NEED FOR CONCURRENT INFRASTRUCTURE
RD promotes and supports Concurrent Infrastructure Development for all construction projects, so that funding for infrastructure (such as roadways, utilities, police and fire safety, schools, parks and open space, etc.) are in place at the same time the construction projects are built.
“Concurrency” is a fairly abstract concept but simply means that plans and funding must be completed at the same time as the development is approved, and developers must provide the infrastructure needed for the construction they do in a timely way (within six years). Roadways and parking needed for the increased traffic generated by a new project is just one example, but a great one. Like other cities before us, we will drown in the traffic generated by these new projects if we don’t require city and county officials to respect and enforce the legal mandates already in place in Washington State’s Growth Management Act. Cities are required by the Transportation Concurrency statute to deny building permits for any proposed development if that development will cause traffic congestion to fall below the adopted level of service for city streets (currently LOS E). But concurrency goes far beyond roadways. Eben Fodor demonstrated that the increased demand for parks and recreational facilities, police and fire protection, schools, sanitary sewer systems, utilities, and more will cost the city millions of dollars. Either our levels of service will decline significantly or our taxes will increase sharply unless developers are required to develop and pay for concurrent infrastructure for their projects.