The Municipal Services Committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass a resolution that will supersede the current analysis of the California Outside Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in the current practice and guidelines of the transport impact analysis through an updated Local Mobility Analysis (LMA).
The current guidelines, which aim to help the city with information on how neighborhoods and local street networks will be affected by new developments, were adopted in 2015. The guidelines require separate assessment processes outside the CEQA are completed for projects that exceed the targeted thresholds.
According to the Department of Transportation, the LMA section of the guidelines needs to be updated to be consistent with current best practices and methodologies and to provide greater transparency with the public regarding local mobility analysis processes.
“The recommended LMA reflects five years of experience and lessons learned from this external CEQA process and reflects and takes into account the countless public comments that have been submitted on project reviews over the years,” said Laura Rubio-Cornejo. , Director of the Ministry of Transport.
Currently, an LMA analysis is required for all projects with more than 10 residential units, a non-residential project of 10,000 square feet or more, or if the project is expected to generate 300 or more daily trips.
The revised guidelines lower the current daily vehicle commute threshold to 110 to better align with other jurisdictions, according to Rubio-Conejo. The revised guidelines also recommend re-establishing a formal scoping process before any local mobility analysis begins.
Some members of the public have expressed support for the Department of Transportation’s proposal.
Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition (CSC) also called for the creation of a comprehensive bike plan, as well as improving Pasadena’s bus system and pedestrian safety.
“The sooner we can create safe and convenient alternatives to driving, especially for people who live in new, denser buildings close to public transport, shops and services, the sooner we can reduce the number of trips in vehicles generated,” said Blair Miller of Pasadena CSC.
According to the Department of Transportation, the updated LMA may require more projects to undergo additional transportation impact review processes than what is currently required. Project proponents would be responsible for all costs associated with the preparation of traffic impact studies.
According to the Department of Transportation, the resolution will soon be considered by the city council. The updated LMA will come into effect 90 days after City Council approval.