TRANSPORTATION AND CIRCULATION COMMISSION
Monday, August 7, 2006 - 4:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber - City Hall
J. Michael Cochran, Chairperson
Angela Lindstrom, Vice Chairperson
Robert Gonzalez - Resigned
Donald K. Hoppe, Director of Engineering
Lt. Bastreri, Fullerton Police Department
Susan McGraw, Recording Secretary
CALL TO ORDER
Chairperson Cochran called the Transportation & Circulation Co
Chairperson Cochran advised the Commissioners of Robert Gonzales’ resignation from the T&CC. A letter of resignation is on file with the City Clerk.
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.
1. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A “20-MINUTE LOADING/UNLOADING” DIAGONAL PARKING SPACE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF
Commissioner Robeson recused himself from this item.
City Traffic Engineer Miller presented staff’s reco
The hearing was opened for public co
Fred Moring, owner of 128 West Wilshire, stated his concurrence with staff’s reco
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 co
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 reco
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 reco
The balance of acreage is zoned industrial and will require a zoning change if used for co
No one was present to address this item for a public co
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
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
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.
4. CONSIDER DESIGNATING ELEVEN (11) PARKING SPACES WITHIN PARKING DISTRICT NO. 1 SOUTH OF
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
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
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
RESOLUTION NO. 9843 - A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
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
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 (
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
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.
No one present wished to address the Commission.
The regular meeting of the Transportation and Circulation Commission was adjourned to the next regular meeting on October 2, 2006.