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Mixed-Use Trip Reduction Measures (MUTRM)
On November 5, 2014, the Board of County Commissioners adopted criteria for a trip reducing project (TRP) tool entitled Mixed-Use Trip Reduction Measures (MUTRM). As part of this approved Ordinance, new Sections 522.8 MUTRM - MPUD and 901.13 MUTRM have been added to the Land Development Code. In addition, revisions have been made to Appendix A - Definitions. (In recent years, the County has utilized a non-codified version of MUTRM (aka URBEMIS) to review development applications utilizing this TRP tool.)

MUTRM considers a project’s proposed roadway network (interconnectivity), density, mix of uses, pedestrian/bicycle network, etc., in order to address vehicle miles traveled and promote walkability. The adopted Section 901.13, provides a predictable review process by outlining specific standards that an applicant can follow.


What does the adoption of the Land Development Code Section 901.13 Mixed-Use Trip Reduction Measures (MUTRM) mean for my project?
The use of MUTRM as a trip reducing project is not new to Pasco County. However, the adoption of LDC Section 901.13 provides two options for meeting MUTRM. An applicant can either 1) meet the outlined criteria established in this Section; or 2) seek MUTRM approval utilizing the URBEMIS model, the method by which MUTRM has been approved by the County since 2012.

The intent of Mixed Use Trip Reduction Measures (MUTRM) is to promote a connected, mixed-use compact development pattern that incorporates multimodal opportunities. The purpose is to reduce automobile dependency and Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) through this form of development.

What are some of the benefits of MUTRM and the associated compact development pattern?

  • Creates routing options through the provision of a grid network, thereby easing traffic congestion on arterial roadways
  • Provides multimodal opportunities by providing amenities for bicyclists and pedestrians. Increased density contributes to supporting an expanded bus transit system
  • Promotes walkability by creating shorter walking distances between points of interest
  • Lessens need to expand infrastructure across a greater area
  • Increases walkability/bikeability creating a healthier lifestyle

What makes a community “walkable”?
While there are many factors that promote walkability, the County has identified several essential elements that support walkable neighborhoods. These components include: limited block size; interconnected roadway networks; neighborhood centers; increased population density; mixed-use development; parks and public spaces; pedestrian-friendly design; workplaces and schools; and complete streets. Criteria for each of these components are provided in LDC Section 901.13.

If I gain MUTRM approval, do I get a mobility fee reduction?
Yes. As per the 2014 updated mobility fee rates, there is a 25% mobility fee reduction for the Compact Development Areas associated with MUTRM projects.