Establishing an Infill & Affordable Housing Screen

When adopting Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) thresholds, screening criteria, or VMT/Transportation Impact Analysis guidelines, lead agencies could consider VMT screening criteria for qualifying infill housing projects. Suburban and rural lead agencies in particular can consider this screen when transit services are not available and the model data supporting low VMT areas are limited or unreliable. Establishing a VMT screening criteria for infill housing would be consistent with the California Office of Planning and Research (OPR)’s guidance to use alternate approaches when use of a calibrated travel demand model is unavailable. This would streamline how lead agencies approach VMT analysis and clarify the types of housing development that align a city’s housing production goals with state climate goals. The Establishing an Infill & Affordable Housing Screen guide provides the steps and substantial evidence lead agencies can consider when pursuing this approach.