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Regional Transportation Impact Fee (RTIF)
In 2005, SJCOG, in partnership with San Joaquin County and the cities of Escalon, Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton, and Tracy, led the establishment of a Regional Transportation Impact Fee (RTIF) program. 

What is the RTIF?
 
RTIF MapThe RTIF is a county-wide, multi-jurisdiction capital improvement funding program intended to cover a portion of the costs for new transportation facilities required to serve new development within the County.   

The substantial population and employment growth- expected in San Joaquin County over the next 20 years could have impacts on the regional transportation network, including increased congestion. The regional transportation impact fee program is intended to provide funding for transportation and transit improvements that help mitigate these impacts. 

New development throughout the county is subject to the fee. The funding derived from the RTIF program is used in combination with other funding available to complete the needed transportation and transit improvements.  SJCOG tracks development proposals and identified mitigation projects and reports on these biennially as part of the Regional Congestion Management Program (RCMP).  In addition, the RTIF Annual Report details development activity (building permits), fee collections, and expenditures for the program over the previous fiscal year.

Who manages the RTIF?

San Joaquin County and the Cities of Escalon, Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton, and Tracy are responsible for implementing the RTIF program and collecting the fees. SJCOG administers the program from a regional perspective, including maintaining the Master Project List, establishing the fee structure and comprehensively updating the program every 5 years per the Mitigation Fee Act.

Who pays the RTIF?
The RTIF fee is paid by developers at the time of building permit issuance, filing of subdivision map, or certificate of occupancy. 

The RTIF fee is adjusted annually based on construction cost inflation. FY 16/17 fees were approved by the SJCOG Board of Directors in May 2016.

Annual RTIF Programmatic Fee Adjustment FY 2016/2017
Land Use Type Current Fee Structure Annual Change @ 2.604%      FY 16/17 RTIF Structure  
Residential
(Single-Family DUE)

 $3,141.34

$81.67 $3,223.01
Residential
(Multi-Family DUE)
$1,884.80 $49.00 $1,933.81
Retail (Sq. Ft.) $1.25 $0.03 $1.28
Office (Sq. Ft.) $1.58 $0.04 $1.62
Commercial/Industrial (Sq. Ft.)  $0.95 $0.02 $0.97
Warehouse (Sq. Ft.)  $0.40 $0.01 $0.41
Other (per trip)  $138.60 $3.60 $142.20

How much revenue is generated from the RTIF?
RTIF RevenueSince program inception, approximately $50 million in RTIF funding has been generated. Of the revenue generated, 10% of funds collected by Cities was allocated to San Joaquin County and 15% of funds collected by the Cities and the County was allocated to SJCOG. In addition, there are expenditures; including third party costs, 2% administrative cost, RTIF project expenditures, and miscellaneous. After expenditures and fund allocations, the cumulative net retained is approximately $36.6 million. 

What projects are funded by the RTIF?

The RTIF Master Project List contains 64 regionally-significant projects eligible for RTIF funding. As of June 30, 2016, approximately $14.6 million has been expended on 21 projects, and eight projects on the list have been completed.

What to anticipate in 2017?
SJCOG is currently undertaking the 5-year update of the RTIF as required by the Mitigation Fee Act. This update reexamines anticipated growth, eligible projects, and the link (nexus) between the growth and the fee being charged; sets a maximum fee; and provides an opportunity to address any needed administrative changes. This update is expected to be reviewed by the SJCOG Board of Directors in February 2017.

For more information:

Rob Cunningham 
Senior Regional Planner
Email
Ph: (209) 235-0389