The City assesses a variety of impact fees
on new development to help the City pay for the infrastructure that the new development activity will require.
have long been an option that local governments consider when planning for how they will pay for infrastructure needs and their capital facilities plans, as required by Washington State's Growth Management Act.
Local governments are allowed by state law to charge impact fees
for transportation, parks and schools.
But the real estate industry has pushed back, arguing that the higher water impact fees
force developers to shift the added costs to home buyers, or to take their business elsewhere.
In particular, there is a need to situate impact fees
within the law of local government financing--that is, determining whether they operate as fees or taxes--because the answer to that question will influence the proper level of Takings Clause scrutiny to which they should be subjected.
and creates a "preponderance of the evidence" standard of review for challenges to impact fees
The city of Laconia is considering imposing impact fees
on to developers.
But the one thing that hasn't changed significantly is the cost of a residential building permit--and the associated impact fees
However, over the past 40 years, local governments have increasingly turned to private revenue sources by imposing impact fees
and exactions on new development.
The cost of doing business in Fayetteville could be going up thanks to road impact fees
and it's no surprise local developers have lined up against the idea.
The report also includes specific ways that apartment industry leaders can become involved in the decision-making processes to ensure that impact fees
are assessed fairly.
HOME BUILDERS ARE MAKING SOME HEADWAY in their long fight to prove that impact fees
are nothing more than illegal taxes as two recent decisions--one in Mississippi, the other in North Carolina--ruled in favor of the builders.