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File #: 20-0981    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 7/16/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 8/4/2020 Final action: 8/4/2020
Title: Department of Transportation recommending the Board: 1) Receive the workshop information on implementation of Senate Bill 743 which was intended to ensure that the environmental impacts of traffic, such as noise, air pollution, and safety concerns, continue to be properly addressed and mitigated through the California Environmental Quality Act; 2) Provide direction on the County’s application of the methodology, significance thresholds, mitigation measures and exemptions; and 3) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign the letter to Governor Newsom, requesting an extension of two years to implement SB 743. FUNDING: Road Fund.
Attachments: 1. A - SB 743 Letter to Gov. Newsom, 2. B - Board Memo - 6-30-20 BOS, 3. C - Presentation, 4. Public Comment Rcvd 7-24-2020 BOS 8-4-2020, 5. Executed SB 743 Letter to Gov Newsom
Related files: 20-0606, 20-1059
Title
Department of Transportation recommending the Board:
1) Receive the workshop information on implementation of Senate Bill 743 which was intended to ensure that the environmental impacts of traffic, such as noise, air pollution, and safety concerns, continue to be properly addressed and mitigated through the California Environmental Quality Act;
2) Provide direction on the County’s application of the methodology, significance thresholds, mitigation measures and exemptions; and
3) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign the letter to Governor Newsom, requesting an extension of two years to implement SB 743.

FUNDING: Road Fund.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
On September 27, 2013 the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 743 (SB 743). SB 743 was originally enacted to address transportation issues related to the development of the Golden One Center in downtown Sacramento. The legislative intent of SB 743 was to 1) ensure that the environmental impacts of traffic, such as noise, air pollution, and safety concerns, continue to be properly addressed and mitigated through the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); and 2) more appropriately balance the needs of congestion management with statewide goals related to infill development, promotion of public health through active transportation, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

In January 2019, the Natural Resources Agency finalized updates to the CEQA Guidelines including the incorporation of SB 743 modifications. 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, “A lead agency may elect to be governed by the provisions of this section immediately. Beginning on July 1, 2020, the provisions of this section shall apply statewide.”

SB 743 changes how transportation impacts are measured under CEQA, from using vehicle level of service (LOS) to using vehicle miles traveled (VMT). The State Office of Plann...

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