Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) & Transportation Improvement and Mitigation Program (TIMP)
An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is being prepared to comprehensively analyze the proposed land use changes recommended through the South Los Angeles New Community Plan. The Draft EIR will be provided to the community for review and comment prior to the adoption of the new plan. Stay tuned for an update when the EIR will be released.
The purposes of the Draft Program EIR Report are to:
- satisfy the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and
- inform the general public, the local community, responsible and interested public agencies of the nature of the South Los Angeles New Community Plan, its possible environmental effects, possible measures to mitigate those effects, and alternatives to the proposed project.
The Transportation Improvement and Mitigation Program (TIMP) for the South Los Angeles New Community Plan (NCP) will identify transportation programs needed to accommodate land use patterns/densities and population and employment growth anticipated under the NCP, and the resultant increase in vehicle trips projected by the year 2035.
Transportation Programs considered include:
· Plans and Strategies for Public Transit Improvements:
The South Los Angeles Community Plan Area can be characterized as a transit rich community with numerous Metro Local and Metro Rapid buses passing through the CPA. The Plan Area is unique in that residents will benefit from not one but two light rail transit lines traversing the Plan Area by the end of the year 2012. Proposed changes in land use and urban design as part of the TIMP for the New Community Plan are expected to encourage transit ridership with the provision of safe, convenient, accessible, and easily identifiable transit locations also playing a major role in encouraging and facilitating transit ridership.
· Transportation Demand Management (TDM):
A TDM program is a set of strategies, measures and incentives to encourage residents to walk, bicycle, use public transportation, carpool or use other alternatives to driving alone. The South Los Angeles Community Plan will describe TDM strategies actively being pursued within the Plan Area as well as provide a list of recommendations to be considered as part of a comprehensive TDM Program.
· Residential Neighborhood Traffic Management:
Traffic intrusion onto residential streets by commuters seeking to bypass congested major and secondary highways is of increasing concern and the Plan will outline several steps that can be taken in order to develop and implement Neighborhood Traffic Management Plans.
· Transportation Systems Management (TSM):
TSM strategies are intended to improve existing transportation systems using operational or minor physical improvements, and thereby increasing the flow of travel on existing facilities through such improvements as a ramp metering, signal synchronization, anti-gridlock parking lanes, to name but a few. Improvements typically have a low capital cost, do not call for major construction and can be implemented in a relatively short time frame.
· Highway and Street Infrastructure Improvements
· Street System classification changes:
The South Los Angeles Community Plan Area is comprised of mature communities with established structure setback lines along major and secondary arterials. Major street widenings are not likely to be feasible in most areas and therefore, the Plan seeks to implement a series of Modified Street Standards that reflect the presence of historic buildings, relationship to transit stations and other local conditions.