Colorado: Governor Talks Transportation

At an event organized by the Northern Colorado Economic Alliance this week, Governor Hickenlooper said transportation and health care will be the priorities of the 2018 legislative session. He voiced frustration that no health care bills survived this year’s session and said if “we all don’t give a little” health care will suck the moneyContinue reading “Colorado: Governor Talks Transportation”

Fort Collins: Council Poised to Increase Capital Expansion Fees

On May 16, the Fort Collins City Council voted 7-0 to pass an ordinance on first reading to increase capital expansion fees (CEFs), which are charged for new residential and commercial/industrial developments to “make growth pay its own way.” Fort Collins began charging a transportation CEF, previously known as the street oversizing fee, in 1979Continue reading “Fort Collins: Council Poised to Increase Capital Expansion Fees”

Colorado: Transportation Hot Topic at Capitol

NCLA and its business allies have succeeded in making transportation a top priority for the 2017 session, but that doesn’t mean the legislative leadership agrees on how to fund it. Democrats, led by Speaker Crisanta Duran like the idea of a new State sales tax. Republicans, led by Senate President Kevin Grantham insist any fundingContinue reading “Colorado: Transportation Hot Topic at Capitol”

Boulder: Impact Fee Increases Approved

At the same meeting, the Boulder City Council increased capital facility impact fees (parks & rec, library, fire, police, municipal facilities and human services) and transportation excise tax, and created a new transportation impact fee. The fee increases will apply to both residential and commercial developments. A prototypical residential development is a 3-unit townhome building.Continue reading “Boulder: Impact Fee Increases Approved”

Colorado: Transportation Bills Doomed by Partisanship

After weeks of negotiations with legislative leaders, the transportation bonding bill advocated by the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance (NCLA) was introduced in the last weeks of the session. SB-210 would ask Colorado voters to allow the State to incur debt for a list of highway projects across the State by issuing $3.5 million worth ofContinue reading “Colorado: Transportation Bills Doomed by Partisanship”

Longmont: City Studies Impact Fees

Longmont has hired national consultants TischlerBise to review the City’s impact fees, which are designed to ensure that “development pays its own way.” In particular, the staff wants to ensure that the transportation and public buildings impact fees comply with current State statute. The Council had an overview of the issue on Jan. 5 intendedContinue reading “Longmont: City Studies Impact Fees”

Denver: I-25 Update

At its 2015 Board Retreat the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance focused much of its agenda on transportation. Both Gov. Hickenlooper and CDOT Director Don Hunt attended a portion of the meeting. Gov. Hickenlooper argued it’s time for a new approach about how CDOT thinks about I-25 north of Denver. He said instead of thinking DenverContinue reading “Denver: I-25 Update”

MPO Creates Congestion Survey

The North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization has placed an online survey about congestion issues on its website, The 12-question survey asks participants to define traffic congestion and its causes. The North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization, a federally required transportation entity, works on regional transportation issues. Its governing council is made up ofContinue reading “MPO Creates Congestion Survey”

Gas Tax Funding Could Be Delayed

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has written all the state DOTs (departments of transportation) to warn them that it will have to delay highway funding reimbursements if Congress doesn’t act to shore up the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), soon. A federal tax on gasoline and other fuels is the primary revenue source for the HTF. TheContinue reading “Gas Tax Funding Could Be Delayed”