General Resources

The following are industry websites, research reports, and public agency publications on the application of value capture to transportation infrastructure.

Funding Infrastructure with Land Value Capture: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Transportation Research Board (TRB) Webinar, 2019

This March 2019 TRB webinar discusses value capture financing and derives information included in NCHRP Research Report 873, Guidebook to Funding Transportation Through Land Value Return and Recycling. Land value capture may help communities achieve transportation, environmental, economic development, and fiscal self-sufficiency goals. The presenter defines value capture funding and financing. He also differentiates various "value capture" techniques that are often lumped together, but that have very different economic incentives. This recording seeks to help local officials match the right funding mechanism with their own particular circumstances. The links at the end of this presentation can also be viewed directly at the bottom of this page.

Development Impact Fees & Capital Improvements Planning

Georgia Department of Community Affairs, 2018

The Georgia Development Impact Fee Act (DIFA) was enacted into law in 1990. This website reviews the rules for local governments that wish to finance the expansion of their infrastructure systems through the impact fee system and the specific types of facilities and infrastructures listed in the law.

MRSC Local Government Services

Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC), 2018

This page provides a general overview of impact fees for cities and counties in Washington State, including information on how they may be used and sample documents from selected jurisdictions.

NCHRP Research Report 873: Guidebook to Funding Transportation

National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), 2018

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 873: Guidebook to Funding Transportation Through Land Value Return and Recycling presents guidance on ways to mobilize some portion of property-value increases to fund maintenance and operations as well as investment in the infrastructure. Because local government typically has authority to deal with matters related to land use and land-related revenue-generating mechanisms, access to land value return and recycling - a subset of real estate-based value capture methods - may require enabling legislation or partnering with local agencies. This report includes examples of applications of land value return and recycling as well as model legislation and institutional structures to facilitate the strategy

Financing Transit Systems Through Value Capture: An Annotated Bibliography

Victoria Transport Policy Institute, February 2017

This paper summarizes the findings of nearly 100 studies concerning the impacts of transit service on nearby property values, and the feasibility of capturing this additional value to finance transit improvements. The results indicate that proximity to transit often increases property values enough to offset some or all of transit system capital costs.

Expanding the Use of Value Capture for Transportation and TOD in Massachusetts

Metropolitan Planning Area Council (MAPC), City of Somerville, Barr Foundation, A Better City, January 2017

This 2017 study examines the Commonwealth of Massachusetts current value capture tools, drawing on examples from around the country, as well as interviews with 35 state, regional and local officials. The study also considers the potential for value capture through five case studies of transportation and TOD projects currently planned or underway in Massachusetts. Based on this research, the study recommends several ways in which Massachusetts laws, policies, and regulations could be changed in order to encourage broader use of value capture for transportation and TOD infrastructure generally, with a special focus on transit.

Guide to Value Capture Financing for Public Transportation Projects

Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), 2016

TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has released Research Report 190: Guide to Value Capture Financing for Public Transportation Projects. Value capture is the public recovery of a portion of increased property and other value created as a result of public infrastructure investment. The report identifies the requirements necessary for successful value creation through transportation infrastructure investment and capturing a portion of that value through specific value capture mechanisms. It includes six case studies that provide practical examples of successful value capture from public transportation investments.

The Case of TH-610 in Maple Grove, Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Transportation, January 2014

This report demonstrates the application of value-capture strategies to supplement transportation funding for the completion of Trunk Highway (TH) 610 in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Using spatial and regression analysis, the report estimates that the completion of TH-610, with two additional exits, would lead to a significant growth in assessed property value, including about $12 million in land value and $5 million in buildings. The growth would result in about $4.3 million in property tax capacity, and about $1 million in annual property tax revenue. With multiple scenarios of hypothetical value-capture designs, we estimate the revenue potential of value capture would range from about $12 million to about $37 million, which could be used to supplement project finance to expedite the completion of TH-610.

NCHRP Synthesis 459: Using the Economic Value Created by Transportation To Fund Transportation

National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), 2018

This report presents information on financing mechanisms used by transportation agencies to capture a portion of the economic value created by public investment in transportation infrastructure to fund transportation improvements. The report provides an overview of ten types of value capture mechanisms and resents case examples of how transportation agencies have used these mechanisms to help fund highway improvement projects.

Value Capture Case Studies: What is Value Capture?

Chrissy Mancini Nichols, January 2012

This Metropolitcan Planning Council article defines key Value Capture concepts and provides a selection of historical case studies.

Transportation Value Capture Analysis for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Region

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), June 2011

This study was commissioned to assess the potential for using value capture techniques for roadway and transit projects in the region. The study analyzes value capture mechanisms and their feasibility in the Chicago area, evaluates economic and development impacts to determine the value of the mechanism, and provides recommendations on the success of value capture across multiple types of transportation projects and development scenarios.

Access for Value: Financing Transportation Through Land Value Capture

Brookings Institution, April 2011

This Brookings Institution study examines accessibility and its importance in assessing transportation performance and in creating a sustainable transportation funding source. It first delineates the concept of accessibility through a comparison with the common transportation performance metric of mobility. The paper then explains how accessibility can help fund transportation through a virtuous circle of access, land value, and transportation infrastructure. Local, state, and federal governments must better understand the structure and characteristics of value-capture policies if they are to develop their full potential as a sustainable funding source.

Value Capture and TIF Options for Streetcar Construction

Brookings Institution, June 2009

This report, commissioned by DC Surface Transit, Inc. analyzes the options for using value capture as a source of revenue for the build out of the H Street Streetcar Corridor. The report found that it is possible to use three forms of value capture, including TIF, special assessment district, or sharing of private property value increases, to pay for 100 percent of construction costs without federal funding. The paper was written by a consortium of policy and transportation engineering experts from HDR, Reconnecting America, and The Brookings Institution.

Value Capture for Finance

University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies, June 2009

This report identifies eight policies involving value capture. These policies include land value taxes, tax increment financing, special assessments, transportation utility fees, development impact fees, negotiated exactions, joint development and air rights. Each policy is evaluated according to the following four criteria: efficiency, equity, sustainability, and feasibility. Legal and administration issues as they relate to implementation in the state of Minnesota are also examined.

Unlocking Land Values to Finance Urban Infrastructure

World Bank, August 2008

This publication examines the various ways in which land values can be used to help pay for investment in urban infrastructure, in addition to their role as part of the property tax base. It focuses on the principles that underlie different land-based financing techniques, their efficiency in theory, and, above all, what we can learn from practical attempts to convert principles about land-based financing into practice in developing countries. Much of this practical application involves innovative use of public-private partnerships.

Capturing the Value of Transit

Reconnecting America's Center for Transit-Oriented Development, November 2008

This paper summarizes the findings of previous studies that measure the impact of transit on nearby property values; provides a detailed discussion of the role of property owners and developers in value capture strategies; offers examples of tools currently used by transit agencies to capture the value of transit to help defray capital costs; and provides a framework for thinking about what kinds of value capture strategies are possible in a given situation.

Paying for Prosperity: Impact Fees and Job Growth

Brookings Institute, 2003

This report addresses the controversy around impact fees by reviewing the academic literature concerning the effect of impact fees on employment and the economy generally. In addition, the report presents a new analysis of the relationship between impact fees and job creation by assessing impact fee and economic data, assembled for the period 1993 to 1999, for the 67 counties of Florida.

Development Impact Fees: A Primer

Carmen Carrión and Lawrence W. Libby, 2000

This paper outlines important policy and legal issues involved with Development Impact Fees. Selected state experience is then reviewed.

American Planning Association (APA) Policy Guide on Impact Fees

American Planning Association (APA), 1997

Local governments throughout the country are increasingly using impact fees to shift more of the costs of financing public facilities from the general taxpayer to the beneficiaries of those new facilities. This webpage provides an online version of the American Planning Association Policy Guide on Impact Fees.

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL WEBSITE

International Economic Development Council

IEDC is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers by providing information on trends and best practices, networking opportunities, professional development courses and numerous other services.

Council of Development Finance Agencies Tax Increment Financing Resource Center

Council of Development Finance Agencies

Comprehensive website offers Tax Increment Financing information such as case studies, historical and legal background, state-by-state online map, and a Tax Increment Financing webcourse.