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. 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 this project?
This is the major update to the County’s West Slope Transportation Capital Improvement Program and Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee Program.
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 includes 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 is 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 are 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 will be calculated for residential and commercial development unique to that zone.
What is the project timeline?
The project is expected to take approximately one year to complete.
How can I participate in this process?
We have created this project website www.EDCWesternSlopeUpdate.com where people can find all of the relevant information about the update and share their comments and concerns. The site includes an interactive map that allows users to click on specific locations and identify transportation investments they would like to see in the future and/or show us areas that are currently deficient. We will also be holding a series of workshops, focus groups and using social media to engage the public. Visitors to the website can sign up for eNews and get links to our Facebook, Twitter and NextDoor channels.
How do I submit other questions or comments?
Please click here to share any comments, questions or ideas using our online contact form.