New Jersey Statutes - Title 13 Conservation and Development--parks and Reservations - 13:17-100 Assessment, collection of development fees.
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6. a. After the adoption of the plan by the commission pursuant to subsection f. of section 5 of P.L.2005, c.102 (C.13:17-99), the commission may, by resolution, provide for the assessment and collection of development fees on developments within the district as provided hereunder.
b. Development fees assessed by the commission shall be based upon the growth and development forecasts contained in the plan and shall be levied in order to raise only those amounts needed to accomplish the transportation projects set forth in the plan and allowable administrative costs. Those fees shall be assessed based upon the formula or formulas contained in the resolution and shall be uniformly applied, with such exceptions as are authorized or required by P.L.2005, c.102 (C.13:17-95 et seq.).
c. A formula or formulas adopted by the commission by resolution shall reflect a methodology which relates the use of land to the impact of the proposed development on the transportation system, including, but not limited to: vehicle trips generated by the development; the square footage of an occupied structure; the number of employees regularly employed at the development; or the number of parking spaces located at the development; or any combination thereof.
d. The resolution may provide for credits against assessed development fees for payments made or expenses incurred which have been determined by the commission to be in furtherance of the district transportation plan, including, but not limited to, contributions to transportation improvements other than those required for safe and efficient highway access to a development and costs attributable to the promotion of public transit, walking, bicycling, or ridesharing.
e. The resolution may either exempt or reduce the development fee for specified land uses which have been determined by the commission to have a beneficial, neutral or comparatively minor adverse impact on the transportation needs of the district.
f. The resolution may provide for a reduced rate of development fees for developers submitting a peak-hour automobile trip reduction plan approved by the commission under standards adopted by the commission. Standards for the approval of peak-hour automobile trip reduction plans may include, but need not be limited to, physical design for improved transit, ridesharing and pedestrian access; design of developments which include a mix of residential and nonresidential uses; and proximity to potential labor pools.
g. The assessment of a development fee shall be reasonably related to the impact of the proposed development on the transportation system of the district and shall not exceed the development's fair share of the cost of the transportation improvement necessary to accommodate the additional burden on the district's transportation system that is attributable to the proposed development and related allowable administrative costs.
h. A resolution shall be sufficiently certain and definitive to enable every person who may be required to pay a fee to know or calculate the limit and extent of the fee which is to be assessed against a specific development.
i. Upon the adoption by the commission of a resolution pursuant to subsection a. of this section, no separate assessment for off-site transportation improvements within the district shall be made by the State, a county or municipality except as permitted pursuant to P.L.2005, c.102 (C.13:17-95 et seq.).
j. No development fees shall be assessed for any low and moderate income housing units which are constructed pursuant to the "Fair Housing Act," P.L.1985, c.222 (C.52:27D-301 et al.) or under court order or settlement.
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