Chapter 18.105
WESTERN RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION UNIFORM MITIGATION FEE PROGRAM1

Sections:

18.105.010    Title.

18.105.020    Definitions.

18.105.030    Establishment of the transportation uniform mitigation fee.

18.105.040    Reimbursements.

18.105.050    Procedures for the levy, collection and disposition of fees.

18.105.060    Appointment of the TUMF administrator.

18.105.070    Effect.

18.105.010 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the “Western Riverside County Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee Program Ordinance of 2019.” [Ord. 362 § 3, 2019; Ord. 351 § 2, 2017; Ord. 302 § 2, 2009; Ord. 244 § 1, 2006.]

18.105.020 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the following words, terms and phrases shall have the following meanings:

A. “Class ‘A’ office” means an office building that is typically characterized by high quality design, use of high end building materials, state of the art technology for voice and data, on-site support services/maintenance, and often includes full service ancillary uses such as, but not limited to, a bank, restaurant/office coffee shop, health club, printing shop, and reserved parking. The minimum requirements of an office building classified as Class “A” office shall be as follows: (1) minimum of three stories (exception will be made for March JPA, where height requirements exist); (2) minimum of 10,000 square feet per floor; (3) steel frame construction; (4) central, interior lobby; and (5) access to suites shall be from inside the building unless the building is located in a central business district with major foot traffic, in which case the first floor may be accessed from the street to provide entrances/exits for commercial uses within the building.

B. “Class ‘B’ office” means an office building that is typically characterized by high quality design, use of high end building materials, state of the art technology for voice and data, onsite support services/maintenance, and often includes full service ancillary uses such as, but not limited to, a bank, restaurant/office coffee shop, health club, printing shop, and reserved parking. The minimum requirements of an office building classified as Class “B” office shall be as follows: (1) minimum of two stories; (2) minimum of 15,000 square feet per floor; (3) steel frame, concrete or masonry shell construction; (4) central, interior lobby; and (5) access to suites shall be from inside the building unless the building is located in a central business district with major foot traffic, in which case the first floor may be accessed from the street to provide entrances/exits for commercial uses within the building.

C. “Development project” or “project” means any project undertaken for the purposes of development, including the issuance of a permit for construction.

D. “Disabled veteran” means any veteran who is retired or is in process of medical retirement from military service who is or was severely injured in a theater of combat operations and has received a letter of eligibility for the Veterans Administration Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant Program.

E. “Government/public buildings, public schools, and public facilities” mean any owned and operated facilities by a government entity in accordance with CMC 18.105.030(F)(2). A new development that is subject to a long-term lease with a government agency for government/public buildings, public schools, and public facilities shall apply only if all of the following conditions are met:

1. The new development being constructed is subject to a long-term lease with a government agency.

2. The project shall have a deed restriction placed on the property that limits the use to government/public facility for the term of the lease, including all extension options, for a period of not less than 20 years. Any change in the use of the facility from government shall trigger the payment of the TUMF in effect at the time the change is made.

3. No less than 90 percent of the total square footage of the building is leased to the government agency during the term of deed restriction in the long term and any extensions thereof.

4. The new development is constructed at prevailing wage rates.

5. A copy of the lease is provided to the applicable jurisdiction and to WRCOG.

6. Based on the facts and circumstances WRCOG determines that the intent of the lease is to provide for a long-term government use, and not to evade payment of TUMF.

F. “Gross acreage” means the total property area as shown on a land division of a map of record or described through a recorded legal description of the property. This area shall be bounded by road rights-of-way and property lines.

G. “Guest dwellings” and “detached accessory dwelling units” mean, according to the state of California legal definition, as follows: (1) the accessory dwelling unit is not intended for sale and may be rented; (2) the lot is zoned for single-family dwellings; (3) the lot contains an existing single-family dwelling; (4) the accessory dwelling unit is either attached to the existing dwelling and located within the living area of the existing dwelling or detached from the existing dwelling and located on the same lot as the existing dwelling; and (5) are ministerially amended by each jurisdiction’s local codes.

H. “Habitable structure” means any structure or part thereof where persons reside, congregate or work and which is legally occupied in whole or part in accordance with applicable building codes, and state and local laws.

I. “Industrial project” means any development project that proposes any industrial or manufacturing use allowed in CMC Title 18 zoning classification L-I (light industrial), B-P (business park) or S-P (specific plan) with one of the aforementioned zones used as the base zone.

J. “Long-term lease,” as used in the TUMF program, means a lease with a term of no less than 20 years.

K. “Low-income residential housing” means “residential affordable units” for:

1. Rental housing, in which the units shall be made available, rented and restricted to “lower income households” (as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 50079.5) at an “affordable rent” (as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 50053). Affordable units that are rental housing shall be made available, rented, and restricted to lower income households at an affordable rent for a period of at least 55 years after the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for new residential development.

2. For-sale housing, in which the units shall be sold to “persons or families of low or moderate income” (as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 50093) at a purchase price that will not cause the purchaser’s monthly housing cost to exceed “affordable housing cost” (as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 50052.5). Affordable units that are for-sale housing units shall be restricted to ownership by persons and families of low or moderate income for at least 45 years after the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the new residential development.

L. “Mixed-use development,” as used in the TUMF program, means developments with the following criteria: (1) three or more significant revenue-producing uses, and (2) significant physical and functional integration of project components.

M. “Multifamily residential unit” means a development project that has a density of greater than eight residential dwelling units per gross acre.

N. “Nonprofit organization” means an organization operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial port of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates. For the purposes of the TUMF program, the nonprofit may be a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.

O. “Nonresidential unit” means retail commercial, service commercial and industrial development which is designed primarily for nondwelling use but shall include hotels and motels.

P. “Recognized financing district” means a financing district as defined in the TUMF administrative plan as may be amended from time to time.

Q. “Residential dwelling unit” means a building or portion thereof used by one family and containing but one kitchen, which is designed primarily for residential occupancy including single-family and multifamily dwellings. “Residential dwelling unit” shall not include hotels or motels.

R. “Retail commercial project” means any development project that proposes any commercial use not defined as a service commercial project allowed in the following CMC Title 18 zoning classifications: C-N (neighborhood commercial), C-C (community commercial), C-R (regional commercial), O-P (office professional) or S-P (specific plan) with one of the aforementioned zones used as the base zone.

S. “Service commercial project” means any development project that is predominantly dedicated to business activities associated with professional or administrative services, and typically consists of corporate offices, financial institutions, legal and medical offices, eating/dining facilities, and other uses related to personal or professional services.

T. “Single-family residential unit” means each residential dwelling unit in a development that has a density of eight units to the gross acre or less.

U. “TUMF administrative plan” means that the TUMF administration plan adopted by the WRCOG execution committee on May 5, 2003, as amended, setting forth detailed administration procedures and requirements for the TUMF program.

V. “TUMF participating jurisdiction” means a jurisdiction in Western Riverside County which has adopted and implemented an ordinance authorizing participation in the TUMF program and complies with all regulations established in the TUMF administrative plan, as adopted and amended from time to time by the WRCOG. [Ord. 362 § 3, 2019; Ord. 357 § 11, 2018; Ord. 351 § 2, 2017; Ord. 330 § 3, 2014; Ord. 302 § 2, 2009; Ord. 244 § 3, 2006.]

18.105.030 Establishment of the transportation uniform mitigation fee.

A. Adoption of TUMF Schedule. The city council shall adopt an applicable TUMF schedule through a separate resolution, which may be amended from time to time.

B. Fee Calculation. The fees shall be calculated by WRCOG according to the calculation methodology fee set forth in the WRCOG TUMF Fee Calculation Handbook adopted July 14, 2003, as amended from time to time. In addition to data in the Fee Calculation Handbook, WRCOG staff may consider the following items when establishing the appropriate fee calculation methodology:

1. Underlying zoning of the site.

2. Land-use classifications in the latest nexus study.

3. Project-specific traffic studies.

4. Latest standardized reference manuals such as the Institute of Traffic Engineers Trip Generation Manual.

5. Previous TUMF calculations for similar uses.

6. WRCOG staff shall approve final draft credit/reimbursement agreement prior to execution.

WRCOG shall have final determination regarding the appropriate methodology to calculate the fee based on the information provided by the city. In case of a conflict between the applicant, WRCOG, and/or the city regarding the fee calculation methodology, the dispute resolution process in the TUMF administrative plan will apply.

C. Fee Adjustment. The fee schedule may be periodically reviewed and the amounts adjusted by the WRCOG executive committee. By amendment to the resolution referenced in subsection (A) of this section, the fees may be increased or decreased to reflect the changes in actual and estimated costs of the regional system including, but not limited to, debt service, lease payments and construction costs. The adjustment of the fees may also reflect changes in the facilities required to be constructed, in estimated revenues received pursuant to this chapter, as well as the availability or lack thereof of other funds with which to construct the regional system. WRCOG shall review the TUMF program no less than every four years after the effective date of this chapter.

D. Purpose. The purpose of the TUMF is to fund those certain improvements to the regional system as depicted in Exhibit “A” of the ordinance codified in this chapter and identified in the 2016 nexus study, Exhibit “B” of the ordinance codified in this chapter.

E. Applicability. The TUMF shall apply to all new development within the city, unless otherwise exempt hereunder.

F. Exemptions. The following types of new development shall be exempt from the provisions of this chapter and the TUMF administrative plan:

1. Low-income residential housing as described in CMC 18.105.020(K) and in the TUMF administrative plan.

2. Government/public buildings, public schools, and public facilities as described in CMC 18.105.020(E) and in the TUMF administrative plan. Airports that are public use airports and are appropriately permitted by Caltrans or other state agency.

3. Development projects which are the subject of a public facilities development agreement entered into pursuant to Government Code Section 65864 et seq., prior to the effective date of Ordinance No. 204, wherein the imposition of new fees are expressly prohibited; provided, that if the term of such a development agreement is extended by amendment or by any other manner after the effective date of Ordinance No. 204, the TUMF shall be imposed.

4. The rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of any habitable structure in use on or after January 1, 2000; provided, that the same or fewer traffic trips are generated as a result thereof.

5. Guest dwellings and detached accessory dwelling units as described in CMC 18.105.020(G) and in the administrative plan.

6. Kennels and catteries established in connection with an existing single-family residential unit.

7. Any sanctuary, or other activity under the same roof of a church or other house of worship that is not revenue generating and is eligible for a property tax exemption (excluding concert venues, coffee/snack shops, book stores, for-profit pre-school day cares, etc., which would be assessed TUMF).

8. Any nonprofit corporation or nonprofit organization offering and conducting full-time day school at the elementary, middle school or high school level for students between the ages of five and 18 years.

9. New single-family homes, constructed by nonprofit organizations, specially adapted and designed for maximum freedom of movement and independent living for qualified disabled veterans.

10. Other uses may be exempt as determined by the WRCOG executive committee as further defined in the TUMF administrative plan.

G. Credit. Regional system improvements may be credited toward the TUMF in accordance with the TUMF administrative plan and the following:

1. Regional Tier.

a. Arterial Credits. If a developer constructs arterial improvements identified on the regional system, the developer shall receive credit for all costs associated with the arterial component based on approved nexus study for the regional system effective at the time the credit agreement is entered into. WRCOG staff must preapprove any credit agreements that deviate from the standard WRCOG-approved format.

b. Other Credits. In special circumstances, when a developer constructs off-site improvements such as an interchange, bridge, or railroad grade separation, credits shall be determined by WRCOG and the city in consultation with the developer. All such credits must have prior written approval from WRCOG.

c. The amount of the development fee credit shall not exceed the maximum amount determined by the nexus study for the regional system at the time the credit agreement is entered into or actual costs, whichever is less.

2. Local Tier.

a. The local jurisdictions shall compare facilities in local fee programs against the regional system and eliminate any overlap in its local fee program except where there is a recognized financing district that has been established.

b. If there is a recognized financing district established, the city may credit that portion of the facility identified in both programs against the TUMF in accordance with the TUMF administrative plan. [Ord. 362 § 3, 2019; Ord. 357 § 12, 2018; Ord. 351 § 2, 2017; Ord. 330 § 4, 2014; Ord. 302 § 2, 2009; Ord. 244 § 4, 2006.]

18.105.040 Reimbursements.

Should the developer construct regional system improvements in excess of the TUMF fee obligation, the developer may be reimbursed based on actual costs or the approved nexus study effective at the time the agreement was entered into, whichever is less. Reimbursements shall be enacted through an agreement between the developer and the city, contingent on funds being available and approved by WRCOG. In all cases, however, reimbursements under such special agreements must coincide with construction of the transportation improvements as scheduled in the five-year zone transportation improvement programs adopted annually by WRCOG. [Ord. 362 § 3, 2019; Ord. 351 § 2, 2017; Ord. 302 § 2, 2009; Ord. 244 § 5, 2006.]

18.105.050 Procedures for the levy, collection and disposition of fees.

A. Authority of the Building Department. The director of building and safety, or his/her designee, is hereby authorized to provide WRCOG with development project specifics for the calculation of fees in a manner consistent with the TUMF administrative plan.

B. Payment. Payment of the fees shall be as follows:

1. All fees collected hereunder shall be collected by WRCOG for deposit, investment, accounting and expenditure in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, TUMF administrative plan, and the mitigation fee act.

2. The fees shall be paid at the time a certificate of occupancy is issued for the development project or upon final inspection, whichever comes first (the “payment date”). However, this section should not be construed to prevent payment of the fees prior to issuance of an occupancy permit or final inspection. Fees may be paid at the issuance of a building permit, and the fee payment shall be calculated based on the fee in effect at that time, provided the developer tenders the full amount of his/her TUMF obligation. If the developer makes only a partial payment prior to the payment date, the amount of the fee due shall be based on the TUMF fee schedule in place on the payment date. The fees shall be calculated according to the fee schedule set forth in the ordinance and the calculation methodology set forth in the Fee Calculation Handbook adopted July 14, 2003, as amended from time to time.

3. The fees required to be paid shall be the fee amounts in effect at the time payment is due under this chapter, not the date the ordinance codified in this chapter was initially adopted. The city shall not enter into a development agreement which freezes future adjustments of the TUMF.

4. If all or part of any development project is sold prior to payment of the fee, the property shall continue to be subject to the requirement for payment of the fee. The obligation to pay the fee shall run with the land and be binding on all the successors in interest to the property.

5. Fees shall not be waived.

C. Issuance of Certificate of Occupancy. The city shall not issue a certificate of occupancy for any development project until WRCOG has provided written evidence that it has collected the fee.

D. Appeals. Appeals shall be filed with WRCOG in accordance with the provisions of the TUMF administrative plan. Appealable issues shall be the application of the fee, application of credits, application of reimbursement, application of the legal action stay and application of exemption.

E. Reports to WRCOG. The city manager, or his/her designee, shall prepare and deliver to the executive director of WRCOG periodic reports as will be established under CMC 18.105.060. [Ord. 362 § 3, 2019; Ord. 351 § 2, 2017; Ord. 302 § 2, 2009; Ord. 244 § 6, 2006.]

18.105.060 Appointment of the TUMF administrator.

WRCOG is hereby appointed as the administrator of the transportation uniform mitigation fee program. WRCOG is hereby authorized to collect all fees generated from the TUMF within the city, and to invest, account for and expend such fees in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and the Mitigation Fee Act. The detailed administrative procedures concerning the implementation of this chapter shall be contained in the TUMF administrative plan. Furthermore, the TUMF administrator shall use the Fee Calculation Handbook adopted July 14, 2003, as amended from time to time, for the purpose of calculating a developer’s TUMF obligation. In addition to detailing the methodology for calculating all TUMF obligations of different categories of new development, the purpose of the Fee Calculation Handbook is to clarify for the TUMF administrator, where necessary, the definition and calculation methodology for uses not clearly defined in the respective TUMF ordinances.

WRCOG shall expend only that amount of the funds generated from the TUMF for staff support, audit, administrative expenses, and contract services that are necessary and reasonable to carry out its responsibilities and in no case shall the funds expended for salaries and benefits exceed one percent of the revenue raised by the TUMF program. The TUMF administrative plan further outlines the fiscal responsibilities and limitations of the administrator. [Ord. 362 § 3, 2019; Ord. 351 § 2, 2017; Ord. 302 § 2, 2009; Ord. 244 § 7, 2006.]

18.105.070 Effect.

No provisions of this chapter shall entitle any person who has already paid the TUMF to receive a refund, credit or reimbursement of such payment. This chapter does not create any new TUMF. [Ord. 362 § 3, 2019; Ord. 351 § 2, 2017; Ord. 302 § 2, 2009.]


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    Prior legislation: Ords. 204 and 231 and prior code §§ 6.15.01 through 6.15.06.