Latest News: September 2008

The $13500 Per Person Hidden Cost of Sprawl
Daily Green - September 29, 2008
Arthur C. (Chris) Nelson, whom people like me cite all the time because he knows so much more about real estate and development trends than we do, has a new book out. Titled "A-Guide-to-Impact-Fees-and-Housing-Affordability," it makes the case that municipal ...

City may use impact fees on sidewalk
Lake Region Monitor, FL - September 29, 2008
Starke Operations Manager Ricky Thompson had some trouble getting a sidewalk project approved by the city commission last week. For one thing, the project isn't in the budget for the current year, or the budget just approved for next year either, although Thompson ...

Alachua County may shake up traffic plans
Gainesville Sun, FL - September 28, 2008
A network of buses whizzing through traffic in their own lanes paid for by new development is now the focus of Alachua County's future traffic plans rather than building or widening roads. A new proposed traffic concurrency management plan scraps extensive roadwork ...

Supervisors might raise affordable housing fee
Marin Independent-Journal, CA - September 27, 2008
Marin supervisors will consider raising the affordable housing impact fee for new and remodeled single-family homes at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 330 of the Civic Center in San Rafael. A new fee of $5 per square foot would be established for homes between 2,000 ...

The impact of impact fees
Ocala, FL - September 27, 2008
It seems, according to the numbers, that transportation impact fees were not the great bugaboo to enhancing our community's economic health, as we have long heard from the growth industry. Earlier this week, the Star-Banner reported the outcome of the Marion ...

Mayor calls for resolution to impact fee dispute
Mercury-Register, CA - September 27, 2008
The mayor and the chairwoman of the park district board want to mend the fences between the two agencies over development impact fees. Oroville Mayor Steve Jernigan and Feather River Recreation and Park District board chairwoman Monique Gurr signed a letter ...

Water impact fees coming before council
Payson Roundup, AZ - September 26, 2008
The proposed Payson Ordinance 748 calls for giving developers 10 years to pay their $7,500 water impact fee. There are more than 1,000 lots in the active planning stage with the Community Development Department. This does not include the 700 to 800 ...

North Bend approves park impact fees
SnoValley Star, WA - September 26, 2008
When does a city’s effort to make development pay for itself start to impact future development? North Bend city councilman, when the amount the city puts on each new single family home nears $20,000, the danger point is getting close. Last week, the North ...

They’ll have an impact (fee)
Barnstable Patriot, MA - September 26, 2008
A subcommittee of planning board and Barnstable Economic Development Commission members is meeting to discuss charging impact fees for development projects. The fees would represent contributions to infrastructure – for drinking water, wastewater, ...

Study shows PUB impact fee should be increased
Brownsville Herald, TX - September 25, 2008
Jaws kept dropping Wednesday following the results of Black & Veatch's study that shows the Brownsville Public Utilities Board impact fee should be $6,253 per lot instead of $280. PUB charges developers the impact fee as a way to recoup the cost of water ...

Plain City may increase impact fees
StandardNet, UT - September 25, 2008
The city may more than triple impact fees charged on new housing, based on a suggestion from the city engineer.The city's impact fees now total $200, but the council is considering increasing that to $611.16. City Engineer Brad Jensen suggested the costs ...

Lee County impact fees cut ... slightly
The News-Press, FL - September 25, 2008
School impact fees will drop almost 5 percent, but the more expensive road impact fees will stay mostly the same. Lee County commissioners made the decision Tuesday. The fees are based on two separate studies released late last month. One of the studies ...

Lee commissioners approve impact fees reduction
Naples Daily News, FL - September 25, 2008
Impact fees aren’t going up in Lee County, but they aren’t going away either. School impact fees actually inched down by $193 after a Tuesday morning public hearing, dropping from $4,309 to $4,116 for a single-family home. In the evening, commissioners ...

City eyes higher impact fees
Gustine Press-Standard, CA - September 25, 2008
Future developers in Gustine could pay sharply steeper impact fees to cover the city's cost of providing services to new homes and businesses. The City Council Monday reviewed a proposal to nearly triple the city's impact fees for single family homes, from about ...

Washington County measure would raise developers' traffic fees
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com, OR - September 25, 2008
While the price of new housing was going through the roof during the past two decades in Washington County, the fee charged to developers to pay for the increased traffic on local roads barely budged. To remedy the discrepancy and pay for more than ...

North Port freezes impact fees
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - September 24, 2008
Looking for any way to help the city's stagnant home building industry, North Port is freezing impact fees, postponing increases that would have added about $3,000 to the cost of a new home. Beginning Dec. 24, the fees to pay for the effects of development ...

W.Va. county may tie impact fees to homes' size
Education Week News, MD - September 19, 2008
Jefferson County commissioners are considering requiring developers to pay higher impact fees for bigger homes than for smaller ones. Impact fee coordinator Mark Schiavone was authorized Thursday to secure a cost estimate for hiring a consultant to study ...

District recalculates impact fees
SnoValley Star, Wa - September 18, 2008
Snoqualmie Valley School Director of Business Services Ron Ellis recently noticed a calculating error that caused him to lower the school’s impact fees.Luckily, Ellis caught the mistake before Jan. 1, 2009, the first day the impact fees will be collected if approved ...

Commission withholds comment on impact study
Aiken Standard (subscription), SC - September 18, 2008
The Aiken County Planning Commission did not have much to say about an impact fee study Thursday, but promised to come back next month with more constructive comments. Aiken County Council was seeking advice from the commission on the study's ...

School impact fees could be recalculated
Martinsburg Journal, WV - September 18, 2008
Members of the Jefferson County Commission could soon consider whether school impact fees should be recalculated based on the size of a resident's home. County Commissioners entered into preliminary talks Thursday with impact fee coordinator Mark ...

City considers impact fee hike
Mountain Home News, ID - September 17, 2008
The city will hold a public hearing meeting to amend the city's capital improvement plan component of the city comprehensive plan and the city's impact fees as presented in the revised CIP plan, at 6 p.m. on Sept. 22. It's expected to be a contentious ...

Beyond the Budget, Impact Fee Debate Looms
Flathead Beacon, MT - September 16, 2008
While Kalispell officials struggle to balance the city budget, another overriding debate that could prove a key piece in the puzzle to solve the city’s revenue problems is not going away: transportation impact fees. Last week the Chamber of Commerce invited Mayor Pam ...

Impact fees continue to dog County Council
Annapolis Capital, MD - September 16, 2008
The County Council last night continued its slow march toward requiring developers to pay heftier fees to offset the stress new developments put on roads, schools, sewer lines and other infrastructure. But even as council members spent the bulk of ...

Council again tweaking impact fee bill
Annapolis Capital, MD - September 14, 2008
It looks like impact fee legislation currently before the County Council will need to be tweaked again before it's ready for a final vote. At least one more amendment is necessary to fix language in one of the amendments attached to the bill at the council's last meeting ...

Mayor Proposes Eliminating Revenue Source
The Morning News, AR - September 14, 2008
Should Bentonville forgo collecting impact fees? Some City Council members say "no." Others say they'll think about it. Bentonville Mayor Bob McCaslin plans to ask the City Council to again evaluate the system of collecting money for a development's impact on water ...

Judge sides with Jefferson over impact fees
Martinsburg Journal, WV - September 12, 2008
The Jefferson County Commission has proven the victor in its two-year legal battle with the city of Ranson, for now. The case involves a suit filed in January 2006, in which the Jefferson County Commission asserted that Ranson is not exempt from the county's ...

W.Va. county wins impact fee case against city
Huntington Herald Dispatch, WV - September 12, 2008
A circuit judge has ruled that the Jefferson County Commission has the right to collect development impact fees from municipalities in the county. The two-year-old case involves the city of Ranson’s decision not to charge developers an impact fee. Instead, city ...

Twin Falls impact fee plan reduced again
Southern Idaho Business, ID - September 12, 2008
The Twin Falls Impact Fee Advisory Committee agreed Thursday to recommend that the City Council adopt impact fees, including an average price of about $1,570 for a single-family home.Over the course of several months and more than a half-dozen meetings, ...

Ethics board: Councilors Jamison, Litz can vote on development fee ordinances
Sioux Falls Argus Leader, SD - September 12, 2008
The board of ethics for the city of Sioux Falls has determined that two city councilors do not have conflicts of interest regarding proposed city ordinances.Scott Ehrisman of Sioux Falls this month asked the city’s ethics board to review the standing of Councilors ...

Bentonville City Council looks at withdrawing impact fees
Northwest Arkansas Times, AR - September 11, 2008
Last month, when the Northwest Arkansas Home Builders Association withdrew the impact suit it had lodged against the city of Bentonville several years ago, plaintiff W. P. Burkart pledged an "effort to promote a positive working environment with the new ...

Private jail discussion sparks impact fee talks
Gulf Breeze News, FL - September 10, 2008
It appears that Santa Rosa County will be getting a private jail to complement the existing county jail. But the discussion surrounding a proposed private jail project also sparked a request for special workshops and investigation into the impact fees being charged by ...

Impact fee plan raises eyebrows
Snoqualmie Valley Record, WA - September 10, 2008
When a bond to build a new high school, a sixth elementary school, and make other improvements around the district failed for a third time this spring, some longtime Valley residents said they'd voted against it because they felt that new development should fund ...

Development fees get council's early approval
The Aurora Sentinel Daily Sun, CO - September 9, 2008
A proposal to address an estimated $5,100 expenditure/revenue gap for new residential construction passed its first hurdle Monday, Sept. 9, as Aurora City Council unanimously approved a resolution that would levy an impact fee for development. The proposed ...

Beaufort, Port Royal consider fire impact fees for every new house
Beaufort Gazette, SC - September 9, 2008
Beaufort and Port Royal want to implement impact fees for any new homes to pay for fire services to growing areas. Beaufort Fire Department Chief Wendell Wilburn said that, based on growth, a new fire station will be needed within five years. To get to that point, ...

Flagstaff settles on small new development fee
KTAR.com, AZ - September 9, 2008
Flagstaff city leaders have settled on a relatively small new development fee after initially proposing impact charges exceeding $15,000 per home. A new single-family home will now be assessed a one-time $705 fee under the plan adopted by the City Council. ...

Assessing the impact
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, LA - September 9, 2008
A new policy by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development requiring an "increased value assessment" on projects accessing state highways has area developers saying it could significantly hurt economic growth. "The big concerns for all ...

Warsaw Plan Commission Hears Road Impact Fee Presentation
Times-Union Newspaper, IN - September 9, 2008
Warsaw Plan Commission Monday night heard a presentation on road impact fees for new developments. City Planner Jeremy Skinner requested representatives from Butler, Fairman & Seufert Civil Engineers attend the meeting to discuss the fees. "I thought it ...

Flagstaff settles on small new development fee
AZ Central.com, AZ - September 9, 2008
Flagstaff city leaders have settled on a relatively small new development fee after initially proposing impact charges exceeding $15,000 per home. A new single-family home will now be assessed a one-time $705 fee under the plan adopted by the City Council. ...

Reading Township adopts impact fee ordinance for road repairs
The Evening Sun, PA - September 7, 2008
For the first time, Reading Township developers will be required either to make road improvements adjacent to new subdivisions or pay a Highway Capital Improvement Fund impact fee. A recently adopted township ordinance states that "in the case of a plan for land ...

Council to tackle new development fee
The Aurora Sentinel Daily Sun, CO - September 7, 2008
The push to have local development pay its own way will face its first test Sept. 8 as city officials try to address an estimated $5,100 expenditure/revenue gap for every single-family home built in the city. Following the completion of a development cost study in ...

Voltz: Three years to pay impact fees
Florida Today, FL - September 5, 2008
To try to stimulate the sluggish economy, Brevard County should let commercial developers pay impact fees over a three-year period, County Commissioner Helen Voltz says. Voltz contends that impact fees, which are assessed on new construction, are hampering job ...

GB City Council considers impact fee compromise
Gulf Breeze News, USA - September 4, 2008
With development on decline and businesses' budgets tightening, the Gulf Breeze City Council is considering changing its wastewater and water impact fee policy. Currently, businesses opening in the city must pay impact fees in full prior to pulling permits for building or ...

Washington County sends voters higher development tax
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com, OR - September 4, 2008
Washington County voters will be asked on the November ballot if developers should pay about double what they now pay to cover impacts to roads and transportation. The county Board of Commissioners voted this week to place the Transportation ...

Study: Cape Coral impact fees are too low
The News-Press, FL - September 4, 2008
The city's water, sewer and road impact fees are too low to cover the cost of growth, a pair of studies find. Should the City Council heed the studies' recommendations, they could spike road impact fees by 260 percent and raise combined water and sewer rates ...

Council closing in on crucial decision on impact fees
Annapolis Capital, MD - September 4, 2008
The County Council deserves credit for the hard work it is putting in on impact fees: an important, complex and contentious issue. But it could have spared itself the flak it took Tuesday night for even considering a cockamamie plan to apply impact fees, for the first ...

Committee green lights higher development fees
Bakersfield Californian, CA - September 4, 2008
The long-delayed hike in development fees is finally moving on to the Bakersfield City Council. A council committee voted to recommend the fees after a contentious meeting that basically pitted Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy against development consultant ...

Council cans impact fee on home additions
Council cans impact fee on home additions - September 3, 2008
Facing strong public opposition last night, the County Council killed a plan that would have charged homeowners an impact fee for adding onto their home. More than 200 people turned out to listen or weigh in on the ongoing debate over the most dramatic impact fee ...

CIP Committee to proceed with impact fee process
Reno Gazette Journal, NV - September 3, 2008
The Capital Improvement Advisory Committee was posed a series of question by CIP member Bill Clegg to affirm that the committee is a viable body and thus can proceed. The discussion took place, although the Fernley City Council at a previous meeting also ...

Commissioners await CIAC's impact fee recommendation
Brownsville Herald, TX - September 2, 2008
The City Commission expects to receive a recommendation soon on an impact fee that if it approves would be assessed to developers to subsidize the infrastructure cost to meet new development needs. Lee Ann Greer, chairwoman of the Capital Improvement Advisory ...

If you build big, you better build green
Summit Daily News, CO - September 2, 2008
Looking out the windows, the Johnson family gets quite the view from their spacious home perched on top of a hill in Horse Mountain Ranch. But the home wasn’t situated just for the sight of rolling terrain and distant rugged peaks — the home has a passive solar design, ...

If you build big, you better build green
Summit Daily News, CO - September 2, 2008
Looking out the windows, the Johnson family gets quite the view from their spacious home perched on top of a hill in Horse Mountain Ranch. But the home wasn’t situated just for the sight of rolling terrain and distant rugged peaks — the home has a passive solar ...

If you build big, you better build green
Summit Daily News, CO - September 2, 2008
Looking out the windows, the Johnson family gets quite the view from their spacious home perched on top of a hill in Horse Mountain Ranch. But the home wasn’t situated just for the sight of rolling terrain and distant rugged peaks — the home has a passive solar ...

Impact fee vote to come next month
Jones County News, GA - September 1, 2008
Bill Ross III of Ross and Associates was before the Jones County Board of Commissioners again last week to answer more questions about impact fees. Ross and his company were hired in February of 2007 to perform an impact fee study for Jones County and ...

Study seeks infrastructure funding alternatives
Fort Worth Business Press, TX - September 1, 2008
After the recent implementation of impact fees ignited tensions between the development community and the city, Fort Worth leaders believe a new review of development funding alternatives will maintain the city’s competitiveness and help fund needed ...

 
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