For landowners, developers, and end users, the transportation landscape is changing quickly in Florida. Local governments in Florida have begun adopting "mobility fees" and "multi-modal fees." These fees are levied on development to pay for the development's impacts on offsite public facilities. While more familiar mechanisms like impact fees and concurrency focus on roads, mobility fees are intended to pay for even more forms of transportation infrastructure, including that used by vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, and transit users. Pasco County was the first county in the state to adopt a mobility fee in 2011, and a handful of other local governments have followed suit, including the City of Jacksonville and Osceola County.
Hillsborough County is now moving swiftly to develop mobility fees. Focus group meetings have been held with a few organizations, including environmental interest groups, the development community, and others. At this point, County staff has indicated that nearly all projects submitted after January 1, 2016-and even some projects currently under review-will be subject to mobility fees. These fees are proposed to be substantially higher than current impact fees for most projects. For example:
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Other details are emerging at a rapid pace. There are still opportunities for landowners, developers, and end users to engage. Other focus group meetings are planned and the Board of County Commissioners will hold a workshop on December 9. Our growing Land Development, Zoning & Environmental team has been involved since the beginning of this process and is continuing to monitor the effects mobility fees may have on ongoing, proposed, and future projects in Hillsborough County and elsewhere.