Planning for long-term costs can make the best use of the region’s limited infrastructure dollars and leverage our existing road, pedestrian, water, stormwater, and utility systems. Local governments often have strong practices in place to assess the immediate impacts and costs of new development. Many rely on development impact fee schedules and negotiated compensation for parks and trails, water or sewer connections, and other amenities. They often require formal fiscal impact analysis for larger development proposals. However, communities may require assistance to estimate, plan for, and build community support for addressing longer term infrastructure costs, such as with stormwater infrastructure. Many communities are also reluctant to raise taxes and fees to cover the costs of the new infrastructure and services. Increasing regional and local data on infrastructure condition can help communities better plan for the fiscal impacts of individual and cumulative development decisions, reducing costs over the long term. While these strategies apply throughout the region, they are particularly important in areas at the edge of the region, where new infrastructure and communities are being built.

Action 1

Plan for infrastructure needs of the whole community through a capital improvement plan, including an assessment of the long-term maintenance costs generated by existing and planned developments.

Implementers

Local governments

Action 2

Develop transportation, water infrastructure, and other asset management systems to fully implement performance-driven investment practices and make the best use of the region’s limited resources.

Implementers

Local governments

Action 3

Develop materials and trainings to help local governments understand how their land use choices affect local revenues.

Implementers

Partners and CMAP

Action 4

Assist with transportation data collection and asset management pilot projects, eventually expanding to a region-wide program.

Implementers

CMAP and partners

Action 5

Develop trainings to assist all of the region’s local governments in implementing and improving asset management systems over the long term.

Implementers

Councils of Government and CMAP

Action 6

Research best practices and leverage growing resources on age and condition of the region’s infrastructure to develop methods for local governments to assess mid- and long-term impacts of major or cumulative development processes.

Implementers

Partners and CMAP