Latest News: September 2010

Hamilton Township's impact fees again challengedı
Cincinnati.com, OH - September 30, 2010
Another challenge to Hamilton Township's controversial collection of impact fees on new construction has landed in court. This time, nearby Maineville and a local developer are suing township trustees. Attorneys for the developer, Salt Run LLC, and the Village of ...

Tarpon adopts extensive public art master plan
Suncoast News, FL - September 30, 2010
Through its newly devised set of guidelines and master plan, the city's Public Art Committee hopes to show it is serious about applying the brushwork of creativity to Tarpon Springs. Marleen Gravitz, Public Art Committee chairwoman, says the master plan will provide ...

Flowery Branch officials: Time not right for impact feesı
Gainesville Times, GA - September 30, 2010
Flowery Branch doesn’t plan to pursue development impact fees, for now. City Planner James Riker had brought up the idea, as part of the city’s comprehensive plan update, to City Council in August and was directed to gather more information and report back with findings. ...

Collier reduces impact fees
Tampa Bay Review, FL - September 29, 2010
The Collier County Commission voted to reduce transportation impact fees by 32% effective Oct. 8. Commissioner Donna Fiala cast the only dissenting vote of the board’s five members. However, Fiala was not opposed to lowering the fee; instead, she supported a more ...

2 Pierce County Council proposals aim to help developers
Tacoma Daily News - September 29, 2010
Two measures intended to stimulate the economy by allowing developers to delay paying some fees cleared a Pierce County Council committee Tuesday on its way to the full council. The first proposal (2010-65) allows builders to put-off paying county-mandated parks ...

County to decide funding option for recreation
Tbo.com, FL - September 29, 2010
A decision on what Highlands County will do concerning the distribution of recreation funds to the three municipalities will likely not come until later this fall. June Fisher, the director of the county's community services division, said Monday the staff needs to "do ...

Building incentive: Collier County decreases impact fees
Naples Daily News, FL - September 28, 2010
A decision by Collier County Commissioners could mean an uptick in development in coming months. The Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday voted 4-1 to decrease transportation impact fees by 32 percent. The change goes into effect on Oct. 8. ...

Council to consider impact fee change
Today's News-Herald, AZ - September 27, 2010
Area contractors may see a burden lifted in an effort to spur the city's (Lake Havasu) economy, but some say it may be too little, too late. The City Council is expected to consider adoption of an amendment to city code that would give contractors the option of paying ...

Syracuse approves hefty cuts to two impact fees
StandardNet, UT - September 27, 2010
People wanting to build in the city will now have cheaper fees as city officials slashed two key charges. The city council amended its ordinances relating to the fee schedule involving the culinary water impact fee and the park development impact fee. City ...

Lindon considering public safety fees
Daily Herald, UT - September 24, 2010
Lindon City Council members on Tuesday considered a proposal to implement a one-time public safety impact fee of $500 for new residents and $63 per square foot for nonresidential construction. The public safety impact fee can be implemented only after a 10-day ...

Developer fee hike may be in future in Franklin
The Tennessean, TN - September 22, 2010
The fees that Franklin charges developers to pay for new roads could rise steeply in the months ahead. Proposed increases would raise Franklin's road impact fees charged for new home, office and other projects by 100 percent or more of their current rate, according to ...

Tigard to consider 30 percent water rate hike, bigger increase in fixed chargesı
OregonLive.com, OR - September 22, 2010
Residential water rates could spike by 30 percent starting next year, as the city continues to gather The proposed rate hike was outlined before the City Council on Tuesday. It would follow a much smaller increase already set to take effect next month. Here's ...

Impact fee debate in Dorchester County
Live 5 News, SC - September 21, 2010
"I feel like a quarterback in the NFL, I've already been sacked, now this is piling on," Steve Vaughn said Monday night in front of the Dorchester County Council. That was the prevailing opinion by many of the people who spoke about a proposal in front of the council. ...

Hatfield Township raises fees for developers, wood stoves
Lansdale Reporter, PA - September 16, 2010
The township's board of commissioners voted Wednesday to amend its fee schedule. The members formalized a 20 percent increase in traffic impact fees and added a stipulation for the installation of outdoor wood burning furnaces. Developers who conduct traffic ...

Building? Your fees could be dropping
Red Bluff Daily News, CA - September 15, 2010
The Air Quality Mitigation Fee plan was reintroduced to the Tehama County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The plan proposes to charge new developments to pay for air quality improvements. The revised proposal is similar to the original, but with a reduced fee ...

County development fees OK'd to help ailing parks
Modesto Bee, CA - September 15, 2010
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors gave preliminary approval Tuesday to adding fees to infill developments to help offset the effect on local park districts. The county has long had such impact fees on development in new communities. But park districts in ...

Stockton imposes fee reductionsı
Stockton Record, CA - September 15, 2010
In a bid to breathe some life into Stockton's sickened economy and lure companies interested in expanding, City Hall will temporarily slash and delay collection of many fees charged to developers. Under a broad incentive package approved Tuesday by the City Council, ...

Increase in park fee on the horizon?
Auburn Journal, CA - September 14, 2010
Auburn Area Recreation and Parks District leadership wants to be able to fund future projects and support the ever-growing population of Auburn. The district asked the City Council Monday night to consider a future agenda item that could increase the city park impact ...

Developers taking city to court over new fees
Gaston Gazette, NC - September 10, 2010
Gastonia's new strategy of making growth pay for growth may be stunted by a court challenge. The city recently began tying a new expansion fee to each application for a building permit or utility service that developers submit. The charges substantially increase ...

Clark County considers fee holiday to lure development
OregonLive.com, OR - September 10, 2010
When the city of Gresham waived business license and other upfront fees for new shops in certain districts, it lured a number of specialty shops, several restaurants and a downtown grocery store to fill some of its vacant storefronts. The incentive has inspired an ...

Council to allow impact-fee payments to be divided
Daily Inter Lake, MT - September 9, 2010
The Kalispell City Council on Tuesday discussed but eventually tabled some housekeeping changes to the city's administrative code. Council members did approve City Manager Jane Howington's request to allow city impact fees to be paid in installments. The move was seen ...

Town seeks funds for stoplight that state has no plans to install
TriValley Central, AZ - September 9, 2010
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has already found that a stoplight is warranted at Arizona 79 and Diversion Dam Road in Florence, but has not committed any funds to install it, Town Manager Himanshu Patel told the Town Council. At a work session ...

Appeals court upholds fee ruling against Cabarrus
Charlotte Observer, NC - September 9, 2010
The N.C. Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld a lower court's decision that invalidated a Cabarrus County ordinance requiring developers to pay fees for new schools. Cabarrus County will ask the N.C. Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision, County ...

Sycamore City Council votes against reducing impact fees
Dekalb Daily Chronicle, GA - September 8, 2010
A split Sycamore City Council voted against temporarily reducing impact fees for Sycamore's school and park districts. The council voted 3-3 Tuesday on a resolution that would have allowed City Manager Bill Nicklas to administratively reduce school and park ...

Proposed Budget Comes in At $1.3 Bil.
The Ledger, FL - September 8, 2010
Polk County commissioners gave tentative approval Wednesday to next year's proposed $1.3 billion budget - a drop from $1.6 billion for the current year. The new budget contains no increase in the property tax rate or fire assessments and contains a decrease in ...

Builders sue Syracuse over impact fees
StandardNet, UT - September 7, 2010
A coalition of home builders has filed a complaint in 2nd District Court against Syracuse for an unspecified dollar amount, alleging the city assesses "illegal" and "improper" impact fees. But Mayor Jamie Nagle, who was served with the lawsuit last week, said the city's ...

SFMTA expected to extend research group's contract
San Francisco Examiner, CA - September 6, 2010
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is expected to extend a contract with a research group to provide further study on The City's transportation impact fee structure. Since June 2009, Cambridge Systematics has been studying potential changes to ...

Is Manatee at competitive disadvantage on jobs?
Bradenton Herald, FL - September 5, 2010
When does a tool box hold enough implements to get the job done?  By tools, we mean government incentives to grow the job market.  That's the question confronting the Manatee County Commission over a suggestion that the county follow Sarasota in asking voters ...

County wants to change how we live, get around
Gainesville Sun, FL - September 5, 2010
In Florida, living in a residential subdivision and getting around by automobile are a part of the state's identity - like college football and the palm tree. Locally, Alachua County officials intend to make a sea change in this area's transportation and growth patterns. The ...

Town close to settling lawsuit
Indianapolis Star, IN - September 2, 2010
Zionsville has reached a tentative deal to settle a major lawsuit. Mishawaka-based Lehman & Lehman will pay $99,000 under terms of the settlement agreed to last week. The Zionsville Plan Commission had sued the consulting firm for nearly $500,000 last year, alleging ...

Enviros win. Growth stops. Do you like it?
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal, WA - September 1, 2010
So this is what it looks like when the extreme environmentalists get their way. For two decades, enviros in our state have been striving to shut down homebuilding. No-growthers have argued, litigated, legislated, and lobbied for every law, regulation, tax and impact ...

 
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