Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

JULY 18, 2006 - CONFORMANCE WITH THE 2006 L.A. COUNTY CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CMP) JULY 18, 2006 - CONFORMANCE WITH THE 2006 L.A. COUNTY CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CMP)



JULY 18, 2006 - CONFORMANCE WITH THE 2006 L.A. COUNTY CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CMP)

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING & CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: JULY 18, 2006

SUBJECT: CONFORMANCE WITH THE 2006 L.A. COUNTY CONGESTION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CMP)

Staff Coordinator: Kristen Sohn, Associate Planner

RECOMMENDATION

Adopt Resolution No. 2006-__, thereby adopting the City's 2006 Local Development Report (LDR) and self-certifying the City's conformance with the 2004 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 first CMP was adopted by the MTA. The 1993 CMP instituted procedures to address deficiencies projected to occur on the Los Angeles County regional roadway network between 1990 and 2010. Since the CMP is a countywide program, all local jurisdictions are requested to 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, the MTA adopted the 2004 CMP. The 2004 CMP summarizes the results from nine years of highway monitoring, eight years of local growth monitoring, and thirteen years of local transportation improvements. In addition, the 2004 Program modified the local responsibilities by suspending the requirements for maintaining a positive credit balance. In past years, each local jurisdiction’s Congestion Management efforts were tracked by a point system that reflected the impact of local growth (debits) and benefits of transportation improvements (credits). The object was to maintain a positive credit balance. Due to concerns raised by cities, in August 2003, the MTA Board authorized a nexus study to evaluate the feasibility of implementing a congestion mitigation fee to meet CMP Deficiency Plan requirements. While work on Phase II of the Nexus study continues, the CMP Countywide Deficiency Plan requirement for maintaining a positive credit balance has been suspended. As a result, cities do not have to report their transportation improvement strategies for the 2006 cycle. However, reporting on all new development activity and adopting a self-certification resolution is still required.

In accordance with the 2004 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 2006 LDR and self-certifying the City's conformance with the CMP requirements. The LDR is a reporting form, which calls for information on new net development in our City. The City’s 2006 LDR is attached to the staff report. Upon adoption, the adopted resolution and 2006 LDR 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 2004 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.

In 2005, the City’s Public Works Department transmitted to the MTA the results of the 2005 highway monitoring performed on Western Avenue, in accordance with the requirements of the CMP. This year no local highway monitoring is required.

2. 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.

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.

3. 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.

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.

4. The City has adopted a 2006 Local Development Report consistent with the requirements identified in the CMP. The LDR tracks new development, exempted development, and development adjustments as a result of building permits issued between June 1 and May 31.

As stated above, the 2004 CMP local jurisdiction responsibility is to report the 2005/2006 new development activities. For purposes of the 2006 Local Development Report (LDR), the City tracked new development activity for the time period between June 1, 2005 and May 31, 2006. During this period, final building permits were issued for 24 new residential dwelling units and no permits were issued for demolition of dwelling units. In addition, no final building permits were issued for any new non-residential square footage. This results in a net increase of 24 new dwelling units. For comparison, permits were issued for 19 new residential units during the last reporting period between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.

CONCLUSION

In accordance with the Deficiency Plan of the 2004 CMP, the City Council, through a noticed public hearing, must adopt a self-certification conformance resolution, whereby the City agrees to conform to the local responsibilities required by the 2004 CMP, including preparation of the 2006 LDR. As documented in this Staff Report, the City is in conformance with all applicable requirements of the 2004 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. 2006 - __ and authorize the City Clerk to forward this document to the MTA.

Respectfully submitted:

Joel Rojas, AICP
Director of Planning, Building
and Code Enforcement

Reviewed,

Les Evans
City Manager

ATTACHMENTS

- Resolution No. 2006 - __
- Draft 2006 Local Implementation Report
- Public Notice

RESOLUTION NO. 2006-__

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, CMP statute requires the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”), acting as the Congestion Management Agency for Los Angeles County, to annually determine that the County and cities within the County are conforming to all CMP requirements; and

WHEREAS, MTA requires submittal of the CMP Local Development Report by September 1 of each year; and

WHEREAS, the City Council held a noticed public hearing on July 18, 2006, 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 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 2004 CMP adopted on July 22, 2004.

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 a Local Development Report, attached hereto as Exhibit “A” and made a part hereof, consistent with the requirements identified in the 2004 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 consistent with the MTA Board adopted 2003 Short Range Transportation 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 18th day of July, 2006.

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Stefan Wolowicz, Mayor

ATTEST:

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Carolynn Petru, CITY CLERK

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

I, Carolynn Petru, City Clerk of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, do hereby certify that the above Resolution No. 2006-__ was duly and regularly passed and adopted by the said City Council at a regular meeting held on July 18, 2006.

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City Clerk