The measure referred to the November ballot would increase development-related transportation fees substantially.
Nevermind how much developers have been forced to pay because of minimum parking requirements.
Let’s take a look a the developers tax returns and see how much they actually made.
I’m sure its in the millions, and millions, and most of the profit ended up tax free via loopholes and Bush tax credits for the rich.
First of all, is that a long enough title? :)
As for the article, I’m split between whether road projects should be paid for by new development or entirely by road users. It seems that having developers pay continues the cycle of road building and driving, and that having only road users pay can encourage people to travel more efficiently since it shows them (at least more of) the true cost.
Moreover, new development does not have to lead to more traffic–the business could technically require everyone bike or take transit there. The article does mention transit improvements, but I’d bet that most of the money goes to roads. In addition, if road use was priced better, increased driving caused by more development should result in more revenues that could be used to fund the improvements needed.
That being said, I think that having developers pay is much better than taxing existing property owners, many of which have not generated substantially increased traffic in some time. In addition, I strongly support any fees that make low-density development (most of whats built in Washington County) more expensive, since it does cost more to provide many services when people are more spread out.
forced to pay because of minimum parking requirements
Parking and the driving to the parking are two separate things, impacting two different groups of people. Though I’d definitely support eliminating the requirement.
Jason McHuff wrote: Moreover, new development does not have to lead to more traffic–the business could technically require everyone bike or take transit there. The article does mention transit improvements, but I’d bet that most of the money goes to roads.
It’d be interesting if all developments paid for an “access impact fee” which includes investments for BOTH transit and road access, so that existing transit riders aren’t forced to subsidize new investments in transit at the expense of their own service.
If close-in developments create huge demands for transit that deny access to those who ride further out, those close-in developments should be asked to pay for higher capacity that they are using. (Just as a further-out development should have to pay for transit access that wouldn’t otherwise exist, or for service that inherently costs more to operate due to fewer passengers).
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