OPR Releases Draft SB 743 CEQA Guidelines

Governor Brown signed SB 743 into law in September of 2013. Among other things, SB 743 requires the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to propose and adopt amendments to the CEQA Guidelines to provide an alternative criteria to “level of service” for evaluating transportation impacts. The alternative criteria must “promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the development of multimodal transportation networks, and a diversity of land uses.” The draft guidelines provide that “[g]enerally, transportation impacts of a project can be best measured using vehicle miles traveled.” The draft guidelines state that to the extent a transportation project increases physical roadway capacity for automobiles in a congested area, the transportation analysis “should analyze whether the project will induce additional automobile travel compared to existing conditions.”

The draft guidelines can be viewed here.

OPR is requesting that comments be submitted by October 10, 2014.