A Guide to Impact Fees and Housing Affordability / Edition 2

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A Guide to Impact Fees and Housing Affordability demonstrates for practitioners exactly how a fair impact-fee program can be designed and implemented. In addition, it includes information on the history of impact fees and discusses alternatives to them, summarizes state legislation that can influence the design of local fee programs, and provides case studies with useful illustrations of successful programs.

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Editorial Reviews

senior resident fellow at The Urban Land Institute - William Hudnut III

"This book is a comprehensive, scrupulously researched, insightful analysis of one challenge facing land use professionals and home builders today, to wit, the need for more affordable housing for America's workforce. It recommends more equitable applications of impact fees by using proportionate share rates instead of uniform rates and flat fees, to soften their negative effects on housing prices and their regressive effects on working people's pocketbooks."
Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University - Nicolas Retsinas

"In a revenue-constrained world, impact fees will not disappear. The challenge is to ensure that such fees do not undermine a balanced community. The authors lay out a clear, fact-filled road map to address that challenge. Communities and developers should take heed."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597264143
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
Liza K. Bowles is the general manager of Newport Partners LLC based in Davidsonville, Maryland.
Julian C. Juergensmeyer is professor of law and Ben F. Johnson Jr., Chair in Law at the Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
James C. Nicholas is emeritus professor of urban and regional planning and affiliate professor of law at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes

Foreword David L. Callies Callies, David L. Dwight H. Merriam Merriam, Dwight H.

Ch. 1 Impact Fees - Past, Present, and Future 9

Ch. 2 Basic Elements of Impact Fees 25

Ch. 3 Legal Foundations 49

Ch. 4 Impact Fees in Relation to Housing Prices and Affordable Housing Supply 79

Ch. 5 The Relationship among Impact Fees, Planning, and Exactions 103

Ch. 6 Equity and Proportionate-Share Principles Applied to Impact Fees 109

Ch. 7 Capital Facility and Infrastructure Financing Options 141

Ch. 8 The Role of the State 165

Ch. 9 Designing Impact Fees to Address Housing Affordability 175

Ch. 10 Case Studies of Proportionate-Share Residential Impact Fees 207

Ch. 11 Affordable Housing Impact Fee Relief Programs 235

Ch. 12 Expanding the Base to Advance Housing Affordability 249

Ch. 13 Impact Fees and Housing Affordability in the Next Generation 259

Notes 261

Bibliography 277

Index 287

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