SDC Remix

I received a note that the City of Portland has established a CAC and review process for their Transportation-related System Development Charges (SDCs). I also had a chance to sit in on a presentation about the topic at my neighborhood association.

The fact sheet (PDF, 93K) indicates that the process will review both the project list that SDCs are spent on, and the fee schedule.

SDCs are in theory the way that we get growth to pay for the cost of growth.

However, after the It’s a Beautiful Pizza incident (they were charged $36K in SDCs to move across the street), some might wonder if the fee schedule couldn’t use a little tweaking. This system is complex, and I think it could benefit from a lot of public input.

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