Latest News: September 2007

Planners Give Inadequate Public Service
The Lincoln Tribune, NC - September 30, 2007
Although suspicious of most occupational-licensing laws, I’m sorely tempted to advocate that the state of North Carolina create a new, high standard for certifying local land-use planners. Call it an Adequate Public Benefit law. In order to be employed by a local ...

Fun Time day care on track, thanks to impact fee deferral
Naples Daily News, FL - September 30, 2007
While Fun Time Early Childhood Academy officials do not have a date set for the opening of their new building, they're well on their way. And a decision by Collier County commissioners last week will make constructing a new $2.2 million modular building a little easier ...

Council discusses impact fee
al.com, AL - September 28, 2007
A clearly divided Daphne City Council appears unsure whether imposing impact fees in Baldwin County's largest city is a good idea. Councilman John Lake -- the longest-tenured member of the seven-person panel, having served 16 years -- and Mayor Fred Small ...

Inverness may dump county fees
Citrus County Chronicle, FL - September 27, 2007
Inverness City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said Wednesday the city may opt out of the county's impact fees next year and adopt lower fees of its own. DiGiovanni estimated the city's impact fees would be one-third to one-half of what the county charges. He said the ...

Impact fee relief rejected
Charlotte Sun-Herald, FL - September 26, 2007
The Charlotte County Commission decided Tuesday it would not, for now, venture into uncharted territory and reduce impact fees in hopes of spurring the local building industry. The 3-2 decision was made even after cries for help were heard from numerous ...

Council enacts park impact fee to take effect in March
Chesterton Tribune, IN - September 26, 2007
Six months from Monday, on March 24, 2008, the Town of Chesterton will begin collecting a recreation impact fee of $1,171 from the builder of every new house. At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council voted 5-0 to approve on first reading an ordinance creating ...

El Dorado County supes hike traffic-impact fee on new homes
Sacramento Bee, CA - September 26, 2007
In a move that builders predicted would further depress the market for new homes, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a 14.6 percent increase in traffic impact fees for new construction in the county. The fee, required under the ...

Denied: Builders request lower impact fees
WBBH, FL - September 25, 2007
Builders went before the Charlotte County Commission to ask for help. They want impact fees reduced so homes would be cheaper. But in the end, they did not get what they were asking for. General Contractor Ron Hill said the builders had great hopes that the ...

Naples childcare center to use charitable impact fee deferral program
Naples Daily News, FL - September 25, 2007
A Naples childcare facility will be taking advantage of Collier County's charitable organization impact fee deferral program. Collier County commissioners Tuesday approved Fun Time Early Childhood Academy, Inc.'s request to be part of the deferral program. Commissioners ...

Yreka’s development impact fees under scrutiny
Siskiyou Daily News, CA - September 25, 2007
The Yreka City Council heard from the ad-hoc committee regarding the development impact fee ordinance at their regular meeting Thursday night. The committee, which was formed at the Sept. 6 Yreka City Council meeting, met on Monday, Sept. 17 for a ...

Who will pay rising impact fees?
Grand Junction Sentinel, CO - September 25, 2007
Who should pay for the upkeep of roads here in the Grand Valley — the residents or the business owners? The question is yet to be answered, but some are saying businesses are already paying their fair share — if not more than their fair share. The issue has arisen ...

Council hears complaints on impact, parks fees
The Missoulian, MT - September 25, 2007
A proposed fee for transportation is too high, but one for parks is much too low. Those are some of the comments the Missoula City Council heard about impact fees Monday during its regular meeting. The city is redoing its impact fees, which are designed to get ...

Martin debating costs of students
Palm Beach Post, FL - September 24, 2007
If only it were as simple as punching one number into a calculator.  But as officials in Martin County work on a formula to prevent crowding at public schools, all sorts of numbers have popped up in the equation. And not everyone agrees on which numbers to use. ...

City eyes developer fees; Peoria officials study money for infrastructure
Newszap Arizona, AZ - September 24, 2007
Peoria is growing rapidly -- and more growth is expected. With this growth comes the need for utilities, roads, libraries, parks, etc. To help pay for these needs, Peoria officials charge developers impact fees to pay for infrastructure improvements.  "Development ... 

Say yes to impact fees for school construction
Hilton Head Island Packet, SC - September 24, 2007
Beaufort County Council Chairman Weston Newton didn't get an answer Friday when he asked state Rep. Richard Chalk whether he would support legislation for school impact fees. Chalk should answer that question with a resounding yes and so should the rest of the ...

Builders may soon pay a lot more in Morro Bay
San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA - September 24, 2007
Morro Bay is considering a steep increase in development fees in hopes of pumping at least $2 million more into city coffers annually. The city levies these one-time fees on commercial, industrial and residential developments. Paid by developers, revenue from these ...

Planners OK impact fees on developers
Gary Post Tribune, IN - September 21, 2007
Plans to charge developers an impact fee to pay for new park land has passed the plan commission and will go before the Town Council on Monday. Under the Chesterton Recreation Zone Improvement Plan, the town would charge $1,171 for each new dwelling ...

Developers could see jump in impact fees
The Missoulian, MT - September 21, 2007
Fees on new developments in Missoula will soar if the City Council approves proposed changes to a set of impact fees. If the council doesn't, it will be transportation needs in Missoula that skyrocket. Under the current proposal, several impact fees would actually ...

Impact Fee Suit Should Stay In Federal Court, Homebuilders Argue
Springdale Morning News, AR - September 21, 2007
A federal court has jurisdiction to hear a challenge to Rogers' water and sewer hook-up fees, a homebuilders' association suing the city said Thursday. The suit alleges fees for hooking up to water and sewer in Rogers were improperly used for unrelated city ...

Fees to exclude smaller homes
Appleton Post Crescent, WI - September 21, 2007
A fire station impact fee approved here Tuesday reflects growing concerns that the new one-time charge on future developments can reduce the affordability of new homes. The fee will add $247 to the permitting cost of most new homes built in the town over ...

City wants developers to pay more
Grand Junction Sentinel, CO - September 20, 2007
The Grand Junction City Council recommended Wednesday night a 162-percent hike in a traffic-impact fee charged to new development, saying the extra money is needed to offset the toll on local roads and burgeoning construction costs. Without taking a ...

Impact fees and growth
Frederick News Post, MD - September 20, 2007
According to a story in the Sept. 13 edition of The Frederick News-Post, Brunswick may join Frederick County, Middletown, Thurmont and Frederick by instituting an impact fee on new housing units. Impact fees are designed to fund the costs associated with ...

Traffic fee exemptions go before town council
Nevada Appeal, NV - September 20, 2007
In an effort to have new development to pay for the traffic it generates, the Town of Truckee has updated the traffic impact fee it charges developers. The new fee, which will go into effect Oct. 1, raises the rate from $2,450 to $5,169 charged for a theoretical ...

Traffic fee exemptions go before town council
Sierra Sun, CA - September 19, 2007
In an effort to have new development to pay for the traffic it generates, the Town of Truckee has updated the traffic impact fee it charges developers. The new fee, which will go into effect Oct. 1, raises the rate from $2,450 to $5,169 charged for a theoretical ...

City leaders talk impact fees
Gulf Coast Newspapers, AL - September 19, 2007
The city (Daphne) may soon charge impact fees for new developments. The city hired TischlerBise, a Bethesda, Md. firm that specializes in looking at the possibilities of impact fees, where they could be used and what could be charged. The fee could be more ...

Committee explores development impact fees
Wooster Daily Record, OH - September 19, 2007
While the city waits for a traffic study on West Milltown Road to be completed regarding a proposed rezoning, Wooster City Councilman Jon Ansel's laws and ordinances committee met Monday to explore the use of impact fees as a method to fund development. ...

Cape Coral mayor eyes impact-fee reduction
The News-Press, FL - September 18, 2007
Cape Coral's utilities impact fee could be cut about $2,400 for some residents in the near future, Mayor Eric Feichthaler said Monday. The fee would drop from $6,750 to $4,309 under his plan. The change would help people in the Southwest 5 and future utilities ...

Charlotte may help its builders
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - September 17, 2007
Builders suffering from a slow economy could get a break on the fees they pay for new construction. To boost construction, Charlotte commissioners are looking into temporarily lowering impact fees, used to offset the cost of new roads, parks and other infrastructure. ...

Law lets developers foot infrastructure bills
The Mountain Press, TN - September 17, 2007
City officials spent a lot of time during the past Legislative session lobbying for a new law that allows large-scale developers to assess an additional fee on their property to help pay for extra infrastructure needs created by the development. Cities can then obtain low- ...

Taxing options
Northwest Arkansas Times, AR - September 17, 2007
A real estate transfer tax may still provide an option for local governments searching for ways to fund infrastructure projects, but not before Fayetteville deals with road impact fees again.  The city will work on the next draft of a road impact fee ordinance, while ...

Impact fees ensure green spaces in new Albuquerque-area developments
Albuquerque Tribune, NM - September 17, 2007
During an average spring week in Fort Collins, Colo., 5,000 people are out on the grass playing soccer. Fort Collins, I would say, has done a very nice job with parks," said Al Minatta, executive director of the Fort Collins Soccer Club. "We have not had to turn people away. ...

Mesa impact fee disputed: Group challenges cultural charge
Newszap Arizona, AZ - September 17, 2007
One of Mesa's development impact fees is being called into question by an organization representing area home builders. A legal challenge was filed Sept. 5 in Maricopa County's Superior Court on behalf of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona. The group takes ...

The Impact and Cost of Biscuit Run
NBC 29 News, VA - September 17, 2007
The estimated total impact the future development of Biscuit Run will have on Albemarle County is $41 million. The 900-acre community in Albemarle County is sure to affect roads, schools and land, but who pays the price? In this case, the people building the community ...

Martin panel advises not hiking fee allotment for public buildings
Palm Beach Post, FL - September 15, 2007
A Martin County advisory board recommended approving several increases to development fees charged to builders Friday but said the portion earmarked for constructing public buildings is too high. Called impact fees, the assessments are added to the price of new ...

Impact fee challenge has merit
East Valley Tribune, AZ - September 13, 2007
Development impact fees are supposed to be a legal method of charging new residents and new businesses up-front for government infrastructure they will need, instead of putting an additional burden on current residents who already contribute their fair share. But a ...

City explores impact fees
Frederick News Post, MD - September 13, 2007
Impact fees may be in Brunswick's future. The City Council has given the go-ahead for a study to explore the feasibility of impact fees for any new construction in Brunswick. Such fees provide dollars to offset the impact of added population on local services. The fees ....

Impact fees will pay for sewer growth
Kettle Moraine Index, WI - September 13, 2007
The Village Board agreed Monday to implement an impact fee of $3,779 on new homes and businesses connecting to village sewer service. Ruekert/Mielke financial analyst Jon Cameron said the impact fee would go toward the $6.8 million first-phase expansion ...

BV planning commission hears opposition to proposed impact fees
Chaffee County Times, CO - September 13, 2007
Several citizens spoke against a proposed ordinance imposing impact fees to be used for town roads and suggested they would rather see a bond issue or sales tax increase at the regular meeting of the Buena Vista Planning and Zoning Commission Sept. 5 at ...

Homebuyers hit with 'hidden tax'
Kane County Chronicle, IL - September 13, 2007
When new-homebuyers pay impact fees, the higher cost amounts to a “hidden tax” that drives up the cost of new and existing housing, according to a new study. The Illinois Association of Realtors commissioned University of Chicago economist Don Coursey to ...

Commission delays decision on impact fee deferral program
Naples Daily News, FL - September 12, 2007
Collier County commissioners will hold off on making any decisions to a countywide impact fee deferral program until the county’s Affordable Housing Commission looks into the issue. On Wednesday, county staff members told commissioners they need to look into ...

Cowin stays on same page as contributors
Orlando Sentinel, FL - September 9, 2007
Last week, Lake School Superintendent Anna Cowin did not support a proposed impact-fee increase to build schools, the only remedy the School Board has within its grasp to make growth help pay for itself. Her reaction was no surprise.  Development interests kicked ...

Schools, our students need the increase in impact fees
Orlando Sentinel, FL - September 9, 2007
It's time for all five county commissioners to stand up for students and pass the impact-fee increase. All five School Board members set aside their differences and united to strongly recommend the higher impact fees. They know better than anyone that the money...

County drops plan to boost impact fees
In Business Las Vegas, NV - September 7, 2007
Recent changes in state law have prompted Clark County to scrap a proposal to charge developers more for the extra streets, parks and public safety demands generated by their projects, a county official said. After spending $200,000 to study the year-old impact fee ...

Non-payment a risk in new impact-fee deferral plan
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, MT - September 7, 2007
The Bozeman City Commission's impact-fee deferral plan for workforce housing isn't iron clad. The plan calls for the fees to be repaid, but deferral timeline could be lengthy - and there is a slim chance that the fees might never be paid. "It is definitely a risk ...

Developers may get hit with more fees soon
Grand Junction Sentinel, CO - September 7, 2007
Developers could soon be paying thousands of dollars more for the drive. Mesa County, Palisade, Grand Junction and Fruita are considering increasing transportation impact fees, which are paid by developers to compensate for the effects of new development. ...

Growth act gives city tool to get cash, but it's not easy to use
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, WA - September 7, 2007
The city has a relatively new tool to raise money to meet capital needs. But using it is not that easy, City Manager Duane Cole said. Under the state's Growth Management Act, the concept of concurrency requires cities to expand services as they grow. ...

School impact fees may get a twist
Orlando Sentinel, FL - September 6, 2007
The Osceola school district has been presented with a proposal that would give an automatic impact-fee credit to home builders who donate land to the district. The deal would eliminate a component that takes into account estimated land values -- including land ...

Builders 1, schools 0
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA - September 6, 2007
In two weeks, Oregon school districts will be able to levy a construction tax on new development to help defray the cost of building and improving schools. Oregon's new law will place the state among the 20 or so that have realized that the property taxes ...

Builders sue Mesa for impact fee hike
East Valley Tribune, AZ - September 6, 2007
A homebuilders association is challenging Mesa for imposing a fee on new developments in an effort to raise revenue for museums and to preserve the city's archaeological finds.  The Home Builders Association for Central Arizona is the plaintiff in a suit filed ...

Impact Fees Reduce Housing Affordability, New Study Maintains
The Heartland Institute, IL - September 6, 2007
Impact fees provide one of the most potent weapons for both sides in the battle over sprawl. Many residential builders contend that the fees charged by municipalities to offset the costs of development are excessive and result in higher home prices that shut first- ...

Tax to go to schools, roads
Brunswick Beacon, NC - September 5, 2007
Brunswick County Commissioners voted to designate revenue from the proposed .4 percent land transfer tax to fund road and school improvements. The land transfer tax, if approved by voters this November, would impose a .4 percent tax on all real property sold ...

County delays water rules
Durango Herald, CO - September 5, 2007
La Plata County Commissioners on Tuesday put on hold a vote to approve new water-supply standards based on concerns that the tougher standards didn't allow new subdivisions of any size to rely on water being trucked in. Instead, commissioners asked county ...

Impact fees on council agenda
Delmarva Daily Times, MD - September 4, 2007
Impact fees, rental registration policy and the city budget process are on the agenda for today's (Salisbury) City Council work session. Planning department director Jack Lenox is scheduled to present additional research on the impact fee study conducted by the ...

New fees take effect: 9 categories impact builders
New fees take effect: 9 categories impact builders - September 4, 2007
It just became more expensive to obtain a building permit in Mesa. Higher development impact fees, the one-time cost charged to new structures to help a municipality cover the demands of new growth, went into effect Sept. 3 in Mesa. Mesa charges impact fees in ...

Builders grow cautious as demand fades
Appleton Post Crescent, WI - September 3, 2007
Land developers are offering local builders like Tom Heegeman free use of their residential lots, hoping the incentive will spur speculation home building once again. The Appleton homebuilder is “leery” of the offers, however. So are other past builders of “spec” ...

Those cashing in on growth must pay for it
Orlando Sentinel, FL - September 2, 2007
Lake County commissioners in the coming weeks are going to get a recommendation from the School Board to double the impact fee on a new house from $7,055 to $14,646. That's a sickening amount for the privilege of building a home. It's a kick to the building ...

County leadership nothing to talk about
Ocala.com, FL - September 2, 2007
This is an open letter to the Marion County Commission: I was absolutely flabbergasted when I read you had turned down the recommended changes to the way the impact fees are assessed. This was your consulting firm, MuniFinancial, which Marion County ...

Lake's plan to hike school fee would put it 2nd in US
Orlando Sentinel, FL - September 1, 2007
Lake County will have the second-highest school-impact fee in the country if its proposed rate increase is approved, according to a national consulting firm.  The Lake County School Board voted this week to more than double its school-impact fees to $14,646 ...

 
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