Complete Communities Housing Solutions and Mobility Choices Program was adopted at the November 9, 2020 City Council meeting. Complete Communities: Housing Solutions and Mobility Choices proposed amendments to the SDMC to provide incentives to increase housing production and improve the mobility network around existing transit and development. The initiative removes regulatory barriers to producing housing, invests in walking, biking, and transit infrastructure, while also investing in neighborhood and mobility amenities, such as street trees, bicycle facilities, and promenades.
These types of investments increase the quality of neighborhoods where new housing is proposed by creating more active, pedestrian-oriented spaces and support mode shift to non-vehicular modes of travel, this in turn helps the City meet its Climate Action Plan (CAP) goals. Prioritizing these investments in areas where they are needed most is also a central intent of the Complete Communities initiative. Complete Communities Housing Solutions and Mobility Choices were approved as two separate ordinances.
The Mobility Choices package included the Mobility Choices Regulation Ordinance, a Resolution to Adopt the Active Transportation In Lieu Fee, and the following amendments to the Land Development Manual (LDM): an updated Appendix A: CEQA Significance Determination Threshold for Transportation, a new Appendix R: Transportation Study Manual, and a new Appendix T: Mobility Choices Implementation Guidelines, the amendment to the LDM was adopted through a Resolution to Amend the Land Development Manual.
The Land Development Manual, Appendix R, The Transportation Study Manual (TSM) is an update to the City’s current Transportation Impact Study Manual, last updated in 1998. The TSM provides detailed CEQA transportation analysis guidelines using VMT-based metrics to determine a development’s environmental impacts. Additionally, the TSM ensures that best planning practices for a development are incorporated through a Local Mobility Analysis (LMA). The LMA evaluates the effects of a development on mobility, access, circulation, and related safety elements in the proximate area of the development for all modes. The LMA includes guidance for analyzing and accommodating non-single occupancy modes: pedestrian, bicyclists, and transit. The TSM focuses on VMT reducing measures.
- Final certification outside the Coastal Zone: 01/08/2021