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Transportation Demand Management Ordinance

What is the Transportation Demand Management ordinance?

The general purpose of the Transportation Demand Management ordinance is to establish policies and guidelines for transportation demand management in the City of Carlsbad that support the Climate Action Plan. The purpose of the ordinance is to reduce the number of Carlsbad employees driving alone to and from work and increase alternative commuting options like transit, biking, carpool and vanpool, to meet 2035 greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Why did Carlsbad pass this ordinance?

In the city’s Climate Action Plan, nearly 40 percent of the community’s greenhouse gas emissions are from transportation. By setting targets to reduce the number of employees driving alone to and from work, we can reduce how much transportation contributes to the community’s overall greenhouse gas emissions.

Who is required to comply with this ordinance?

All new nonresidential development projects where the employees generate a minimum of 110 average daily trips are subject to the ordinance. For example, a resort hotel in Carlsbad with a total of 2000 daily trips generated, of which 675 are generated by employees, would be subject to the ordinance. However, a restaurant with a total of 300 average daily trips generated, of which 60 trips are generated by employees, would not be subject to the ordinance.

What are the requirements of this ordinance?

The ordinance requires development of a Transportation Demand Management plan for review and approval by the city. A Transportation Demand Management plan outlines facility improvements, programs, incentives, education, marketing and outreach for a development project. The city will provide support material to help developers meet their requirements.

How does a development comply with the Transportation Demand Management ordinance?

The city has prepared a Transportation Demand Management handbook including tips and tools to assist applicants in the development of their Transportation Demand Management plan. The Transportation Demand Management handbook is a living document that will be updated as the city and development community work together to meet our Climate Action Plan goals.

What about existing development and existing businesses?

The Transportation Demand Management ordinance will place requirements only on new nonresidential development. The city recognizes that Transportation Demand Management on new development alone will likely not be sufficient to meet the city’s Climate Action Plan targets. In the future, the city plans to implement a broader Transportation Demand Management program along with the Transportation Demand Management ordinance. The Transportation Demand Management program will create ways to educate, market, encourage and support existing businesses to implement and execute Transportation Demand Management plans for their employees.

When does this ordinance take effect?

The Transportation Demand Management ordinance takes effect on April 11, 2019. Projects that meet the ordinance criteria and have not applied for a building permit by the effectiveness date will be subject to its requirements.