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TCC Minutes October 3, 2005

TRANSPORTATION AND CIRCULATION COMMISSION
Monday, October 3, 2005 ------4:00 p.m.
Meeting Room B ------- Main Library


COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:
J. Michael Cochran, Vice Chairperson
Robert Gonzalez
Stephen Hall
Rosa Nowels, Chairperson
Patrick Robeson

STAFF ABSENT:
John Olmsted
Angela Lindstrom

STAFF PRESENT:
Mark Miller, Consultant City Traffic Engineer
Sr. Police Officer Scott Clanin, Fullerton Police Department
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Teri Carlson, Senior Traffic Engineering Aide
Susan McGraw, Recording Secretary

CALL TO ORDER



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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES



APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF AUGUST 1, 2005 AND THE SPECIAL MEETING OF JULY 20, 2005.

Commissioner Gonzalez abstained from the approval of the July 20 Minutes due to his absence from that meeting, but asked that his name be corrected in the August 1 Minutes. Chairperson Nowels also asked for correction of her misspelled name in the Minutes of July 20.

Commissioner Cochran made a motion to accept the Minutes with corrections of the misspellings noted. Commissioner Hall seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

1. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTION BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 2:00 A.M. AND 5:00 A.M. ON BOTH SIDES OF VALENCIA DRIVE BETWEEN JENSEN WAY AND GILBERT STREET.

City Traffic Engineer Miller stated the request was received from Chris Avila, property owner of 2340 West Valencia Drive. Mr. Miller then presented staff's report, which was based on site inspections of only the multiple-family properties in the area.

Considering these observations and a strict interpretation of the Fullerton Municipal Code as directed by the City Council, staff recommended that only the south side of Valencia Drive between Jensen Way and Gilbert Street be approved. Due to the absence of support from residents on the north side of Valencia Drive, staff recommended denial of lifting the restriction from that side of the street.

The meeting was opened for public discussion.

Sandra Jimenez, 2340 West Valencia Drive, #3, thanked the Commission for its support; expressed concern that tenants from the north side of Valencia would park on the south; asked if both sides could be approved for overnight parking.
  • Commissioner Robeson made a motion to ACCEPT staff's recommendations to remove the overnight parking restriction between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on the south side of Valencia Drive between Jensen Way and Gilbert Street, and to deny removal of the overnight parking restriction between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on the north side of Valencia Drive between Jensen Way and Gilbert Street. Chairperson Nowles seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.
Chairperson Nowles advised the residents that this recommendation can be appealed to the City Council within 10 days for a fee of $145.

2. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTION BETWEEN 2:00 A.M. AND 5:00 A.M. ON BOTH SIDES OF WOODS AVENUE BETWEEN MALVERN AVENUE AND LOIS LANE; AND ON BOTH SIDES OF WOODS AVENUE BETWEEN LOIS LANE AND FERN DRIVE.

City Traffic Engineer Miller presented staff's report. The recommendation from staff is to deny the request on both sections of Woods: from Malvern Avenue to Lois Lane and from Lois Lane to Fern Drive. Upon review of the residences on both sides of Woods from Malvern to Lois Lane, and the fact that of the two homes meeting the off-street parking deficiency, one did not sign the petition and the second signer rescinded his signature.

After receiving a number of signature retractions from the original petition, the 50% support requirement for overnight parking from Lois Lane to Fern Drive was negated. However, based on staff's study, this portion of Woods would not have been considered deficient for overnight parking.

The hearing was open for public comment.

Cheryl Rose, 667 North Woods Avenue, stated she has received numerous tickets; has a handicapped visitor who visits and received a warning to move her vehicle; her parents now park in a neighbor's driveway.

William Meyer, 821 North Woods Avenue, has a two-car garage, but will actually only fit one vehicle; presented an article from Time Magazine; would be happy to have permits or even one side of the street only; referred to a police problem at 834 North Woods.

Chris Heaton, 845 North Woods Avenue, stated his reasons for rescinding his signature, including the school proximity; the police problems at 834 North Woods, including parties; police arrests, abandoned cars.

Mr. Maynard Kambak, 844 North Woods Avenue, stated he has a long driveway; everyone from surrounding area will be able to park on Woods; referred to 834 North Woods Avenue; and questioned how permit parking would be monitored.

The Public Comment segment was closed.

Responding to Chairperson Nowels inquiry, Mr. Miller advised that the overnight parking issue will be brought back to the City Council in December.
  • Commissioner Robeson made a motion to ACCEPT staff's recommendation to deny the request to remove the overnight parking restriction between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on both sides of Woods Avenue between Malvern Avenue and Lois Lane and between Lois Lane and Fern Drive. Commissioner Cochran seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.
The petitioner was advised of the City Council's appeal process.

3. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTION BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 2:00 A.M. AND 5:00 A.M. ON BOTH SIDES OF ROSSLYNN AVENUE BETWEEN POMONA AVENUE AND ITS WESTERLY TERMINUS; AND ON BOTH SIDES OF ROSSLYNN AVENUE BETWEEN POMONA AVENUE AND ITS EASTERLY TERMINUS.

City Traffic Engineer Miller presented staff's report and recommended approval, based on a staff study. The surrounding streets are currently exempt; does meet the minimum requirements; and garages are narrow.

Nathan Tran, 142 East Rosslyn Avenue, stated there was no problem until this summer; narrow driveway with single-car garage.

Commissioner Robeson requested that it be emphasized that although the garage description be considered as two-car, they are substandard and would only house one car.
  • Commissioner Cochran made a motion to ACCEPT staff's recommendation to approve the request to remove the overnight parking restriction between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on both sides of Rosslynn Avenue between Pomona Avenue and its westerly terminus and between Pomona Avenue and its easterly terminus with the garages indicated as only one-car. Chairperson Nowels seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.
4. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR A DISABLED PERSON'S PARKING SPACE IN FRONT OF THE PROPERTY AT 1808 OAK AVENUE.

City Traffic Engineer Miller recommended support of the request. Chairperson Nowles advised that anyone else with a placard can park there.

Commissioner Robeson made a motion to ACCEPT staff's recommendation to approve the request for a disabled person's parking space in front of the property at 1808 Oak Avenue. Commissioner Hall seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.

5. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO DESIGNATE ALL OF BEACH BOULEVARD WITHIN THE CITY OF FULLERTON FOR "NO STOPPING ANYTIME".

City Traffic Engineer Miller advised that the City had annexed a portion of Beach Boulevard north of Rosecrans at Hawkes Point Drive. The request was received from the Fullerton Police department citing that semi-trucks parking in this are contribute to noise and air pollution. Because this is a state highway, the State is requiring a resolution before the City can post for No Stopping.

Commissioner Cochran made a motion to ACCEPT staff's recommendation to designate all of Beach Boulevard within the City of Fullerton for "no stopping anytime". Chairperson Nowels seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.

6. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO REMOVE THE EXISTING 2-HOUR PARKING RESTRICTION ON BOTH SIDES OF AMERIGE AVENUE BETWEEN POMONA AVENUE AND LEMON STREET; AND TO INSTALL A 20-MINUTE LOADING/UNLOADING ZONE IN FRONT OF 247 E. AMERIGE, 229 E. AMERIGE AVENUE, 205 E. AMERIGE AVENUE.

City Traffic Engineer Miller stated the purpose of this request is to provide long-term parking for commuters, and no responses have been received from local residents or business owners.

Chairperson Nowles expressed her concern that no one has responded. Commissioner Robeson asked staff to verify with the hospital.

Commissioner Robeson made a motion to ACCEPT staff's recommendation to remove the existing 2-hour parking restriction on both sides of Amerige Avenue between Pomona Avenue and Lemon Street; and to install a 20-minute loading/unloading zone in front of 247 East Amerige Avenue, 229 East Amerige Avenue, and 205 East Amerige Avenue, with a caveat to meet with hospital representatives. Commissioner Cochran seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.

7. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO INSTALL "NO STOPPING ANYTIME" PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF STATE COLLEGE BOULEVARD FROM ROLLING HILLS TO THE NORTH CITY LIMITS.

City Traffic Engineer Miller stated staff's recommendation for no stopping anytime to facilitate restriping with bike lanes as proposed in the City's and County's Master Plans of Bikeways, and to add a third lane northbound from Bastanchury to the north City limit and southbound from the Brea city limit.

Bill Preston, 1808 Beechwood, stated that no parking on the east side of State College near Craig Park will cause park users to filter into the neighborhood.

Commissioner Robeson made a motion to ACCEPT staff's recommendation to approve installation of "no stopping anytime" parking restrictions on both sides of State College Boulevard from Rolling Hills Drive to the North City Limits. Commissioner Cochran seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.

COUNCIL REVIEW

City Traffic Engineer Miller reported that City Council approved the following recommendations from the Transportation & Circulation Commission at its September 6, 2005, meeting:
  • Consideration of a request to remove the overnight parking restriction between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on both sides of Vermont Avenue from Gregory Avenue to its northerly terminus.

  • Consideration of a request to implement a 2-hour parking restriction on both sides of Maertin Lane between Nutwood Avenue and Victoria Drive.

  • Consideration of a request to install a disabled person's parking space on the east side of Gilbert Street adjacent to 914 South Gilbert Street.

  • Consideration of a request to install a "temporary" 3-hour parking restriction on the south side of Walnut Avenue east of Harbor in front of 110 and 112 East Walnut Avenue.

  • Consideration of a staff recommendation to implement "no stopping anytime" on the north side of Chapman Avenue from Lemon Street to Berkeley Avenue.

  • Approve several staff recommendations revising the existing parameters of select overnight parking exemptions.

  • Continued the overnight parking permit program discussion.

    NON-AGENDA ITEMS

    • City staff is reviewing and considering installation of additional red light cameras: at east/west Chapman and Harbor, possibly monitoring left turns; Euclid and Malvern; east/west Orangethorpe and Harbor; and Malvern and Gilbert.

    • Mr. Miller advised that staff will present an update of tickets issued and breakdown of revenues.

    • Radar signs, lighted crosswalks, in-pavement flashers, are in place and operative.

    • Commissioners' Workshop will be held in November.

    PUBLIC COMMENTS

    Public comments will be allowed on matters not appearing on the agenda but within the Commission's jurisdiction.

    Bill Preston 1808 Beechwood, inquired about the effect of new signing in the Beechwood/Rolling Hills is current new signage, etc. have had any effect. His concern is the out of control driver and doesn't think the current fixes will address this problem.

    COUNCIL COMMENTS

    • Commissioner Gonzalez requested that the agenda packets be delivered by Wednesday.
    • Commissioner Gonzalez is assigned the next parking ticket hearings.

    ADJOURNMENT

    The regular meeting of the Transportation & Circulation Commission was adjourned at 5:33 p.m.
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