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St. Johns County Joint Workshop on Impact Fees

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners and the St. Johns County School Board will hold on joint workshop on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 9:00 am to consider a recent report on impact fees. The workshop, which will be broadcast on the County Government TV Channel, will be in the St. Johns County Auditorium, located at 500 San Sebastian View in St. Augustine. 

The purpose of the workshop is to hear a presentation on a 2010 Impact Fees Report and accompanying data. No decisions will be made during the workshop. Board members may discuss the findings of the report, and there will be an opportunity for public comment. The report is available on the County website at

The Board of County Commissioners and School Board commissioned Dr. James Nicholas of the University of Florida to prepare the 2010 Impact Fees Report. Dr. Nicholas conducted a thorough study and prepared two Technical Memoranda with updated impact fee data. The Board of County Commissioners’ portion addresses Roads, Public Buildings, Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue and Parks & Recreation. The School Board’s portion addresses Public Education.

The impact fee data is required by County ordinance to be updated every five years and was last updated in 2005. Additionally, Florida Statutes requires the calculation of impact fees to be based on the most recent and localized data, as represented in the Technical Memoranda to be presented.

The results of Dr. Nicholas’s study for the Board of County Commissioners show significant decreases in impact fees for the majority of land uses. A few increases were also identified. At a future meeting, the Board of County Commissioners may adopt the fees at the rates identified in the study or adopt the fees at a reduced rate that would be applied equitably across all land use categories

The results of the study for the School Board show an increase in Public Education impact fees. The School Board will review the study findings and make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for adoption regarding the Public Education impact fee. It is anticipated that the Board of County Commissioners will adopt fee structures associated with both studies within the next 60 days.


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