Sec. 9-4.4001.  Purpose, authorization and intent.
   Transportation demand management (TDM) programs are designed to reduce the need, or demand, for automobile trips, especially during congested commute times.  TDM strategies include a wide range of activities to encourage transit use, ridesharing and making trips at less congested times or not making trips at all.  Successful TDM programs reduce the number of cars driven which generally results in less congestion and improved air quality.
   State law requires each City and the County to adopt their own transportation demand management or trip reduction ordinance.  The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) is responsible for the preparation of the Congestion Management Program (CMP) in Ventura County.  Among the state-mandated elements of the CMP is a Trip Reduction and Travel Demand Management Element that promotes alternative transportation methods, such as carpools, vanpools, transit, bicycles, walking and park-and-ride lots, improvement in the balance between jobs and housing, and other strategies, including flexible work hours, telecommuting and parking management programs (California Government Code Section 65089(b)(3)).  The goals and policies of the CMP also support the increased use of low- and no-emission vehicles.  The VCTC must determine biennially whether the County and cities within the county are conforming to the CMP. (California Government Code Section 65089.3.)
   This article is intended to promote trip reduction and travel demand measures in the City of Thousand Oaks and meet the TDM facilities ordinance adoption requirement as set out in the Ventura County Congestion Management Program.  The requirements of Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) Rule 210 are separate from this article which sets forth the minimum requirements for meeting CMP. Employers are encouraged to offer or provide additional inducements to use alternatives to single- occupant vehicles to their employees necessary to meet Rule 210 requirements.
(§ 1, Ord. 1199-NS, eff. March 1, 1994, as amended by §  27, Ord. 1374-NS, eff. April 26, 2001)