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PBOT has completed an update of its Transportation System Development Charge (TSDC) methodology and capital project list. A TSDC is a one-time fee assessed new development to help fund the cost of capital improvements to serve a growing population. The City of Portland (CITY) first adopted TSDCs in 1997 and last updated the methodology and project list in 2007.
PBOT has been working since April 2016 to update its TSDC program which consist of three primary elements:
1) TSDC methodology
2) Capital project list
3) Rate schedule
The update process has included robust community outreach effort to provide input on each program element. We invite you to review the updated methodology and capital project list contained in the 2017 Transportation System Development Charge Rate Study which may be found here. The Rate Study has been updated to incorporate proposed changes to the project list and land use categories in the fee schedule. An appendix section summarizing comments received during the comment period was also added.
With Portland expected to grow in the next 10 years, improvements to the transportation system are necessary to provide travel options to accommodate growth while meeting Vision Zero, Climate Action, and City Comprehensive Plan goals; however, the overall cost of living in Portland continues to be a concern. Portlanders should have the best transportation system possible. Based on input from stakeholders, PBOT directors therefore support TSDC rates based on funding 50 percent of the eligible TSDC project costs.
Summary of TSDC Project Costs and Recommended Rate
Total Estimated Project Costs
$609.5 Million (City-only Projects)
Total Estimated TSDC Eligible Project Costs
$494.3 Million (City-only Projects) plus
$ 95.0 Million (Matching funds for Regional Projects)
$589.3 Million (Total TSDC Eligible Costs)
Recommended TSDC Assessment – See attached fee schedule
$294.7 Million (50% of Total Estimated TSDC Eligible Cost)
The Transportation System Development Charge (TSDC) Update public hearing scheduled for July 26, 2017 at 2pm at Portland City Hall has been rescheduled to September 13, 2017 at 9:45 am at Portland City Hall. City Council will be asked to adopt the updated TSDC methodology, project list and rate schedule. The adopted changes are proposed to take effect January 1, 2018.
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PBOT has been working since April 2016 to update its TSDC program which consists of three primary elements: 1) TSDC methodology, 2) capital project list, and 3) rate schedule. The update process has included a robust community engagement effort to provide input on each program element.
We invite you to review the updated methodology and capital project list contained in the Draft 2017 Transportation System Development Charge Rate Study which may be found at PBOT’s website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/71823. The website also includes the proposed TSDC Rate Schedule and project list funding levels.
Frequently asked questions about Transportation System Development Charges (TSDCs)
Video of the December 14, 2016 presentation to Portland City Council on TSDC Trip Methodology.
Recommended approach for updating Portland's TSDC program.
The Resolution for the December 14, 2016 person trip presentation to Council.
An overview of how projects are selected for the Transportation System Plan (TSP)
Information on Portland's current Transportation System Development Charges.