Latest News: August 2012

Santa Monica City Council Concerned New Traffic Mitigation Fees Could Hurt Small Businesses
Santa Monica Lookout, CA - August 30, 2012
Though generally receptive to a staff proposal for a Transportation Impact Fee (TIF) for developments, the Santa Monica City Council remained concerned about unintended consequences. The proposed plan would levy a fee for new developments and on use changes in old ...

Santa Monica City Council to Consider New Transportation Fee for Developers
Santa Monica Lookout, CA - August 28, 2012
At its meeting Tuesday night, the Santa Monica City Council will explore whether to require developers to pay a Transportation Impact Fee to help fund improvements to roads and bike lanes. The proposed fee -- which was supported by the Planning Commission in March -- would target ...

Sutter County OKs $1.33M for animal shelter
- August 28, 2012
Sutter County supervisors approved their own way to pay for their share of the three-partner animal shelter on Tuesday night, though as typical with the long-sought building, the method to do so was a bit complicated. With one supervisor absent, the board approved on a 4-0 vote a financing ...

New city impact fee committee organizes
Kalispell Daily Interlake, MT - August 23, 2012
Kalispell’s new Impact Fee Committee members met for the first time Tuesday for a primer on the onetime “hook-up” fees the city charges for water, sewer, storm water, police and fire services. Jason Mueller, Michael Johnson, Larry Sartain and Chad Graham were appointed to the advisory ...

Impact fee money could be in jeopardy
Carroll County Tims, MD - August 22, 2012
The money reserved for the Mount Airy Middle School may be in jeopardy after the Carroll County Board of Commissioners decided to temporarily cut off construction funding for schools with capacity issues. It could be months before the county’s financial advisers know the effect of the board’s ...

New study recommends decreasing Bozeman's impact fees
KTVM, MT - August 16, 2012
Bozeman's impact fees cover four areas- streets, water, sewer and fire/ems- new business and housing developments are required to shell out the one-time payment.  "We need to know the living area or the square feet of the space, the lot size" said a representative from Maryland firm Tischler ...

Developer impact fee to increase
SnoValley Star, WA - August 15, 2012
The North Bend City Council voted July 17 to increase its stormwater impact fee, which hasn’t changed since the city formed a stormwater utility in 2001. Public Works Director Ron Garrow told the council that revenues from the capital facility charge, a one-time upfront fee for developers, ...

San Clemente owes property owners $9 million, lawsuit says
Orange County REgister, CA - August 15, 2012
A lawsuit against San Clemente seeks to force local government to refund more than $9 million in beach-parking impact fees and interest that the city is holding after collecting fees over the last 23 years from homes built in parts of town outside the state-designated coastal zone. In a lawsuit ...

Ruidoso to review impact fees
Ruidoso News, NM - August 13, 2012
The ordinance imposing impact fees on new construction in the village of Ruidoso is scheduled to be reviewed and updated. Members of the Ruidoso Capital Improvements Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday sent a recommendation to the village council to approve a $44,400 contract with ...

Builders looking for a break from impact fees
Elgin Courier News, IL - August 12, 2012
Developers believe there is a demand for new home construction in the area — but are asking municipalities for some help in getting them built. The builder of the proposed River Place townhomes at Sundown Road and Route 31 asked South Elgin this past week to consider waiving impact ...

Commission candidates don't see eye to eye
NaplesNews.com. FL - August 10, 2012
If there is one issue on which the candidates in each of the three Collier County commission primary races can agree to disagree, it's impact fees. The challengers, all Republicans, have all said a moratorium on some or all of those fees could drive economic development to Collier County. ...

Carroll commissioners poised to suspend collection
Carroll County Times, MD - August 10, 2012
By deciding to temporarily stop charging developers a fee that helps pay for increased school capacity, the cost of building new homes will go down in Carroll County, according to Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing ...

Coupeville may end park impact fee
Whidbey Examiner, WA - August 10, 2012
Before hammer can hit nail and drill can bite into wood, a fee to mitigate the impact of new home construction on parks, recreation and open space in Coupeville must be paid to Town Hall. But the impact fee may soon be suspended or dropped as the town updates the parks and recreation ...

Rogersville Board of Aldermen condsidering extending impact fee reduction
SouthCountyMail.com, MO - August 8, 2012
The Rogersville Board of Aldermen is considering extending the 75 percent reduction for impact fees that was scheduled to end on July 31. Mayor Jack Cole brought the idea to the Aldermen during their meeting on Monday. “Housing seems to be coming back up a little in our area,” he said. “I ...

Hailey preparing to tweak impact fees
Mountain Express, ID - August 8, 2012
The Hailey City Council reviewed proposed changes to the city's development impact fee rates Monday, overturning some changes recommended by a development-impact-fee committee and passed by the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission last month. Development-impact fees ...

Palm Beach County considers boosting new home fees
South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com, FL - August 7, 2012
Palm Beach County's new-home fees that help pay for schools, roads and other community needs could go up for the first time in six years. When the South Florida housing bubble burst, Palm Beach County put the brakes on "impact fee" increases in the hopes of helping builders and developers ...

Brokers, builders push back against development fee proposal
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, GA - August 7, 2012
Small signs of life in metro Atlanta's real estate and construction industries have local governments asking whether they should charge developers more to build homes, commercial properties and offices. Development impact fees, which are levied on developers to help pay for parks, ...

Fayetteville Council considers lowering development fees
The Citizen.com, GA - August 1, 2012
Fayetteville for the past several years has decreased a variety of fees associated with the attempt to attract economic development to the city. That effort will continue Aug. 2 when the council will hear the first reading of a proposal for restructuring the impact fee schedule designed to lower fees ...

 
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