Chapter 10.76


10.76.010    Findings.

10.76.020    Goals and objectives.

10.76.030    TSM coordinator.

10.76.040    TSM requirements.

10.76.050    Limitations.

10.76.010 Findings.

The city council finds and determines that:

A.    There has been a significant increase in traffic in this general area and in this city, and this trend is anticipated to continue in the future;

B.    Recent and future development and redevelopment within the city and in the surrounding area will lead to increased traffic in the area, especially in the Bayside Corridor in which this city is located;

C.    Transportation system management (TSM) programs have been shown to be capable of reducing vehicle trips and increasing vehicle occupancy rates, and can be effective in reducing the need for costly major road improvements;

D.    Decreasing the number of vehicular trips, both absolutely and within peak traffic periods, will help alleviate traffic congestion, energy consumption and noise levels and will help to improve and maintain air quality. These improvements will contribute to making the city an attractive and convenient place to live, work, visit and do business, and will help employers recruit and retain a qualified work force;

E.    Cooperation with and coordination of TSM programs with nearby cities and other local agencies with transportation roles and participation in a joint powers authority with some or all of these agencies will assist the city in meeting the goals and objectives of this chapter;

F.    Adoption of the TSM chapter is one component of implementing a comprehensive approach to reducing traffic problems that should be supported by complementary land use policies and transportation and transit improvements;

G.    Adoption of the TSM chapter will promote public health, safety, economic vitality and general welfare, both within the city and the region, and is consistent with the city’s general plan;

H.    Participation of private and public employers, complex operators, employer organizations and employee organizations, is critical to the successful implementation of the TSM chapter;

I.    This chapter will implement the provisions of that “Joint Powers Agreement Establishing the Intercity Transportation System Management (TSM) Authority” a joint exercise of powers agreement entered pursuant to the provisions of Government Code Section 6500 et seq., of which authority this city is a member;

J.    The provisions in this chapter are intended to assist employers in achieving their trip-reduction goals as stipulated in Regulation 13, Rule 1, as adopted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD);

K.    This chapter exempts worksites subject to the requirements of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Regulation 13, Rule 1 from any and all requirements of the city’s TSM Ordinance which was set forth prior to July 1, 1994. (Ord. 415 § 2 (part), 1995)

10.76.020 Goals and objectives.

A.    Goals.

1.    Assure that all existing and future employers and complexes participate in mitigating traffic problems by implementing TSM measures;

2.    Encourage coordination and consistency between public agencies and the private sector in planning and implementing transportation programs;

3.    Increase public awareness and encourage added public use of alternatives to commuting by single-occupant vehicles;

4.    Reduce traffic impacts within the city and the region by reducing the number of automobile trips, daily parking demand and total vehicle miles per person traveled that would otherwise be generated by commuting.

B.    Objectives.

1.    To participate in an intercity authority that works in partnership with employers to promote programs and services that help employers achieve their trip-reduction goals in an effort to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion in the region;

2.    To facilitate the achievement of vehicle-to-employee ratio (VER) standards by public and private employers subject to Regulation 13, Rule 1, a regional employer-based trip-reduction mandate effective in Foster City beginning July 1, 1994;

3.    To encourage and facilitate participation by employers with twenty-five to ninety-nine employees in promoting commute alternatives to their employees. (Ord. 415 § 2 (part), 1995)

10.76.030 TSM coordinator.

The TSM coordinator shall be employed by the joint powers authority and shall serve as staff in administering the TSM provisions of this chapter as provided in the intercity agreement. Duties shall include, but are not limited to, assisting employers in carrying out TSM responsibilities, report, and developing incentives for employer participation in the TSM program. (Ord. 415 § 2 (part), 1995)

10.76.040 TSM requirements.

A.    Each employer within the city subject to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (BAAQMD) Regulation 13, Rule 1 (regional employer-based trip-reduction rule) shall conform to the employer-based trip-reduction program requirements established and enforced by the BAAQMD.

B.    Each employer of twenty-five or more employees, and every sponsor of twenty-five or more employees on a regular basis, commute alternatives information on ridesharing, transit, bicycling, etc.; and participate whenever possible in programs, sponsored by the joint powers authority, that may contribute to the reduction of single-occupant vehicle commute trips. (Ord. 415 § 2 (part), 1995)

10.76.050 Limitations.

Nothing in this chapter or the TSM intercity agreement may be construed to require an employer or sponsor to:

A.    Breach a lease existing prior to the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter;

B.    Require structural modifications or additions to property, the nature of which would require the issuance of a building permit to existing structures;

C.    Violate any planning approvals issued by a member of the joint powers authority. (Ord. 415 § 2 (part), 1995)