Historically, analysis of traffic impacts was completed using a “level of service” (LOS) formula. California Senate Bill (SB) 743, passed in 2013 and implemented in 2018, adopted new CEQA regulations that replaced LOS analysis with new “vehicle miles travelled” analysis. SB 743 changes the focus of transportation impact analysis in CEQA from measuring impacts to drivers, to measuring the impact of driving. In January 2019, updates to the CEQA Guidelines including the incorporation of SB 743 modifications were finalized. The Guidelines changes were approved by the Office of Administrative Law and are now in effect. Specific to SB 743, Section 15064.3(c) states, “Beginning on July 1, 2020, the provisions of this section shall apply statewide.”
With the sudden and impactful coronavirus pandemic, immense challenges face local government. Added to those challenges are the crisis of homelessness in our communities and the efforts to provide more affordable housing to those in need. Civil unrest has also taxed public services. A focus upon resolving these issues is paramount at this time. Implementation of SB 743 should be delayed.
The attached resolution supports a delay in the implementation of SB 743 for two years to allow for recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic downturn. If adopted by the City Council, the resolution would be forwarded to the Governor’s Office in Sacramento.