Everyone is talking about how fast Nashville is growing. I hear complaints about traffic on a daily basis. Our schools are overcrowded, our streets have potholes, there's new development everywhere you turn.
Back in 1995 when I ran for Metro Council and my husband had been doing construction work, I first heard the words "Impact Fee." He had been doing some building in Williamson County and was telling me about how they added this fee onto the cost of the houses. I wondered then why we didn't have an impact fee in Davidson County. I started asking questions, (since I was running for council) and the answer I got was "oh no, we don't want to do that. They'll move somewhere else."
I started looking at all the counties surrounding us and they ALL had impact fees. So where are they going to move and if they want to be in or near Nashville wouldn't they be willing to pay the fee to be in a prime location?
An impact fee helps pay for infrastructure. Things like roads and schools and traffic lights and all the things that having a lot of new people moving to an area will need. Just imagine if we had enacted an impact fee back in 1995 what we could have in place by now!
Seems to me that upping the price of a house by 1 or 2 thousand dollars would be worth it. You just roll that into your mortgage and when you're talking the price of houses now days, shoot, no body would even feel it. And the apartment/condo and commercial developers can certainly can afford to up the prices slightly to cover that cost.
They say over 100 people a day are moving to Nashville. I don't know if that's true or not, but when you look at the Nashville skyline and you drive around and see all the new houses, apartments and condos, I wouldn't be surprised. With all those new people, we need more schools, and we certainly need better roads, and what about a better form of mass transit! Like maybe trains!!
Of course, that's just this Daughter's View. What's Yours?