Friday, February 1, 2013

Action Alert: BoCC votes Feb. 12th on proposal to suspend impact fees

On Feb. 12th, the Lee County Commissioners will vote on a draft ordinance to suspend all impact fees for two years.  Much is at stake for advocates of complete streets and county taxpayers in this decision, so plan to share your views with commissioners at the Feb. 12th meeting or before.  There will be an opportunity for public comment beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers.  

Updated 3/6/13:
Over the past six weeks there have been multiple BoCC and committee meetings discussing this proposal.  Below are links to some of the documents and news reports.

3/5:  blue sheet package for the March 12th public hearing on the ordinance to reduce impact fees (includes draft ordinance)

3/5 NP editorial:  Don't stop Lee County impact fees, lower them

3/5 NDN article:  Lee commissioners toy with impact fee cut, seem to nix all-out moratorium

3/1 NP Guest opinion:Lee County's League of Women Voters want some answers on impact fees

1/23:  NDN reported on 1/22 BoCC meeting and strong public opposition to proposal to suspend impact fees:  More than two dozen people spoke during a 3-hour hearing on the proposal during Tuesday’s commission meeting, with a majority opposing the moratorium.

 1/22: NBC-2 News report about potential impact on Lehigh Acres complete streets projects if impact fees suspended:
Video Landing Page - WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

 1/17:  Bonita Springs City Council action opposing suspension of impact fees.

1/15:  report from 1/14 BoCC discussion at Management and Planning meeting:

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