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          CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
          AB 1358 (Leno)
          As Amended August 20, 2008
          Majority vote
           
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          |ASSEMBLY:  |48-30|(June 5, 2007)  |SENATE: |24-15|(August 27,    |
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           Original Committee Reference:   L. GOV.  

           SUMMARY  :  Enacts the Complete Streets Act of 2007.

           The Senate amendments  :

          1)Require, commencing January 1, 2011, that the legislative body  
            of a city or county, upon any revision of the circulation  
            element of the general plan, modify the circulation element to  
            plan for a balanced, multimodal transportation network that  
            meets the needs of all for safe and convenient travel in a  
            manner that is suitable to the rural, suburban, or urban  
            context of the general plan.

          2)Defines "users of streets, roads, and highways" as bicyclists,  
            children, persons with disabilities, motorists, movers of  
            commercial goods, pedestrians, and users of public  
            transportation.

          3)Require the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR),  
            commencing on January 1 2009, but no later than January 1,  
            2014, in its next scheduled revision of its guidelines for the  
            preparation of and content of mandatory elements of city and  
            county general plans, to prepare or amend guidelines for a  
            legislative body to accommodate the safe and convenient travel  
            of users of streets, roads, and highways in a manner that is  
            suitable to the rural, suburban, or urban context of the  
            general plan.

          4)Add standard "local fee disclaimer" language indicating that  
            any state mandate created by this bill is not reimbursable by  
            the state due to a local government's authority to charge a  
            fee to cover its costs.

           EXISTING LAW  requires:








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          1)The legislative body of each county and city to adopt a  
            comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical  
            development of the county or city with specified mandatory  
            elements, including a circulation element consisting of the  
            general location and extent of existing and proposed major  
            thoroughfares, transportation routes, terminals, any military  
            airports and ports, and other local public utilities and  
            facilities, all correlated with the land use element of the  
            plan.

          2)OPR to develop and adopt guidelines for the preparation of and  
            content of mandatory elements of city and county general  
            plans.

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill:

          1)Made findings and declarations concerning the need for  
            transportation planners to find ways to reduce vehicle miles  
            traveled and shift people from the automobile to other modes  
            of transportation for short trips in order to reduce  
            greenhouse gas emissions, use urban land and transportation  
            infrastructure efficiently, and promote public health.

          2)Directed OPR to amend guidelines for the development of  
            general plan circulation elements to include "routine  
            accommodation of all users of the highway and public  
            transportation."

          3)Required the legislative body of a city or county, upon  
            revision of the circulation element 
          of its general plan, to modify the circulation element to  
            identify how the jurisdiction will provide for the routine  
            accommodation of all users of the highway and public  
            transportation.
           
          4)Defined "routine accommodation" as full consideration and  
            accommodation of all users 
          of the highway and public transportation as needed to provide  
            for reasonably safe and convenient travel in the planning,  
            design, construction, reconstruction, or operation of highways  
            and other transportation infrastructure.

          5)Defined "all users of the highway and public transportation"  
            as motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, children, individuals  








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            with disabilities, seniors, and users of public  
            transportation.

          6)Took effect on January 1, 2009.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, minor costs for the OPR guideline update  
          (approximately $70,000 in 2012-13).
           
           COMMENTS  :  According to the author and supporters of this bill,  
          there is a growing "Complete Streets" coalition of advocates for  
          motorists, bicyclists, children, seniors, and the disabled who  
          understand that accommodating various modes of travel will ease  
          transportation congestion.  They believe that, by encouraging  
          good planning for all modes of travel, this bill will make roads  
          safer and more convenient places for Californians who choose to  
          walk, ride a bike, or take transit.  Safer roads enable more  
          people to gain the health benefits of choosing an active form of  
          transportation, and benefit everyone by reducing traffic  
          congestion, auto-related air pollution, and the production of  
          climate-changing greenhouse gases.


           Analysis Prepared by  :    J. Stacey Sullivan / L. GOV. / (916)  
          319-3958


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