Senate Bill (SB) 743 (Steinberg, 2013) and subsequent amendments to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines (§15064.3, amended December 2018) require the use of vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) as the metric for the assessment of impacts in the CEQA Transportation section. SB 743 also removes congestion based metrics such as Level of Service (LOS) from CEQA consideration for land use projects, as “a project’s effect on automobile delay shall not constitute a significant environmental impact” (§15064.3(a)). The provisions of SB 743 and CEQA guidelines §15064.3 apply statewide as of July 1, 2020. In accordance with State Law, City staff has prepared CEQA thresholds of significance applicable to land use projects for Council consideration that build upon the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA)’s adopted VMT Methodology . In addition this work includes updating the City’s Guidelines and Procedures for the Implementation of the CEQA document that has not been updated since 2008, and amending the City’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) ordinance most recently adopted in 2016 (RMC Article 15.04.612) to align with the VMT methodology, to reflect current best practices, new State law requirements, and emerging TDM options as encompassed in the new CCTA VMT methodology.
Planning Commission Public Hearing – February 4, 2021 6:30 PM, Telephone and web conference only
Public hearing to adopt Resolution No. 20-01recommending to the City Council (1) approval of amendments to Article 15.04.612 of the Richmond Municipal Code related to Transportation Demand Management, (2) repeal and replacement of City Council Resolution 125-03 regarding Guidelines and Procedures for the Implementation of the CEQA and (3) adopting the 2020 CCTA VMT Methodology for application within Richmond, as shown in Exhibits A, B, and C.