4-0 vote, county commissioners decreased the $200 impact fee refund application fee to $75. And applicants don't have to pay up front, but can get their fees subtracted from their ...

Centerville considers hiking park impact fee
Salt Lake Tribune, UT - August 16, 2011
Centerville officials are considering a possible increase in park impact fees to fund future additions and upgrades to trails and community green spaces. The city's draft capital improvement master plan for parks identified $3 million in future improvements and expansions that could be funded by park impact fees. But the current $1,200 impact ....

Developers balk at impact fees
Cary News, NC - August 16, 2011
Developers are concerned about a new proposal that would require apartment builders save room for parks and open space or pay a fee to the town. At a meeting in Cary last week, representatives of the apartment industry cautioned that new fees could sink apartment projects with the economy still weak. "How competitive do we want Cary?" ...

Bar owner challenges much higher impact fee on "drinking places"
Lincoln Journal Star, NE - August 15, 2011
The way things stand, a Lincoln bar pays almost twice as much in impact fees as a restaurant that serves drinks. That much higher impact fee is unfair, according to Lincoln bar owner Ameeta Martin, who is appealing an impact fee for a new bar she plans to open at 27th Street and Pine Lake Road. Martin must pay an additional $12,000 because she ...

Poulsbo considers changes to impact fees
Kitsap Sun, WA - August 11, 2011
Changes are coming for traffic and park impact fees in Poulsbo, including an increase in the park fee to offset the impact new development has on Poulsbo parks. The city has collected traffic and park impact fees for 20 years, but it's been 19 years since the park impact fee has been updated. Poulsbo saw significant growth in that time, but not all of that ...

Osceola waivers on impact fees have mixed results
Orlando Sentinel, FL - August 10, 2011
Commercial construction has gone up 145 percent in Osceola County since a commercial impact fee moratorium was enacted in December, said Joe Johnston, the county's impact fee coordinator. However, a moratorium that waived impact fees for residential construction, enacted in June, has had little impact so far. Residential construction ...

Bold plan for transportation funding in Pasco
Tampabay.com, FL - August 7, 2011
Pasco County has embraced a new way to pay for transportation that will mean a generous break for developers of employment centers and high-density neighborhoods. But it also offers significant public benefits, including a guaranteed funding source for mass transit and fewer incentives to develop sprawling housing developments in rural areas. ...

Plan Commission backs impact fee concept
nwitimes.com, IN - August 4, 2011
The Plan Commission has recommended the Town Council approve an impact fee amendment. Indiana law allows municipalities to levy impact fees on developers through the ordinance. The fees defray costs of capital improvements such as roads, sewers and parks. Cedar Lake passed an impact fee amendment late last year but had to repeal ...

Medical property market favorable to Lee County doctors
The News-Press, FL - August 3, 2011
Death and taxes are the only certainties - and both are driving the success of the medical-office building sector in an otherwise bleak Southwest Florida commercial property market. One contractor, Fort Myers-based Mark Stevens of Mark Stevens construction, has thrived by making the most of medical. He recently won two statewide awards for medical ...

Homebuilders: Regulation accounts for 25% of a new home's price
Baltimore Sun, MD - August 2, 2011
In Maryland and across the country, local and state agencies shape the homebuilding process through regulations -- rules about where and how companies can build. The idea is to avoid problems. But the National Association of Home Builders says regulations add a substantial cost, accounting for 25 percent of the price of a new single-family home. ...

Hawaii Ed Board Rethinks School Impact Fees
Honolulu Civil Beat, HI - August 2, 2011
A series of legal stumbling blocks have Hawaii State Board of Education members rethinking a tax designed to help construct new schools. The tax, known as a school impact fee was established in 2007 by the "hawaii-legislature". Landowners who build new homes in designated "high-gro" aas must pay the fee to help build school public schools in ...

Opinion: Time to start rewriting capital-project funding
Arizona Republic, AZ - August 1, 2011
One thing on which cities agree: New rules for impact-fee collection and use will be wide-reaching. But how, exactly, will cities operate under the law? That remains to be seen. Chandler is concerned that Senate Bill 1525 may force it to cancel or delay needed road and park improvements and is hiring a consultant to help it weed through ambiguous wording ...

After Debate, No Change Made to Development Fees
Patch.com - August 1, 2011
City Council chose not to make any adjustment to current Public Facilities Fees, which have not changed since 2009, though not without quite a bit of debate during Tuesday's meeting. The Public Facilities Fees, also known as the Development Impact Fees, are a bundle of charges collected from new developments to help pay for public services such ...

Osceola spends $280k on traffic study
MyFoxOrlando.com, FL - August 1, 2011
The study aims to find out whether or not traffic impact fees, the taxes developers pay to build roads, should be raised or lowered. Commissioner John Quinones says it's time to take a fresh look at what Osceola County charges. "The impact fee ordinance has not been recalcualted, it has not been amended in many, many, many years." Commissioner ...

 
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