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Raleigh impact fees to jump in June

Posted May 20, 2008

— The City Council voted Tuesday to double the amount developers pay to build an average-size home in Raleigh, beginning next month.

Mayor Charles Meeker has pushed for doubling impact fees to generate revenue for growth-related needs. He has said higher fees could provide the city with an extra $8 million to $10 million for roads and parks.

Developers pay a flat fee of $1,200 for each single-family home they build in Raleigh, but the guidelines that will go into effect June 1 split the fee into two segments – one for thoroughfares and one for open space – and increase the fees for an average-size home to about $2,300.

A sliding scale for the fees would require developers of larger homes to pay more, while those building smaller homes would pay less.

Raleigh's Planning Commission last week recommended that the city phase in the higher fees for new development over four years, citing the sluggish economy.

Councilman Philip Isley agreed with the commission Tuesday, casting the lone vote against the higher fees. The city should maintain its existing fee structure because of poor economic conditions, he said.

Raleigh has had some of the lowest impact fees in the Triangle, and Meeker has said the higher charges would bring the city more into line with those charged in Cary and Apex.


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  • Ripcord May 21, 2008

    chivegas said: "They need to double impact fees, then triple them, and then quadruple them. And then, maybe then people will stop moving to the suburbs and ruining our countryside."

    So... you favor taxation as a social engineering tool... is that right?

  • jsanders May 21, 2008

    Impact fees are Raleigh's way of saying yeah, we know our taxes are too high, but we don't want to change, so let's just penalize the new guys; y'all will go along with that, won't you? Please?

    Oh, and then we'll raise your water and property tax rates, too:

  • Raydianse May 21, 2008

    Furthermore if you don’t want neighbors move to Hyde, Columbus, Scotland, Polk, Swain, Pamlico, or Tyrrell county – what they don’t have any of your stores or any of the benefits that you reap while living near or in an area with growth? Well isn’t that you all seem to want. Tyrrell County barely has a population above 10,000 that should be a vast difference to those who live in Wake with at least 750,000. Don’t move to the capital and throw a fit about growth – we live within 30 miles of UNC, DUKE, NSCU, Peace, Meredith, Shaw, St. Aug don’t you think these schools need professors employees etc don’t you think when the students graduate they are looking for jobs, don’t complain about growth when you chose to live in Raleigh area – if you don’t like move elsewhere. I am sure 10 acres in Eastern NC isn’t what 10 acres is in downtown Raleigh.

  • Raydianse May 21, 2008

    I have a question for you, where do these people work whom live in this wonderful town? Are they a result of the urban sprawl from Boston, who work in Boston but live in the suburbs? Do they benefit off the jobs that are available outside of their town? What you have described to me is this elitist area. I am a Cary native, and a 10th generation North Carolinian & when I visit eastern North Carolina where every couple of miles you see a house, you see poverty every mile. You will now see for sale signs covering almost all the rural highways. As people say no to development they say no to supporting jobs that many working class people need. The lumber that goes into your home comes from somewhere & the loggers are losing their business’s – that means their employees lose their jobs, where are they now going to work with everyone halting growth? So they can’t make their payment, then they lose their house or are forced to sell before foreclosure. Please everyone look at the bigger

  • 2headstrong May 20, 2008

    wrx44 - that sounds like a lovely place. I think it should be a crime to put a house on less than an acre. All these cookie-cutter houses piled practically on top of each other, with bare yards because the trees were bulldozed down, are an eyesore.

    We were fortunate enough to build on just over two acres, and our next house will be on no less than five. Home should be a haven, not a place where you have to listen to your neighbor's stereo, kids, arguments, etc.

  • chivegas May 20, 2008

    They need to double impact fees, then triple them, and then quadruple them. And then, maybe then people will stop moving to the suburbs and ruining our countryside.

  • wrx44 May 20, 2008

    My best friend lives in a beautiful town about 30 miles outside Boston. It is very strict on how you can develop....about one house per acre at most.

    It is a very nice place to live and while taxes are higher for property, food and energy costs less.

    It is a complete myth that you need development and never ending building for your town or city to be a nice place to live. Complete fallacy.

    The pendulum in Wake County had swung way too far in subsidizing the developers profit margins. It is just being corrected as it should have been long ago.

    Growth is NOT the only factor for quality of life, plus if you are profiting off it and driving infrastructure...you have to pay you share.

    The developers and builders never wanted to pay anything except pass all the infrastructure costs onto the citizens...Thankfully our ELECTED leaders took them on as the public wanted.

    My taxes don't exist to maximize homebuilders profits!

  • Raydianse May 20, 2008

    Wake1- we hopefully can get the communist out of power and survive not only survive but start to thrive like we once did! Better economy better jobs etc.

  • Raydianse May 20, 2008

    Pack1966- the reason developers build is because there is a demand - right now though we are facing the effects of this anti growth band wagon that everyone has jumped on. Anti growth in every way - don't bring more jobs, more people etc. do you work? And if so do you work for free? What are the cost that a developer has to pay? Buys the land for 100,000 and sells it for 200,000 to builders so you think he made a 100,000 profit? Wrong try again after paving roads, bringing in services, surveyors, graders, permits, etc they are just doing the same thing as everyone else trying to make a home for their families - and they create tons of jobs so before you lay into them start yelling at everyone's boss who creates jobs for others.

  • Raydianse May 20, 2008

    For everyone that complains about the growth - do you support Wake county and our economy? Person sells land ( makes money), developer buys land, uses services of land surveyors, attorneys, graders, landscape architects, engineers, soil scientist, other contractors - Developer sells the land to a builder - who then employees land surveyors, brick masons, painters, electricians, plumbers, construction workers, landscaper do design yard - builder buys marble, appliances, other construction products - so it looks like to me you raise the fees you effect ALL OF THEM. Why would I want to build somewhere that is anti development when I can go and build in somewhere that welcomes the growth because they realize that it brings JOBS!
    Why do we need more government run parks? So we can employee more government workers to support with our tax money ??