Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Certified Development Program?
Certified Development Program is designed to provide developers with projects in San Mateo County with a formal certification of their active participation in Commute.org programs and services. Active participation may be a requirement for developments that are subject to the C/CAG Countywide TDM Policy and may also be a TDM requirement imposed on developers by jurisdictions that are not subject to the C/CAG policy. The goal of the program is to provide developers access to a set of TDM programs and services that can be integrated into the other tools they will use to reduce VMT and trip counts to new commercial, residential, or mixed-use developments in San Mateo County.
What is the C/CAG TDM Policy?
The C/CAG Land Use Impact Analysis Program Policy – also known as the “TDM Policy” – is a component of the San Mateo Congestion Management Program (CMP). The TDM Policy provides guidelines for analyzing the impact of land use decisions made by local municipalities in San Mateo County. The purpose of the policy is to preserve acceptable performance on the countywide CMP network, and to establish community standards for consistent, system-wide review of development-related transportation impacts.
As of January 1, 2022, the C/CAG TDM Policy requires local jurisdictions in San Mateo County to:
- Notify C/CAG of new development projects that generate at least 100 Average Daily Trips (ADT)
- Have project applicants complete a TDM Checklist committing them to reduce vehicle trips to the site by implementing TDM measures
All C/CAG member jurisdictions must comply unless expressly exempt by C/CAG due to local requirements meeting or exceeding the trip reduction targets set by the Policy.
Is my development required to be certified?
Any development project subject to the C/CAG TDM Policy may be required to receive and retain Certified Development Program status. Projects in jurisdictions that are exempt from the C/CAG policy, may or may not be required to have the certification. The VMT mitigation and TDM programming agreements between the developers and the exempt jurisdictions can, but are not required to, include the Certified Development Program requirement.
Is my development located in a jurisdiction that is subject to the C/CAG TDM Policy?
All jurisdictions in San Mateo County are subject to the TDM Policy – unless expressly exempted by C/CAG. To determine if your development is located in an exempt jurisdiction, please contact the TDM Policy team here.
Where can I find the C/CAG TDM Checklist?
The C/CAG TDM Checklists are available here and vary by the land use and estimated Average Daily Trips (ADT) of the development. Developments that are subject to the C/CAG TDM Policy must provide a copy of the TDM Checklist to Commute.org as part of the certification process.
My development is located in a jurisdiction that is exempt from the C/CAG TDM Policy, what TDM documentation do I need to be certified?
Please refer to your local jurisdiction contact to determine what materials are needed to comply with the local TDM ordinance. You will need to submit copies of this documentation to Commute.org as part of the certification process.
How can my development be certified as an active participant?
Development projects will be certified as active participants with Commute.org if they follow the Certification Process and comply with the Requirements for Active Participation.
Will Commute.org help develop and/or implement my TDM Plan?
No, developers are responsible for complying with the TDM plans that are part of the development’s approval. A plan may include programs and services provided by Commute.org, but the responsibility for managing the TDM plan and being compliant with the conditions imposed by the local jurisdiction lie with the developer.
How do I schedule a consultation and project training with Commute.org?
Please contact the TDM Policy team by clicking here. A member of our team will reach out to schedule your consultation and project training.