The Changing Culture of American Land Use Regulation: Paying for Growth with Impact Fees
Ronald H. Rosenberg
William & Mary Law School
January 1, 2006
SMU Law Review, Vol. 59, pp. 177-263, 2006
Local governments in America are increasingly using development impact fees to fund infrastructure improvements. This trend represents a change in the pattern of local government finance of capital improvements necessary for community development. The adoption of impact fees represents a shift in the costs of new development to the land development industry, land owners and home purchasers. Both federal and state law has been fashioned to establish the ground rules for impact fee practice with state law being more significant. Development impact fees are truly porducts of the state law compromises balancing the competing interests in distributing the development-related costs and increasingly localities have deflected their previous public responsibilities to the development industry and consumers.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 124
Keywords: Land Use Control, Development Impact Fees, Infrastructure, Municipal Finance
Date posted: June 30, 2008
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