Purpose of a Mobility Fee:
Starting in 1985, the State of Florida required that local governments make development approvals conditioned upon adequate road capacity. The capacity had to be shown to exist, or planned within a five year Transportation Improvement Program, in order to obtain a “certificate of concurrency” (meaning that the development was built “concurrent” with available infrastructure to support it). Local governments learned that the concurrency system had some major flaws. One of the biggest flaws of concurrency is that it pushed development out and away from urban areas to find capacity on rural roadways, further encouraging the damaging effect of urban sprawl. Secondly, concurrency assured that the first developers in line were given a free ride, until concurrency ran out. The last developer in line was then forced to pay for all of the improvements required to accommodate their development, and all their predecessors. It would be like a group of people crowding into an elevator, and when the weight limit was finally reached, the elevator operator would inform the last person that they would need to pay for an upgrade to the whole elevator system. It was an unfair system, and financially impossible for the last user to meet the requirement. In 2011, House Bill 7207 was signed by the Florida Legislature effectively removing transportation concurrency as a requirement and leaving it up to local governments to best meet their transportation planning needs.
In accordance with HB7207, Nassau County adopted a Mobility Plan and a Mobility Fee in August of 2014. Fee collections commenced December of 2014.
Mobility Fee Ordinance