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Osceola County Proposes Increased School Impact Fees and Outlines Application Timeline for Avoiding New Mobility Fees

January 19, 2018

By: Tara L. Tedrow and Rebecca (Becky) Wilson

On January 16, 2018, the Osceola County School Board voted to approve new school impact fees for all residential developments. The proposed ordinance — which has not yet been passed by the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners (the “County”) — will increase the impact fees for most categories of residential development but will provide an exemption for vacation rental units or “Vacation Villas” (as they are defined Sections 509.242(1)(c) and 509.013(4), Florida Statutes). Additionally, units that qualify as “Short-Term Rental” property — that is, residential units that are used for less than 30 days per year by the same individual — will be subjected to a lower fee.

The County has not yet announced when the new ordinance will be heard by the Board. Once the ordinance is passed, it will become effective 90 days after the ordinance is adopted and will not apply to any building permits obtained before that date. The current draft of the ordinance can be found here. The proposed school impact fee changes are outlined in the table below.

Proposed School Impact Fees
Residential CategoryCurrent Fee (per dwelling unit)Proposed Fee (per dwelling unit)Proposed Fee for Short-Term Rentals (per dwelling unit)
Single Family Detached$10,187$11,823$6,264
Townhouse$10,187$7,591$3,951
Multi-Family$6,088$11,362$7,033
Condominium$6,088$4,243$2,325
Mobile Home$6,013$7,672$7,672

In addition, on January 8, 2018, the County passed an ordinance that hikes up mobility fees for all categories of new development. The new ordinance increases mobility fees for several categories of development by nearly double the current rates. The final ordinance can be found here.

Developers may continue to pay the current mobility fee so long as they obtain building permits before May 1, 2018. To guarantee that building permits are issued by the May 1 cut-off, developers must submit their applications for commercial building permits (including multi-family) by March 9, 2018 and for residential building permits by March 23, 2018. Any permits issued on or after May 1, will be subject to the new, increased mobility fees. Please note that all associated applications or projects, including subdivision plans, site development plans, construction permits, lot splits, etc., must be approved prior to the approval of the building permit. Additionally, for those applications requiring revisions or responses to staff comments, developers must submit revisions or responses within 5 business days for residential permits and 10 business days for commercial permits from the date of the initial comments by staff.

If you have any questions about how the new ordinances may affect your business, please contact any member of the firm’s Land Use, Zoning, and Environmental Group.


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Tara
Tara Tedrow is a shareholder in the firm’s Land Use, Zoning & Environmental Group and serves as chair of the Cannabis & Controlled Substances Group. She brings years of experience handling an array of complex legal matters for multi-billion dollar valued companies and entrepreneurs alike.
With a significant portion of her practice devoted to land use and development, Tara regularly advises clients on entitling projects for commercial, residential, industrial, office and mixed uses. She works with local governments and regulatory agencies to address the needs of her clients related to environmental permitting and compliance, zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, site plan approval, variance and waiver requests, due diligence and property rights.

Often sought out for high-profile and high-stakes land development projects, Tara has delivered positive outcomes for clients ranging from large multi-national and U.S.-based companies to high-net worth individuals seeking land use entitlements. With over 15 years of competitive debate experience, she is uniquely suited to handle complex and controversial projects and public hearings that present a myriad of political and legal challenges.

Tara has provided developers and clients with legal counsel and representation in Section 70.51 mediations. Her experience in land use and environmental dispute resolutions offers a unique benefit to clients navigating the alternative dispute resolution process following denial of a development order, zoning approval and other land use matters around the state.

Well-known for providing legal and lobbying representation for a wide range of cannabis clients, Tara and her team work with physicians, lenders, real estate developers, landlords, ancillary service providers, banks, licensed adult use and medical marijuana companies, cultivators, processors, retailers and license applicants, helping them to navigate the ever-changing regulatory landscape of marijuana and hemp regulations. She also assists clients in the national hemp industry in obtaining licensing and approvals for processing, retailing, cultivation and other forms of secondary byproduct monetization. Her deep knowledge of regulatory laws and understanding of operations and logistics for cannabis companies, along with her ability to make connections and build partnerships, bring strategic value to her clients. 

Tara is the only person in the state of Florida to be appointed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to both the inaugural Industrial Hemp Advisory Council created under Senate Bill 1020 and to the state’s Hemp Advisory Committee, which she currently chairs. A prolific presenter and speaker at industry seminars and conferences, she has served as the keynote speaker on industry regulations at over 60 events in the past two years. In the fall of 2018, Tara became the first professor in the state of Florida to teach a law school course on marijuana law and policy at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she continues to teach today.

Prior to joining the firm, Tara worked as a legal extern for the University of Florida General Counsel and Office of the Vice President as well as for the Orlando Juvenile Public Defenders Office. For over a decade, she has also worked professionally as a private speech and debate coach and taught at multiple national debate institutes, including the National Debate Forum at Emerson University, the National Symposium for Debate at Grinnell College and Victory Briefs Institute at UCLA.

Tara is a contributing writer at the Orlando Sentinel and has spoken about various real estate topics on Fox News.

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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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