Chapter 10.28


10.28.010    Intent—Purpose.

10.28.020    Statutory authority.

10.28.030    Application process.

10.28.040    Definitions.

10.28.050    Cost recovery.

10.28.060    Revocation of route.

10.28.070    Appeals process.

10.28.080    Retrofitting ramps, intersections and roadways.

10.28.010 Intent—Purpose.

It shall be the intent and purpose of this chapter to provide for the public necessity, health, safety or general welfare through the establishment of procedures for terminal designation and truck route designation to terminals for interstate trucks. (Ord. 84-014 § 1 (part), 1984)

10.28.020 Statutory authority.

Since STAA1982 and AB 866 revised current state law on truck combination length and width and implements federal requirements dealing with access to the federally designated system by interstate trucks, it is required that the city enact an ordinance delineating the process of application for terminal and/or route designation within the bounds of the city limits by citizens/business establishments requiring the service of said interstate trucks off said federally designated system (i.e., I-80). (Ord. 84-014 § 1 (part), 1984)

10.28.030 Application process.

A.    Those persons qualifying as a “terminal” as defined in Section 10.28.040 and requiring terminal access from federally designated highways shall submit an application and appropriate fee to the Public Works Department, City Hall, City of San Pablo, 1000 Gateway Avenue, San Pablo, California 94806.

B.    Upon receipt of the application, the director of public works will determine the applicant’s conformance with the terminal designation and, if so approved, will then determine the capability of the route requested and/or alternate routes. Capability will be determined by the adequate turning radius and land widths of ramps, intersections, and highways. Also a determinant factor will be general traffic conditions such as sight distance, speed and traffic volumes for safe operations. Access off the federally designated highways will require Caltrans (District 04) approval.

C.    If the requested route passes through several jurisdictions (i.e., county or other municipality), applicant shall comply with that jurisdiction’s application process. Coordination will be the responsibility of the entity which controls the terminal’s land use. (Ord. 2020-004 § 8, 2020; Ord. 84-014 § 1 (part), 1984)

10.28.040 Definitions.

“Terminal” and “interstate truck” as used in sections of this chapter shall be defined as follows:

A.    “Terminal” means a facility at which freight is consolidated to be shipped or where full-load consignments may be loaded and off-loaded or at which the vehicles are regularly maintained, stored or manufactured.

B.    “Interstate truck” means tractor semis or doubles with unlimited length as regulated by CVC 35401.5 (a) (1) and (2). (Ord. 84-014 § 1 (part), 1984)

10.28.050 Cost recovery.

A.    Fees/Costs for the Application of a Terminal Designation, application fee is to cover the cost of reviewing route(s) and terminal designation and to be established by city council resolution. The application fee is nonrefundable.

B.    If the application for a terminal designation is approved, the applicant will be required to pay for the purchase and installation of terminal access signs and trailblazer signs. Trailblazer signs will be required at every decision point on the route to the terminal. Said costs to be determined by the office of the director of public works. (Ord. 84-014 § 1 (part), 1984)

10.28.060 Revocation of route.

The director of public works is authorized to revoke any approved route if said route proves to be a safety hazard for any vehicular traffic. A safety hazard is defined as inability of the interstate trucks to negotiate route and/or said trucks causing unsafe driving conditions for other vehicular traffic and/or pedestrians. (Ord. 84-014 § 1 (part), 1984)

10.28.070 Appeals process.

A.    If the office of the director of public works denies terminal designation and/or route feasibility or revokes a previously approved route per Section 10.28.060, the applicant/terminal owner, within ten days’ following the date of a decision of the director of public works on a revocation of terminal access or terminal designation may appeal said decision to the city council. An appeal shall be made on a form prescribed by the department of public works and shall be filed with the city clerk. The appeal shall state specifically wherein there was an error or abuse of discretion by the director of public works or wherein its decision is not supported by the evidence in the record. Within five days of the filing of an appeal, the director of public works shall transmit to the city clerk the terminal application, the sketches of the revoked route and all other data filed therewith, the report of the director of public works, the findings of the director of public works and his decision on the application.

B.    The city clerk shall give notice to the applicant and to the appellant (if the applicant is not the appellant) and may give notice to any other interested party of the time when the appeal will be considered by the city council.

C.    If Caltrans District 04, and not the director of public works, denies or revokes terminal access from federally designated highways, no appeal may be made to the city council, but must be made to said Caltrans District 04. (Ord. 84-014 § 1 (part), 1984)

10.28.080 Retrofitting ramps, intersections and roadways.

If all feasible routes to a requested terminal are deemed unsatisfactory by the office of the director of public works, the applicant may request retrofitting the deficiencies, but all costs of engineering, construction and inspection will be borne by the applicant. Upon request, the city may form a benefit district to assist in cost recovery by any other terminal(s) using the improved route. Said benefit district costs would be in proportion to the section of route utilized. (Ord. 84-014 § 1 (part), 1984)