Impact Fees: Florida's Link Between Growth, Road Improvements, and Financing

by Joseph Story, Barton-Aschman Associates Inc, Tampa, FL, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Managing Urban Transportation as a Business

Abstract: Impact fees are one mechanism by which local governments can obtain additional revenue needed to construct major roads demanded by the consequences of new development. In Florida, the concept of seeking developer modifications to the major road system as a condition of large-scale development has been in place for over twelve years in the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) process. It is the intent of this paper to explore the concepts and issues surrounding the enactment of impact fees in Florida that are of concern to the concerns of transportation professionals. The paper describes the methodology of impact fee determination, discusses the relationship between site impact agreements and impact fees, reviews how impact fees relate to other state planning legislation in Florida, and identifies potential methods available to improve their fairness, accuracy, and legitimacy.

Subject Headings: Fees | Construction methods | Highways and roads | Financing | Construction sites | Infrastructure construction | Legislation | Agreements and treaties | Highway transportation | Local government | North America | Florida | United States

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