City Traffic Impact Fee Program Update

The City of Vancouver is in the process of redesigning its Traffic Impact Fee (TIF) program. The redesign process is scheduled to be complete in November 2014. During the redesign, district boundaries, transportation project lists, TIF rates and the overall program polices and administrative practices will be updated.

Project Status

The TIF program update is newly underway. A stakeholder advisory group comprised of 20 external members and 12 internal City staff members will meet starting in January 2014 to review and provide input on the proposed changes to the City’s TIF program.

The public will be able to review draft reports on this Web page as soon as they are available, and provide comments directly to staff. The City will also hold public hearings on the proposed changed later in the year.

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:

Stacey Goldstein, Transportation Project Manager, Consultant
(360) 487-7725 or (503) 577-9779

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