11 Staff Report
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11 Staff Report
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<br />PREPARED BY: Matt Morley <br /> Parks and Public Works Director <br /> <br /> <br />Reviewed by: Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, Town Attorney, and Finance Director <br /> <br /> <br />110 E. Main Street Los Gatos, CA 95030 ● (408) 354-6832 <br />www.losgatosca.gov <br />TOWN OF LOS GATOS <br />COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT <br />MEETING DATE: 01/21/2020 <br />ITEM NO: 11 <br /> <br /> <br />DATE: January 13, 2020 <br />TO: Mayor and Town Council <br />FROM: Laurel Prevetti, Town Manager <br />SUBJECT: Receive a Report on How Vehicle Miles Travelled and Level of Service Analysis <br />Will Work Together in Shaping Future Development Projects <br /> <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br /> <br />Receive a report on how vehicle miles travelled (VMT) and level of service analysis (LOS) will <br />work together in shaping future development projects. <br /> <br />BACKGROUND: <br /> <br />On October 10, 2019 the Council held a study session to facilitate the first of several discussions <br />on Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) as the new transportation metric for California Environmental <br />Quality Act (CEQA) review as mandated by Senate Bill 743. <br /> <br />The new law changes CEQA evaluation for transportation, moving away from measuring level of <br />service (LOS) and moving towards a measure of VMT. VMT is the measure of distance in miles <br />that a vehicle travels, with one mile equivalent to one VMT. <br /> <br />Since that meeting in October, staff has been working with a consultant to help with <br />implementing this change. Over the next several months. staff will bring elements of the VMT <br />process to the Council for review and phased decision making, with the intent of adopting new <br />CEQA standards prior to the State deadline of Ju ly 1, 2020. <br /> <br />DISCUSSION: <br /> <br />While VMT is the new standard for CEQA analysis, there continues to be a need to manage local <br />roadways through conditions placed on new projects during the review and permitting phases. <br />These conditions would come by way of a transportation analysis that identifies local roadway <br />needs for all users (bicycles, pedestrians, and vehicles).
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