AGENDA ITEM #7
November 1, 2016
October 31, 2016
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Robert Drummer, Senior Legislative Attomey
2-resolution to adopt the 2016-2020 Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP);
Bill 37-16, Taxation- Development Impact Tax - Transportation and Public School
Improvement - Amendments;
Resolution to establish Development Impact Tax rates for transportation and public
Please bring the SSP Report and Appendix to this worksession.
SSP TRANSPORTATION TEST
The SSP (and its predecessor, the Annual Growth Policy, or AGP) has included
a transportation school test since the Council first established the AGP in 1986.
In the beginning, and
during most of the years since, there has been both a policy area review test that examined whether
transportation was adequate, on average, over the entire policy area, and a local area test, which
examined the congestion level at intersections proximate to the development being tested. The tests
have always measured adequacy at a point in the future, when it was believed that an approved
subdivision would materialize into actual housing units and buildings generating traffic. Congestion
standards were changed one way or another almost every time the Council updated the Growth Policy.
From the 1980s until the early part of this century, if a development "failed" either the Policy Area
Transportation Review (PATR) or Local Area Transportation Review (LATR), it was usually up to the
developer to build capacity or reduce demand, by building or widening roads, adding turn lanes at
intersections, running bus shuttles, etc., so that the future congestion level would be no worse with the
development than if the development never happened.
As time went on, developers found it increasingly difficult to borrow large amounts of funds
from banks and other lending institutions to build projects or fund traffic mitigation programs. In the
late 1990s the Council experimented with a "pay-and-go" regime, under which developers would pay to
the AGP the Planning Board, since the late 1970s, had administered a transportation test for subdivisions under its
Comprehensive Planning Policies Report (CPPR).