Regional Transportation Mitigation Fee (RTMF)
RTMF 2016 Administrative Plan Final - Parsons Brinckerhoff, October 2016
Guidelines and policies for implementation and administration of the Regional Transportation Mitigation Fee Program. RTMF Program funds are used for capital expenditures, including engineering and design costs, environmental documentation, right-of-way acquisition, construction, construction management and administrative costs.
This Annual Report is provided to assist Grass Valley, Nevada City and Nevada County in complying with the Government Code Section 66006 that requires each local agency that adopts mitigation fees provide an annual report and schedule a public meeting regarding that report. The purpose of the RTMF Program is to finance improvements to the regional network of streets and roads that are needed to mitigate the impact of increased traffic that will result from new development. The fee program was adopted by the City of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Nevada County and is administered by the Nevada County Transportation Commission through agreements with each agency.
The consulting firm, Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), was retained to prepare updates of all three programs. At the end of June 2015, PB completed its review of the NCTC demographic and traffic model assumptions and a review of the RTMF network of streets and roads. During their review, PB found some intersections and road segments where data appeared to be missing, old, or inaccurate, and they conducted additional traffic counts at those locations to insure the accuracy of the data set. PB reviewed the future deficiencies and network improvement projects.
- Reduced traffic growth will have reduced impacts on the transportation system and therefore trigger the need for roadway improvements at fewer sites. Some projects that were considered necessary under previous growth assumptions are no longer needed.
- In places where there are existing deficiencies that would be impacted by future growth, having less growth means that new development will be financially responsible for a smaller share of needed improvements, and existing traffic will consequently be responsible for a larger share.
The scaling back of growth forecast in turn caused a scaling back of the Capital Improvement Program, or at least the portion receiving funding from the RTMF. Fees decreased due to the reduction in expected project costs, which is a function both of the savings from construction of the Dorsey Drive Interchange and the savings from projects no longer needed with lower forecasts of growth.