Some states allow local governments to utilize impact fees as a onetime cost for residential and commercial developers to initially compensate and offset the cost of local government to provide infrastructure needs and basic services, such as emergency services, public safety, water and waste water treatment, traffic signals, and public schools. Local governments will assess different variables based on the impact of a project on the community in determining appropriate levels for impact fees. In addition to property taxes, local governments are increasingly under pressure to raise impact fees because of declining federal and state resources.
NAIOP members are an invaluable resource to local leaders in establishing fair and equitable impact fees. Local governments should seek input from all interested and affected parties in determining fiscally sound and responsible solutions to the challenges within their communities and avoid a fee structure that discourages and hinders commercial development.
Impactfees.com is a web site provided as a public service by Duncan Associates, one of the nation’s leading impact fee consulting firms.
Associate Vice President for State and Local Affairs
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