City Traffic Impact Fee Program Update

The City of Vancouver is in the process of redesigning its Traffic Impact Fee (TIF) program. During the redesign, district boundaries, transportation project lists, TIF rates and the overall program polices and administrative practices will be updated.

A stakeholder advisory group of 20 members and 12 City staff members met from January through July 2014 to review and provide input on the proposed changes to the City’s TIF Program.

TIF Final Alternatives Report (.PDF)


Project Status


All Planning Commission and City Council meetings will be held at:

City Hall Chambers
415 W.
6th Street
Vancouver, WA


Planning Commission Schedule

Workshop                July 22, 2014             4pm - 5pm
Public Hearing         August 26, 2014        6pm

TIF Update PC Hearing Packet (.PDF)


​City Council Schedule (These dates are subject to change. Check periodically.)


Workshop                October 27, 2014      4pm - 5pm
Consent Agenda     November 24, 2014   6:30pm
Public Hearing         December 1, 2014     7pm


What are Traffic Impact Fees?


Developers pay Traffic Impact Fees whenever they build new residential, commercial or
industrial developments within the City limits. The revenue from these fees is dedicated for

capital transportation improvements needed to serve growth.

The City of Vancouver TIF, in place since 1995, has historically provided 10 to 12 percent of the funding for major motorized and non-motorized transportation capital expansion and improvement projects in Vancouver, including projects like the Mill Plain west extension to the Port of Vancouver, and improvements to NE 192nd Avenue, Burton Road and Mill Plain, between NE 164th and 192nd avenues.


TIF History


Vancouver’s TIF program is authorized under Washington’s Growth Management Act and is implemented under the statutory provisions of RCW 82.020.050 – 82.020.090. It must meet state and local code requirements.

Vancouver first adopted the TIF program in 1995 under VMC 20.915 and has jointly administered the program with Clark County to include the unincorporated lands within the Vancouver Urban Growth Boundary.  The program was overhauled in 2001, after a joint City-County effort lasting nearly three years. This major overhaul resulted in new code provisions, including updated impact fee calculations using an annual inflation factor to the adopted per trip rate.

Traffic Impact Fees were subsequently updated annually from 2001 through 2007. The fees have not been updated since 2007 due to changes in the economy and to program administration.


Questions? Please contact:


Sandra Towne, Manager, Planning and Policy
(360) 487-7947