Bellingham awarded for impact fee reduction program

Bellingham transportation planners have been awarded for the city’s Urban Village Transportation Impact Fee Reduction Program.

The program was recognized with a transportation planning award by the American Planning Association and the Planning Association of Washington during an Oct. 12 conference in Olympia.

Bellingham’s plan to reduce transportation impact fees—also called TIFs—came out of a 2010 collaboration with the city and the nonprofit group Sustainable Connections that pushed for more regulatory incentives for sustainable development. The TIF reduction program, which promotes comprehensive plan goals and encourages urban village development with financial incentives, was adopted by the City Council in 2011.

A 2010 study of TIF rates from more than 60 western Washington cities showed Bellingham’s rate was below the regional average.

City officials said the program has saved developers and business owners thousands of dollars in TIF assessments.

For more information, visit the city of Bellingham website.

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