Development Fees

Rainbow painted crosswalk next to green painted bike lane on Seattle, Washington street

Poorly Timed Arrival for Seattle’s Long-Awaited Transportation Fee

A proposed transportation impact fee, years in the making, is stirring a controversy at a time of declining permitting and construction activity in the city of Seattle.

April 24, 2023 - The Urbanist


Pittsburgh Developers Push Back on Zoning Review Fees

An increase in fees for commercial construction projects is raising concerns from local developers who say the industry already faces rising costs to build in the city.

March 30, 2023 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Highway sign for Santa Ana, California

Southern California City Raises Development Fees on Housing

In the midst of a historic housing crisis, the city of Santa Ana is raising fees on housing construction, which housing advocates fear will drive developers from the city.

May 13, 2022 - CALmatters

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Statewide Zoning Reform Proposed in Minnesota

The proposed Comprehensive Housing Affordability Act would trade development fees for zoning relief.

August 24, 2021 - The Center Square

South Bay Area

Development Fees Set to Increase in Fremont

The Silicon Valley city of Fremont, already home to some of the highest development fees in the region, is set to increase the cost of most forms of development again. The one exception—affordable housing.

June 27, 2021 - The Mercury News

Millennium Tower

Office Development Fee to Fund Affordable Housing Approved in San Francisco

A new fee would add an estimated 6 percent to the cost of building new office space in San Francisco, yet not many from the business community resisted the new costs.

November 3, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

Housing Construction

Report: Impact Fees Add 18 Percent to the Cost of Housing in California

Development impact fees in California triple the national average. A bill in the State Legislature would reform the state's development fees, as one measure in an effort to build more housing in the state.

August 11, 2019 - The Mercury News

High Rise Construction

Transportation Impact Fee Finally on the Table in Seattle

The city of Seattle is the largest jurisdiction in the state of Washington that passes on its legal opportunity to implement a transportation impact fee on new development.

March 24, 2019 - The Urbanist

Arlington County, Virginia

More Planning Staff Needed to Keep Up With the Amazon Boom in Northern Virginia

The arrival of Amazon's HQ2 facility in Northern Virginia is expected to multiply development investment in the area, requiring more planners to review project proposals.

February 26, 2019 - Washington Business Journal

Toronto Construction

Waiving Development Fees to Spur Apartment Construction

One way to increase housing supply is to make it cheaper to building multi-family housing, like Toronto recently decided to do.

October 1, 2018 - CTV News Toronto

Accessory Dwelling Unit

Portland Makes ADU Incentives Permanent

Development fees can add some $15,000 to the cost of building a home in Portland. Residents adding an accessory dwelling unit to their property won't need to worry about those expenses, as long as they don't use the limit for short-term rentals.

May 9, 2018 - Portland Tribune

Los Angeles Residential

Los Angeles Adopts 'Linkage Fee' for Affordable Housing Funding

Los Angeles is the latest city to adopt a "linkage fee" that charges new development to generate funding for affordable housing, joining cities like Seattle, Chicago, and San Jose.

December 18, 2017 - Los Angeles Times

Affordable Housing

Study Compares Nearly 900 Inclusionary Housing Programs

The largest survey of inclusionary housing to date contrasts the efficacy of policies across the United States.

October 25, 2017 - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Hope VI Housing

Op-Ed: To Lower Housing Costs, Make it Cheaper and Easier to Build Housing

The argument in the headline, put more specifically: inclusionary zoning, fees, legal challenges, and minimum apartment sizes are counter-productive. The only policy that will add housing stock, is to make it much cheaper to add housing stock.

July 25, 2017 - Sightline Institute

Construction Cranes

Funding Rolling in for Still-Uncertain Nicollet Ave Streetcar in Minneapolis

Several new developments are adding funds to the pot of money in a streetcar district created by Minneapolis to circumvent a politically unpalatable tax increment financing district.

October 4, 2016 - Minneapolis Star-Tribune

17th Street, Denver, Colorado

Denver Approves First-Ever Affordable Housing Fund

The Denver City Council approved a hard-fought, $150 million affordable housing fund this week.

September 21, 2016 - The Denver Post

Florida Counties Alter Development Fees to Encourage Compact, Mixed Uses

Hillsborough County, home to Tampa, has already shifted its "transportation concurrency fees" to encourage compact development and a mix of uses. Nearby Osceola County is following their lead.

August 30, 2015 - Next City

Local Revenue Funding More Bay Area Road Maintenance

The greater Bay Area is enjoying a substantial increase in road maintenance funding from local measures, like bonds, city and county sales taxes, and development fees, part of a growing trend in compensating for a shortage of state gas tax funds.

January 27, 2015 - Inside Bay

Higher Fees Drive Developers to Outskirts

In Corpus Christi, Texas, a park development fee on inner city properties has developers crying foul, claiming it discourages development in inner cities where it should be encouraged.

March 20, 2010 - Corpus Christi Caller-Times

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