Future of GIC 22 Jun 2017

Clancy Mullen:  I believe we are in a moment of crisis/transition.  The old guard is running out of ideas and energy, and we’re not getting much new participation.  We rely heavily on our email list, but it shrinks as people change jobs.  We are on a declining path in terms of new program content and conference attendance.  The old guard and the old model are running out of steam. I’m a founding board member of … Continue reading

Update on AZ impact fee bill 14 Aug 2011

Since my last post, I have learned more about SB 1525, the new Arizona impact fee enabling act for municipalities, and I would like to share my current understanding of the bill.  I got a couple of things wrong in my previous blog, due to the fact that I did not have the final version of the bill.  Compared to the earlier version I was reviewing, the final version does not prohibit city-wide service areas, … Continue reading

Infrastructure Needs, Priorities of Baby Boomers Aging in Suburbia 10 Jul 2011

In the June 28th edition of the Washington Post, Carol Morello reports on the potential cultural shifts resulting from the suburbs growing older than cities as a result of the baby boomers aging in place (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/if-baby-boomers-stay-in-suburbia-analysts-predict-cultural-shift/2011/06/27/AGeMLUoH_story.html). Morello notes: “The political ramifications could be huge as older voters compete for resources with younger generations.” “When people think of suburban voters, it’s going to be different that it was years ago.  They used to be people worried … Continue reading

The U.S. Infrastructure Deficit: Taxes, “Pay-to-Play,” or …? 17 Mar 2011

At a Festscrift Symposium last year, held in honor of GIC member, Professor Julian Juergensmeyer, I shared my perspectives on the trend towards the increased “privatization of infrastructure,” meaning, specifically, a shift, over the last several decades, away from broad-based sources of infrastructure funding to private, or “quasi-private,” sources.  In my view, this trend represents one of several potential scenarios we could face if we try to close gap between the infrastructure the U.S. needs … Continue reading

Arizona impact fee bill far-reaching 8 Mar 2011

The Arizona Senate passed SB 1525 on February 28, 2011.  This bill amounts to a virtually complete rewrite of the Arizona statute for municipal impact fees.  It imports verbatim major sections of the Texas act, one of the earliest and most restrictive impact fee enabling acts in the country.  Let me highlight some of the most significant changes: (1)  limits the types of facilities for which cities may charge impact fees to water, wastewater, roads, … Continue reading

Florida Impact Fee Moratorium? 24 Jan 2011

Florida’s new governor is reportedly going to push for a two-year moratorium on impact fees in the state once the legislature is back in session.  This move is being pitched as part of package of measures to stimulate the economy and create jobs.  I am not sure if this would be a moratorium on new or increased fees, as has been in place in Arizona for the last two years, or if it would require … Continue reading