How to Obtain Waivers for Impact Fees

  • Course level: Intermediate

About Course

With the rise in lumber costs and drop in donations due to COVID-19, affiliates are looking at ways to run their operations more efficiently and save money. One way some affiliates are accomplishing this is through waivers for impact fees, but what are impact fees? Impact fees are fees imposed so that developments bear a proportionate share of the cost of public facilities and service improvements that are reasonably related to impacts and burden of the project (also known as: Capital Recovery fees, Expansion fees, Facility fees, System Development charges). These fees can range between $800 to $40,000 per house. Throughout this course, Glenn Whitcomb shares about waivers for impact fees and how to begin getting your community to approve these for your affiliate. Whitcomb will be sharing from his personal experience with this process at Baytown Habitat for Humanity.

Instructor Bio: Glenn Whitcomb has a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering, and retired from ExxonMobil after 32 years in Baytown, TX, New York City, and Houston. He was an independent consultant in the field of natural gas contracts and marketing for another 10 years. He now lives in Baytown and volunteered with the local HFH affiliate doing construction for 20 years, then serving on the board for 3 years. He volunteered with AARP TaxAide for 12 years, helping seniors and low income people prepare and file income taxes. Glenn is active in the local Presbyterian church, singing in the choir and teaching an adult Bible Study class. While building HFH houses in 2004 he began looking into ways of saving the cost of impact fees. He worked with City staff to propose waivers for Habitat houses, and it was passed by City Council in 2010.

What Will I Learn?

  • Define and discuss impact fees
  • Discuss examples of waivers in Texas
  • Learn how to obtain waivers
  • Review how Baytown Habitat implemented waivers

Topics for this course

4 Lessons1h

How to Obtain Waivers for Impact Fees

Impact Fee Waivers Overview6:56
How to Proceed00:00:00
References and Course Discussion22:46

Target Audience

  • Executive Directors
  • Board Members
  • Leaders
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