Introduce and Waive the First Reading of Ordinance No.___ of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending the Livingston Municipal Code Title 4, “Building Regulations,” to add Chapter 4-7 establishing a Regional Transportation Impact Fee (RTIF).

Meeting Date: April 15, 2014

Agenda Item #6. Introduce and Waive the First Reading of Ordinance No.___ of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending the Livingston Municipal Code Title 4, “Building Regulations,” to add Chapter 4-7 establishing a Regional Transportation Impact Fee (RTIF).

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STAFF REPORT

AGENDA ITEM: Introduce and Waive the First Reading of Ordinance No. _ of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending the Livingston Municipal Code Title 4, "Building Regulations," to add Chapter 4-7 Establishing a Regional Transportation Impact Fee (RTIF).

MEETING DATE: April 15, 2014

PREPARED BY: Jose Antonio Ramirez, City Manager

REVIEWED BY: Jose Antonio Ramirez, City Manager

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RECOMMENDATION:

Introduce and waive the first reading of Ordinance No. _ of the City Council of the City of Livingston Amending the Livingston Municipal Code Title 4, "Building Regulations," to add Chapter 4-7 Establishing a Regional Transportation Impact Fee (RTIF).

BACKGROUND:

Over the past few years, the City Council has heard several presentations regarding the Merced County Association of Governments’ (MCAG) Regional Transportation Impact Fee (RTIF) Program, which was established for the purpose of implementing the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The impact fee helps fund regionally significant transportation improvement projects that will be necessary to maintain a level of service "D" or better on the regional road network in Merced County and its communities.

Total estimated cost for the projects is approximately $884 million. Fees pay for the portion of the project plan that is created by new growth and development. The fees will be applied to new construction throughout the County and its communities.

Through discussions with the jurisdictions and committees, a recommended set of projects was derived in 2005 (none in Livingston):

• Bellevue Road – connection to 99 – from new interchange to Atwater.

• Mission Avenue – improvement – from 59 to 99 (not adding lanes).

• SR 59 "Merced-Atwater Highway" -re-align – from 99 to Bellevue with new 99 Interchange.

• SR 59 – widen to 4 lanes – from Mission Avenue to Childs Avenue.

• SR 59 – widen to 4 lanes – from 152 to Mission Avenue.

• SR 140 "Bradley Overhead" – widen to 4/5 lanes – from Parsons to Santa Fe Avenue.

• SR 140 – widen to 4/5 lanes – from Santa Fe Avenue to Campus Parkway.

• SR 140/33 "Gustine Truck Route" – bypass Gustine.

• SR 152 "Los Banos Bypass."

• SR 165 – widen to 415 lanes – from Hilmar to Stanislaus County or alternate project to reduce traffic on SR 165 through Hilmar.

In 2008, three projects were added to the RTIF Program:

• Campus Parkway from SR 99 to Yosemite Avenue.

• Dos Palos road improvements.

• Winton Parkway interchange improvements and widening (to encourage Livingston’s participation in the RTIF).

The RTIF is calculated per Table 4 (RTIF Study, 1-20-2005) below:

Table 4:Cost per UIll’t 0f Deve opment

Land Use

Unit of Development

Fee per Unit of Development

Residential, Single Family

Dwelling Unit

$3,115

Residential, Multi-Family

Dwelling Unit

$1,892

Industrial/Ag. Processing

1,000 s.f. Floor Area

$1,409

Office Commercial

1,000 s.f. Floor Area

$3,337

Retail Commercial -Low Turnover

1,000 s.f. Floor Area

$2,780

Rate Commercial -General

1,000 s.f. Floor Area

$4,146

Retail Commercial – Over 50,000 s.f.

1,000 s.f. Floor Area

$7,161

Retail Commercial -High Turnover

1,000 s.f. Floor Area

$12,082

The fee for each new development will be calculated by multiplying the cost per unit of development by the number of units being developed.

For example, a 3,300 square foot fast food restaurant (high turnover) wishes to open in Livingston. If the City adopts the RTIF, the developer will need to pay an RTIF amount of $398,706 ($12,082 x 33) in addition to the City’s development fees estimated at $15,912 for total fees of $414,618.

In a second example, a 55,000 square foot retail store wishes to open in Livingston. If the City adopts the RTIF, the developer will need to pay an RTIF amount of $393,855 ($7,161 x 55) in addition to the City’s development fees estimated at $196, 195 for total fees of $590,050.

Additional information about the fee process, system deficiencies, projects, fee calculations, and amounts to be collected by Livingston can be found in the attached Regional Transportation Impact Fee Study, January 20, 2005 (attachment 2).

ATTACHMENTS:

1. Ordinance No. _, Amending the Livingston Municipal Code Title 4, "Building Regulations," to add Chapter 4-7 Establishing a Regional Transportation Impact Fee (RTIF).

2. Regional Transportation Impact Fee Study dated January 17, 2008.

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