Air Quality and Land Use Handbook
This page last reviewed April 25, 2017
Strategies to Reduce Air Pollution Exposure Near High-Volume Roadways: Technical Advisory
This Technical Advisory is a supplement to ARB's Air Quality and Land Use Handbook: A Community Health Perspective. It is intended to provide planners and other stakeholders involved in land use planning and decision-making with information on scientifically based strategies to reduce exposure to traffic emissions near high-volume roadways in order to protect public health and promote equity and environmental justice.
This Technical Advisory demonstrates that it is possible for planners, developers, and local governments to pursue infill development while simultaneously reducing exposure to traffic-related pollution. Strategies to reduce exposure include practices and technologies that reduce traffic emissions, increase dispersion of traffic pollution (or the dilution of pollution in the air), or remove pollution from the air. Recent research documents the effectiveness of a variety of strategies. Based on a review of this body of research, ARB staff compiled a list of recommended strategies, which this document describes in detail.
For more information regarding the Technical Advisory, please contact Dr. Linda Tombras Smith, Chief of ARB's Health and Exposure Assessment Branch within the Research Division, at (916) 327-8225.
The ARB's "Strategies to Reduce Air Pollution Exposure Near High-Volume Roadways: Technical Advisory" is now available along with a Fact Sheet that summarizes the document's contents:
Technical Advisory: Strategies to Reduce Air Pollution Exposure near High-Volume Roadways (April 2017) - PDF
Technical Advisory: Strategies to Reduce Air Pollution Exposure near High-Volume Roadways Fact Sheet - PDF
A Community Health Perspective
As part of the Air Resources Board's (ARB) Community Health Program, the ARB has developed an Air Quality and Land Use Handbook (Handbook) which is intended to serve as a general reference guide for evaluating and reducing air pollution impacts associated with new projects that go through the land use decision-making process. The ARB is also developing related information and technical evaluation tools for addressing cumulative air pollution impacts in a community. These tools will be available through the ARB’s Internet site or in the form of future supplements. Any recommendations or considerations contained in the Handbook are voluntary and do not constitute a requirement or mandate for either land use agencies or local air districts. For more information regarding the Handbook, please contact Dr. Linda Tombras Smith, Chief of ARB’s Health and Exposure Assessment Branch within the Research Division, at (916) 327-8225. The ARB's "Air Quality and Land Use Handbook: A Community Health Perspective" is now available here:Final Handbook (PDF) (doc)
The Draft Handbook that was presented to the Air
Resources Board at the April 28, 2005 Board Meeting is available here:
"Proposed Air Quality and Land Use Handbook: A Community Health Perspective." (March 29, 2005) (600k-PDF)
ARB News Release | Notice of Public Availability
March 4th, 2005 - Meeting on ARB's Draft "Proposed Air Quality and Land Use Handbook: A Community Health Perspective"
The staff of the Air Resources Board (ARB) held a meeting on the Handbook. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the latest draft of the Handbook dated February 17, 2005. Invited participants included local land use planners and local government officials, community and environmental leaders, business representatives, air pollution control agency representatives, and other interested parties. In response to comments received at the October 4, 2004 meeting, Section 4 of the May 10, 2004 draft Handbook, regarding the siting of new sensitive land uses, has been expanded and moved to Section 1 of the revised document. The revised section provides more information on health protective distances between polluting facilities or roadways and sensitive receptors. A major objective of these revisions was to provide siting information that was easier to use in land-use decision making. Minor revisions were also made to other parts of the Handbook."Proposed Air Quality and Land Use Handbook" (2-05) (1,081k-doc)
(574k-PDF) Meeting Notice - Presentation (ppt) (pdf)
References cited in the Handbook:
- ATCM to Limit Idling
- Idling Information
- TRU ATCM
- TRU Information
- SCAQMD CEQA Analysis
- SCAQMD Mira Loma PM10 Study (this link has been retired)
- Roseville Railyard Study
- Port of Los Angeles
- Port of Long Beach
- Port of Long Beach Baseline Inventory
- Refinery Information
- Crockett Air Quality Study
- Wilmington Air Quality Study
- Thermal Spraying ATCM
- Barrio Logan Chrome Study
- Chrome Plating ATCM
- Neighborhood Scale Monitoring in Barrio Logan
- SCAQMD Perc Rule
- ARB Perc ATCM
- CAPCOA Gasoline Service Station Risk Assessment Guidelines
- Staff Report on Enhanced Vaport Recovery
- ARB Almanac of Emissions and Air Quality
- Tech Review of Enhanced Vapor Recovery
- Linkage Report
- ARB's Clearinghouse of Mitigation Measures
- ARB's ASPEN Risk Maps (This page is no longer available)
October 4th, 2004 Study Session on the Relationship between Location of Sensitive Receptors and Air Pollution Sources
- Cindy Tuck - CCEEB (pdf - 62k)
- Detrich Allen - Siting (ppt - 429k) (pdf - 82k)
- Paula Forbis - Environmental Health Coalition (ppt - 4,118) (pdf - 960k)
- Paula Forbis -- Fact Sheet (doc - 123k) (print, on legal-sized paper)
- Stuart Rupp - NUMMI(ppt - 5,074k) (pdf - 84k)
- Penny Newman - Mira Loma Case Study (ppt - 2,077) (pdf - 1,550k)
- Ken Farfsing -- Local Government Perpspective (ppt - 101k) (pdf - 16k)
- David Goldstein -- Smart Growth - NRDC (ppt - 1,242k) (pdf - 97k)
- Tim Piasky -- Building Industry (ppt - 83k) (pdf - 70k)
Lyou -- Buffers (pdf - 244k)
October 2004 Study Session Questions:
- Under what conditions is it important to separate sensitive receptors from potential sources of air pollutants?
- What are the various ways for achieving the “separation”?
- Assuming their potential value, what should be the basis for establishing buffer zones?
- How could you integrate various existing land use objectives (such as mixed use, affordable housing, brownfields redevelopment, PODs and TODs, etc.) with buffers?