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<br />CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH <br />PLANNING COMMISSION STAFF REPORT <br /> May 7, 2020 <br />Agenda Item No. 4 <br /> <br />SUBJECT: Amend City Council Policy K-3 (CEQA Procedures) – <br />Add Senate Bill 743 Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Analysis Methodology <br /> SITE LOCATION: Citywide <br /> APPLICANT: City of Newport Beach <br /> PLANNER: Tony Brine, City Traffic Engineer <br /> 949-644-3329, tbrine@newportbeachca.gov <br /> <br /> <br />PROJECT SUMMARY <br /> <br />Senate Bill (SB) 743, signed in 2013, changes the way transportation studies are <br />conducted in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents. Vehicle Miles <br />Traveled (VMT) replaces motorist delay and level of service (LOS) as the new metric for <br />transportation impact determinations in CEQA. The State requires all cities to adopt a <br />VMT policy to include transportation impact thresholds. Public Works staff has prepared <br />a framework for completing a CEQA-level VMT transportation analysis for proposed land <br />development projects and transportation improvement projects. Staff recommends the <br />Planning Commission review the proposed Amendment to City Council Policy K-3 and to <br />recommend its adoption by the City Council. <br /> <br />RECOMMENDATION <br /> <br />1) Determine that the action is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act <br />(CEQA) pursuant to Sections 15060(c)(2) and 15060(c)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines, <br />because it will not result in a physical change to the environment, directly or indirectly; <br />and <br /> <br />2) Adopt Resolution No PC2020-017 recommending an Amendment to City Council <br />Policy K-3, Implementation Procedures for the California Environmental Quality Act, <br />to add Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Analysis Methodology. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />1