STREAMLINING TRAFFIC MITIGATION FEES

The City of Lacey rewrote the ordinance governing collection of fees to mitigate development impacts on the transportation system. Previously, developers submitted traffic generation and distribution reports prepared by qualified traffic engineers. The impacts were reviewed and the mitigation required at each site in the City were iteratively negotiated. This process required substantial investment by the developer and the City. Funds collected could only be used on the specific project for which they were collected. In developing a new ordinance, the City requested public input. Roundtable discussions included builders and developers. The application of mitigation fee formulas to commercial and residential projects, as well as trip generation and distribution methodology, were discussed in these sessions. The final ordinance included trip generation reductions for commercial property and a per trip mitigation fee cap for residential properties. The ordinance also allows the City to pool money from various projects for a single project under certain circumstances, and mitigation fees can be collected for projects already built until the project costs are fully amortized. An additional result of the roundtable discussions is that the City developed a trip distribution map for each Traffic Analysis Zone (TAZ). A proposed development can use this distribution, or in the alternative may hire a traffic engineer to develop an alternative distribution to be negotiated, as was done under the previous ordinance. All of these tools are based on existing information. Trip distributions were plotted using the City's transportation model assembled as part of the Transportation Comprehensive Plan. All projects to be mitigated are listed in the City's Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 7p
  • Monograph Title: SIXTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORTATION PLANNING FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED COMMUNITIES, SEPTEMBER 16-18, 1998, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00778497
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 29 1999 12:00AM