Law Seminars International Presents:

An Advanced One-Day Seminar on

Transportation & CEQA

Implementation of the transition from Level of Service (LOS) to Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) for assessing traffic impacts

November 2, 2016

Los Angeles, CA

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Los Angeles - CA


Who Should Order

Attorneys, real estate, land use, and environmental professionals, traffic consultants, planners, corporate managers and governmental representatives

Why You Should Order

One of the most important CEQA developments this year, has been the work to update the analysis of transportation impacts under CEQA.Spurred on by the important and evolving climate change arena, the "rules" for transportation analyses as part of CEQA will undergo substantial changes this year as the State mandates a shift away from Level of Service (LOS) evaluation of transportation performance and toward a metric of Vehicles Miles of Travel.In the works since SB 743 passed in 2013, the legislation is about to be implemented despite some procedural question marks.Originally intended to apply only to transit-rich areas of the state in an attempt to encourage and streamline infill development supported by a strong transit infrastructure, the legislation has been broadened to cover all development across the entire state

This seminar will feature presentations on the most important developments in the area of transportation impacts.We will hear how the Governor's Office of Planning and Research has proposed to change the way that traffic impacts are analyzed under CEQA.This seminar will include case studies about how cities such as Pasadena and San Francisco have already made the transition from LOS analyses to vehicle miles traveled (VMT).And, we'll discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the transition.

~ Patrick A. Gibson, Gibson Transportation Consulting, Inc., and Kristina D. Lawson, Esq., Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT): What SB 743 instructs us to do and progress towards implementation
  • The current state of the science for modeling VMT
  • Implementation: Key legal issues to resolve
  • VMT reduction expectations for lead agencies
  • Mitigation options and strategies
  • How to accomplish the transition to VMT: Lessons from early adopters

What Attendees Said

  • "This was a thorough, comprehensive and very educational seminar regarding CEQA."
  • "Excellent speakers, timely useful topics, valuable information provided. Bravo!"
  • Topics chosen were great, good flow of topics, good interconnection of topics.
  • "I liked this program because it was indeed advanced. I have attended several other so called "advanced" seminars that were not. I learned a lot."


Wednesday, November 02, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Patrick A. Gibson , Program Co-Chair, President
Gibson Transportation Consulting, Inc. / Los Angeles, CA

Kristina D. Lawson, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP / San Francisco, CA

8:45 am

Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT): The Transition to the New SB 743 CEQA Guidelines for Analyzing Transportation Impacts

What the statute instructs us to do; the progress towards implementation

Matthew C. Henderson, Esq.
Miller Starr Regalia / Walnut Creek, CA

9:30 am

Traffic Analysis: The Current State of the Science for Modeling VMT

Necessary components; overview of currently available tools including strengths and weaknesses; update on VMT experiments around the country

Erik O. Ruehr, P.E. , Director, Traffic Engineering
VRPA Technologies, Inc. / San Diego, CA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Implementation Issues

Key legal issues to resolve for downtown transit-rich zones, smaller, more suburban, cities and rural areas:

Jennifer L. Hernandez, Esq.
Holland & Knight LLP / San Francisco, CA

VMT reduction expectations for lead agencies: How to set a VMT threshold and relate it to the SB 743 objectives for reducing GHG emissions, promoting active transportation, and encouraging infill development

Ronald Milam, AICP, PTP , Director of Evolving the Status Quo
Fehr & Peers / Rocklin, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Mitigation Options and Strategies

Overview of permissible mitigation options under the statute and developer perspective on what is most viable

JoAnn C. Hadfield , Principal
PlaceWorks / Santa Ana, CA

Environmental and local government perspectives on what will work for mitigation

Kristen Pawling , Urban Solutions Coordinator
Natural Resources Defense Council / Los Angeles, CA

Sean Haeri , Senior Transportation Engineer
Los Angeles Department of Transportation / Los Angeles, CA

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

How to Accomplish the Transition to VMT: Lessons from Early Adopters

Tips for meeting the technical and legal challenges in a cost effective way

Patrick A. Gibson , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Gibson Transportation Consulting, Inc. / Los Angeles, CA

Kristina D. Lawson, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP / San Francisco, CA

James L. Arnone, Esq.
Latham & Watkins LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Fred Dock, P.E., AICP , Director, Department of Transportation
City of Pasadena / Pasadena, CA

Wade W. Wietgrefe, AICP , Senior Planner
San Francisco Planning Department / San Francisco, CA

Ronald Milam, AICP, PTP , Director of Evolving the Status Quo
Fehr & Peers / Rocklin, CA

5:00 pm

Evaluations & Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Patrick A. Gibson, Program Co-Chair, is President of Gibson Transportation Consulting, Inc. He has been involved in the transportation and parking planning for mixed-use development on both a local and national basis.

Kristina D. Lawson, Kristina D. Lawson, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP. In addition to her land use practice, she advises clients on public policy and government relations strategy, drawing on her experience as a member of the Walnut Creek City Council and as Mayor.

James L. Arnone is the global Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department at Latham & Watkins LLP. He is a frequent author and lecturer on environmental, climate change and real estate law.

Fred Dock is the Dire ctor of the Department of Transportation for the City of Pasadena. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Systems Management and Operations Council of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

JoAnn C. Hadfield, Principal, Environmental Services at PlaceWorks has 30 years of experience focusing on CEQA and NEPA compliance services.

Sean Haeri is a Senior Transportation Engineer at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. He is in charge of the LADOT West LA Environmental Review Division.

Matthew C. Henderson is a land use and litigation shareholder at Miller Starr Regalia. His practice encompasses all stages of land use cases, from initial entitlement and environmental review to subsequent litigation and appellate work.

Jennifer L. Hernandez leads the West Coast Land Use and Environment Practice Group at Holland & Knight LLP. Her climate change practice currently includes integrating climate change requirements into environmental analyses.

Ronald Milam, AICP, PTP, is the Director of Evolving the Status Quo at Fehr & Peers. He focuses on big data research, VMT analysis, multi-modal metrics, and land use/transportation interactions.

Kristen Pawling is the Los Angeles Urban Solutions Coordinator for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Previously, she was an Associate Regional Planner for the Southern California Association of Governments and an Air Pollution Specialist, for the California Air Resources Board.

Erik O. Ruehr, P.E., is Director of Traffic Engineering for VRPA Technologies, Inc. He serves as Chair of the California SB 743 Task Force established by the Western District of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.


Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 6.75 California MCLE credits. We have an application pending for 6.5 AICP planner credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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