Latest News: September 2009

County: Study impact fee equity
St. Augustine Record, FL - September 30, 2009
At a St. Johns County Commission workshop on impact fee questions, the commission decided to explore fair alternative ways to cover the cost of infrastructure yet still encourage business and industry to relocate here. That seemed reasonable to the dozens of local ...

Builders sue over school impact fee
The Post and Courier, SC - September 30, 2009
The school district's new impact fee isn't legal, alleges a lawsuit by local and state home builders. S.C. Supreme Court decisions allow it, said the legislator who sponsored the bill.  The lawsuit filed Tuesday argues that special legislation passed to create the fee wasn't ...

Chatham weighs impact fee hike
Chapel Hill News, NC - September 30, 2009
Holland Gaines was selling dozens of homes a month. Then the economy tanked, and the numbers plummeted. That's at least one reason why Gaines, builder of The Legacy at Jordan Lake, and other local developers are telling the Chatham County commissioners to ...

County reviews impact fees
Bradenton Herald, FL - September 30, 2009
A consultant presented Manatee County commissioners with proposals on how to be ready when the transportation impact fee reduction plan expires in 2011.  The proposals outlined a plan on how the county assesses impact fees to pay for roads needed for new ...

Council postpones decision on impact fee removal
Blaine Northern Light, WA - September 30, 2009
After much deliberation, Blaine City Council agreed Monday to extend the public comment period on a proposal to waive traffic and park impact fees for development.  The proposal came shortly after the council eliminated all water and sewer connection fees within city ...

Judge rules township can charge impact fees
Dayton Daily News, OH - September 30, 2009
A Warren County judge has ruled Hamilton Twp. can charge impact fees on new construction, making it the only township in the state with such authority. A group of home builders and the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati filed suit five months after the ...

Home builders challenge Dorchester’s school impact fee
Summerfille Journal. SC - September 29, 2009
Legal action has been taken against the Dorchester School District 2 over recently-passed legislation that allows the school district to charge developers $2,500 on new homes to pay for the construction of new schools. The Home Builders Association of South Carolina ...

F'ville looks to encourage business development
The Citizen.com - Fayetteville, GA - September 28, 2009
The agenda for the Oct. 1 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will include a first reading to extend the partial exemption on the impact fee and sewer proportionate fee ordinance and the removal of several job positions.  The proposal to extend the partial ...

Editorial: County's Future: End 'Bedroom' Mentality
St. Augustine Record, FL - September 27, 2009
The St. Johns County Commission, fresh from raising property taxes last week to cover essential community services, on Tuesday confronts the next single most important financial revenue issue -- impact fees. Impact fees -- the money paid by property owners ...

Blaine to hold meeting on impact fee elimination
TheNewsTribune.com, WA - September 25, 2009
The public will have a chance to voice its opinion about the city's impact fee elimination ideas at the City Council meeting Monday, Sept. 28. On the heels of eliminating the city's water and sewer fees to help stimulate development, the City Council is considering ...

Windsor plans growth-related uses for eight-year-old road impact fee
Windsor Beacon, CO - September 24, 2009
Windsor has a plan to make its road impact fee fund sing for its supper. The fund, which has sat largely untouched except for the annual payouts to developers, is being targeted by the town board to pay for more growth-related projects. "I see the decision about ...

Impact Fee: School Construction Revenue Source Or Unfair Home Sales Tax?
The Dagger, MD - September 24, 2009
Is Harford County's impact fee a vital source of revenue for public school construction, or an unfair tax that has stymied new home sales? Councilman Dion Guthrie (Dist. A) says it's the latter. Along with co-sponsor Chad Shrodes (Dist. D), Guthrie ...

Schools want impact fee doubled
News Chief, FL - September 23, 2009
The Polk County School Board may ask the county commission to more than double school impact fees next year.  School Board members are talking about increasing fees to house an extra 8,500 students expected to enroll in public schools during the next five ...

Cities blast impact-fee freeze
Arizona Republic, AZ - September 20, 2009
A newly imposed two-year freeze on development-impact fees is a win for Arizona's battered construction industry but a blow to cities eyeing fee hikes to pay for services tied to new projects. "It definitely changes the definition of growth paying its own way ...

Developers tell St. Johns County lower fees would spark growth
Florida Times-Union, FL - September 18, 2009
A large contingent of St. Johns County builders, developers and material suppliers on Tuesday asked the County Commission if it would suspend or reduce its high impact fees to encourage business and job growth. "If we sell nothing, nobody gets anything," said ...

Impact Fee Court Battle: 'Low Down Dirty Deed' Is Done
The Ledger, FL - September 18, 2009
The "dastardly, low-down dirty deed … an attack on the youth in [Polk] county … that will tear down this county" has come to an end. That was the way Polk County School Board member Margaret Lofton characterized a lawsuit when it was filed in the spring ...

Developers may pay services impact fees
Frederick News Post, MD - September 17, 2009
Frederick County is on its way to charging new developments for the increased demand they put on fire and rescue services.  The Frederick County Commissioners decided Tuesday to do research on establishing a fire and emergency medical services impact fee. ...

Former Anne Arundel County attorney may be sanctioned
Daily Record, MD - September 17, 2009
Former Anne Arundel County officials Phillip F. Scheibe and Robert Dvorak could yet face sanctions for violating the county's ethics laws in their later employment. The Court of Special Appeals on Wednesday ordered a circuit judge to consider penalizing Scheibe, ...

North Port unmoved by refund request
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - September 16, 2009
City leaders refused on Tuesday to refund $1.3 million in impact fees to Lowe's Home Centers. The City Commission rejected the request 3-2 after wrestling over how much the company should pay to compensate for increased traffic generated by a large home- ...

Council favors lower movie theater impact fees
Log Cabin Democrat, AR - September 15, 2009
The Conway City Council voted in favor of adjusting the impact fee rate for movie theaters as an incentive for Cinemark's plan to rebuild the existing theater at the Conway Towne Centre. As explained to the council, the current impact fee rate for movie theaters ...

Bay County Commission Impact Fees Reduced Again
WJHG-TV, FL - September 15, 2009
Eighteen months ago, Bay County Commissioners reduced impact fees in a move to help the sagging housing market. Those reductions were supposed to end next month, but Wednesday the commission decided those reductions are still needed. The commissioners ...

Court Impact Fee Ruling a Victory for School Board
The Ledger, FL - September 15, 2009
In a victory for the Polk County School District, the Florida Supreme Court has refused to hear the Polk County Builders Association's case against school impact fees. The court voted 4-2 not to hear the case. Justice Charles Canady recused himself because he ...

Council to look at increasing development impact fees
InMaricopa.com, AZ - September 14, 2009
The Maricopa City Council will decide Tuesday whether to hire an outside firm to update the city's development impact fees, a process that could make Maricopa one of the costliest cities for new business development in the state. Currently, the city of Maricopa ...

Builders seek zero impact fees
St. Augustine Record, FL - September 13, 2009
Some St. Johns Countycommercial developers plan to ask the County commissioners on Tuesday if they'd agree to suspend all impact fees for two years to encourage new business to locate here. That's a major request in tough times because in 2009 ...

Candidates offer views on impact fees
Cape Coral Daily Breeze, FL - September 12, 2009
Editor's Note: Each week, The Breeze will ask candidates for city council their views on an issue of interest to the voters. Each candidate is asked the same question in a phone interview This week's question is: On the subject of impact fees, are there any ...

Windham's school impact fees could double
Eagle Tribune - North Andover, MA - September 12, 2009
For instance, the School impact fees are expected to rise, maybe even double, when they are considered by the Planning Board later this year.  The fees are assessed on new residential construction to offset the potential cost of educating additional students. ...

Residents could see water, sewer rate increase
Jacksonville Daily News, NC - September 11, 2009
As the result of a policy change voted on by the Jacksonville City Council, residents could see another increase in their water and sewer rates in the future. The council voted 4 to 2 to revise the city's current sewer allocation policy to make flow allocated for ...

Phoenix West condo developers to pay Orange Beach $450000
Press-Register - Mobile, AL - September 10, 2009
City officials have negotiated a payment plan under which Brett/Robinson can satisfy the $450,000 unpaid portion of the $2.5 million it pledged to taxpayers as part of its Phoenix West condominium tower. The City Council is scheduled to vote on a ...

Stakeholders Advisory Group's first meeting set for Friday
Citrus County News, FL - September 9, 2009
The first meeting of a new advisory group to the county commission is set for Friday. The Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG) is a collection of 28 commission-appointed representatives from a wide array of stakeholder groups and organizations. SAG's ...

County's Impact Fees Kill Construction
St. Augustine Record, FL - September 5, 2009
Editor: I have a lot in the Sea Grove neighborhood off of State Road A1A in St. Augustine Beach. My wife and I had started plans to build on the lot when we came upon all of the new fees and taxes associated with construction. There is a $9,800 impact fee ...

Peachtree city Tabers Hike on Impact Fees
The Citizen, GA - September 4, 2009
New homes in Peachtree City will now be subject to a higher impact fee, but not the maximum amount that was originally under consideration by the city council. Instead the city will assess 75 percent of that maximum amount, totaling $2,599.83. Several ...

Charter school boosts Redding's permit values
The Redding Record, CA - September 4, 2009
Council members approved a construction incentive program that includes the deferral of sewer and water impact fees for commercial projects in redevelopment areas. But any short-term savings a builder might receive from a delay in impact fee payments doesn't ...

Coweta Commission reduces pay for jurors
Times-Herald, Newnan, GA - September 3, 2009
The [Coweta County Board of Commissioners] approved an agreement with Ross and Associates for amendments to the impact fee ordinance.  The agreement is for an amount some $9,000 less than the original proposal, said County Administrator Theron Gay.

All fees taken out of Bullitt storm-water proposal
Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY - September 2, 2009
All fees — which some have said would dampen development — have been taken out of a controversial subdivision and storm-water regulations proposal.  The Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission held a special meeting Thursday on the regulations ...

Vail still weighing new fees
Vail Daily, CO - September 1, 2009
During an economic time when developing property in Vail, Colorado is already on shaky ground, the Vail Town Council is questioning whether impact fees for fire and emergency services and traffic are in the town's best interests. Vail council members heard...

 
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