When McHenry County was the fastest growing county in the United States for three decades, current residents complained loudly (and accurately) that new subdivisions were not paying their own way.
The result was the imposition of developer impact fees to help pay for needed schools, libraries and parks.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision in an appeal of Naperville’s fees made that practice legal.
Locally, the first community to follow suit was Carpentersville under the leadership of Mayor Orville Brettman.
Now that McHenry County is flatlining, Johnsburg has decided to get rid of the fees in order to encourage growth.
The press release below explains what is going on:
Development Impact Fees
JOHNSBURG – “Come Build in Johnsburg!” is the message the Village of Johnsburg, Johnsburg School District #12 and the Johnsburg Library District are communicating after jointly agreeing to suspend school and library impact fees for new residential construction.
To further the effort, the Village Board has agreed to review land and construction values to determine if additional reductions should occur to park and other development related impact fees.
“Encouraging families to build in Johnsburg is important to the economic growth of our community as residential development will help to bring about new shopping, dining and employment opportunities for Johnsburg residents,” said Village President Ed Hettermann.
“I am truly grateful for the relationship we share with both District 12 and the Library that enabled us to work together in this endeavor”.
The Village, School District 12 and the Johnsburg Library District have a history of working together in the best interests of the community.
“This joint effort is an example of why Johnsburg is a great place to live and raise a family,” Board of Education President Tom Oeffling said.
“The suspension of school and library impact fees means you can choose your lot, select your contractor, and devote more of your investment into your new home.”
The group agreed to review development activity annually and consider adjustments if warranted.
“We are pleased to be a part of this decision and excited about the potential growth this change may bring to the community,” said Library Board Treasurer Doug Liston.
The impact fee suspension will take effect November 1, 2018, and will apply to all new residential construction within the Village of Johnsburg’s corporate boundaries.