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TCC Minutes July 7, 2003

City Council Chambers---------City Hall
Monday, July 7, 2003---------5:30 p.m.

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT David Bailey
J. Michael Cochran, Chairman
Brent Hardwick
Angela Lindstrom
John Olmsted
COMMISSIONERS ABSENT Rosa E. Nowels
Patrick Robeson, Vice-Chairman
STAFF PRESENT Robert Hodson, Director of Engineering
Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Teri Carlson, Senior Traffic Engineering Aide
Lieutenant Stanko, Police Department

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Cochran called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

MINUTES

Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept the June 2, 2003 minutes. Commissioner Bailey seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTION (2:00 A.M. TO 5:00 A.M.) ON BOTH SIDES OF RICHMAN AVENUE BETWEEN MALVERN AVENUE AND UNION AVENUE.

    Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer, presented staff's report to remove the overnight parking restriction on both sides of Richman Avenue between Malvern Avenue and Union Avenue. Staff received a petition from Ms. Christine Logan, a tenant at 705 N. Richman Avenue.

    The west side of the street is parking deficient under typical single-family R1 zoning requirements. The homes on the east side are not considered parking deficient based on typical single-family R1 zoning requirements and the availability of alley parking overnight. There are currently exemptions posted on surrounding streets.

    Staff recommends that the Transportation and Circulation Commission approve and recommend to Council an exemption to the overnight parking restriction for the west side of Richman Avenue between Malvern Avenue and Union Avenue.

    Commissioner Hardwick asked what the 85th percentile speed is on Richman Avenue. Commissioner Olmsted stated that there is a stop sign at Malvern and Del Monte West and it is all uphill so it's not that fast.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Anthony Chiasson, 442 Del Monte West, stated that he would like to withdraw his name from the petition. When he signed the petition he thought it was a request for a single vehicle in front of a single house. Mr. Chiasson selected his home because it was in Fullerton and due to the parking regulations. He is concerned that if the street is exempted the street would turn into a parking lot. He said the City should have more regular enforcement for overnight parking.

    Kate Craft, 621 Richman Avenue, spoke on behalf of Allen at 444 Brookdale and Richard at 625 Brookdale. Mrs. Craft stated that they are all opposed to the overnight parking exemption. She said that they moved to the neighborhood for its aesthetic value and would not like to see trash accumulate because of the cars.

    Commissioner Olmsted said that the alley looked very difficult to park a car. He asked Mrs. Craft how she copes with the problem. Mrs. Craft stated that she has two cars and three spaces therefore does not see a parking problem.

    Christine Logan, 705 N. Richman Avenue, stated that she wants to park in front of her home because there is not adequate parking at her home. She does not feel safe in the alley at night when walking from her car to her home with her children.

    Elizabeth Campau, 605 Richman Avenue, stated that she is in favor of the exemption because she would like to be able to park in front of her home.

    Bob Wellman, 725 Richman Avenue, stated that he did not sign the petition. He said that the garages are being used as storage. Mr. Wellman said that parking should be approved in the south side of Brookdale or the alley north of Brookdale.

    Betty Bingham, 801 N. Richman Avenue, stated that she is opposed to the exemption due to safety reasons.

    Todd Anderson stated that he is opposed to the exemption.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Mr. Hodson stated that the street is currently posted at 30 miles per hour. This street will be removed from the federal map and be posted for 25 miles per hour.

    Commissioner Hardwick stated that one of his concerns was the speed limit because the street is a steep slope.

    Commissioner Olmsted stated that the residents have addressed opposing views and both views have merits.

    Commissioner Lindstrom stated that the west side of the street is parking deficient therefore she is in favor of the west side being exempted.

    Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to deny the request. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion.

    AYES: Bailey, Cochran, Hardwick, Olmsted
    NAYES: Lindstrom

    The vote was 4 to 1 and the motion passed.

  2. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTION (2:00 A.M. TO 5:00 A.M.) ON BOTH SIDES OF OAK AVENUE BETWEEN COURTNEY AVENUE AND BROOKHURST ROAD.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report to remove the overnight parking restriction on both sides of Oak Avenue between Courtney Avenue and Brookhurst Road. Staff received a petition from Mr. & Mrs. Edward Reese, the property owners at 1927 W. Oak Avenue.

    A combined fifty-four percent of the property owners; forty-four percent on the north and sixty-three percent on the south side of the street; signed the petition satisfying the majority requirements. The homes on the north side of the street are not considered parking deficient based on typical single-family R1 zoning requirements. The homes on the south side of the street are not considered parking deficient based on typical single-family R1 zoning requirements.

    Staff recommends that the T&CC deny the request for overnight parking on either side of Oak Avenue based on the absence of an apparent deficiency in off-street parking as defined in the Fullerton Municipal Code.

    Mr. Hodson stated that before the meeting staff received an opposition letter from the resident at 1932 W. Oak Avenue.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Roger at 1808 W. Oak Avenue stated that between Brookhurst Road and Ash Avenue they have had five abandoned cars removed within the past two years due to the extended amount of overnight parking. He said the homes have long driveways and the residents that want the overnight parking are using their garages for storage. He is opposed to overnight parking for safety reasons and because the street sweepers are unable to clean the street.

    Mr. Reese at 1927 W. Oak Avenue stated that street sweepers do not sweep the street between the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. He stated that he can park his two cars on his driveway but only one in the garage. Mr. Reese mentioned he was never aware of the overnight restriction.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Bailey stated that he drove through the neighborhood and noticed that there was sufficient parking on Oak Avenue. He is in favor of staff's recommendation.

    Commissioner Olmsted stated that he also drove through the neighborhood and noticed sufficient parking. He also is in favor of staff's recommendation.

    Commissioner Lindstrom stated that there appears to be ample parking for the homes and is in favor of staff's recommendation.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Olmsted seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  3. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTION (2:00 A.M. TO 5:00 A.M.) AND THE 2-HOUR PARKING RESTRICTION ON BOTH SIDES OF WALDO AVENUE BETWEEN CAROL DRIVE AND COMMONWEALTH AVENUE.

    Mr. Hodson mentioned that the applicant who made the request was unable to attend tonight's meeting. Staff received a letter today from the applicant stating that he has changed his opinion on what is happening on his street and is in concurrence to some of the reasons why the city had posted the street for 2-hour parking in the first place. Mr. Hodson suggests that the commission make a motion to continue this item to the Monday, August 4, 2003 meeting.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Jim Cain, 114 Waldo Avenue, stated that there is a contractor that takes his truck home and there's also a tree trucking business and landscaping business. The residents had suggested that permits be issued to those people. He stated that their street is too narrow. Mr. Cain mentioned that he has had problems getting his mail from his mail box because of the parking situation. The street does not get swept so he usually sweeps his own street.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked if staff could separate the issues.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to continue this item to August 4, 2003. Commissioner Bailey seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  4. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO INSTALL "NO STOPPING ANYTIME" ON THE NORTH SIDE OF COMMONWEALTH AVENUE BETWEEN HARBOR BOULEVARD AND 110-FEET EAST OF HARBOR BOULEVARD.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report to install "No Stopping Anytime" on the north side of Commonwealth Avenue between Harbor Boulevard and 110-feet east of Harbor Boulevard. This was requested in an effort to reduce congestion and give guidance to westbound traffic on Harbor Boulevard. There is an existing striped right-turn pocket on the west side of Harbor Boulevard for eastbound traffic.

    The properties on the north side of the street are predominantly small businesses with sufficient off-street parking at the rear of their properties. Restricting on-street parking for this segment of Commonwealth will result in the loss of three parking spaces. Staff met with the business owner who would be affected by the removal of on-street parking. The owner informed staff that he is in favor of removing the on-street parking adjacent to his building.

    Staff recommends that the Transportation & Circulation Commission approve and recommend the installation of "No Stopping Anytime" on the north side of Commonwealth Avenue between Harbor Boulevard and 110-feet east of the centerline of Harbor Boulevard.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked if the boutique and the business located upstairs between the restaurant and the alley were contacted. Mr. Miller replied yes.

    Commissioner Hardwick asked if there will be any problems for people wanting to make a right turn in the area due to the loading/unloading zone. Mr. Miller said that there should not be any problems.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if there are any buses affected by this change. Mr. Miller replied no.

    The public comment segment was opened and closed.

    Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to approve staff's recommendation. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  5. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO IMPLEMENT TIME RESTRICTED PARKING ON SELECT STREETS IN THE VICINITY OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY OF FULLERTON.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report to implement time restricted parking on select streets in the vicinity of California State University of Fullerton. Over the past year staff has received numerous complaints from residents in the neighborhood bordered by Chapman Avenue on the north; Clarke Avenue generally on the west; Derek Drive on the east; and Commonwealth Avenue on the south, concerning CSUF and Hope International University (HIU) student parking.

    Residents expressed irritation over the number of vehicles currently using their street for off-campus parking. Residents complain of driveway approaches and street right-of-way being obstructed by parked vehicles; excessive noise from vehicles and car stereos; heavy traffic volumes similar to cruising; excessive speeds on the part of students in a hurry to get to class; and damage to personal property. Complaints also find student parking the primary reason for excessive litter in the gutter because of the difficulty to effectively sweeping the street.

    It should also be noted that mail is not being delivered on occasion when there are vehicles parked in front of mailboxes. This is due to postal carriers no longer being required to leave their vehicles in order to deliver mail.

    On May 22, 2003, the Engineering Department staff, including the Director of Engineering and City Traffic Engineer, met with residents of the area to discuss their concerns and consider possible measures to improve their situation. Also in attendance were Lieutenant Stanko and Sergeant Matson of the Fullerton Police Department; a representative of CSUF Police Department; Joe Ferrer, Parking Manager for CSUF; and Jeff Terril of HIU. The meeting was attended by approximately six property owners from the affected streets within the neighborhood.

    Prior to this meeting of the T&CC, staff sent a survey to the affected property owners requesting their preference in resolving the parking problem. The questionnaire offered three options. The three options included; 2-hour parking; 1-hour parking; or no further action required.

    Of the 104 property owners contacted, only 27 property owners (26%) responded. Based on their comments, it appears that there is no consensus among the neighborhood to indicate a preference for any type of restriction other than on Balfour Avenue. Although only seventeen of forty-five Balfour Avenue residents responded to the survey, there was a consensus from the property owners between Commonwealth Avenue and Derek Drive to implement 1-hour parking. The consensus from the property owners on Balfour Avenue between San Carlos Drive and Commonwealth Avenue favored no change.

    Staff recommends that the Transportation & Circulation Commission approve and recommend the installation of 1-hour parking on Balfour Avenue between Commonwealth Avenue and Derek Drive between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., except Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays.

    Commissioner Olmsted stated if approved this may make a problem over at Clarke Avenue and Derek Drive. Mr. Miller agreed. Mr. Miller stated that most of the complaints came from the Balfour area. Staff dealt with the entire area but there did not seem to be much consensus among the residents concerning parking restrictions.

    Chairman Cochran stated that this situation is similar to the Princeton Circle issue. He stated that once the 1-hour parking restriction was in place the Princeton Circle residents were not satisfied. Mr. Miller replied that the residents seem satisfied with the parking restrictions placed on Princeton Circle.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if the 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 1-hour restriction is consistent with the residential areas around the college. Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst, stated that the 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. was a staff recommendation based on what was observed out in the field.

    Commissioner Hardwick asked if there are any current restrictions in that neighborhood. Mr. Miller replied no.

    Commissioner Hardwick asked Lieutenant Stanko what the natures of the tows were. Lieutenant Stanko stated that the cars were either abandoned or were blocking the resident's driveways.

    Commissioner Lindstrom is in favor of the recommendation due to the restriction being on one small area.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Greg Quinn, 2524 E. Clarke, thinks nothing should be done until the parking structure is complete at CSUF.

    Commissioner Hardwick asked if he objects to people parking in front of his home. Mr. Quinn replied no. He stated that he bought his home because it was near CSUF.

    David Tucker, 2604 Balfour, stated that during summer school there are on average six cars a day in front of his home. He stated he is in favor of the 1-hour parking restriction for his street and several other streets. His wife teaches piano and her students cannot park on the street therefore they have to park on their driveway.

    Commissioner Bailey asked if there are additional problems in the neighborhood. Mr. Tucker stated that trash accumulates and he tends to sweep in front of his home because the street sweeper cannot sweep the street. He is also unable to place his trash can out in the street to be picked up.

    Roger Taylor, 2646 Balfour, stated that he does not have a problem with the students parking on the street. However, he does have a problem when the cars block the driveways and when trash accumulates. Mr. Taylor stated that he is in favor of the 1-hour restriction because he thinks it will make the neighborhood safer and cleaner. He is concerned about the residents not being able to park in front of there own homes.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked how he feels about the 2-hour parking restriction. Mr. Taylor said that he does not know which restriction would be better.

    Commissioner Bailey mentioned that if this is approved then it would be a good test to see how it works.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked staff what the situation is like between the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A resident commented that cars are parked there until the last class lets out around 9:00 p.m.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Chairman Cochran stated that his son attends CSUF and has a problem finding a parking space. He feels that this restriction may help relieve some of the problem but the problem may be shifted to another street.

    Commissioner Olmsted stated that a permit system has been addressed a couple of times in the past few months. Mr. Miller stated that the City has granted parking permits to the fraternity area near CSUF because it is posted "No Parking Anytime. However, when you try to issue parking permits in an area where there is a restriction it is very difficult to enforce.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if approved if it is possible to differ the effective date in the fall or in the summer. Commissioner Olmsted said that CSUF is year round now. The campus closed down two parking lots because they are upgrading the parking lots.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Bailey seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  6. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR DISABLED PERSON'S PARKING IN FRONT OF 2578 E. CHAPMAN AVENUE.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report for a disabled person's parking in front of 2578 E. Chapman Avenue. Staff was contacted by Ms. S. A. Huffman, the property owner at 2578 E. Chapman Avenue, requesting a disabled parking space on the south side of Chapman Avenue frontage road in front of their residence. Ms. Huffman made the request for two other tenants in her home along with herself. All three tenants have varying degrees of disabilities.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Olmsted seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Mr. Hodson mentioned that there will be a public meeting on July 15, 2003 at the Maintenance Department. It will be in regards to Downtown Fullerton. They will talk about Transportation Center issues and Downtown issues.

COUNCIL REVIEW

None

PUBLIC COMMENT

None

ADJOURNMENT

The regular meeting of the Transportation & Circulation Commission adjourned at 7:12 p.m.

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