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TCC MINUTES MARCH 6, 2006

TRANSPORTATION AND CIRCULATION COMMISSION
Monday, March 6, 2006 - 4:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber - City Hall

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:
J. Michael Cochran, Vice Chairperson
Robert Gonzalez
Stephen Hall (arrived 4:10 p.m.)
Angela Lindstrom
John Olmsted
Patrick Robeson

COMMISSIONERS ABSENT:
Rosa Nowels, Chairperson

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Commissioner Olmsted corrected the misspelling of his name on page 2, 2nd paragraph. Commissioner Robeson motioned to approve the minutes of November 7, 2005, as corrected. Commissioner Lindstrom seconded the motion with Commissioner Gonzalez abstaining.

NEW BUSINESS

1. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR AN OVERNIGHT PARKING EXEMPTION ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF WILSHIRE AVENUE BETWEEN RICHMAN AVENUE AND FORD STREET.

City Traffic Engineer Miller presented staff’s report and recommended approval of the request for exemption of early morning parking on Wilshire Avenue on the south side. He discussed the Municipal Code standards for approval of such a request and, based on the parking requirements for housing in this area, off-street parking is deficient, and early morning parking is permissible on the south side.

The hearing was opened for public comment.

Dave Escapite, 442 West Wilshire, stated his opposition indicating that keeping the streets clear helps the Police.

The following individuals spoke in favor of the request, citing lack of available on-street parking due to multiple drivers; vandalism and vehicle damage; danger in having to park and walk lengthy distances, especially at night; alley is not safe to walk through, especially at night.

Aaron Ophang, tenant at 434 West Wilshire Avenue

Ryan Buckner, tenant at 434 West Wilshire Avenue

Jim Maier, 430 West Wilshire Avenue

William Taylor, owner of 434 West Wilshire Avenue

Mr. Taylor also stated that although his apartment units meet the defined parking requirements, there are still not enough places for his tenants to park onsite.

Commissioner Lindstrom asked if anyone had contacted the Church about possibly renting parking spaces. Mr. Taylor advised the Commission that the Church has barely enough parking for its small congregation

The public comment segment was closed.

Commissioner Robeson received a negative response from staff when he inquired if this area is close enough to the downtown to utilize the public parking lots.

Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to approve staff’s recommendation for an overnight parking exemption on the south side of Wilshire Avenue between Richman and Ford Avenues. Commissioner Lindstrom seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously.

Vice Chairperson Cochran advised the residents that this item will be presented to the City Council on April 4, 2006; they will be notified prior to the hearing; and that their attendance is recommended.

2. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR AN OVERNIGHT PARKING EXEMPTION ON BOTH SIDES OF WAYNE AVENUE BETWEEN CHAPMAN AVENUE AND ITS NORTHERLY TERMINUS.

City Traffic Engineer Miller presented staff’s report and recommendation to deny the request for an overnight exemption as requested. Mr. Miller provided a description of the area and explained that the properties on the east side of Wayne Avenue have long driveway access to garages at the rear of the property; the west side properties have alley access to the garages and space enough to park additional vehicles in the alley. Based on the code requirements, there is no deficiency in onsite parking on this street.

Commissioner Olmsted inquired about the definition of one block when a cul-de-sac is involved. Mr. Langstaff stated that both sides of a cul-de-sac are now considered as one block for consistency.

The meeting was opened for Public Comment.

Jeff Hall, 401 North Wayne Avenue, stated that the garages are considered one-car per the current code. He has room for one car in the garage and one space in the alley, but will soon have three vehicles when his daughter starts driving. The problem may not have become an issue except for one residence that appears to be housing more than one family and an ‘abundance’ of vehicles. He disagrees with Council’s concerns for vehicle storage, since a 72-hour restriction currently exists in the vehicle code, and the beautification of the City, when most people are asleep.

Sasha Lee, 412 North Wayne, is a caregiver at that residence for Frances Stanley, and there are 8 people living in the house, including Mrs. Stanley’s daughter and son-in-law

Lynn Eastman, 425 West Wayne, removed her name from petition because she heard about the hardship parking exemption. A neighboring house has three families living in it as well as others.

Sue Beach, 412 North Wayne, would like to know more about the permit parking. She has need for caregivers to take care of her mother 24/7. Mrs. Beach and her husband both work, and two caregivers overlap when taking care of her mother.

Adrianna Silva, 420 North Wayne, received number of tickets because only two cars can be placed onsite, including the garage. She was not aware of any problems with her neighbors.

Derel Birta, 404 North Wayne, intends to build a two-story house with two-car garage and there will be no place to park additional vehicles when completed.

The meeting was closed to Public Comment.

Commissioner Lindstrom inquired about the hardship permit parking status.

Mr. Hoppe briefly stated Council’s concept of a hardship permit and that the proposed ordinance will be presented for a first reading possibly April 4.

Commissioner Robeson made a motion to approve staff’s recommendation to deny the request for overnight parking on North Wayne Avenue. Commissioner Hall seconded the motion, which failed 3-3.

Commissioner Angela Lindstrom motioned to approve the request for overnight parking. Commissioner Gonzales seconded the motion, which also failed 3-3.

The request for overnight parking was denied.

3. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO INSTALL A “NO PARKING ANYTIME” RESTRICTION ON THE EAST SIDE OF EUCLID STREET BETWEEN COMMONWEALTH AVENUE AND WILSHIRE AVENUE.

Mr. Miller presented staff’s report and stated the need to install a two-way, left-turn pocket along this segment of Euclid to help mitigate traffic and reduce the potential for rear-end collisions when drivers attempt to turn left from the southbound center lane into driveways along the east side of Euclid.

No one was present to address this item.

Commissioner Lindstrom made a motion to accept staff’s recommendation to install no parking anytime on the east side of Euclid Street between Commonwealth and Wilshire Avenues. Commissioner Robeson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

4. APPOINTMENT OF A REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE BICYCLE USERS SUB-COMMITTEE (BUSC).

Commissioner Olmsted nominated and motioned Steven Hall to continue as appointee to the Bicycle Users Sub-Committee (BUSC). The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

COUNCIL REVIEW

November 15, 2005

· Rescinded two-hour parking in the 200 block of East Amerige Avenue; approved 20-minute loading/unloading zones in front of 247, 229, and 205 East Amerige.

· Rejected amendments to the current “Early Morning Parking Prohibition” and the “Early Morning Parking of Wide Vehicles Prohibition”.

December 20, 2005

· Approved ‘disabled persons’ parking at 1352 West Gage Avenue

· Approved ‘disabled persons’ parking at 711 West Wilshire Avenue

· Approved additional red curb at Gilbert and Roberta intersection.

February 7, 2006

· Approved DDA between the City and Pelican-Laing, LLC for development in the 100 block of West Amerige Avenue.

· Made selection of Art Deco style for the State College Grade Separation bridge design.

Commissioner Olmsted asked why the Pelican-Laing project was not brought to the T&CC. Mr. Hoppe explained that the project is being built in accordance with the City’s existing general plan.

February 21, 2006

· Approved staff’s recommendations for amendments to existing Fullerton Municipal Code related to overnight parking prohibitions, including procedural changes and processing of requests for hardship permits.

· Approved request for additional stop signs at selected intersections in the neighborhood bounded by Euclid Street, Brookhurst Road, Orangethorpe Avenue, and Houston Avenue.

· Approved a contract for additional parking on West Chapman Avenue behind the Spring Field Banquet facility. This lot will add approximately 106 parking spaces for this area.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

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

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 p.m. to the next scheduled meeting on April 3, 2006.

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