Senate Bill 743 Implementation Workshop
Monday, June 26, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. PDT
Sacramento, CA, United States
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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) invite you to participate in an educational workshop addressing the new requirements under Senate Bill 743 that change CEQA analyses for new land use and transportation projects. A state-wide collaborative project – the SB 743 Analysis & Implementation Assistance Project – brings together senior staff from five metropolitan planning organizations and state agencies, and various other experts. The project is organized around several case studies intended to illustrate the requirements and methodologies for project analysis under SB 743 – as compared to pre-SB 743 analyses – and strategies for offsetting increases in VMT that might be generated by those projects. SB 743 replaces California Environmental Quality Action (CEQA) analysis and mitigation of additional congestion (Level of Service or LOS) with analysis and mitigation of additional vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
The workshop will begin with brief introductory comments and updates, and a general overview of the topics to be discussed in the two tracks. Then we will separate into break-out groups.
One track will be a discussion of the analytic requirements of the draft Guidelines and the techniques suggested by the Technical Advisory. This discussion will be informed by the project case studies currently underway, and will seek participants’ advice for the project staff who will be preparing the final case study reports. Example requirements include the need to study the entire area of impact from a project and to take into account “induced demand.” (These are not based on SB 743 but need to be integrated into analyses under the law).
The other track will focus on exploring the concept of a regional VMT mitigation strategy, its uses, and how it might be structured. This track builds on research and analysis undertaken by Caltrans at the request of the SB 743 implementation project. This track will begin with an introduction to the subject by Caltrans covering legal, administrative and technical opportunities for regional VMT reduction strategies. After the introduction, attendees will participate in discussion and brainstorming focused on how a regional VMT mitigation strategy could work effectively.
Alyssa Begley, firstname.lastname@example.org