Welcome to our project website! This site was developed to provide the public with easy access to all of the information pertaining to El Dorado County's Major Update to the West Slope Capital Improvement Program and Traffic Impact Mitigation Fees, which was adopted on December 6, 2016. The project area includes the parts of the County that are outside the Tahoe basin, west of Echo Summit. We hope you will participate in this process by signing up for eNews, using our interactive map to help identify existing transportation issues, or by sending us your comments.
What is a Capital Improvement Program (CIP)?
A capital improvement program identifies and prioritizes future transportation investments that will be required to meet the County’s existing and future transportation needs for the next 20 years. This can be roadways, intersections, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, traffic calming treatments, transit service improvement projects, and ongoing administrative costs for transportation monitoring programs, including traffic model update costs, traffic study guideline updates and Circulation Element updates. Consistent with state law and General Plan policies, the County has minor updates to its CIP list every year and a major update approximately every five years to ensure that they are appropriate and reasonable based on current market conditions and costs of construction/investment. Funding for the portion of the CIP related to new development is financed by the Traffic Impact Mitigation fee program.
What is a Traffic Impact Mitigation (TIM) Fee?
Traffic impact mitigation fees are collected to offset the costs of impacts to the transportation system created by new development. Consistent with state law and General Plan policies, the County had minor updates to the TIM fee every year and major updates approximately every five years to ensure they are appropriate and reasonable based on current market conditions and costs of construction/investment.
How are the fees calculated?
The TIM Fees are based on planned development assumed to occur in the County’s adopted General Plan, the total cost of transportation improvements needed to accommodate this growth, and assumed local/state/federal revenue streams anticipated to be available to the County for transportation improvements. This information allows a nexus between the unfunded improvement costs and projected future development. The nexus study results in a calculation that determines the fair share that future development must pay for a particular type of land use development (i.e., residential and/or non-residential uses). The nexus analysis will be based on the incremental land use growth projected to occur in County between January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2035.
Does the County make a profit from these fees?
No. By law, the fee must only cover the actual costs of improvements for new transportation investments that are required based on the cumulative need created by new development.
How does the County determine what investments will be needed?
The study included a comprehensive review of the existing and projected traffic conditions during various times of the day at key locations in the unincorporated areas of the El Dorado County. Based on General Plan policies, this information was used to identify existing and future deficiencies in the transportation network and the types of projects and costs that would be required to mitigate them. This information along with the General Plan land use growth projections and other anticipated revenue streams were used to determine the fair-share cost contribution.
Do all applicants pay the same fee?
No. For equity purposes, the Western Slope area is divided into zones based on the type and intensity of projected development described in the County’s General Plan. Within each zone, fees were calculated for residential and commercial development unique to that zone.
When did the new TIM Fees go into effect?
February 13, 2017.
CIP/TIM Fee Program Adopted on December 6, 2016
On September 30, 2014, the Board of Supervisors approved and authorized an agreement with Kittelson and Associates, Inc. to begin the Major Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Traffic Impact Mitigation (TIM) Fee Program as required by the General Plan. After an extensive outreach effort and various Board of Supervisors hearings, staff presented several final documents for adoption at a Board hearing that took place on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, CA 95667.
On December 6, 2016 the Board certified the Final Environmental Impact Report, and adopted the 2016 CIP Book, TIM Fee Program Nexus Study, and the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program. Click here to see the adopted 2016 CIP Book.
On December 13, 2016, the Board approved Ordinance 5044, establishing regulations for Frontage Improvements on County Roadways, and Ordinance 5045, which provides for a General Plan Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee Program.
On January 24, the Board adopted the TIM Fee Administration Manual.
The updated TIM Fee Program went into effect on February 13, 2017.
TIM Fee Program documents are available here:
Final Environmental Impact Report
Exhibit A Statement of Findings
Exhibit B Statement of Overriding Considerations
Exhibit C MMRP
El Dorado County Community Development Agency, Long Range Planning
2850 Fairlane Court
Placerville, CA 95667
Claudia Wade, Project Manager
Kendall Flint, Outreach Task Manager