Nevada County reduces eastern county traffic fees
Traffic impact mitigation fees, levied by Nevada County to help pay for traffic impacts, are going to be reduced for unincorporated areas near Truckee.
The Nevada County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to approve the fee changes. The fee changes were originally determined by a workshop with the board of supervisors on Aug. 19.
The county has not updated the fees since Truckee was incorporated, which was one reason the changes were made, according to Nevada County Department of Transportation and Sanitation Senior Civil Engineer John Rumsey.
While the other nine areas in Nevada County are increasing approximately 1-10 percent, Truckee’s mitigation fee is reducing by just more than 20 percent – from $1,700 to $1,357.
“For the western county, it’s a little different situation,” Rumsey said. “The fees are going up, but not going up considerably.”
Dan Wilkins, the Town of Truckee director of public works and town engineer, said the fees are collected by the county during the permit process. The county gives the traffic impact mitigation fee to the town because of the increase in traffic a new development would create.
Rumsey said the reason for the large drop is because the town was incorporated, so the fee only applies to the unincorporated areas of Truckee. When Truckee became a town, it had to create its own traffic impact mitigation fees.
This is good news for the owners of the properties, who ultimately pay the mitigation fees.
With the incorporation, the eastern part of Nevada County received only two-thirds the amount of traffic, Rumsey said. Therefore, the county tried to reduce the fee by approximately two-thirds.
Wilkins also mentioned the county had “no projected needs” for road improvements in the unincorporated areas, but it realizes the town could incur more traffic due to new developments surrounding the town.
Now, the mitigation fees will only apply to the outlying areas around Truckee, like Soda Springs and Dog Valley.
For more information about the traffic impact mitigation fees, visit http://www.mynevadacounty.com.
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