By BIG BUILDER Magazine Staff

After lobbying Missouri state legislators for five years to get authority to implement development fees, Boone County's Commission took a new tack. The Boone County Smart Growth Coalition analyzed data and found that each new home in Columbia adds $30,177 in costs for new schools, roads and sewer, and fire and police protection.

This year the county will be armed with this data when it makes its case to legislators. Coalition leader Ben Londeree said that though infrastructure costs don't translate directly into development fees, the financial effect of new homes is something that residents must understand. For more on the study, visit

BIG BUILDER Magazine, February 2002