19 Florida Counties Lower or Suspend Impact Fees

Only Bunnell has done so in Flagler County

Palm Coast, FL – December 27, 2010 – According to an article by Jay Brady in the Gulf Coast Business Review, 19 Florida counties have either lowered or suspended impact fees. The data was compiled by Duncan Associates and is available at www.impactfees.com. Impact fees reduced or suspended around the state are:
  • Charlotte: Reduced fees in 2007 to 1998 levels.
  • Citrus: Road fee suspended until June 1, 2011.
  • Collier: Most fees reduced November 1, 2010 with single family fee cut approximately 32 percent, office 37 percent and industrial 27 percent.
  • Columbia: moratorium though January 1, 2011.
  • DeSoto: Suspended fees effective January 1, 2008.
  • Glades: expected to suspend all fees to February, 2013.
  • Hardee: All fees except industrial and warehouse suspended until July 1, 2011.
  • Hendry: All fees suspended through December 31, 2011.
  • Hernando: Reduced fees to 2001 levels through November 30, 2011.
  • Highlands: All fees suspended to July 1, 2011.
  • Lake: Road fee suspended for one year effective March 2, 2010.
  • Lee: change of use fees eliminated for two years. Expedited consultant study of road fees authorized.
  • Manatee: School fees suspended and roads fee cut 50 percent for two years until July 2011.
  • Marion: Road fee suspended from January 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.
  • Polk: All fees suspended for six months except school, effective August 31, 2010 and then extended through July 31, 2012.
  • Putnam: All fees suspended for two years effective March 31, 2009.
  • Santa Rosa: All fees suspended for two years effective January 1, 2008 then extended through 2010; emergency ordinance to suspend road fees for 2011 approved December 9, 2010.
  • Sarasota: School fees suspended for two years effective December 15, 2010; 50 percent cut to road fees under consideration.
  • Wakulla: Impact fees suspended indefinitely.
Source: FHBA
The median selling price for existing homes in Flagler County is approximately $130,000. Palm Coast’s impact fees, permitting and connection charges account for over 10% of the value of a $130,000 home. Bunnell is the only jurisdiction in the county that has acted to suspend impact fees.
Impact fees affect commercial development as well. Recent impact and other related fees charged for commercial construction in Palm Coast include:
Sunshine Food Mart (Old Exxon) – $78,346.80 (What impact? This was already a gas station.)
Nikzad Plaza – 85 Cypress Point Pkwy – $60,037.98
CVS Pharmacy – $58,819.28
Olive Garden/Red Lobster – $64,943.78
ABC Liquor Store – $58,104.06

5 replies
  1. George Edward Chuddy
    George Edward Chuddy says:


    Prior to this we had to drive to Ormond Beach or elsewhere to get gas – forget it if you owned a Mercedes in 1972 – no diesel until our Exxon Station arrived.


    Palm Coast’s gas-up center.
    Palm Coast ( summer 1978 ) Palm Coast residents can now B O A S T of their own neighborhood service station.
    Parkway Exxon service station has opened for business on the Palm Coast Parkway. It is operated by John Mandarano, a Palm Coast resident.
    The station offers a full line of tires, batteries, parts, and mechanical repairs and all Exxon products.
    House of operation for the service station are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Sunday, when the hours are noon to 5 p.m.
    Palm Coast’s gas-up center pict.
    Newly completed Palm Coast Utilities Headquarters pict.
    Work continues on the new water treatment plant in Palm Coast. Expected completion date is early 1979.
    James Gardner has assumed the position of Director of Operations for ICDC. All engineering, land planning and construction are under his direction. Mr. Gardner joined the company in April pict.
    ‘The Palm Coaster’ , Spring 1978, p12.

  2. DFB
    DFB says:

    Palm Coast is missing the boat

    Palm Coast should do the same, impact fees should not be a generic charge, it should be specific to the actual impact created. What Palm Coast is doing is limiting growth in the town especially commercial growth as a result. But maybe that’s what the planning board wants????

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