About Us

There is no "I" in "Group"

We're not a large firm. Fact is, we are two professionals who have a passion for performance in a range of service areas. We look for efficient, effective ways to solve problems. Whether it is transportation funding and phasing issues or design challenges solved through careful CADD/GIS planning, we have you covered.

Paul Rodriguez handles government relations, transportation planning and impact fee program activities related to the Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) Program and Development Impact Fee (DIF) programs. He is referred to by some as the "TUMF Whisperer".

Traci Rodriguez delivers stellar CADD/GIS support to environmental sciences and industrial design industries.

Together, we provide aerial photography services to distinct clients enabling them to support their respective industries. Rodriguez Consulting Group is greater than the sum of its parts.
Rodriguez Consulting Group

Services



Transportation Planning

We provide our clients with thoughtful strategic plans for infrastructure funding, phasing and coordination. Typical engagements include a review of proposed or approved mitigation measures, development of funding options including impact fee credit agreements, CFD funding, and public/private partnerships, as well as improvement phasing that may be needed to address implementation challenges.

Government Relations

We assist regional and local agencies in the development of transportation related public policy positions and funding programs. We act as a liaison between private sector clients and public agencies wherever we can add value. Primary emphasis is on Orange County's Measure M and Renewed Measure M (M2), the Western Riverside Council of Government's Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) Program and Development Impact Fee (DIF) programs.

3D Modeling/Visualization

RCG uses state-of-the-art tools to assist entrepreneurs in the development and design of products in a three-dimensional format to aid in product design and manufacturing.

CADD/GIS

From 2D patent drawings and product instructions to part and assembly drawings and geospatial mapping, RCG gives you the technical help you need. We have decades of experience assisting design engineers and geotechnical/geophysical industry clients and others through the use of computer aided drafting and design (CADD) and geographic information systems (GIS). These systems are most effective when used in tandem with our 3D modeling services.

Aerial Photography

We offer aerial photography services to a variety of clients through our Skyview Imaging business unit. We provide aerial photography in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. Samples of our work may be found at www.SkyviewImaging.com. Original digital imagery is used to support our consulting activities where appropriate.

Blog

The TUMF Whisperer
Regional Program Tipping Point

July 2015

Fiscalization of land use is an often debated topic in government. Sales tax, property tax and employment potential influence development decisions. Are these the housing types we want in our community (apartments or single family homes), the jobs we want to attract (service sector or professional), or open space we need (nature preserve or sports park)? Development Impact Fees (DIF) are required to mitigate the impacts of the land use for which the impact fee applies. WRCOG's TUMF update contains an interesting conundrum.

Between 2009 and 2015, there has been no inflationary adjustment of the fee despite a rebound in the historic cost of infrastructure construction. Today's fee simply may not cover the cost of needed capacity and operational improvements.

The TUMF Nexus Update draft fee calculations are raising questions. Changes in land use assumptions since the 2009 Update is driving a potential 11% increase in the single family residential fee and a 77% increase in the retail development fee per square foot. The disparity can be explained mathematically but at more than $18 per square foot proposed, retail development and its associated sales tax revenue potential could be catastrophically hampered -- particularly in cities bordering neighboring counties without this magnitude impact fee burden.

There is a temptation to artificially subsidize certain land uses or even transfer impact assignments to other land uses. Other funding schemes proposed include requiring match funding, excluding certain necessary infrastructure cost and elimination or reduction of developer fee credit for in-lieu construction. Ultimately, impact fee programs are financing mechanism for infrastructure. Charge too little and the improvements cannot keep pace with the cumulative impacts of growth. Charge too much and housing supply and jobs creation cannot grow to accommodate demand.

Ultimately, the proposed Western Riverside TUMF network may be too big. Scaling the regional system back to focus on backbone grid roads, inter-jurisdictional connectivity and interchanges while shifting the responsibility for lower volume roadways to local funding mechanisms may be the answer. The net result enables local agencies to make policy decisions that drive their land use rather than a regional program that could limit flexibility.

About the Author
Paul Rodriguez advises public and private clients regarding transportation planning and funding strategies as a Principal at Rodriguez Consulting Group. Mr. Rodriguez brings unique perspective to a variety of issues as a consultant, elected official, and former regional agency staffer. Comments, questions or suggestions for future topics can be sent to Paul@RodConGrp.com.

Previous Blog Posts (PDF)

April 2015

January 2015

Contact Us

Paul Rodriguez
951/505-7241
Paul@RodConGrp.com

  • Transportation Planning & Funding
  • Government Relations
  • Aerial Photography

Traci Rodriguez
951/204-8793
Traci@RodConGrp.com

  • 3D Modeling/Visualization
  • CADD/GIS