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For the purposes of this article, unless otherwise apparent from the context, certain words and phrases used in this article are defined as follows:
(a) “Alternate transportation” shall mean the use of modes of transportation other than the single-passenger motor vehicle, including but not limited to carpools, vanpools, buspools, public transit, walking and bicycling.
(c) “Buspool” shall mean a vehicle (bus) with more than sixteen (16) seating positions used and maintained primarily for carrying commuters to and from work.
(d) “Carpool” shall mean a vehicle (passenger automobile) occupied by two (2) or more persons aged sixteen (16) years or older commuting to or from work and/or school.
(e) “Dwelling unit” shall be per the definition in Section 9-4.230 of this title.
(f) “The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)” shall mean Sections 21000 et seq. of the California Public Resource Code.
(g) “Developer” shall mean the builder who is responsible for the planning, design and construction on an applicable development project. A developer may be responsible for implementing the provisions of this article as determined by the property owner.
(h) “Development” and “development project” means the construction or addition of new building square footage. Additions to buildings which existed prior to the adoption of the ordinance codified in this article and which exceed the thresholds defined in Section 9-4.4003 shall comply with the applicable requirements but shall not be added cumulatively with existing square footage; existing square footage shall be exempt from these requirements. All calculations shall be based on gross square footage.
(i) “Employee parking area” shall mean the portion of total required parking at a development project used by on-site employees. Based upon information developed by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), broad employee parking needs shall be calculated as follows:
Type of Use
Percentage of Total Required Parking Devoted to Employees
Commercial and retail sales
Medical and dental office
Office and professional
Industrial and manufacturing
The Public Works and Community Development Departments shall determine the land use category for proposed development projects and shall determine based on ITE information, any appropriate percentage factors for special land uses not listed. Total development project required parking shall be determined per the requirements of Section 9-4.2402 of this chapter.
(j) “Preferential parking” shall mean parking spaces designated or assigned, through use of a sign or painted space markings, for carpool and vanpool vehicles carrying commute passengers on a regular basis that are provided in a location more convenient to a place of employment than parking spaces provided for single-occupant vehicles.
(k) “Public transit” shall mean transit services provided for the general public on a regular basis by buses usually on a fare-paying basis.
(l) “Neighborhood work center” means a location in a community where facilities are provided either by public or private means for shared employees work activities.
(m) “Transportation demand management (TDM)” shall mean the alteration of travel behavior, usually on the part of commuter, through programs of incentives, services and policies. TDM addresses alternatives to single-occupant vehicles such as carpooling and vanpooling, and changes in work schedules that move trips out of the peak period or eliminate them altogether (as is the case in telecommuting or compressed workweeks).
(n) “Trip reduction” shall mean reduction in the number of work-related trips made by single-occupant vehicles.
(o) “Property owner” means the legal owner of a development project who serves as the lessor to a tenant. The property owner shall be responsible for complying with the provisions of this article either directly or by delegating such responsibility as appropriate to a tenant and/or his agent.
(p) “Vanpool” shall mean a group of at least seven (7) commuters traveling to work in a vehicle designed for carrying more than six (6) but less than sixteen (16) persons, including the driver, which is maintained and used primarily for work-related transportation of adults for the purpose of ridesharing.
(q) “Vehicle” shall mean a device by which any person or property may be propelled, moved, or drawn upon a highway, excepting a device moved exclusively by human power, or a device used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks, or buses used for public or private transit. Examples include, but are not limited to, passenger cars, motorcycles, vans, recreational vehicles and pickup trucks.
(r) “Tenant” means the lessee of facility space at an applicable development project.
(s) “Ventura County Air Pollution Control District” (VCAPCD) is the authority created by the California State Legislature to meet federal standards and otherwise improve air quality in the Ventura County portion of the South Central Coast Air Basin.
(§ 1, Ord. 1199-NS, eff. March 1, 1994)