Development Impact Fees: A Vehicle or Restraint for Land Development?

  • Sang-Seok Bae Ajou University, Department of Public Administration, 206 Worldcup-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon 443-749
  • Sung-Wook Kwon Texas Tech University, Department of Political Science, 113 Holden Hall, Buston & Akron Streets, Lubbock, TX 79409-1015
  • Christopher Coutts Florida State University, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, 600 W College Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32306
  • Sang-Chul Park Yeungnam University, Department of Public Administration, 280 Daehak-Ro, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk 38541
  • Richard Clark Feiock Florida State University, Askew School of Public Administration, 627 Bellamy Building, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Keywords: development impact fees, land development, growth management, uncertainty, Florida counties

Abstract

Although development impact fees have been used by local governments for decades, it is still not well understood how this tool serves its fundamental policy goal of growth management. Previous studies have shown that impact fees can serve as either a vehicle or restraint for land development. By using panel data from Florida counties in the U.S., this study shows that the use of impact fees precipitates local development by increasing the value of developable parcels. Impact fees allow developers to pursue more development activities as they bear the imposed fees.

Author Biographies

Sang-Seok Bae, Ajou University, Department of Public Administration, 206 Worldcup-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon 443-749
Associate Professor
Sung-Wook Kwon, Texas Tech University, Department of Political Science, 113 Holden Hall, Buston & Akron Streets, Lubbock, TX 79409-1015
Associate Professor
Christopher Coutts, Florida State University, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, 600 W College Ave, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Associate Professor
Sang-Chul Park, Yeungnam University, Department of Public Administration, 280 Daehak-Ro, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk 38541
Assistant Professor

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Published
2015-09-13
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