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TCC MINUTES AUGUST 7, 2006

TRANSPORTATION AND CIRCULATION COMMISSION
Monday, August 7, 2006 - 4:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber - City Hall

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:
J. Michael Cochran, Chairperson
Angela Lindstrom, Vice Chairperson
Stephen Hall
Rosa Nowels
John Olmsted
Patrick Robeson

COMMISSIONERS ABSENT:

Robert Gonzalez - Resigned

STAFF PRESENT:

Mark Miller, Consultant City Traffic Engineer
Donald K. Hoppe, Director of Engineering
Lt. Bastreri, Fullerton Police Department
Dave Langstaff
, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Susan McGraw, Recording Secretary


CALL TO ORDER

Chairperson Cochran called the Transportation & Circulation Commission meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

Chairperson Cochran advised the Commissioners of Robert Gonzales’ resignation from the T&CC. A letter of resignation is on file with the City Clerk.

MINUTES

Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to accept the Minutes of the June meeting with the following corrections: Vice Chairperson Lindstrom was absent from the June meeting; and under Commissioner Comments, the first sentence should read “. . . asked or told what effect parking structures have on traffic”. Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

1. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A “20-MINUTE LOADING/UNLOADING” DIAGONAL PARKING SPACE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF WILSHIRE AVENUE IMMEDIATELY EAST OF THE NORTH/SOUTH ALLEY EAST OF MALDEN AVENUE.

Commissioner Robeson recused himself from this item.

City Traffic Engineer Miller presented staff’s recommendation and report, and stated his observation that much red curbing exists in this area. The space can revert to unlimited parking after 6:00 p.m.

The hearing was opened for public comment.

Fred Moring, owner of 128 West Wilshire, stated his concurrence with staff’s recommendation.

Roger Palmatier, owner of property at 121 North Harbor, stated it is a good idea, but logistically leaves the delivery driver unloading from the back of his truck in the middle of the street. A parallel parking space would be more suitable.

Closed to public comment.

Chairman Cochran asked if the FEDEX truck could fit in the diagonal parking space. Mr. Miller stated that most will fit, but there is also a yellow-curbed parallel parking space on the north side of the street. There are options for delivery trucks and vans.

Vice Chairman Lindstrom made a motion to approve staff’s recommendation for a diagonal, 20-minute loading/unloading parking space on the south side of Wilshire Avenue. Commissioner Olmsted seconded the motion, which passed 5-0 (Commissioner Robeson recused).

2. REMOVE THE EXISTING “COMMERCIAL VEHICLES ONLY” PARKING RESTRICTION ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF SANTA FE AVENUE BETWEEN HIGHLAND AVENUE AND MALDEN AVENUE; AND REVERT SANTA FE AVENUE TO TWO-WAY TRAVEL BETWEEN HIGHLAND AVENUE AND MALDEN AVENUE.

City Traffic Engineer Miller presented staff’s recommendation and report. He stated that World Citrus Mfg. recently moved from its location on Santa Fe making the present commercial vehicle parking only signing unnecessary. At the direction of the Directors of Engineering and of Community Development, signing was removed, the roadway was returned to two-way traffic between Malden and Highland, restored access to Highland for southbound left turns and northbound right turns, and created an additional 19 on-street parking spaces for local businesses. Lt. Cave stated that there has been no negative feedback.

Commissioner Nowels inquired about the World Citrus property. Approximately 2 of the available 5.2 acres are being discussed as a possible site for a parking structure at approximately Harbor and Santa Fe, across from Hero’s. Access to the structure would be an extension of Malden going south into the structure. A mitigated Negative declaration is being studied, and OCTA is putting up $25 million to build the structure for about 1,000 spaces for Metrolink users and evening use by neighboring businesses.

The balance of acreage is zoned industrial and will require a zoning change if used for commercial and residential uses.

No one was present to address this item for a public comment segment.

Commissioner Robeson made a motion to approve the changes made by staff, including removal of existing signing, returning Santa Fe to two-way traffic between Malden and Highland, and reestablishing access to north- and southbound Highland. Commissioner Hall seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

3. RECEIVE AND REVIEW DATA PERTAINING TO CROSSWALKS WHERE ADULT CROSSING GUARDS ARE PRESENT.

City Traffic Engineer Miller presented staff’s report and study findings. The request to evaluate this issue was made by the City Manager upon notification last spring from the Fullerton Elementary School District (District) of its decision to no longer pay its share of crossing guard expenses due to budget constraints.

Before the school year ended, traffic counts were performed by a service hired by staff to count all the elementary school-age children using crosswalks attended by a crossing guard. There are 26 locations which have adult crossing guards; however, there are 29 locations that utilize adult crossing guards throughout the City. Two locations are adjacent to junior high schools and one is adjacent to Independence Park.

Two warrant analyses were applied to the counts taken, one adopted by the City Council in 1977 and the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), published last year, which is more restrictive. Mr. Miller applied both warrants to determine if there were any overlaps or differences in the analyses, but advised the T&CC that the Council adopted criteria takes precedent. As shown in the staff report, there are six locations in the vicinity of elementary schools, which do not satisfy either warrant. There are also two crossings adjacent to Jr. High schools and one crossing at Independence Park, all of which are funded entirely by the City. It is recommended that the crossing guards be removed from these nine locations.

Mr. Miller stated that the District was notified of this meeting and also was in receipt of the study findings and recommendations to be made. Mr. Miller further remarked that it appears there is no one present from the District to respond to questions. Staff did not notify parents of the recommendations to remove the crossing guards, believing it is the District’s responsibility. It is anticipated that calls will be received, but they will be referred directly to the District for response.

Mr. Miller also noted the fact that a crossing guard is NOT a traffic control device. A guard is actually a supplement to existing controls, i.e., stop signs, signals, crosswalks, signing, etc. The City is NOT obligated to provide crossing guards; it is left up to the discretion of each local agency.

Opening to Public Comment, no one came forward to address the Commission. The segment was closed.

Further discussion among the Commissioners confirmed all had serious concerns that the lack of the appearance of parents at this public meeting makes it likely that they were not notified by the District of its decision; that the District ‘dropped the ball’ by not noticing parents of the obvious ramifications of its decision; and the implication that the City is responsible for the seemingly ‘sudden’ removal of the crossing guards; and it appears to be a budgetary issue for the District and parents were not given the opportunity to voice their concerns and/or mitigating solutions, i.e., compromise on costs to both the District and the City.

Commissioner Robeson made a motion to deny staff’s recommendation to the City Council in light of the possibility that parents were not given the opportunity to decide if this is appropriate action on the part of the District.

Vice Chairman Lindstrom seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

Adjourned as Transportation & Circulation Commission and reconvened as Board of Parking Place Commission.

NEW BUSINESS

4. CONSIDER DESIGNATING ELEVEN (11) PARKING SPACES WITHIN PARKING DISTRICT NO. 1 SOUTH OF AMERIGE AVENUE AND WEST OF HARBOR BOULEVARD AS 30-MINUTE PARKING.

Mr. Miller presented staff’s report, which resulted after a request was received from downtown merchants in this vicinity to designate time-restricted parking spaces until they close business for the day when the evening restaurant parking begins. Staff is requesting that 11 spaces be designated for 30-minute parking until 8:00 p.m. within the CBD Parking District #1. The current limit is 3 hours.

Commissioner Robeson inquired why the parking spaces were not installed right at the store entrances. Mr. Langstaff responded it would require a channel post for a sign, which would be right in the sidewalk area making it dangerous to pedestrians, and it would add to the sign blight in the business district.

The hearing was open for Public Comment.

Roger Palmatier, Mo’s Music, stated concern that anyone could park in front of Mo’s parking lot entrance. He requested blue curb parking such as that on the east side of Harbor Boulevard.

Willa Vandenburg, 109 North Harbor, has discussed the parking issue with Rob Ferrier, Redevelopment and Economic Development, and Joel Rosen, Community Development, and requested a couple of designated 30-minute parking spaces.

The hearing was closed to Public Comment.

Mr. Miller responded to questions from Vice Chairperson Lindstrom and Commissioner Olmsted stating that clustering the parking spaces made for equal walking distance to the businesses and that because this is a central business parking district, sign blight is of consideration. The only alternative would be to place signs on building walls, which property owners do not want.

Director Hoppe stated that this area is part of the Amerige Court project, and current parking will be reconfigured and resigned as the project development. This current parking restriction has been discussed with the affected property owners.

Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to accept staff’s recommendation. Vice Chairperson Lindstrom seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

Return as T&CC.

Adjourned as Board of Parking Place Commission and reconvened as Transportation & Circulation Commission.

COUNCIL REVIEW -

Adopted Resolution No. 9843

5. FEDERAL CLASSIFICATION MAP REVISIONS

Recommendation by the Engineering Department: Adopt Resolution No. 9843, approving functional classification changes for select streets within the city of Fullerton from "Collector" streets to "Local" streets.

RESOLUTION NO. 9843 - A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FULLERTON, CALIFORNIA, ACCEPTING AND APPROVING THE FUNCTIONAL CLASSIFICATION CHANGES FOR SELECT STREETS WITHIN THE CITY OF FULLERTON

Approved staff recommendation and adopted Resolution No. 9840, as modified MC 3-2, DB, SQ opposed

22. REVIEW OF REVISED SITE AND PARKING STRUCTURE PLANS FOR PRJ03-00887 (ZON03-00080, ZON03-00081), AN EXPANSION OF THE FIRST EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF FULLERTON

This project consists of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and Site Plan review of a proposal to expand the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton. The proposal includes construction of a 20,000-square foot multi-purpose building, a 21,640 square-foot administrative building, and a three-level parking structure (two stories plus roof parking). This project was previously reviewed by the City Council, and the purpose of the current meeting is a review of revised plans for the project. The plan revisions include increased setback for the parking structure; proposal for a driveway along the west side of the project site extending from Bastanchury Road to Rolling Hills Drive; and deletion of the request for a future expansion of the parking structure.

Recommendation by the Community Development Department:

(1) Certify the Mitigated Negative Declaration and adopt the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program.

(2) Adopt Resolution No. 9840, approving the revised plans for PRJ03-00887, including CUP ZON03-00080 and Major Site Plan ZON03-00081 based on the following findings, and made subject to mitigation measures and conditions of approval per Planning Commission Resolution PC 06-03 and the Engineering letter dated January 18, 2006.

Facts and Findings

1. The proposed use of the site is compatible with its R-G zoning in that it provides additional space for functions currently occurring on and off site. The church use was previously approved for this location, and the proposed parking structure provides the ability for more cars to park on site, alleviating parking overflow into the adjacent residential area. By consolidating parking on site, impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods are minimized. The new parking structure would also accommodate parking for the added activities in the new multipurpose and administrative buildings.

2. The proposed development meets the development regulations contained within the Fullerton Municipal Code.

3. The proposed use, as conditioned herein, will be reasonably compatible with adjacent uses and will not be detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the surrounding residential neighborhood. The project site is abutted on three sides by roads, including two major arterials (Brea Boulevard and Bastanchury Road) and a local street (Rolling Hills Drive). Along the westerly property line abutting the R-1 zone, building setbacks, design features, landscaping and limitations on lighting and concurrent uses help minimize project impacts on adjacent residences.

RESOLUTION NO. 9840 - A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FULLERTON, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A SITE PLAN TO CONSTRUCT A NEW 20,000-SQUARE FOOT, MULTI-PURPOSE BUILDING, A 21,640-SQUARE-FOOT ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING, A THREE-LEVEL PARKING STRUCTURE FOR APPROXIMATELY 638 VEHICLES AND MITIGATION MONITORING PROGRAM CORRESPONDING TO THE MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH OF FULLERTON MAIN CAMPUS LOCATED AT 2801 NORTH BREA BOULEVARD

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

Chairperson Cochran reminded the Commissioners about the traffic hearings schedule. Also, there will be no meeting in September.

Lt. Cave stated that he is returning to Patrol and introduced Lt. Alex Bastreri as the new liaison to the Transportation & Circulation Commission.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

No one present wished to address the Commission.

ADJOURNMENT

The regular meeting of the Transportation and Circulation Commission was adjourned to the next regular meeting on October 2, 2006.

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