Transportation impact study to inform new developer fees in Los Gatos


Los Gatos is looking for a company to conduct a study and create a development cost program to help reduce traffic and vehicle emissions as the city grows.

The transportation cost impact study will determine how much developers must pay to fund projects that streamline traffic and encourage residents to use alternative transportation such as bicycles and public transportation, the public works director said. , Matt Morely.

“As we see a development or redevelopment in Los Gatos that changes the dynamics of traffic or transportation, we will be ready to implement projects because we have a source of funds to be able to pay for these projects,” Morley said. “It goes to this development by paying in its own way for its impact on the city. “

For example, if a developer wanted to demolish a local grocery store to set up apartments, the traffic to the nearest grocery store would increase. The developer would have to pay a fee that would be used to improve traffic and reduce the number of cars on the road.

“One of the biggest concerns in Los Gatos, one of city council’s highest priorities, has always been traffic and traffic management,” Morley said. “So having the capacity for a development… to pay as it pleases, to mitigate the impact of this development, is super important so that we can keep things going.”

Traffic from By Area residents driving to the beach has caused some frustration locally, but Morely said the transportation impact fees are unlikely to go to mitigate that traffic flow.

“The study sheds light on development in Los Gatos,” he said, adding that beach traffic “is a regional problem, so it would be part of a larger plan.”

The study is intended as a guide to how much the city will charge for development costs.

“The developers have the ability to provide feedback along the way, and that provides the backup along the way so that we don’t do something that is somehow random,” Morley said. “There is data behind him”

The city is using $ 150,000 from its previous traffic mitigation fee program to pay for the new study. The program is updated every seven to ten years.

The study comes as Los Gatos prepares to update its general plan, which provides a framework for the city’s growth and development for the next 20 years.

The proposals are expected on January 21 and will be presented to city council for consideration. If passed, the Transportation Impact Fee Program will replace the Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee at the end of the calendar year.


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