Modernizing Transportation Impact Review in California



Friday, May 19, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

San Francisco, CA, United States

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The Bay Area contains a range of development environments, political priorities, land use–transportation realities, and population growth associated with a growing regional economy. Recently, three cities in the Bay Area re-examined their tools aimed at leveraging development for transportation benefits in light of these challenges. This re-examination intensified with California Senate Bill 743 as several jurisdictions understand the disconnection between standard traffic metrics and the goals of their adopted general plans and transportation policies. San Francisco re-examination resulted in substantial impact fees, leading implementation of Senate Bill 743 provisions, and ambitious transportation demand management requirements. San Francisco’s presentation will focus on its history in seeking alignment of its environmental review metrics with its adopted policies, the technical aspects of the change, and updates regarding its implementation. In Oakland, environmental reform that could streamline housing development became a significant priority for a city during a historic housing crisis. Using available resources and the benefits of internal structural changes, Oakland implemented Senate Bill 743 provisions recently. Unique among the three cities, Oakland’s reforms also explicitly prioritized health outcomes and equity considerations in its transportation demand management program. Oakland’s presentation will focus on the decision for implementing Senate Bill 743 provisions and challenges encountered since that time. San Jose's re-examination has its basis in the City's General Plan–Envision San Jose 2040. While moving towards environmental review reform, the City's land use plans already includes metric consistent with Senate Bill 743. This is one important means for achieving the City’s goals. San Jose’s presentation will reflect the geographic variation throughout California, from urban to suburban, and the technical challenges that this variation brings in implementing Senate Bill 743 provisions. For all three agencies, coordination between technical experts and CEQA practitioners was critical and will be highlighted in the presentations.









Sarah Fine

Sarah Fine is a senior transportation planner in the City of Oakland's new Department of Transportation, where she is a planning lead on complete streets project development, strategic transportation policy, and major land use development coordination. Sarah has been with the City of Oakland since February 2016. Prior to ... Read More

Meenaxi Panakkal

Meenaxi R. Panakkal, AICP is the interim Principal Planner of the Environmental Review team in the City of San Jose's Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Department. She manages environmental review under California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for all private and public projects in ... Read More

Wade Wietgrefe

Wade Wietgrefe, AICP, is a senior planner with the San Francisco Planning Department, where he has been employed since 2011. Mr. Wietgrefe reviews projects subject to California Environmental Quality Act, with particular focus on air quality, transportation, and greenhouse gases, and leads policy efforts that align good public policy with ... Read More

Jeffrey Tumlin

Jeffrey Tumlin is Director of Strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility. For more than twenty years, he has led station area, downtown, citywide, and campus plans, and delivered various lectures and classes in 20 U.S. states ... Read More

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