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The city council finds that:
1. RCW 70.94.521 et seq. requires that each county containing an urban growth area, designated pursuant to RCW 36.70A.110, and each city within an urban growth area with a state highway segment exceeding the one hundred person hours of delay threshold calculated by the department of transportation, as well as those counties and cities located in any contiguous urban growth areas, shall adopt a commute trip reduction plan and ordinance for major employers in the affected urban growth area.
2. Counties, cities, and the regional transportation council are required to develop regionally-coordinated commute trip reduction plans with an initial emphasis on requiring major employers within affected cities and counties to develop programs intended to accomplish commute trip reduction by employees;
3. A regional CTR ordinance and CTR plans have been developed for the cities of Vancouver, Camas and Washougal, as well as Clark County, and CTR plans for WSDOT, the regional transportation council and C-TRAN;
4. Adoption and implementation of this plan will lead to a reduction in single-occupancy vehicle use which will assist in improving air quality, relieving traffic congestion and reducing consumption of fossil fuels while enhancing the region's economic vitality by maintaining and improving accessibility and mobility, and which will balance financial, social and environmental considerations.
5. The city council recognizes the importance of increasing individual citizens’ awareness of air quality, energy consumption, and traffic congestion and the contribution individual actions can make toward addressing these issues.
6. Certain large employers, such as schools, are not affected by this ordinance. However, recognizing the benefits that commute trip reduction planning offers to the overall community, the city council encourages these employers to voluntarily participate in this program. (Ord. M-3919 § 1, 2009; Ord. M-3391, 1998; Ord. M-3045 § 1, 1993) (Ord. M-3919 § 1, 2009; Ord. M-3391, 1998; Ord. M-3045 § 1, 1993.)