County Commissioners to hear mobility plan and mobility fee update on Tuesday
The draft Mobility Plan consists of mobility corridors and multi-modal corridors. Mobility corridors are proposed to be new roads or the widening of existing roads and would include bike lanes, transit stops, and either sidewalks, multi-use paths or trails. Multi-modal corridors would include bicycle, pedestrian and transit facilities like mobility corridors and intersection improvements, but would not include new travel lanes. The extent of multi-modal improvements would be determined during the planning and design for each corridor.
The Mobility Fee which was calculated based on future travel demand and would be paid by new development and be spent on the Mobility Plan corridors. The Mobility Fee would be implemented in unincorporated Sarasota County, and if they elect to opt-in, the City of North Port, City of Venice and the Town of Longboat Key would also collect the fee.
The Mobility Fee, if adopted, is intended to simplify the transportation mitigation and would replace transportation concurrency, roadway impact fees and proportionate share consistent with Florida Statute. The Mobility Plan allows the county to move away from transportation concurrency, and resulted in reactive regulating and disjointed improvements, and move toward holistic proactive transportation planning that serves the mobility needs of the greater community.
County staff had previously met with representatives from the local municipalities in March, and plan to continue those conversations with the municipalities and community stakeholder groups following Tuesday’s meeting.