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.
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