Transportation Impact Analysis Guidelines for Environmental Review - Update

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Overview

The Environmental Planning division within the Planning Department reviews projects for potential impacts on the environment, a process known as environmental review. The Planning Department conducts environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As part of environmental review, the Planning Department reviews background technical studies, such as transportation impact studies, to assess a project's effects on the physical environment.

These background technical studies support the conclusions of the environmental impact evaluation and guide decision-makers during project approval.  To assist in the preparation of transportation impact studies, the Planning Department provides to consultants and city staff a guidance document, the Transportation Impact Analysis Guidelines. The Planning Department periodically updates the guidelines, with the last update in 2002.

Since that time, the Planning Department has instituted various updates to the conditions, data, and methodology within the guidelines. Records of these updates exist in various materials. One substantial example of updates that occurred was a March 2016 Planning Commission resolution that removed automobile delay from CEQA and added vehicle miles traveled as a transportation criterion (known as "Align").

The Planning Department is updating the guidelines comprehensively, with completion in February 2019. The purpose of the update is to achieve high quality deliverables, meaningful analysis, efficient reviews, and better project outcomes. At the time the department completes each of the below memos, the department will also issue a consolidated guidance document.

Resources

Name of Document Date Published
Transportation Impact Analysis Guidelines (still applicable, except for the published topics below) 10/01/2002
Transportation Impact Analysis Guidelines Updates 2017-2018
Kick-Off Meeting and Survey Summary
12/27/2017
Summary of Changes Memo
10/01/2018
Update Process and Style Guide Memo
02/14/2018
Update Process and Style Guide Memo Appendix
Coming Soon
Transportation Review Process
Coming Soon
Travel Demand Memo and Appendices
Coming Soon
Walking/Accessibility Memo and Appendices
02/14/2018
Bicycling Memo and Appendices
10/01/2018
Public Transit Memo and Appendices
Coming Soon
Loading Memo and Appendices
Coming Soon
Emergency Access Memo and Appendices
10/01/2018
Vehicle Miles Traveled Memo and Appendices
Coming Soon
Driving Hazards Memo and Appendices
10/01/2018
Construction Memo and Appendices
Coming Soon
Vehicular Parking Memo and Appendices
Coming Soon
Supplementary Guidance Memo and Appendices
Coming Soon
Planning Commission Informational Presentation 09/28/2017

Contacts

The Planning Department is responsible for updating the guidelines, but input will be required from various other city agencies and consultants.

Please direct all inquiries to: CPC.TransportationReview@sfgov.org