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Orange County Moves Up Transportation and School Impact Fee Rate Increases to June 2021, Adopts Higher Transportation Rates

March 24, 2021

By: Rebecca Wilson & McGregor Love

On March 23, 2021, Orange County approved two ordinances amending County Code relating to school and transportation impact fees. The ordinances revised two previous ordinances approved by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners in 2020 that would have implemented increases to transportation and school impact fees in phases. Under the new ordinances, the full impact fee rate increases for transportation and schools will now become effective on June 27, 2021. 

Additionally, where the 2020 transportation impact fee (TIF) ordinance adopted impact fees identified in the County’s Transportation Study at a “policy discount” factor rate of 75%, the new TIF ordinance revised the TIF schedule to reflect the study rates at 100%.  As a result, the full increase in TIF rates will become effective more than a year ahead of the previously adopted 2020 schedule and will be significantly higher than the rates approved in 2020. 

Current school impact fee rates, which were scheduled to partially increase on April 2, 2021, will now remain in place until June 27, 2021, when the full rate increase will become effective.


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Rebecca

Becky  Wilson is chair of the firm's Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group. She represents property owners, developers, lenders and other development participants with issues related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative law, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), procurement issues, due diligence and property rights.


As early as sixth grade, Becky advocated for the causes she believed in. Her concern about nuclear waste and water contamination in her hometown of Dothan, Alabama – and her thorough research – promoted her to press a state legislator with questions in the school auditorium. Having grown up in the South, Becky got in trouble for questioning authority – yet that life experience served her well.

After clerking for a federal judge in Washington, D.C., Becky landed in Orlando, quickly building a reputation at Lowndes for being thorough, outspoken, and a tireless advocate for clients. She ultimately found her niche in land use, collaborating with architects, transportation engineers and local governments to move her clients’ projects – and Central Florida – forward. Becky became one of the youngest female shareholders at the firm. Today, she is Chair of the Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group.

Her clients include property owners, developers, lenders and other participants in the development of high-rise, hotels, planned communities, large “power-centers,” mixed-use projects, office buildings and big box commercial projects, projects within historic districts, multi-family developments, senior living, and affordable housing. Becky works closely with the local government entities to address the needs of her clients related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative lawDevelopments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), procurement issues, due diligence, and property rights.

Undoubtedly, Becky’s diligence, activism and Southern charm were responsible in part for her appointment as chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Central Florida District Council, a global multidisciplinary real estate organization with more than 40,000 members dedicated to the responsible use of land, and creating and sustaining thriving communities.

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McGregor

McGregor Love assists clients with entitling projects for commercial, residential, industrial, office, and mixed use.


McGregor works with local governments and other regulatory authorities to address the needs of clients related to environmental permitting and compliance, zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, site plan approval, variance and waiver requests, due diligence, and property rights.

With a background in land use and business litigation, McGregor previously worked for other law firms where he focused on the representation of Florida businesses and business investors.

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