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TCC Minutes March 1, 2004

City Council Chambers---------City Hall
Monday, March 1, 2004---------4:00 p.m.

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT David Bailey
J. Michael Cochran
Brent Hardwick
Angela Lindstrom
Rosa Nowels, Vice-Chairman
John Olmsted
Patrick Robeson, Chairman
STAFF PRESENT Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer
Don Hoppe, Assistant City Engineer
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Lieutenant Cave, Police Department
Teri Carlson, Senior Traffic Engineering Aide
Susan McGraw, Recording Secretary

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Robeson called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF FEBRUARY 2, 2004.

Motion: Olmsted
2nd Robeson
Ayes Bailey, Cochran. Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted, Robeson

BOARD OF PARKING PLACE COMMISSION

NEW BUSINESS

  1. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO MODIFY THE EXISTING PARKING RESTRICTIONS IN THE WILSHIRE PARKING STRUCTURE AND ADJACENT PARKING LOT

    City Traffic Engineer Miller presented staff's report. He advised that staff met with several business and property owners who are located within Parking District No. 2. Concern was expressed for the lack of available parking within the Wilshire Parking Structure and surrounding area for their patrons and employees as a result of student parking within the structure. Staff's recommendations were to limit parking to two hours and change enforcement hours to 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. rather than the current 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Those property and business owners in District No. 2 were notified of this public hearing. No negative responses to staff's recommendations were received prior to the meeting.

    Commissioner Olmsted expressed concern that displaced students would affect parking in the vicinity.

    Chairman Robeson opened the hearing for public comment.

    In response to Commissioner Lindstrom, Mr. Langstaff advised that notices are sent to both property owners and occupants in the affected area.

    Norm Credit, a tenant in the Chapman Building, indicated that if the two-hour limit is enforced, it would force more spaces to become available. For his purposes, two hours is sufficient, however, this may not address the needs of others.

    John Peray, owner of Salon Lujon, 216 North Harbor Boulevard, stated that to propose this type of parking restriction would seriously impact his business. His is a salon service, which typically has appointments lasting 2-1/2 - 3 hours. Additionally, he has just completed a major remodeling of his salon; he currently occupies five units; he has over 70 stylists. On a busy day, his salon may have 450-500 clients over a twelve-hour period. His normal business hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. He stated is it not unusual to receive 30-40 complaints daily regarding the parking availability.

    Other stylists from Salon Lujon commented that at various times they have had clients leave in the middle of their appointments to move their vehicles because of the current parking regulations. They also have had to park at considerable distances when coming to work either late morning or early afternoon.

    Rusty Kim, Spring Field Banquet Center, stated that they did not receive a notice regarding this parking issue. He expressed his opinion that whenever a downtown parking issue is addressed by the City, the overall effects must be considered. He further advised that considering the parking deficiency already being experienced in the local area, a change to 2-hour parking would seriously affect his family's business. The parking has changed considerably since his business first opened as it is getting more difficult to find available parking.

    Rick Crane, tenant in the Chapman Building, stated that the change in parking would not specifically affect his business, as there is no parking available anyway. Enforcement would be the key issue if changes are made. Also, the issue should be addressed again as school will be closing in approximately 60 days, and then return again when classes start up in the fall.

    Bill Donovan, tenant in the Chapman Building, concurred that enforcement is the critical problem. The number of permit parking spaces (yellow spaces) needs to be re-evaluated.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    After Commissioners' comments, Chairman Robeson made a motion to APPROVE staff's recommendation to limit parking in the Wilshire Parking Structure to two hours and to change enforcement hours to 7:00 a.m. to 4:00. The motion died for lack of a second.

    Motion: Bailey
    2nd: Hardwick
    Ayes: Bailey, Cochran. Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted
    Nayes; Robeson

    That the recommendations contained in staff's report be DENIED with the exception of CHANGE IN HOURS OF ENFORCEMENT, which will be from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  2. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE EXISTING 2-HOUR PARKING RESTRICTION ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF WILSHIRE AVENUE WITHIN THE TURN-OUT, BETWEEN HARBOR BOULEVARD AND THE NORTH/SOUTH ALLEY EAST OF HARBOR BOULEVARD, AND DESIGNATE SAID LOCATION AS 15-MINUTE PARKING

    Mr. Miller stated the request was received from Mr. Michael Namuro, Vice President/Manager of Citizens Business Bank. Based on observations of this area, staff supports the request and recommended that the Transportation & Circulation Commission approve and recommend to Council the installation of 15-minute parking (green curb) on the south side of Wilshire Avenue between Harbor Boulevard and the north/south alley east of Harbor Boulevard.

    The hearing was opened for public comment.

    Mr. O. J. Kause, Citizens Business Bank, stated that most transactions conducted in the bank last for only a short time, but cars are parked in this area sometimes for 3-4 hours.

    Commissioner Olmsted inquired if a representative from the First Christian Church was present and did Mr. Kause have any idea as to the Church's feeling on this request. Mr. Krause did not have any information.

    Rick Crane concurred that 15 minutes is sufficient time for local deliveries as well.

    The public comment was closed.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked what the limits are for sending notices regarding parking changes. Mr. Miller responded that 300 feet is the general limit. She further inquired as to the criteria for agreeing or disagreeing to a change in curbside parking limits. Mr. Miller explained that if a request is for the good of most all the surrounding businesses, a request would most likely be recommended. If a request is strictly to serve only that one business with little or no collateral benefits, it is generally denied.

    Commissioner Cochran inquired about the daily restrictions. Mr. Miller advised that the restriction will be in effect Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Motion: Robeson
    2nd: Cochran
    Ayes: Bailey, Cochran. Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted, Robeson

    That staff's recommendation for the installation of 15-minute parking (green curb) on the south side of Wilshire Avenue between Harbor Boulevard and the north/south alley east of Harbor Boulevard be APPROVED.

  3. CONSIDERATION OF A RECOMMENDATION TO DESIGNATE THE WEST SIDE OF HARBOR BOULEVARD FROM WEST VALLEY VIEW DRIVE/BREA BOULEVARD NORTHERLY 1,250 FEET FOR "NO STOPPING ANYTIME"

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report and addressed a plan depicting the recommended striping on the west side of Harbor Boulevard. He explained that there will be three through lanes in both directions on Harbor Boulevard from Berkeley to Bastanchury Road. In order to accomplish this striping plan, parking must be removed on the west side of Harbor Boulevard north of Brea Boulevard.

    Mr. Miller presented an accident diagram stating that because of the difficult driveway access due to obstructed site distance caused by on-street parking combined with the 50 mph speed limit, removal of parking is in the best interest of the motoring public to clear this area of on-street parked cars. It is requested that the T&CC recommend to the City Council removal of parking and installation of "No Stopping Anytime" on the west side of Harbor Boulevard north of Valley View Drive/Brea Boulevard.

    In response to questions from the Commissioners, Mr. Miller advised that bike lanes currently exist on Harbor Boulevard and liability would not be an issue. Also, because of the sense of narrowness with a third lane, drivers do tend to go slower, and no parking will provide better driveway access and visibility.

    Discussion further included existing and planned striping along other portions of Harbor Boulevard. There are currently a bus stop and a driveway access between Brea Boulevard and East Valley View Drive. Staff will be asking OCTA to relocate the bus stop, and discussions are being held with the bank to determine whether to close the driveway on Harbor Boulevardor provide a right-turn pocket into the facility, which would require a dedication of bank property.

    A tenant at 1501 North Harbor Boulevard spoke. All four recruiting offices are located this building, and are already short of available parking spaces. If on-street parking is removed, it will seriously affect the tenants. He also stated that because his office is located on the second floor, he can see Harbor Boulevard and it does not appear there is traffic congestion in this particular area. Very seldom does anyone use the bike lanes. He further advised that all the tenants are opposed to this proposed restriction. He presented the Commissioners with a petition signed by all the tenants. There are 12 tenants and approximately 35 onsite parking spaces and 7 on-street spaces. He further requested red marking be removed from the curb at the northerly driveway.

    Sergeant Gonzales, Station Commander at 1501 North Harbor Boulevard, stated that an ambulance company is now located in the second building at this location, and utilizes 6 parking spaces formerly used by the recruiting staff. All four military branches operate recruitment processing at this location and the Delayed Entry Program has to meet on Saturday's because weekday parking is unavailable. The majority of the on-street parking is used by the recruiters. He requested that at least four spaces be left in front of the building for the various recruiting personnel.

    Russ Jergens, Food Engineering Unlimited, has been a tenant at this address for approximately eight years. Addressing the staff-provided picture presented to the Commission, he advised that it is not representative of the actual parking situation. It is dangerous to park on other side of Harbor Boulevard. He sometimes double-parks behind the recruiting station vehicles. There is no assigned parking because of client turnover for the various businesses. There are also quite a few government vehicles that are unavailable for the recruiting staff to take home. Consequently, they drive to work in their own vehicles and use the military vehicles off and on during the day for various objectives.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Nowels recused herself based on a potential conflict and left the Chamber.

    Commissioner Bailey inquired if there is any reasonable way to open to three lanes southerly of this location and still accommodate staffs' request. Mr. Miller advised that it would not be possible.

    Chairman Robeson commented that it appears to be more of a storage lot rather than a parking lot. If each military branch would permit those five or six vehicles per military branch to be taken home by the recruiting personnel, parking might be less of a burden. However, Sergeant Gonzales stated that these are military vehicles and as such it is not permissible under government regulations to drive for personal use, i.e. going to and from home.

    Mr. Hoppe stated that the development is adequate for onsite parking per current zoning codes.

    Commissioner Lindstrom inquired if the property owner was aware of the current parking situation. Staff confirmed that the property owner was noticed of this meeting.

    Motion: Hardwick
    2nd: Robeson
    Ayes: Bailey, Cochran. Hardwick, Lindstrom, Olmsted, Robeson

    That the recommendations contained in staff's report be APPROVED.

  4. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF REQUEST TO DESIGNATE BOTH SIDES OF COMMONWEALTH AVENUE BETWEEN MALDEN AVENUE AND HARBOR BOULEVARD FOR 2-HOUR PARKING

    Mr. Miller reported that staff is trying to consolidate parking restrictions in the downtown area. Staff requested that the Commission approve and recommend the two-hour parking restriction on Commonwealth Avenue between Malden Avenue and Harbor Boulevard. Property owners and businesses were notified of this requested change.

    The hearing was opened for public comment.

    John Cannon, 122 West Commonwealth Avenue, stated he had no objection to the proposed change.

    Motion: Hardwick
    2nd: Robeson
    Ayes: Bailey, Cochran, Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted, Robeson
    That the recommendations contained in staff's report be APPROVED.

  5. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO INSTALL A DISABLED PERSON'S PARKING SPACE ON THE EAST SIDE OF PAULA DRIVE ADJACENT TO THE PROPERTY AT 2312 W. OLIVE AVENUE

    Mr. Miller indicated staff conducted a field observation and recommended that the Transportation & Circulation Commission approve and recommend to City Council the installation of a 25-foot disabled person's parking space on the east side of Paula Drive adjacent to the driveway at 2312 W. Olive Avenue.

    The hearing was opened for public comment.

    Mr. Norton, 2312 West Olive Avenue, stated the medical needs of his daughter who has Muscular Dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair. He explained that when the lift gate, which is at the back of his 22-foot van, is utilized while in the driveway to load and unload his daughter, the van protrudes into the sidewalk, is on a slope, and makes for a dangerous situation.

    The public comment was closed.

    That the recommendation contained in staff's report be APPROVED.

    Motion: Hardwick
    2nd: Cochran
    Ayes: Bailey, Cochran, Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted, Robeson

  6. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO DESIGNATE BOTH SIDES OF BASTANCHURY ROAD BETWEEN HARBOR BOULEVARD AND BREA BOULEVARD FOR "NO STOPPING ANYTIME"

    Mr. Miller stated that this request is a continuing strategy to consolidate all signing along this route. Parking is currently allowed in front of the cemetery, but will be eliminated if this action is approved.

    Motion: Cochran
    2nd: Hardwick
    Ayes: Bailey, Cochran. Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted, Robeson

    That the recommendations contained in staff's report be APPROVED.

COUNCIL REVIEW

Mr. Hoppe reviewed actions on T&CC items recently presented to the City Council. The big issue concerned overnight parking requests. Staff will be taking the overnight parking ordinance to the Council on March 16 for discussion.

Mr. Jim D'Boone - Taste of Fullerton - presented the plans for the upcoming Taste of Fullerton. The event will be fenced off, with downtown parking facilities and structures available to visitors to the event. The City Council is supporting of this event, as are local merchants. He advised there will be live entertainment and all merchants will have full access to their businesses.

Mr. Hoppe advised that staff had met with the homeowners and interested persons regarding the Euclid/Fern pedestrian crossing; and that staff would be meeting with them again on March 3 in the City Council Chamber. The first meeting resulted in constructive and instructive criticism.

Commissioner Bailey advised of his recent appointment to the Fullerton Planning Commissioner and that he had enjoyed working on the T&CC.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

No one wished to address the Commission during the Public Comments portion of the meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

The Transportation & Circulation Commission was adjourned at 6:15 p.m. to its regular meeting on April 5, 2004.

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