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City Shares Regional Transportation Costs
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Riverbank city staff has asked the council to expend $2,204 from the Planning Professional Services Account for a nexus study for the 2011 Regional Transportation Impact Fee program.

A group of staff members from Stanislaus County's nine cities plus county staff and the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) is working to create a regional transportation impact fee, said Development Services Director J.D. Hightower. Intended to finance the street and other circulation improvements needs created by new development, the fee is not new and currently is collected for the county by the city via building permits. But cities have noted several problems including local control and equity.

The nexus study would determine appropriate projects and a fee for new development for roads serving the whole region.

StanCOG, pending approval from its policy board, will fund $50,000 of the planning cost and administer the contract with the remaining cost, not to exceed $50,000, to be divided among the cities and the county based on population.

The proposed cost for each city is: Ceres $4,414; Hughson $645; Modesto $19,551; Newman $993; Oakdale $2,009; Patterson $1,983; Riverbank $2,204; Turlock $6,662; Waterford $821 and Stanislaus County $10,713.