SB 743 Is Back in Motion … What does it mean for school districts?

Will traffic congestion no longer be a significant impact under SB 743? How will the new CEQA Guidelines impact my schools?

On January 20, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) released revisions to its proposed CEQA guidelines for the implementation of SB 743, setting in motion a new flurry of activity. OPR continues to recommend Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) as the appropriate measure of project transportation impacts instead of Level of Service (LOS). The proposed Guidelines include recommendations for VMT methodology, significance thresholds, guidance in analyzing transportation-related safety impacts, and mitigation measures and alternatives.

The deadline for written comments on the revised guidelines is 5:00 pm on February 29. Final review and rulemaking for the new guidelines are targeted for late 2016 or early 2017.

PlaceWorks continues to work with lead agencies, private sector clients, and professional organizations to develop meaningful, practical approaches to implementing SB 743. One of our greatest strengths is the wide range of our in-house expertise—including policy planning, transportation planning and engineering, and CEQA.

For more information or to find out what PlaceWorks can do for you, feel free to contact:

Dwayne Mears, AICP, Principal, (Corporate Office)
Steve Noack, AICP, Principal, (Berkeley)
Barbara Heyman, Associate Principal, (San Diego)
Fernando Sotelo, PE, PTP, Senior Associate, Transportation. (Corporate Office)
Michael Nilsson, AICP CTP, Senior Associate, Active Transportation (San Diego)