Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

MEMORANDUM

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING & CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: AUGUST 19, 2003

SUBJECT: CONFORMANCE WITH THE 2002 L.A. COUNTY CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CMP)

Staff Coordinator: Beilin Yu, Assistant Planner

RECOMMENDATION

Adopt Resolution No. 2003-__, thereby adopting the City's 2003 Local Implementation Report (LIR) and self-certifying the City's conformance with the 2002 Congestion Management Program (CMP) for Los Angeles County.

BACKGROUND

A Congestion Management Program (CMP) was enacted by the State Legislature in 1990 to improve traffic congestion in California's urban areas. In accordance with the State statute, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) [previously known as the L.A. County Transportation Commission (LACTC)] adopted the first CMP for Los Angeles County on November 18, 1992.

In November 1993, the 1993 Congestion Management Program (CMP) was adopted by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority (MTA). In addition to providing refinements to the 1992 Program, the 1993 CMP added procedures for meeting Deficiency Plan requirements. The Deficiency Plan procedures are intended to address deficiencies projected to occur on the regional roadway network between 1990 and 2010. Since the CMP is a countywide program, all local jurisdictions must participate in the Deficiency Plan process, regardless of the number of CMP intersections or congestion levels within each City's limits.

The MTA has updated and adopted several Congestion Management Programs since 1993. Most recently, in June 2002, the 2002 CMP was adopted by the MTA. The 2002 CMP summarizes the results from eight years of highway and transit monitoring, six years of local growth monitoring, and eleven years of local transportation improvements. The 2002 Program expanded the Deficiency Plan, which provides greater opportunities for local jurisdictions to maintain CMP compliance. In accordance with the 2002 CMP, the purpose of this agenda item is for the City Council to adopt the attached self-certification conformance resolution, thereby adopting the City's 2003 LIR and self-certifying the City's conformance with the CMP requirements. Upon adoption, the adopted resolution and 2003 LIR will be transmitted to the MTA for its review and approval.

DISCUSSION

In adopting the attached self-certification resolution, the City resolves that it is in conformance with all the applicable requirements of the 2002 CMP and has taken, or will take, each of the following four specific actions (the requisite action appears in bold type and the City's response in normal type):

  1. By June 15, of odd numbered years, the City will conduct and transmit to the MTA traffic counts and calculated levels of service for selected arterial intersections, consistent with the requirements identified in the CMP Highway and Roadway System Chapter.
  2. The City’s Public Works Department transmitted to the MTA the results of the 2003 highway monitoring performed on Western Avenue, in accordance with the requirements of the CMP.

  3. The City has locally adopted and continues to implement a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Ordinance, consistent with the minimum requirements identified in the CMP Transportation Demand Management Chapter.
  4. On February 2, 1993, the City Council adopted the required TDM Ordinance (Municipal Code Chapter 10.28) and Staff continues to implement the TDM Ordinance, where applicable. As part of the Development Code Amendment proceedings, completed in May 1997, the TDM Ordinance was incorporated into the Development Code by reference.

  5. The City has locally adopted and continues to implement a land use analysis program, consistent with the minimum requirements identified in the CMP Land Use Analysis Program Chapter.
  6. On July 6, 1993, the City Council adopted an amended set of Local CEQA Guidelines, which incorporated the County's CMP Land Use Analysis program into the City's environmental review procedures. City Staff continues to implement the land use analysis program where applicable.

  7. The City has adopted a 2002 Local Implementation Report consistent with the requirements identified in the CMP. This report balances traffic congestion impacts due to growth within the City with transportation improvements, and demonstrates that the City is meeting its responsibilities under the Countywide Deficiency Plan.

The CMP's Countywide Deficiency Plan requires the City to track development activity and transportation improvements using a countywide point system. The point system is used to assign debits for development activity and credits for transportation improvements. The City must maintain a positive balance, in which total credits exceed total debits, in order to remain in compliance with the CMP. If a City is found not to be in compliance with the CMP, gas tax revenues may be withheld and the City may be ineligible for transportation grant funds.

For purposes of the 2003 Local Implementation Report (LIR), the City tracked new development activity for the time period between June 1, 2002 through May 31, 2003. During this period, final building permits were issued for 6 new residential dwelling units and for a new 59,650 square foot Self-Storage facility on Western Avenue. The 6 new dwelling units is a decrease of 16 units from last year’s number of dwelling units (22 units), however, the total amount of debit for this year is larger than last year’s due to the Self-Storage facility. This year’s building activity (6 new units and the storage facility) has resulted in a total point debit of 403 points for the 2002-2003 reporting year. This point total is referred to as the City's "congestion mitigation goal" and represents the total points that must be offset by credit points.

Although debits are only applied to development since June 1, 2002, cities have been allowed to earn credits for transportation improvement projects implemented as far back as January 1, 1990. Based on the original credit claims submitted by Staff to the MTA in 1994, as well as new credit claims submitted as part of the 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 Local Implementation Reports, the City presently has an MTA approved credit base of 11,826 points (see attached 2002 Deficiency Plan Summary).

As part of the 2003 LIR, the City has submitted to the MTA additional credit claims for congestion management practices performed between June 1, 2002 and May 31, 2003. The City is submitting credit claims for the signalization of the intersection at Vallon Drive and Hawthorne Blvd, and an increase in the Palos Verdes Transit passenger trips for both the fixed route and Dial-a-Ride. In preparing the 2003 LIR, Staff has calculated the City's 2003 transportation credit claims at 1,780 credit points for this reporting period. Pending MTA’s approval, this could be added to the City’s current credit base of 11,826 credit points, resulting in a total credit base of 13,606.

The conclusion of the LIR is that the City has clearly maintained a positive point balance, in which the City’s total credits exceed total debits. Therefore, the City’s 2003 LIR balances traffic congestion impacts due to growth within the City with transportation improvements, and demonstrates that the City is meeting its responsibilities under the Countywide Deficiency Plan. Draft copies of the 2003 LIR (point calculation, tally sheets, etc.) are attached for the Council's review.

CONCLUSION

In accordance with the Deficiency Plan of the 2002 L.A. County Congestion Management Program (CMP), the City Council, through a noticed public hearing (public notice attached), must adopt a self-certification conformance resolution, whereby the City agrees to conform to the local responsibilities required by the 2002 CMP, including preparation of the 2003 Local Implementation Report (LIR). As documented in this Staff Report, the City is in conformance with all applicable requirements of the 2002 CMP and has taken all of the required actions of the Deficiency Plan. Therefore, Staff recommends that the City Council adopt the attached Resolution No. 2003 - __ and authorize the City Clerk to forward this document to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

Respectfully submitted:
Joel Rojas, AICP
Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement

Reviewed,
Les Evans
City Manager

ATTACHMENTS

  • Resolution No. 2003 - __
  • 2002 Deficiency Plan Summary (table)
  • Draft 2003 Local Implementation Report
  • Public Notice

RESOLUTION NO. 2003-__

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CALIFORNIA, FINDING THE CITY TO BE IN CONFORMANCE WITH THE CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CMP) AND ADOPTING THE CMP LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION REPORT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 65089.

WHEREAS, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("MTA"), acting as the Congestion Management Agency for Los Angeles County, adopted the 2002 Congestion Management Program in June 2002; and

WHEREAS, the adopted CMP requires that MTA annually determine that the County and cities within the County are conforming to all CMP requirements; and

WHEREAS, the adopted CMP requires submittal to the MTA of the CMP local implementation report by September 1 of each year; and

WHEREAS, the City Council held a noticed public hearing on August 19, 2003, at which time all interested parties were allowed to attend and give testimony.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL FOR THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES DOES HEREBY FIND, DETERMINE, AND RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. That the City of Rancho Palos Verdes ("City") has taken all of the following actions, and that the City is in conformance with all applicable requirements of the 2002 CMP.

By June 15, of odd-numbered years, the City will conduct annual traffic counts and calculated levels of service for selected arterial intersections, consistent with the requirements identified in the CMP Highway and Roadway System Chapter.

The City has locally adopted and continues to implement a transportation demand management ordinance, consistent with the minimum requirements identified in the CMP Transportation Demand Management Chapter.

The City has locally adopted and continues to implement a land use analysis program, consistent with the minimum requirements identified in the CMP Land Use Analysis Program Chapter.

The City has adopted the 2003 Local Implementation Report, attached hereto as Exhibit "A" and made a part hereof, consistent with the requirements identified in the CMP. This report balances traffic congestion impacts due to growth within the City with transportation improvements, and demonstrates that the City is meeting its responsibilities under the Countywide Deficiency Plan.

SECTION 2. That the City Clerk shall certify to the adoption of this Resolution and shall forward a copy of this Resolution to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED this 19th day of August, 2003.

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Mayor

ATTEST:

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CITY CLERK

STATE OF CALIFORNIA )
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ) ss
CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES )

I, Jo Purcell, City Clerk of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, do hereby certify that the above Resolution No. 2003-__ was duly and regularly passed and adopted by the said City Council at a regular meeting held on August 19, 2003.

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City Clerk