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TCC Minutes August 5, 2002

MINUTES

MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 2002 - - - 4:00 P.M.
FULLERTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT

Vince Buck
J. Michael Cochran, Vice Chairman
Sean Francis, Chairman
Edward Ginter
Brent Hardwick
Rosa E. Nowels
Patrick Robeson

COMMISSIONERS ABSENT

None.

STAFF PRESENT

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Robert Hodson, Director of Engineering
Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Technician II
Teri Carlson, Senior Traffic Engineering Aide
Lt. Stanko, Police Department
Sgt. King, Police Department
Amy Inzunza, Recording Secretary

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept the July 1, 2002 minutes. Vice Chairman Cochran seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO POST THE EAST/WEST ALLEY SOUTH OF CHAPMAN AVENUE, BETWEEN GREGORY AVENUE AND WANDA AVENUE, FOR "NO PARKING ANYTIME".

    Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer, presented staff's report outlining the request to post the east/west alley south of Chapman Avenue, between Gregory Avenue and Wanda Avenue, for "No Parking Anytime". Staff received a petition from Mr. Allen Triay, the property owner of the apartments at 2000, 2010, and 2020 W. Chapman Avenue. Mr. Triay made the request due to numerous incidences where vehicles parked directly behind his property within the alley and prohibited his tenant's ingress/egress to or from their parking spaces. Mr. Triay also stated that there are inoperable vehicles left in the alley for extended periods of time that accumulate trash, etc. around them as a result of not moving.

    The alley is a standard 20-foot east/west alley with parking permitted on both sides of the alley. The north side of the alley is comprised of mixed single-family and multi-unit housing. The properties on the south side of the alley consist of single-family housing. Staff conducted a sight inspection of the alley on May 30, 2002, when first contacted by Mr. Triay. Results of that inspection failed to indicate a situation that warranted "No Parking Anytime". It was determined that there was sufficient clearance within the alley to negotiate a turn when accessing the garages. Staff found no evidence of an overabundance of vehicles parking in the alley with only one incidence of a non-operable vehicle. The information pertaining to that vehicle was forwarded to the Police Department.

    Mr. Triay was informed of staff's findings and of its position with respect to posting the alley for "No Parking Anytime". He was encouraged to contact the Police Department for assistance; and was also informed that should the situation fail to resolve itself, he may petition the Transportation & Circulation Commission (T&CC) for its consideration of the restriction provided he garners the support from a majority of the property owners on both sides of the alley. The petition submitted was signed by 83 percent of the property owners on the north side and 67 percent of the property owners on the south side of the alley.

    Although staff recognizes that conditions may differ in the evenings or on weekends, there is no evidence that allows staff to support the request. Staff recommended that the T&CC deny the request.

    Commissioner Ginter asked why some alleys are posted "No Parking". Staff replied that the Fire Department makes most requests in order to access alleys.

    Vice Chairman Cochran stated that if the alley were posted then there would not be a problem.

    Commissioner Buck asked if staff did the study at night. Mr. Miller said that it was done during the day.

    Chairman Francis asked if the study was done when people came home from work. Staff replied no.

    Commissioner Ginter said that on Saturday it did not seem to be a problem.

    The hearing was opened to public comments.

    Allen Triay, the property owner of the apartments at 2000, 2010, and 2020 W. Chapman Avenue, said that his neighbor leaves his trailer parked in the alley for long periods of time and he has notified the Police. The neighbor did remove the parked trailer when notified. However, he continues to park in the alley, and Mr. Triay has a hard time getting in and out of the alley.

    Commissioner Robeson asked Mr. Triay if he has notified his neighbor about the situation. Mr. Triay said that he has spoken to him and he refuses to move the parked trailer.

    Luis Gaither, 2010 West Chapman Avenue, is in favor of having the alley posted "No Parking Anytime".

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Hardwick asked staff what the overnight parking status is near the alley. Dave Langstaff, Traffic Technician II, said that both sides of Wanda are currently exempted.

    Chairman Francis stated that he is in favor of the alley being posted "No Parking Anytime". He said that he also experiences the same situation at his residence and he knows how much of a problem it can cause.

    Commissioner Ginter stated that he is in favor of the posting in the alley. He asked staff how much it will cost to post the alley for "No Parking Anytime". Staff indicated it would be a nominal cost.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to deny staff's recommendation and to post the east/west alley south of Chapman Avenue (1900-2000 block) between Gregory Avenue and Wanda Avenue for "No Parking Anytime". Commissioner Ginter seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  2. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO REPEAL A PORTION OF RESOLUTION NO. 9343 CONCERNING THE "2-HOUR PARKING" RESTRICTION ON THE NORTH SIDE OF SANTA FE AVENUE BETWEEN HIGHLAND AVENUE AND HARBOR BOULEVARD.

    Chairman Francis left the Council Chambers for this item due to a potential conflict of interest.

    Mr. Miller stated that Mr. Pete Magoski, the property owner of 221-237 Santa Fe Avenue, requested a portion of the current 2-hour parking restriction on the north side of Santa Fe Avenue, between Highland Avenue and Malden Avenue be repealed on behalf of his tenants.

    Mr. Miller summarized the information in the staff report for this item. The property owners on Santa Fe Avenue were notified of the proposed changes prior to the previous Transportation & Circulation Commission and City Council meetings for these restrictions. However, only one person expressed concern, which centered on maintaining the overnight parking restriction exemption between Highland Avenue and Malden Avenue. Staff is of the opinion that the restriction can be removed in front of the businesses on the north side of the street to allow for additional parking without affecting the improved parking conditions on the rest of the street. It was noted that if the restriction is removed, it is likely that those spaces could be quickly absorbed by employees of the adjacent businesses, such as World Citrus Foods, as "convenient" parking, even with World Citrus providing a parking lot for use by its employees.

    Staff recommended that the T&CC approve and recommend to Council to repeal a portion of Resolution No. 9343. Removing the existing parking restriction on the north side of Santa Fe Avenue from 160 feet east of Highland Avenue to 440 feet east Highland Avenue.

    The hearing was opened to public comments.

    Pete Magoski, the property owner of 221-237 Santa Fe Avenue, informed staff that several of his tenants are without adequate parking and that the current restriction is creating a problem in finding long-term employee parking in close proximity to their business.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Ginter asked if the recommended 440 feet east of Highland ends at the 221-237 property. Staff responded that it ends before the parking lots near Malden Avenue.

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

  3. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO DESIGNATE PORTIONS OF ORANGETHORPE AVENUE FOR "NO STOPPING ANYTIME".

    Mr. Miller presented staff's recommendation to designate portions of Orangethorpe Avenue for "No Stopping Anytime in an effort to install striped bike lanes on Orangethorpe Avenue between Gilbert Street and Brookhurst Road as part of a planned reconstruction project.

    Orangethorpe Avenue is an 80-foot wide, east/west major arterial with a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour and an average daily traffic volume of approximately 20,100 vehicles. Orangethorpe Avenue is also designated as a future Class II Bike Lane on the City's Master Plan of Bikeways. The north side of the street consists primarily of single-family residential properties separated from the arterial by a frontage road and a commercial/retail shopping center at the corner of Brookhurst Road and Orangethorpe Avenue. The south side of the street consists primarily of single-family properties separated from the arterial by a frontage road with several smaller commercial/retail properties and the Orangethorpe Christian Church.

    Staff conducted an on-street parking utilization study, which determined that on-street parking is not being used and that all residential and commercial/retail properties adjacent to the street have sufficient off-street parking available. Therefore, it is staff's position that removing on-street parking will not result in a hardship to the surrounding businesses, will allow the City to install bike lanes in conformance with the City's Master Plan of Bikeways, and will eliminate the potential for accidents involving parked cars on the arterial.

    Staff recommended that the T&CC approve and recommend to Council that the north side of Orangethorpe Avenue between Gilbert Street and 800 feet west of Brookhurst Road; and the south side of Orangethorpe Avenue between Gilbert Street and Brookhurst Road, be designated for "No Stopping Anytime".

    The hearing was opened to public comments.

    Carl Borris, 2013 West Woodcrest Avenue, is in support of the recommendation.

    Gladys Lionbarger, 2201 West Orangethorpe Avenue, said that big trucks stop in front of her property early in the morning. Mrs. Lionbarger is in support of the recommendation.

    Karen Swindell, 2201 West Orangethorpe Avenue, said that big trucks stop in front of her property early in the morning. Mrs. Swindell is in support of the recommendation.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Chairman Francis asked what could be done to stop the truckers from parking adjacent to resident's property. Staff stated that the Police Department would need to enforce the parking restrictions. Vice Chairman Cochran asked if staff could also consider including the 1900 block on the south side of the street. Staff indicated that this would need to be a separate request.

    Commissioner Ginter asked what would happen to the 600 to 800 feet of existing "No Parking". Staff indicated that the "No Parking" would be repealed and replaced with "No Stopping Anytime".

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

  4. FULLERTON MUNICIPAL CODE (F.M.C.) 8.44.080 PERTAINING TO OVERNIGHT PARKING.

    Mr. Miller presented the Fullerton Municipal Code (F.M.C.) 8.44.080 pertaining to Overnight Parking.

    At it's July 3, 2001 meeting, City Council directed staff to review the ordinance, specifically the criteria for overnight parking exemptions, and to look at the possible permit process as an alternative to the exemption policy.

    On December 3, 2001, prior to bringing the item back to Council, staff provided the T&CC with a summary of the historic data associated with the ordinance and the exemption policy.

    In addition, the T&CC was provided with a summary of Fullerton's existing permit systems, various permit systems in place in neighboring cities as they relate to overnight parking, and information pertaining to possible permit systems, if any, that might be effective in the City in lieu of the overnight parking exemption policy.

    Staff also provided the Transportation and Circulation Commission with five options to consider regarding the existing Ordinance.

    • Option 1 - Maintain the existing ordinance as is, which includes the right for consideration of an exemption on a case by case basis.
    • Option 2 - Completely remove the ordinance from the Municipal Code.
    • Option 3 - Retain the existing ordinance, but remove the option for consideration of an exemption.
    • Option 4 - Authorize staff or the Transportation and Circulation Commission to approve case-by-case requests for exemption under strict guidelines.
    • Option 5 - Institute a permit program tailored to accommodate the needs of Fullerton residents.

    On June 3, 2002, the Transportation and Circulation Commission selected Option No. 4 and directed staff to clarify the existing guidelines for exemptions and introduce new criteria as it pertains to zoning requirements and parking deficiencies.

    Commissioner Buck asked if this is an existing policy. Mr. Miller replied yes.

    Chairman Francis believes Council should be making these decisions.

    Commissioner Buck feels that paragraph 1 of section C of the proposal states that the commission will no longer be of any use.

    Commissioner Hardwick agreed with Commissioner Buck stating that the situations are different then what they were in 1994 when they were installed.

    Commissioner Ginter asked if the appeal has always been $140.00. Robert Hodson, Director of Engineering, replied yes.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to postpone Item #4 for further review by the commissioners until the next meeting on October 7, 2002. Commissioner Ginter seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Commissioner Buck asked when the next traffic count will be available. Mr. Miller said it will be available at the end of the year.

The September 2, 2002 meeting has been cancelled. The next Transportation and Circulation Commission meeting will be held on October 7, 2002.

Vice Chairman Cochran will be attending the next Parking Hearing on August 20, 2002.

COUNCIL REVIEW

None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

None.

ADJOURNMENT

The regular meeting of the Transportation & Circulation Commission was adjourned at 5:25 p.m.

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