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The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has selected vehicle-miles-of-travel (VMT) as the preferred metric to comply with Senate Bill 743 (SB 743). Lead agencies will need to reconsider their CEQA transportation impact study procedures in light of new guidance from the State on how to conduct VMT impact analysis. Potential changes in current practice could extend to regional transportation plans and city/county general plans. This workshop will provide an overview of the SB 743 changes and explain the methodology and thresholds identified in the Revised Proposal on Updates to the CEQA Guidelines on Evaluating Transportation Impacts in CEQA and recent release of new SB 743 guidance from Caltrans entitled, Local Development – Intergovernmental Review Program Interim Guidance, November 9, 2016. The workshop will cover land use plans and projects, transportation projects, and regional transportation plans. Participants will learn about the variety of metrics, data, tools, and models that are available for VMT analysis and how tool and model selection in particular can have a substantial effect on analysis outcomes including legal defensibility.

Learning Objectives:

  • SB 743 implementation timing
  • VMT analysis methodology options
  • Key choices related to VMT impact significance thresholds and mitigation feasibility
  • Need for substantial evidence in developing local procedures

Instructors:

Ron Milam, Fehr & Peers

Ron_Milam.jpgRon currently works at Fehr & Peers and leads the company’s research and development.  Ron has an extensive background in travel demand model development and applications, transportation impact fee programs, traffic operations analysis, micro-simulation modeling, and transportation impact studies involving NEPA and CEQA, which are the main workshop topics. He has also published papers on a wide variety of transportation planning and traffic engineering topics and has received recognition for his work that includes the Institute of Transportation Engineer’s (ITE) National Past President’s Award and best paper honors at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conference on Planning Applications.  He is currently focused on the use of big data in transportation planning and new performance measures such as VMT.


Katy Cole, Fehr & Peers

Cole-Katy-(1).jpgKaty has worked in the transportation engineering and planning industry for approximately 14 years. Katy is dedicated to working with communities to help evaluate and solve transportation issues. Her professional experience includes multi-modal corridor analysis, transportation master planning, travel demand management (TDM), parking studies, access and circulation studies, and transportation impact studies. Katy is currently performing VMT analysis for projects within the San Diego region and serves on the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) San Diego Chapter’s SB 743 Subcommittee. Katy received her BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Course Number: ENVR-80003
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: CEQA Practice