A public hearing was held at the July 25th Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting to approve an additional $5000.00 base fee to cover outside consultant review of Transportation Analysis Studies when required for land use applications to include Planned Development Projects with associated Master Plans, Rezonings, Development of Regional Impact and Comprehensive Plan Level Evaluations.
In the event an outside consultant is not needed, the fee will be refunded to the applicant, and any amount above the base fee will be billed to the applicant.
Assistant County Administrator Brian Malmberg presented this resolution to the Board of County Commissioners, explaining that the need for a Transportation Analysis Consultant arises when large developments come into the county, such as a large number of homes or large commercial projects. Such projects are called Developments of Regional Impact (DRI).
Traffic analysis for DRI projects consider traffic impact three to five miles around the project, and what improvements can be made. The $5000.00 fee is for the review of the traffic analysis, not for the analysis itself. Once reviewed, the analysis is then presented to the Planning and Zoning Board and the Board of County Commissioners.
Chairman Wayne Dukes asked about the previous process for such analysis. According to Mr. Malmberg, traffic analysis was part of a formal DRI process, “which has since been done away with by the state.”
The traffic analysis consultant firm is under contract with the county. There have not been enough large-scale DRI projects in recent years to hire full time analysis staff. Malmberg said, “It would be a very expensive staff member, to sit around and wait until something came in.”
Commissioner Nick Nicholson moved for approval, which was seconded by Commissioner Steve Champion. Approval was unanimous.