HBA has been working with PBOT regarding their Transportation SDC methodology well ahead of the statutory requirement period, including hosting a recent presentation from PBOT on their update. HBA is especially focused on the impact and legality of a change to the methodology that doesn’t differentiate between modes of transportation.
In 2016, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) received authority from City Council to update their SDC methodology. PBOT is conducting an informal public process to develop their TDSC rate, as their current rate sunsets at the end of 2017. PBOT staff attended the March meeting of HBA’s Portland Building and Urban Development Council to provide details on the process. While PBOT is only required to give 60-day notice prior to any hearing or action, HBA has been working with PBOT in advance of that period. The major change to the methodology is that the new trip rate does not differentiate a person’s impact based on whether they drive, walk, or take public transportation – the impact of a person is now the same regardless.
PBOT’s current goal is to take their proposal to City Council in June, and have the new rate finalized by August. City Council will then have the option of discounting the rate, like they did with a 60% discount on the current TSDC rate. PBOT is conducting an “Online Open House” at http://openhouse.jla.us.com/pbot-tsdc and it is their primary outlet for collecting feedback. We encourage HBA members to provide input via the website, especially regarding the draft TSDC project list. HBA will be attending an additional work session with PBOT and other groups before the TSDC rate goes live. Separately, HBA recently received a formal, 90-day notice from the Portland Water Bureau of its intent to update its water SDC effective July 1, 2017. HBA will be engaged on both these issues and will continue to update members as the processes unfold.