Developer Fees Rise in Pasadena

City’s traffic reduction, improvement fees under Pasadena Municipal Code amended to reflect new projects and plans

Published : Friday, August 11, 2017 | 5:36 AM

Developers can expect to pay higher fees after the City Council recently approved amendments to the Pasadena Municipal Code hiking-up the City’s traffic reduction and traffic improvement fee as proposed by the Pasadena Transportation Department.

The traffic reduction and traffic improvement fee (TR/TIF), originally set by an ordinance of the City Council in 2006, is a fee charged from developers as their share in mitigating the impact of their projects to the City’s transportation system.

Based on a Transportation Development Impact Fee Study conducted last year, the Pasadena Department of Transportation (DOT) had recommended that the TR/TIF be set as follows: $1.13 per square of net new industrial use; $10.79 per square foot of net new retail use; $8.13 per square foot for net new office use; $3,448 per net new unit multi-family residential, and $8,905 per net new of single family residential.

The proposed amendments were based on recommendations from both the Transportation Advisory Commission and the Planning Commission.

According to the DOT staff report, amendments to the Municipal Code are necessary to help pay for the needs of projected future transportation developments within the City through the year 2035, as identified in the 2015 General Plan Update.

The future development projects include new and improved transit services, bike and pedestrian infrastructure and intelligent transportation systems.

The amended fees are split into five land use categories, which include single family residences, multi family residences, retail, office and industrial developments.

The fee anticipates and mitigates the impacts of growth on City streets by providing quality transit service, building bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and implementing intelligent transportation systems or state of the art technology like fiber optics, closed circuit television feeds, traffic lights and more, according to the Transportation staff report.

Sources of the new projects include the General Plan Mobility Element, the Pasadena ITS Master Plan Framework, the Pasadena Bicycle Master Plan, the ADA Transition Plan, and new local Specific Plans.

According to the Department of Transportation, the new fees are expected to generate about $131.3 million for transportation capital improvement projects through 2035.