City Council Chambers---------City Hall
Monday, May 2, 2005---------4:00 p.m.
J. Michael Cochran
Rosa Nowels, Vice-Chairperson
Patrick Robeson, Chairperson
Don Hoppe, Director of Engineering
Mark Miller, Consultant City Traffic Engineer
Lt. Doug Cave, Fullerton Police Department
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Teri Carlson, Senior Traffic Engineering Aide
Susan McGraw, Recording Secretary
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Robeson called the Transportation & Circulation Commission meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to approve the Minutes of March 7, 2005, as submitted. Vice-Chairperson Nowels seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
1. ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON AND VICE-CHAIRPERSON.
Chairperson Robeson nominated Rosa Nowels for Chairperson. Commissioner Cochran seconded, and the nomination passed unanimously. Vice Chairperson Nowels nominated Commissioner Cochran for Vice Chairperson. Commissioner Olmsted seconded, and the nomination passed unanimously.
2. APPOINTMENT OF A REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE BICYCLE USERS SUB-COMMITTEE (BUSC).
Commissioner Olmsted nominated Commissioner Stephen Hall as the Transportation & Circulation Commission representative to the Bicycle Users Sub-Committee. Commissioner Robeson seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
At this time Commissioner Robeson thanked staff for its support during his term as Chairperson of the Commission.
Chairperson Nowels welcomed Robert Gonzales and Stephen Hall as the new Commissioners.
3. CONSIDERATION OF REQUEST TO EXEMPT BOTH SIDES OF SHADOW LANE FROM LEMON STREET TO ITS EASTERLY TERMINUS.
Traffic Engineer Miller presented staff's report regarding a petition from Linda Penny, property manager at 1332 Shadow Lane; Patricia Schammel, HOA president at 1360 Shadow Lane; and Herman Ortega, HOA president at 1307 Shadow Lane. A combined 75 percent of the property owners on both sides of Shadow Lane signed the petition for an overnight parking exemption.
Under the current zoning requirement, which defines a deficiency as not meeting current minimum parking requirements for the same type of land use, all of the complexes in this area are considered parking deficient.
Mr. Miller commented that when the study was conducted, it was noted that two property owners are using their garages for storage rather than for the intended use. However, this complex is still deficient overall.
Staff is supportive of the request for exemption of the overnight parking restriction based on the existing guidelines as established by the City Council on the condition that the property owners of units 1329 and 1331 utilize the garage space for it intended purpose.
Mr. Miller then responded to the Commissioners regarding compliance of intended garage usage. He stated that there is no code defining garage use. He concurred with Commissioner Robeson's suggestion that the HOA could possibly enforce this situation as part of its Homeowner's Agreement.
Commissioner Olmsted remarked that regardless of compliance, this neighborhood is still deficient in parking.
Chairperson Nowels opened the hearing for public comment.
Ms. Vicki Burns, 1325 Shadow Lane, stated that she lives in a six-unit complex, with each unit having one parking spot, regardless of the number of bedrooms. Some tenants' vehicles won't even fit in a garage. She is not charged extra for her garage, and was not advised of parking availability because it was not an issue when she first moved in.
The public comment segment was closed.
Commissioners Lindstrom and Olmsted supported staff's findings, but preferred to change the wording to reflect a "recommendation" rather than "on the condition . . ."
Commissioner Robeson motioned to APPROVE the request to remove the overnight parking restriction on both sides of Shadow Lane with the recommendation that the property owners of 1329 and 1331 Shadow Lane utilize their garage spaces for the intended use. Commissioner Lindstrom seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously.
4. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO IMPLEMENT "NO STOPPING ANYTIME" ON THE WEST SIDE OF BRADFORD AVENUE FROM YORBA LINDA BOULEVARD TO 100 FEET NORTH OF YORBA LINDA BOULEVARD.
Traffic Engineer Miller presented staff's request for No Stopping Anytime in order to install a separate southbound right-turn/through lane and left turn to help reduce congestions and delay at this intersection. This action will not impede or hinder parking in the area. It is merely an efficiency operation.
Commissioner Olmsted asked how many parking spaces would be removed and have local tenants and/or property owners been notified of this action. Mr. Miller acknowledged that 4 or 5 spaces would be eliminated, and no one was notified of the pending action since the neighborhood would not be affected.
Chairperson Nowels asked if there would be a change in street markings. Mr. Miller responded that turning pockets would be installed.
No one from the audience wished to address this item.
Commissioner Robeson motioned to APPROVE the staff's recommendation implement "no stopping anytime" on the west side of Bradford Avenue from Yorba Linda Boulevard to 100 feet north of Yorba Linda Boulevard. Commissioner Lindstrom seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously.
5. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO LOWER THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT ON WALNUT AVENUE BETWEEN HIGHLAND AVENUE AND ITS EASTERLY TERMINUS.
Traffic Engineer Miller reported that the City recently added additional parking on the north side of Walnut south of the Transportation Center. Walnut is 36 feet wide, which means parking is permissible on both sides. Consequently, the width of the driving lanes was narrowed.
At the request of the church located at 112 Walnut, a speed survey was conducted and showed that the 85th percentile speed was under 35 mph. Staff is requesting that the Commission approve and recommend modification of the Municipal Code to a new speed limit to 30 miles per hour to allow the police to use radar to enforce the speed limits. The Police Department concurs with this recommendation
Chairperson Nowels and Commissioner Robison inquired about the definition of the 85th percentile. Mr. Miller explained that the 85th percentile means that 85% of the drivers are driving at or below the posted speed limit, in this case 35 mph. The recommended speed will be set at the first 5 mph below the 85th percentile, which is recorded as 34 mph along this area.
Lt. Cave reported that the Police Department strongly supports this recommendation. It is necessary to consider this 85th percentile to prove to the courts that it is unsafe to drive at a higher speed.
Commissioner Robeson motioned to APPROVE the staff's recommendation to lower the posted speed limit on Walnut Avenue between Highland Avenue and its easterly terminus. Commissioner Hall seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously.
6. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO REMOVE THE EXISTING "NO PARKING ANYTIME - BUSES EXEMPT" PARKING RESTRICTION ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF SANTA FE AVENUE WITHIN THE TURNOUT IMMEDIATELY EAST OF POMONA AVENUE.
Traffic Engineer Miller reported that this site was originally intended for school buses; however, the site is no longer used for this purpose. Removing the No Parking will provide approximately 16-20 parking spaces for the Transportation Center.
Responding to Commissioner Lindstrom, the parking will be parallel as there is not enough street width for diagonal parking.
Mr. Miller advised that the school district was not notified of this recommendation since the location is not within the District.
Director Hoppe stated that a flyer will possibly be distributed that advises users that parking is available on the second level of the Plummer Parking Structure for a nominal fee of $2 a day. He further commented that the City is still trying to acquire funding from the State and OCTA to acquire additional properties and build future structures, but in the meantime, staff will continue to watch for opportunities to provide available parking, and in fact the Redevelopment Agency is putting together an update of the plan of what to do with the Transportation Center, including public hearings..
Commissioner Robeson inquired about the possibility of a new structure. Director Hoppe responded that there is simply no money available.
Commissioner Hall asked if any studies have been done. Mr. Miller stated that three studies have been conducted, and all confirmed the same finding - parking is available, just not convenient.
Commissioner Cochran motioned to APPROVE staff's recommendation to remove the existing "no parking anytime - buses exempt" parking restriction on the south side of Santa Fe Avenue within the turnout immediately east of Pomona Avenue. Commissioner Robeson seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously.
7. ESTABLISH A DATE AND TIME FOR A REVIEW OF EXISTING OVERNIGHT PARKING EXEMPTIONS MEETING (PRELIMINARY DATES AND TIMES ARE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2005 AT 4:00 P.M. OR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2005 AT 4:00 P.M.).
Director Hoppe explained this is part of the permit process that the City Council has directed staff to review. One aspect is to examine those areas that are presently exempt to determine if they are block-to-block, mid-block; and secondly, do these exemptions make enforcement sense.
Staff has prepared an overview of the entire City indicating currently exempt streets as well as some areas that might be causing confusion for the Commission and the Police department in terms of enforcement. This special hearing is intended to obtain the Commission's input regarding overnight parking exemptions and its recommendations for submittal to the Council.
Commissioner Lindstrom inquired if there are specific goals, to which Director Hoppe responded there are none, other than to make sure all streets are properly signed, and to make certain there are no specific enforcement issues from the Police Department. The Council's objective is to keep the overnight parking restriction in place without placing hardships on residents who need available parking due to increase in family drivers, driveways too short or garages too small for larger vehicles, etc.
Commissioner Robeson motioned to APPROVE staff's request setting Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at 4:00 p.m., as the date and time for a public hearing to review the existing overnight parking exemptions. Commissioner Lindstrom seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously.
8. ESTABLISH A DATE AND TIME FOR A DISCUSSION OF A POTENTIAL OVERNIGHT PARKING PERMIT PROGRAM MEETING (PRELIMINARY DATES AND TIMES ARE WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2005 AT 4:00 P.M. OR WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2005 AT 4:00 P.M.).
Director Hoppe stated the objective of this meeting is to discuss the possibility of developing a permit program for residents with significant hardships, i.e., increase in family drivers, inadequate parking facilities for apartment complexes and older neighborhoods, short driveways or garages too small for size of vehicles, etc. Permits could be issued on a limited-term basis for an established per vehicle fee. The Commission could determine what a reasonable timeframe is; codify that all available onsite parking is being appropriately utilized; and initial/renewal fee, whether yearly, per vehicle.
Commissioner Robeson motioned to APPROVE staff's request setting Wednesday, July 20, 2005, at 4:00 p.m., as the date and time for a public hearing to discuss a potential overnight parking permit program. Chairperson Nowels seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously.
9. DISCUSSION OF THE RELOCATION OF OUR NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING ON MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2005 TO THE MAIN LIBRARY, MEETING ROOM B.
Commissioner Robeson motioned to accept the relocation of the June 6, 2005, T&CC meeting to the Main Library. Vice Chairman Cochran seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
Director Hoppe reported on City Council actions at the April 5 and April 19, 2005, public meetings.
April 5, 2005
The University Heights residential project, on property previously owned by the Elks Club, was approved. The development is planned for 42 new residential two and three bedroom houses, each having two parking spaces and one guest parking spot.
The overnight parking request for the 1200 West Valencia Drive block was approved (3-2).
The recommendation for no stopping during the 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. weekday peak traffic hours adjacent to Rolling Hills Park was approved.
The request to install a disabled person's parking space on the south side of Truslow Avenue adjacent to the property at 238 Truslow Avenue was approved.
April 19, 2005
A recommendation to deny an appeal of a Planning Commission decision for a church to be located at 1100 East Valencia Drive, within the Fullerton East Business Park, was upheld based on insufficient parking availability.
Mr. Miller advised that the last of three flashing yellow arrows signals was installed at Valencia/Euclid.
Public comments will be allowed on matters not appearing on the agenda but within the Commission's jurisdiction.
Ms. Sandra Jimenez, 2340 West Valencia Drive, addressed the Commission regarding an overnight parking exemption for her street. She lives in a three-bedroom four-plex, each unit having only a one-car garage. There are three drivers in her family, and someone is always having to park on the street and receiving tickets. She has been trying to obtain the landlord's cooperation with no luck, and asked for the Commission's assistance. She has also sent letters to the neighborhood asking them to attend the May 3 Council hearing.
Chairman Robeson suggested Ms. Jimenez to contact the nearby church authorities and ask for permission to park in their parking lot. She might offer to pay a small fee for this accommodation.
Chairperson Nowels advised Ms. Jimenez address the Council during the Public Comment, but that the T&CC cannot make any recommendations until the required petition is submitted to it for further action, including staff's review of the situation.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 to the next regular meeting of the Transportation & Circulation Commission on June 6, 2005. However, that meeting will be held at the Main Library.