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LTIC: An Overview

LTIC - Local Transportation Infrastructure Charge

A new approach for residential development on curbless, local service traffic streets.

Why the LTIC?

In Portland, a little less than 3% of the 2,066 miles of streets are unimproved – dirt and gravel. Another 15% of streets are under-improved – some pavement and/or sidewalks, but lacking curbs. Over the years, the pace of infill development on these under-improved streets has increased, but the policies and tools for building complete and connected streets have not kept up.

The City of Portland faces a long-standing dilemma due to its inability to get comprehensive street improvements when new infill development occurs. Currently, the City requires developers to construct partial street improvements directly in front of each building site, resulting in unconnected frontage improvements scattered throughout the city. In many situations, developers argue that being required to build these fragmented improvements is illogical, and often infeasible, due to geographical constraints.

Benefits of the LTIC

By adopting the LTIC on April 13, 2016, City Council took an important step toward improving curbless, local service traffic streets in Portland. The LTIC provides three major benefits:
Fairness. With the LTIC, all infill developers will follow the same process for how they meet the requirements for local service street improvements.
Funding. The LTIC will assist in defraying the costs of future street improvements throughout the city.
Simplicity. The LTIC provides a more predictable and simple option for infill developers to meet their obligations to improve local service streets.

What's next for the Local Street Program?

Fixing Portland’s under-improved streets is a sizeable problem that will take wide-ranging approaches to solve. Neither current funding or any solution by itself, including the LTIC, will be adequate. Recognizing the need to actively address the complexity of issues, the City is initiating the next phase of the project to develop a Comprehensive Local Street Program.
For information on the work or how to be involved in the process of fixing Portland’s under-improved local streets, visit the project webpage, www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/58466, or contact
Kyle Chisek at 503.823.7041 or Kyle.Chisek@portlandoregon.gov.

LTIC DetailsHow, when and where the LTIC will be applied.

Location of Property
»» Located within a Single-Dwelling Zone as identified in Title 33 of the City Code. As of March 2016, Single-Dwelling Zones include RF, R20, R10, R7, R5, R2.5. (Note: zoning districts and definitions can change. Confirm Single-Dwelling Zones in Title 33.); and
»» Frontage on a local service traffic street without a curb (i.e. unimproved or under-improved street), other than a local street that has been formally accepted by the Bureau of Transportation as fully built under an alternative street standard not requiring a curb.

Type of Permit
»» Construction. Building permit for new single-dwelling residential construction for a project with one or two units.
»» Land Division Partition. Land use approval to divide land into not more than three parcels.

Calculating the Charge
»» The LTIC is based on the total linear frontage of the property adjacent to an under-improved local service traffic street without a curb. The Bureau of Transportation staff will assess the LTIC using information included in the permit application.

Total length of qualifying property frontage X LTIC rate* = $600 / linear foot

*As of March, 2016.

»» The initial rate is based on historical data for the cost of building standard local service traffic streets in Portland and is subject to change. Consult the City’s Fee Schedule for the most current rate.

Time of payment
»» For new residential building permit applications, payment is due prior to issuance of permit.
»» For land division partitions, the LTIC is due prior to the approval of the final plat.

Exemptions
The LTIC does NOT apply to:
»» Accessory dwelling units
»» Disaster replacement
»» Alterations of existing structures
»» Property line adjustments or lot confirmations
»» Properties that have already paid the LTIC for a previous land use or development action
»» Instances when applicant elects to build the required frontage improvements on adjacent local service traffic streets to the City’s adopted standard. An applicant cannot appeal the frontage improvement requirements as part of this exemption.

Dedications
»» Any necessary property dedications as identified by PBOT will continue to be required. Payment of the LTIC does not change or remove requirements for dedications.

Appeals
»» Application of the LTIC cannot be appealed. Specifically, application of the LTIC is not subject to the Public Works Administrative Appeals Panel, or the Public Works Board of Appeals.

For additional information and details on the LTIC, consult the City’s Administrative Rules, adopted ordinance, or contact Kurt Krueger at 503.823.6964 or kurt.krueger@portlandoregon.gov. Or go online, www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/68843.