Chapter 17.101
TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT

17.101.010 Applicability of Requirements

A.    This Chapter shall not apply to:

1.    Projects for which a certificate of occupancy/final inspection has been issued prior to the effective date of this Section.

2.    Projects for which a building permit has been issued and which were approved prior to the effective date of this Section without a condition that they comply with the requirements of the CMP and any local implementing ordinance.

3.    Projects which are specifically exempt from these requirements by the provisions of an approved vesting tentative map, specific plan or development agreement.

B.    The gross square footage of all additions made to an existing building after the effective date of this Section shall be aggregated for purposes of determining whether the thresholds contained in PMC 17.101.020 have been met; however, existing square footage shall be exempt from these requirements.

17.101.020 Definitions

(Zoning Ordinance Amendment 95-1 adopted by City Council June 14, 1995.)

For the purposes of this Chapter, the following words and phrases are defined as follows. Any word, phrase or term which is not defined in this Chapter but which is defined in Chapter 17.16 PMC shall mean the same as the definition contained in Chapter 17.16 PMC.

Alternative Transportation shall mean the use of modes of transportation other than single passenger motor Vehicle, including but not limited to Carpools, Vanpools, Buspools, public transit, walking, and bicycling.

Applicable Development shall mean any Development project that is determined to meet or exceed the project size threshold criteria contained in PMC 17.101.030, TDM Development Standards.

Buspool shall mean a Vehicle carrying sixteen or more passengers commuting on a regular basis to and from work with a fixed route, according to a fixed schedule.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) shall mean the statute found in Public Resources Code Section 21000 et. seq. that requires all jurisdictions in the State of California to evaluate the extent of environmental degradation posed by proposed development.

Carpool shall mean a Vehicle carrying two to six persons commuting together to and from work on a regular basis.

Developer shall mean the builder who is responsible for the planning, design and construction of an Applicable Development project. A developer may be responsible for implementing the provisions of this Ordinance as determined by the Property Owner.

Employee Parking Area shall mean the portion of total required parking at a development used by on-site employees.

Non-Residential Development shall mean any Development which is designated, used or intended to be used for any purpose other than a Residence or Residences.

Preferential Parking shall mean parking spaces designated or assigned, through use of a sign or painted space markings for Carpool and Vanpool Vehicles carrying commute passengers on a regular basis that are provided in a location more convenient to a place of employment than parking spaces provided for single occupant Vehicles.

Property Owner shall mean the legal owner of a Development who serves as the lessor to a Tenant. The Property Owner shall be responsible for complying with the provisions of the ordinance either directly or by delegating such responsibility as appropriate to a Tenant and/or his agent.

South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) shall mean the regional authority appointed by the California State Legislature to meet federal standards and otherwise improve air quality in the South Coast Air Basin (the non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties).

Transit Operator shall mean the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) which serves as the local and regional public transportation provider in the Antelope Valley.

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) shall mean the alteration of travel behavior – usually on the part of commuters – through programs of incentives, services, and policies. TDM addresses alternatives to single occupant Vehicles such as carpooling and vanpooling, and changes in work schedules that move trips out of the peak period or eliminate them altogether (as is the case in telecommuting or compressed work weeks).

Trip Reduction shall mean reduction in the number of work-related trips made by single occupant Vehicles.

Vanpool shall mean a Vehicle carrying seven or more persons commuting together to and from work on a regular basis, usually in a Vehicle with a seating arrangement designed to carry seven to fifteen adult passengers, and on a prepaid subscription basis.

Vehicle shall mean any motorized form of transportation, including but not limited to automobiles, vans, buses and motorcycles.

17.101.030 Development Standards

A.    Prior to approval of any development project, the applicant shall make provision for, at a minimum, all of the following applicable transportation demand management and trip reduction measures. All facilities and improvements constructed or otherwise required shall be maintained in a state of good repair. The property owner shall be responsible for complying with the provisions of this Chapter either directly or by delegating such responsibility as may be appropriate to a tenant or to an agent.

B.    All development shall provide the following to the satisfaction of the City:

1.    Sidewalks or other designated pathways following direct and safe routes from the external pedestrian circulation system to each building in the development. Developments with fewer than four (4) dwellings are exempt from this provision.

2.    If determined necessary by the City, bus stop improvements must be provided. The City will consult with the Transit Operator in determining appropriate improvements.

C.    Non-residential development of 25,000 square feet or more shall comply with PMC 17.116.020(2) and shall provide a bulletin board, display case, or kiosk displaying transportation information located where the greatest number of employees are likely to see it, to the satisfaction of the City. In the event that such structure is placed outdoors, the design and location shall be subject to review and approval by the Director of Planning. Information in or on such structure shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

1.    Current maps, routes and schedules for public transportation serving the site.

2.    Telephone numbers for transportation information, including numbers for the regional ridesharing agency and local transit operators.

3.    Ridesharing promotional material supplied by commuter-oriented organizations.

4.    Bicycle route and facility information, including regional/local bicycle maps and bicycle safety information.

5.    A listing of facilities available at the site for carpoolers, vanpoolers, bicyclists, transit riders and pedestrians.

6.    For non-residential developments of 50,000 square feet or more, a statement that preferential carpool/vanpool spaces for employees are available and a description of the procedures for obtaining such spaces.

D.    Non-residential development of 50,000 square feet or more shall comply with PMC 17.101.020(B) and (C) and shall comply with all of the following measures to the satisfaction of the City:

1.    Not less than ten (10) percent of the employee parking area shall be identified as a preferential carpool/vanpool parking area on the site plan submitted with an application for a building permit. This preferential carpool/vanpool parking area shall be located as close as is practical to the employee entrance(s), and shall be reserved for use by potential carpool/vanpool vehicles, without displacing handicapped and customer parking needs. A statement that preferential carpool/vanpool spaces for employees are available and a description of the procedures for obtaining such spaces shall be included on the required transportation information board. To the extent possible, spaces will be signed or striped as demand warrants, even if demand exceeds the ten (10) percent of the employee parking area designated on the site plan. At least one space for projects of 50,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet, and two spaces for projects over 100,000 square feet, shall be signed or striped for carpool/vanpool vehicles.

a.    Employee parking shall be calculated as follows: (Zoning Ordinance Amendment 95-1 adopted by City Council June 14, 1995.)

 

Type of Use

Percent of Total Required Parking Devoted to Employees

Commercial

30%

Office/Professional

85%

Industrial/Manufacturing

90%

2.    Preferential parking spaces reserved for vanpools must be accessible to vanpool vehicles. When located within a parking structure, a minimum vertical interior clearance of seven (7) feet two (2) inches, with appropriate adjustments for slope changes, shall be provided for those accessways and spaces to be used by such vehicles. Adequate turning radii and parking space dimensions shall also be included in vanpool parking areas. No more than ten (10) percent of the employee parking area shall be required to provide access to vanpool vehicles.