The Transportation Strategic Council collaborates with area agencies and work to inform and educate ULI members on emerging and existing issues and news in transportation, and is a conduit to the real estate/development community for area agencies.
Chair: Dan Hennessey, City of Austin
Staff Liaison: Paulette Gibbins
Transportation Strategic Council in Action
- White Paper: Building a Sustainable Region of Inclusive Communities—12/2021
- ULInsight Austin: Capital Metro & Project Connect—08/2020
- ULI Austin August Virtual Breakfast: Transit-Oriented Development—08/2020
- ULI Austin: City of Austin Street Impact Fee Study Presentation—04/2020
- ULI Austin March Breakfast – City of Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP)—03/2019
- Greater Austin Regional Lunch: ProjectConnect—03/2019)
Resources & Readings
Project Connect plans have changed since ULI Austin’s luncheon on the topic. Take time to familiarize yourself with the new maps. This could be an item on the November ballot. Visit the Project Connect website to learn about updated plans. Then get involved through virtual meetings and contacting CapMetro with questions and comments. Now is your time to comment.
The City of Austin is proposing to develop and implement a Street Impact Fee Program. A Street Impact Fee would be a charge assessed on new development to pay for the construction or expansion of roadway facilities that are necessitated by and benefit that new development. The City of Austin has completed the Street Impact Fee Study, a two-year analysis and calculation of the costs to fund roadway infrastructure required to meet the needs of new development. The Street Impact Fee Study Report provides the City Council with the maximum allowable roadway impact fee that could be assessed by the City of Austin, complying with Chapter 395 of the Texas Local Government Code.
The analysis is now complete and the policy considerations will be underway soon. This webinar provided by the City of Austin to ULI Austin provides more information. For more information contact Liane Miller with the City of Austin or Dan Hennessey, ULI Austin Transportation Strategic Council Chair.
- While the study is complete and fee recommendations are being made, implementation policy has not yet been set.
- The city is divided up into zones and fees collected in a zone must be used in that zone
- Fees go to the Austin Transportation Department and can be used on debt and new projects identified in the Capital Improvement Plan, but not personnel
- Projects must include adding road capacity but fees can be used on sidewalks and bike lanes if included in the project. They may be used for certain public transit infrastructure because that provides more movement of people.