The final approved Industrial Commerce Center Sustainability Standards Ordinance will meet and exceed all state and federal environmental standards for warehouses and freight operations and represents an aggressive step forward in balancing public health and quality of life issues with the economic and employment opportunities that the goods movement provides the City and its residents.
Among the standards included in the ordinance:
- Requiring a landscape buffer, including trees and a solid decorative wall at least 10 feet in height, for any warehouse larger than 50,000 square feet constructed adjacent to sensitive receptors.
- Idling restrictions for diesel engines 40% more stringent than the five-minute idling restriction adopted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
- Requiring facility operations to establish and enforce truck routing based on the City’s latest Truck Route Map, which is designed to mitigate vehicle emissions and wear and tear on local roads.
- A requirement that on-site motorized operational equipment be zero-emission, that 10% of passenger-vehicle parking spaces be set aside for elective vehicles, and that all buildings greater than 400,000 square feet include solar panels that will provide 100% of the power needed for all non-refrigerated uses within the facility.
- A requirement to include power sources at loading docs to ensure all refrigerated trucks have “plugin” capacity, which will eliminate prolonged idling while loading and unloading perishable material.
Full Approved Ordinance (PDF)