Suburban Tax on Traffic

To help pay for transportation needs, a Kansas City suburb approved a "driveway" tax based on the amount of traffic a property is expected to generate.

The city council in Mission, Kansas, a Kansas City suburb, "voted 7-1 to start charging fees based on how much traffic properties produce instead of relying heavily on unstable property and sales taxes....

"City officials and some local experts believe the fee would be the first in Kansas as well as the entire Midwest.

"The new fee is intended to affect properties that produce the most traffic and put the most stress on roads. It affects roughly 5,650 developed or developable properties."

Thanks to Heidi Schallberg

Full Story: Mission City Council approves groundbreaking ‘driveway’ tax



is this dynamic or set?

From the article it sounds like this is a set fee, based on looking up an ITE trip generation table (or similar) to tell you how much traffic a certain development type will generate.

1) It should include a factor which acknowledges that building a McDonalds (for example) in a higher density, pedestrian friendly area will generate less traffic than building one out in suburbia on a strip mall. This will financially encourage developers to locate in built up, walkable neighbourhoods, as it will cost them less in 'traffic tax'.

2) Even better, for larger developments, this should be done dynamically. With a permanent traffic counter (or temporary one used at regular intervals) on a site driveway, the number of trips it generates can be regularly monitored. The more car trips, the more tax they pay. Therefore reducing these trips has a direct financial advantage for the owner. This would make developers think about the location that they build in, but also strive for continual improvements in the travel mode of their employees and visitors.

Tim Barton

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