Environmental Impact Report (EIR) & Transportation Improvement and Mitigation Program (TIMP)
An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared that comprehensively analyzes the proposed land use changes recommended through the West Adams New Community Plan. The Draft EIR provided the community with the opportunity to review and comment on the features of the proposed community plan. Following the close of the Draft EIR comment period, a Final EIR was prepared that addresses the comments received and has been submitted to the Mayor and City Council in considering adoption of the new community plan and certification of its EIR.
The purposes of the EIR 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 West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert 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 West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert New Community Plan (NCP) identifies 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 2030.
Transportation Programs considered include:
· Plans and Strategies for Public Transit Improvements,
The West Adams 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 year 2018. Proposed changes in land use and urban design as part of the TIMP for the New Community Plan are expected to encourage transit ridership in concert 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 West Adams 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 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, and
· Street System classification changes.
The West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert 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.