Council hopes to reduce traffic with an increase to mitigation fees

By Dan Aznoff | Nov 15, 2018

Members of the Mill Creek City Council unanimously approved a boost of 30 percent in the mitigation fees it charges developers to bolster he funds that will be required for city-wide improvements to meet increased pressure on roadways within the city.

The fee increased was based on the average number of afternoon trips through the city’s core during peak traffic hours. The council approval was made during the Nov. 6 meeting based on a recommendation from Interim City Manager Bob Stowe and Gina Hortillosa, the city’s director of public works and development services.

The underlying philosophy of traffic mitigation fees are based on the concept that new development must pay a proportionate share of the impacts associated with the additional traffic on the road network to maintain an adopted level of service.

Travel demand modeling made available by the Puget Sound Regional Council indicated that, on average, 36.5 percent of vehicular trips in Mill Creek are local trips that end end within the City.

Based on the traffic patterns, the council voted to boost the rate from $3,000 per trip to $3,900, beginning on Nov.16. The previous rate was last updated in 2011,

The extra funds will be needed to fund eight projects in the 2019-2024 Transportation Improvement Plan. The adopted plan ( calls for projects with an estimated cost of $39.9 million.

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