City staff is proposing to relax the thresholds used to require traffic impact analyses and intersection operations analyses. These studies are generally required for new subdivisions and larger commercial developments. Public hearings will be held before the Planning Commission on Monday, Nov. 25th and before the City Council on Wednesday, Dec. 18th.
See the attached notice for details on the times of the hearings and for contact information to submit written comments.
The attached memo to the Planning Commission explains the changes and the reasons for them. The major change appears to be increasing the projected number of daily trips from 100 to 700 before a traffic impact analysis is required, and increasing the number of evening peak hour trips from 15 to 50 before having to study the effect on intersections.
The rationale for the changes, as described in the memo, is to make it easier and less expensive to develop new housing units, in order to help meet the Council's goal of adding 3,000 units in the current two-year planning period.
No rationale is given for the specific new thresholds proposed.
An addition to the draft code update received 11/6/18 will amend the procedures used during public hearings. Currently, following testimony by those in favor, those neutral, and those opposed to a measure, there is an opportunity for rebuttal by the applicant AND by those opposed. This code update will eliminate the rebuttal by the opposition.
No rationale is provided for deleting this step.
The entire draft code update has been attached below.