Infrastructure Finance and Development Fees

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Contact: Nicholas Julian
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njulian@nahb.org

Land Use Infrastructure Finance and Development Fees

Both public and private sector resources are more constrained than ever before, and the issue of how to fund infrastructure remains a significant one. In fact, it’s typically one of the first issues that comes up when developers propose new projects.

The development entitlements process has also become increasingly lengthy and complex, making it both less certain and more costly. More sites today have unexpected surprises, and there is often citizen resistance to development of any sort.

There is also still limited funding from commercial banks for new development, so there’s a greater reliance on private investors.

The challenge and opportunity for all is to figure out how to work together to incentivize desired new projects and finance needed infrastructure as effectively, reliably and efficiently as possible without driving up housing costs in the process.

Resources

  • Document

    Impact Fee Handbook

    This handbook was developed to provide home builders and other parties interested in impact fees a resource for exploring issues and to provide strategies for achieving balanced infrastructure financing solutions.

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  • Document

    Proportionate Share Impact Fees

    This research focuses on a HUD guidebook proposal that encourages local practitioners to embrace graduated-impact fees for residential units calculated on the basis of square footage.

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  • Report

    Overview of Special Purpose Taxing Districts

    In order to foster continued growth in the housing recovery, the public and private sectors should increase the use of Special District financings. This document explains the concept, as well as the benefits and opportunities for using it.

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  • Report

    Tax Increment Finance State-by-State Report

    This report is a review of alterations since 2012 regarding state statutes and related regulations governing the use of tax increment and similar special district financing tools.

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  • PowerPoint Presentation

    The Challenge of Impact Fees

    Many communities have turned to impact fees to construct public infrastructure systems on the assumption that new development must pay its way. This presentation outlines the challenges with this tool, and how the private and public sector can collaborate to tackle infrastructure challenges.

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  • PowerPoint Presentation

    Alternative Infrastructure Financing Tools

    There are many alternative municipal finance solutions to impact fees that better meet the needs of both private development, the public sector, and new home buyers. This presentation outlines NAHB research on different solutions.

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