System Development Charges
Frequently Asked Questions
Traffic growth from new development in Jackson County has outpaced the funds that are available to improve roads. The existing county road network is predominantly a two-lane road system that was not designed to handle the volume of traffic that new development imposes. SDC’s have been implemented to obtain financial support from developments which are contributing to the need for increased roadway capacity. Without an SDC program, Jackson County would not have sufficient resources with which to address increased traffic and congestion being created by new development.
Not necessarily. By ordinance, SDC's are used to fund capacity-increasing projects along Jackson County's network of arterial and collector roads. Project selection is based on many factors which can include congestion and accident history. Local access roads, dedicated ways, private roads, and maintenance projects are not eligible for SDC’s.
Yes, but these resources are not large enough to increase road capacity to keep up with new development. Jackson County receives road maintenance money from the State of Oregon (vehicle registration fees, fuel taxes, and weight-mile taxes), as well as a portion of the timber harvest receipts from U.S. Forest Service land. The receipts from the U.S. Forest Service are subject to allowable timber harvest, and have dropped drastically from historic levels. SDC's are helping to stabilize funding for road modernization without relying on property taxes.
It is Jackson County's belief that new development should pay a fair share of the cost associated with increasing road capacity since new development is accelerating the need for capacity improvements. SDC's are dedicated exclusively to adding capacity to the existing network of arterial and collector roads.
A system development charge is a one-time fee that must be paid prior to the issuance of building permits.
No. Each SDC is tailored to the type of development and the estimated traffic it will generate. Trip generation rates used in the SDC methodology are from the Trip Generation Manual, published by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
When you take your construction plans to Jackson County Development Services to get a building permit, county staff will calculate the SDC. We've provided a PDF below which shows the Trip Generation and Fee Sheet currently being used. You can also call Jackson County Roads (541) 774-8184 or Development Services (541) 774-6900 to get worksheets and additional information.
You must arrange payment by cash, check, or installment payments before your building permit will be issued. You pay the SDC at Development Services located at the Courthouse, 10 S. Oakdale in Medford. Their phone number is (541) 774-6900.
No. If your development lies within an incorporated city, you are not subject to Jackson County's SDC program.