5 Discussion and Council Direction – Regional Transportation Impact Fee (RTIF).

Meeting Date: APRIL o1, 2014

Agenda Item #5. Discussion and Council Direction – Regional Transportation Impact Fee (RTIF).

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clip_image002STAFF 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: July 3, 2012

PREPARED BY: Donna M. Kenney, Community Development Director

REVIEWED BY: Jose Antonio Ramirez, City Manager

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 pw·pose 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).

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The MCAG Fee Study can be found in the Agenda Packet on pages 57 – 106

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