As cities try to find ways of increasing revenues, the idea of impact fees has been brought back up to the City of Dunwoody. With major new developments sprouting up, City leaders began discussing this idea at a recent retreat of the Council. Staff has said they are looking at ways to cover expenses the city is responsible for new residents as the city grows.
Dunwoody considered impact fees as recently as 2011, but Council decided not to go that route. Michael Starling, City Economic Development Director, has stated in recent interviews that the staff does plan to bring the idea back up to the Council.
The City of Sandy Springs most recently raised their impact fees by more than 300%. While this conversation is in its early stages, ARA has already begun to reach out to the City of Dunwoody to assure REALTORS have a voice in this discussion and whatever the outcome, that it is fair and equitable. Stay tuned, more is definite to come.