Guide to Impact Fees and Housing Affordability by Arthur C. Nelson
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Guide to Impact Fees and Housing Affordability
By Arthur C. Nelson

A Guide to Impact Fees and Housing Affordability


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Guide to Impact Fees and Housing Affordability by Arthur C. Nelson

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Impact fees are one-time charges that are applied to new residential developments by local governments that are seeking funds to pay for the construction or expansion of public facilities, such as water and sewer systems, schools, libraries, and parks and recreation facilities. In the face of tax-payer revolts against increases in property taxes, impact fees are used increasingly by local governments throughout the U.S. to finance construction or improvement of their infrastructure. Recent estimates suggest that 60 percent of all American cities with over 25,000 residents use some form of impact fees. In California, it is estimated that 90 percent of such cities impose impact fees.For more than thirty years, impact fees have been calculated based on proportionate share of the cost of the infrastructure improvements that are to be funded by the fees. However, neither laws nor courts have ensured that fees charged to new homes are themselves proportionate. For example, the impact fee may be the same for every home in a new development, even when homes vary widely in size and selling price. Data show, however, that smaller and less costly homes have fewer people living in them and thus less impact on facilities than larger homes. This use of a flat impact fee for all residential units disproportionately affects lower-income residents.The purpose of this guidebook is to help practitioners design impact fees that are equitable. It demonstrates exactly how a fair impact fee program can be designed and implemented. In addition, it includes information on the history of impact fees, discusses alternatives to impact fees, and summarizes state legislation that can influence the design of local fee programs. Case studies provide useful illustrations of successful programs.This book should be the first place that planning professionals, public officials, land use lawyers, developers, homebuilders, and citizen activists turn for help in crafting (or recrafting) proportionate-share impact fee programs.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781597264143
ISBN-10: 1597264148
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 327
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Helps practitioners design impact fees that are equitable and demonstrates how a fair impact fee program can be designed and implemented. This book includes information on the history of impact fees, discusses alternatives to impact fees, and summarizes state legislation that can influence the design of local fee programs.

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Author Biography - Arthur C. Nelson

Arthur C. Nelson, FAICP, the lead author, is director of the Metropolitan Institute and professor of urban affairs and planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is editor of Housing Policy Debate and associate editor of both the Journal of the American Planning Association and the Journal of Urban Affairs.

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