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Subject: TOD Mobility Plan
  
From: Matt Boerger, Growth Management
             
Meeting/Hearing Date:  June 7, 2017

Attachments:
(   )  Ordinance
(   )  Resolution
(X)  Other
(   )  Supporting Documents/Contracts

Purpose:
To explore whether the City should create a transportation mobility plan for the TOD area.

Goals/Objective:
To ensure that sufficient mult-modal transportation infrastructure is in place for the future growth of the TOD area.

Considerations:
In 2007, the Florida Legislature introduced Mobility Plans and Mobility Fees. In 2011, the Florida Legislature eliminated state mandated transportation concurrency and made it optional for local governments. In 2013, the Legislature encouraged “any” local government to adopt Mobility Plans and Mobility Fees as an alternative to transportation concurrency, proportionate share, and road impact fees. The Legislature made no exceptions for Volusia County or any Charter County.

A Mobility Plan provides local governments with flexibility to proactively determine how best to meet the specific travel demand needs and desires of its community; unlike transportation concurrency, which is a one size fits all approach focused on moving cars.

The integration of land use, transportation and parking in a Mobility Plan allows a community to transform from a focus on primarily moving cars to one focused on safely providing mobility and accessibility for people of all ages and all abilities consistent with Florida Statute 163.3180 (5)(f).  
 
A Mobility Plan can be used as an effective tool to encourage mixed-use, transit-oriented development, infill and redevelopment and ensure complete streets are designed to promote people walking, bicycling, riding transit, using ride and car sharing services and driving shorter distances.

Elements of a Mobility Plan include establishment of mobility standards intended to proactively plan for bicycle, pedestrian, transit and road improvements; as opposed to reactively regulating development through transportation concurrency.

A Mobility Fee is a funding source available to local governments that repurposes revenues away from funding road capacity to one that funds multi-modal improvements established in a Mobility Plan. There may be an opportunity to have Mobility Fees in DeBary replace all or a portion of Volusia County road impact fees.

The intent of a Mobility Fee, per Florida Statute 163.3180 (5)(i), is to serve as an alternative and a replacement of transportation concurrency, proportionate share and road impact fees.

The enactment of a Mobility Fee provides a simplified, streamlined and equitable process that allows new development to mitigate its transportation impact through a one-time payment to fund multi-modal improvements established in a Mobility Plan. Mobility Fees, like impact fees, are required to meet certain state standards justifying their implementation.  

Mobility Fees can be designed to assess varying rates within different assessment areas of the City, where fees would be lower for in areas such as around SunRail to promote Transit Oriented Development and higher for single-use areas based on the recognition of the differences in transportation impact.

Local governments can still require mobility impact studies (aka traffic impact analysis), if desired, for site related transportation improvements such as turn lanes, traffic signals and safety improvements as well as evaluate the need for site related pedestrian, bicycle and transit improvements and connectivity and accessibility to adjacent developments.

Request:

Provide direction to Staff on whether to pursue a mobility plan within the TOD in lieu of the existing transportation concurrency standards that exist in the City's Land Development Code.




City Council Action:
(   )  Approved As Recommended
(   )  Approved With Modification
(   )  Disapproved
(   )  Continued Date:

(   )  Other

Modifications:



 
 
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