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Value Capture Presents Options for Corridor Transportation Projects

WC3MTCValueCaptureToolkit1The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has provided a new path for funding in Plan Bay Area 2040: value capture. Value Capture is the term used to describe a system whereby a government agency taking steps that increase the value of local property can share in that increase.  Property owners agree to pay an assessment to fund projects such as roads, street lighting, parking or like improvements, and see property value increases that allow them to recover more than the cost of the assessment.

Projects that are not fully funded can now include value capture revenue opportunities as a funding source, and can be included in the Plan Bay Area 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. MTC published a Value Capture Toolkit, prepared by Strategic Economics, designed to encourage the use of value capture for projects included in Regional Transportation Plan.

MTC is currently soliciting Letters of Interest from project sponsors who are interested in including projects that have the potential to be partially or fully funded with revenue derived from value capture strategies in Plan Bay Area 2040. Letters of Interest are due on February 26th. Instructions can be found here. Please contact Theresa Romell at (510) 817-5772 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or to provide input on the proposal process.

Redwood City Adopts Affordable Housing Impact Fee Program

Following their participation in the San Mateo County Grand Nexus Study, the City of Redwood City adopted an Affordable Housing Impact Fee Program October 26th.  

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City Council adopted staff recommended fees ranging from $5 to $25. The fees will be used to develop and rehabilitate housing in Redwood City that is affordable for lower income households, and is expected to generate more than $3 million per year. A second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the December 7th City Council hearing, at which point the program will be finalized.

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Grand Boulevard Initiative Featured in San Francisco Business Times

SFBusinessTimesPhotoThe Grand Boulevard Initiative is attracting attention - San Francisco Business Times published an article about the Initiative’s efforts to transform the El Camino Real Corridor into a people friendly place. The article discusses the many challenges this effort inevitably faces as a collaborative, inclusive forum, and also highlights new development projects along the Corridor. Grand Boulevard Initiative Task Force Members and staff provide insight on transforming the Corridor to be safe and accessible for all users, share challenges and successes with current mixed-use projects, and highlight the importance of El Camino Real.

Click here to learn more about the Grand Boulevard Initiative and the hard work of the many participants who are working to transform El Camino Real.

To Relinquish or Not to Relinquish? State Route 82 Relinquishment Exploration Study Provides Information to Aid Informed Decisions

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)-funded State Route 82 Relinquishment Exploration Study investigates the Caltrans relinquishment process, potential benefits, and estimated costs associated with relinquishing State Route 82 (El Camino Real) from state ownership to the individual local jurisdictions.

The Study examines the Caltrans relinquishment process, analyzes case studies of recent highway relinquishments, including a portion of The Alameda in San Jose, and assesses the existing conditions along El Camino Real to determine cost estimates of relinquishment. The Study specifically looks at 20 miles of El Camino Real from the I-880 Interchange in San Jose to State Route 84 in Redwood City and provides information and analysis for communities and stakeholders in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, as well as other cities in the Bay Area, to make informed decisions about relinquishment of state highways to local jurisdictions. 

Check out the Study here: https://www.hightail.com/download/bXBZZHlzckk1UjRPd3NUQw

A Historic Perspective on El Camino Real

Sustainable San Mateo County featured the Grand Boulevard Initiative in a fascinating article on El Camino Real through a historic lens. The article outlines the evolution of “the Royal Road” and identifies the Grand Boulevard Initiative as a change-maker, helping to create more of what Peninsula communities desire and need: vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods, thriving business communities, and a strong system of public transportation that is safe and accessible. Read the article and see how the Grand Boulevard Initiative is working to foster sustainable communities and people friendly places: http://www.sustainablesanmateo.org/2015/04/10/el-camino-real-a-historic-perspective/.

Join HLC’s “Fill the Affordable Housing Gap: Development Impact Fee Workshop”

hlc7.15The Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo is hosting their “Fill the Affordable Housing Gap: Development Impact Fee Workshop” on July 15th. The discussion will surround the results of the “Grand Nexus Study” on Development Impact Fees, a potential method for providing housing funding in our cities. Learn about impact fees, how they are justified, their legality, and how they can be implemented.

Light dinner is included, RSVP required. Register here: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50720/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=82572.

Upcoming Events

Working Committee Meeting

August 22, 2016 | 10AM - 12PM
Mountain View City Halll (Plaza Room)

Task Force Meeting

September 28, 2016 | 10AM - 12PM
Menlo College