8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill modifies provisions relating to the Local Transportation Corridor Preservation
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ provides an exception to the provision that the state will not be charged for any
15 asset purchased with the money allocated to a county, city, or town from the Local
16 Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund; and
17 ▸ makes technical corrections.
18 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 72-2-117.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 35
26 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27 Section 1. Section 72-2-117.5 is amended to read:
28 72-2-117.5. Definitions -- Local Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund --
29 Disposition of fund money.
30 (1) As used in this section:
31 (a) "Council of governments" means a decision-making body in each county composed
32 of the county governing body and the mayors of each municipality in the county.
33 (b) "Metropolitan planning organization" has the same meaning as defined in Section
35 (2) There is created the Local Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund within the
36 Transportation Fund.
37 (3) The fund shall be funded from the following sources:
38 (a) a local option highway construction and transportation corridor preservation fee
39 imposed under Section 41-1a-1222;
40 (b) appropriations made to the fund by the Legislature;
41 (c) contributions from other public and private sources for deposit into the fund;
42 (d) all money collected from rents and sales of real property acquired with fund money;
43 (e) proceeds from general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, or other obligations issued
44 as authorized by Title 63B, Bonds;
45 (f) the portion of the sales and use tax described in Subsection 59-12-2217(2)(b) and
46 required by Subsection 59-12-2217(8)(a) to be deposited into the fund; and
47 (g) sales and use tax revenues deposited into the fund in accordance with Section
49 (4) (a) The fund shall earn interest.
50 (b) All interest earned on fund money shall be deposited into the fund.
51 (c) The State Tax Commission shall provide the department with sufficient data for the
52 department to allocate the revenues:
53 (i) provided under Subsection (3)(a) to each county imposing a local option highway
54 construction and transportation corridor preservation fee under Section 41-1a-1222;
55 (ii) provided under Subsection 59-12-2217(2)(b) to each county imposing a county
56 option sales and use tax for transportation; and
57 (iii) provided under Subsection (3)(g) to each county of the second class or city or town
58 within a county of the second class that imposes the sales and use tax authorized by Section
60 (d) (i) The department shall annually allocate the interest earned on fund money to each
61 county based on the proportionate amount of interest earned on each county's allocation of
62 funds under Subsection (4)(c) on an average monthly balance basis.
63 (ii) The initial annual allocation of fund interest shall include all interest earned on
64 fund money since the creation of the fund.
65 (e) The money allocated under Subsection (4)(c):
66 (i) shall be used for the purposes provided in this section for each county, city, or town;
67 (ii) is allocated to each county, city, or town as provided in this section with the
68 condition that the state will not be charged for any asset purchased with the money allocated
69 under Subsections (4)(c) and (d), unless there is a written agreement in place with the
70 department prior to the purchase of the asset stipulating a reimbursement by the state to the
71 county, city, or town of no more than the original purchase price paid by the county, city, or
72 town; and
73 (iii) is considered a local matching contribution for the purposes described under
74 Section 72-2-123 if used on a state highway.
75 (f) Administrative costs of the department to implement this section shall be paid from
76 the fund.
77 (5) (a) The department shall authorize the expenditure of fund money to allow a
78 highway authority to acquire real property or any interests in real property for state, county, and
79 municipal highway corridors subject to:
80 (i) money available in the fund to each county under Subsections (4)(c) and (d); and
81 (ii) the provisions of this section.
82 (b) Fund money may be used to pay interest on debts incurred in accordance with this
84 (c) (i) (A) Fund money may be used to pay maintenance costs of properties acquired
85 under this section but limited to a total of 5% of the purchase price of the property.
86 (B) Any additional maintenance cost shall be paid from funds other than under this
88 (C) Revenue generated by any property acquired under this section is excluded from
89 the limitations under this Subsection (5)(c)(i).
90 (ii) Fund money may be used to pay direct costs of acquisition of properties acquired
91 under this section.
92 (d) Fund money allocated under Subsections (4)(c) and (d) may be used by a county
93 highway authority for countywide transportation planning if:
94 (i) the county's planning focus area is outside the boundaries of a metropolitan
95 planning organization;
96 (ii) the transportation planning is part of the county's continuing, cooperative, and
97 comprehensive process for transportation planning, corridor preservation, right-of-way
98 acquisition, and project programming;
99 (iii) no more than four years allocation every 20 years to each county is used for
100 transportation planning under this Subsection (5)(d); and
101 (iv) the county otherwise qualifies to use the fund money as provided under this
103 (e) (i) Subject to Subsection (11), fund money allocated under Subsections (4)(c) and
104 (d) may be used by a county highway authority for transportation corridor planning that is part
105 of the corridor elements of an ongoing work program of transportation projects.
106 (ii) The transportation corridor planning under Subsection (5)(e)(i) shall be under the
107 direction of:
108 (A) the metropolitan planning organization if the county is within the boundaries of a
109 metropolitan planning organization; or
110 (B) the department if the county is not within the boundaries of a metropolitan
111 planning organization.
112 (f) (i) A county, city, or town that imposes a local option highway construction and
113 transportation corridor preservation fee under Section 41-1a-1222 may elect to administer the
114 funds allocated to that county, city, or town under Subsection (4)(c) as a revolving loan fund.
115 (ii) If a county, city, or town elects to administer the funds allocated to that county,
116 city, or town under Subsection (4)(c) as a revolving loan fund, a local highway authority shall:
117 (A) apply to the department as required under this section for money from the fund
118 created in this section for a specified transportation corridor project; and
119 (B) repay the fund money authorized for the project to the fund.
120 (iii) A county, city, or town that elects to administer the funds allocated to that county,
121 city, or town under Subsection (4)(c) as a revolving loan fund shall establish repayment
122 conditions of the money to the fund from the specified project funds.
123 (6) (a) (i) The Local Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund shall be used to
124 preserve highway corridors, promote long-term statewide transportation planning, save on
125 acquisition costs, and promote the best interests of the state in a manner which minimizes
126 impact on prime agricultural land.
127 (ii) The Local Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund shall only be used to preserve
128 a highway corridor that is right-of-way:
129 (A) in a county of the first or second class for:
130 (I) a state highway;
131 (II) a principal arterial highway as defined in Section 72-4-102.5;
132 (III) a minor arterial highway as defined in Section 72-4-102.5; or
133 (IV) a collector highway in an urban area as defined in Section 72-4-102.5; or
134 (B) in a county of the third, fourth, fifth, or sixth class for:
135 (I) a state highway;
136 (II) a principal arterial highway as defined in Section 72-4-102.5;
137 (III) a minor arterial highway as defined in Section 72-4-102.5;
138 (IV) a major collector highway as defined in Section 72-4-102.5; or
139 (V) a minor collector road as defined in Section 72-4-102.5.
140 (iii) The Local Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund may not be used for a
141 highway corridor that is primarily a recreational trail as defined under Section 79-5-102.
142 (b) (i) The department shall develop and implement a program to educate highway
143 authorities on the objectives, application process, use, and responsibilities of the Local
144 Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund as provided under this section to promote the most
145 efficient and effective use of fund money including priority use on designated high priority
146 corridor preservation projects.
147 (ii) The department shall develop a model transportation corridor property acquisition
148 policy or ordinance that meets federal requirements for the benefit of a highway authority to
149 acquire real property or any interests in real property under this section.
150 (c) The department shall authorize the expenditure of fund money after determining
151 that the expenditure is being made in accordance with this section from applications that are:
152 (i) made by a highway authority;
153 (ii) endorsed by the council of governments; and
154 (iii) for a right-of-way purchase for a highway authorized under Subsection (6)(a)(ii).
155 (7) (a) (i) A council of governments shall establish a council of governments
156 endorsement process which includes prioritization and application procedures for use of the
157 money allocated to each county under this section.
158 (ii) The endorsement process under Subsection (7)(a)(i) may include review or
159 endorsement of the preservation project by:
160 (A) the metropolitan planning organization if the county is within the boundaries of a
161 metropolitan planning organization; or
162 (B) the department if the county is not within the boundaries of a metropolitan
163 planning organization.
164 (b) All fund money shall be prioritized by each highway authority and council of
165 governments based on considerations, including:
166 (i) areas with rapidly expanding population;
167 (ii) the willingness of local governments to complete studies and impact statements
168 that meet department standards;
169 (iii) the preservation of corridors by the use of local planning and zoning processes;
170 (iv) the availability of other public and private matching funds for a project;
171 (v) the cost-effectiveness of the preservation projects;
172 (vi) long and short-term maintenance costs for property acquired; and
173 (vii) whether the transportation corridor is included as part of:
174 (A) the county and municipal master plan; and
175 (B) (I) the statewide long range plan; or
176 (II) the regional transportation plan of the area metropolitan planning organization if
177 one exists for the area.
178 (c) The council of governments shall:
179 (i) establish a priority list of highway corridor preservation projects within the county;
180 (ii) submit the list described in Subsection (7)(c)(i) to the county's legislative body for
181 approval; and
182 (iii) obtain approval of the list described in Subsection (7)(c)(i) from a majority of the
183 members of the county legislative body.
184 (d) A county's council of governments may only submit one priority list described in
185 Subsection (7)(c)(i) per calendar year.
186 (e) A county legislative body may only consider and approve one priority list described
187 in Subsection (7)(c)(i) per calendar year.
188 (8) (a) Unless otherwise provided by written agreement with another highway
189 authority, the highway authority that holds the deed to the property is responsible for
190 maintenance of the property.
191 (b) The transfer of ownership for property acquired under this section from one
192 highway authority to another shall include a recorded deed for the property and a written
193 agreement between the highway authorities.
194 (9) (a) The proceeds from any bonds or other obligations secured by revenues of the
195 Local Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund shall be used for the purposes authorized for
196 funds under this section.
197 (b) The highway authority shall pledge the necessary part of the revenues of the Local
198 Transportation Corridor Preservation Fund to the payment of principal and interest on the
199 bonds or other obligations.
200 (10) (a) A highway authority may not apply for money under this section to purchase a
201 right-of-way for a state highway unless the highway authority has:
202 (i) a transportation corridor property acquisition policy or ordinance in effect that
203 meets federal requirements for the acquisition of real property or any interests in real property
204 under this section; and
205 (ii) an access management policy or ordinance in effect that meets the requirements
206 under Subsection 72-2-117(8).
207 (b) The provisions of Subsection (10)(a)(i) do not apply if the highway authority has a
208 written agreement with the department for the acquisition of real property or any interests in
209 real property under this section.
210 (11) (a) The department shall, in expending or authorizing the expenditure of fund
211 money, ensure to the extent possible that the fund money allocated to a city or town in
212 accordance with Subsection (4) is expended:
213 (i) to fund a project or service as allowed by this section within the city or town to
214 which the fund money is allocated;
215 (ii) to pay debt service, principal, or interest on a bond or other obligation as allowed
216 by this section if that bond or other obligation is:
217 (A) secured by money allocated to the city or town; and
218 (B) issued to finance a project or service as allowed by this section within the city or
219 town to which the fund money is allocated;
220 (iii) to fund transportation planning as allowed by this section within the city or town
221 to which the fund money is allocated; or
222 (iv) for another purpose allowed by this section within the city or town to which the
223 fund money is allocated.
224 (b) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
225 department may make rules to implement the requirements of Subsection (11)(a).