SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
April 19, 2007
Planning Conference Room
2226 Camino Ramon
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Gordon Kimber, Steve Simmons, Robert Klingner, Harvey Riggs, Jim McVay
Committee Members Absent: None
Council Members Attending: Scott Perkins
Planning Commission Liaison: None
Guests Attending: Brenda (no last name given)
Staff Members Attending: Herb Moniz, Phil Wong, Marc Fontes, Joye Fukuda, Mike Talley, Amy Amiri, Officer Dave Heinbaugh, Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Sekhon,
The meeting was called to order by Chair Harvey Riggs at 6:30 p.m.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (Kimber/Simmons) to approve the minutes of the March 15, 2007 TAC meeting with amendment on Item 1 to include Jim McVay as Committee Member Attending.
Harvey Riggs announced that Item 5 New Business will go before Item 4 Unfinished Business.
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
4.1 County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Status Report
Harvey Riggs reported that the CAC met with the County Connection Board of Directors to discuss CAC goals. Harvey stated that as a CAC representative, he would like the TAC to bring transit issues to his attention so he can share them with CAC and County Connection.
Harvey Riggs reported that one of CAC goals is to increase ridership by making County Connection as user-friendly as possible. One of the ways to do this is to look at shelters in need of repairs followed by talking to cities, outside agencies, and service organizations. Harvey commended the City of San Ramon and staff for doing a great job with the Citys shelters and benches. The CAC would also like to listen to comments and relay any discrepancies as far as bus stop notices are concerned and use community groups to assist the CAC to communicate important messages concerning County Connection.
4.2 Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report
PJ gave an update on the following active residential traffic calming program (1) Canyon Crest Drive did not meet the warrant for speed humps and is now considering two options which is to install raised pavement markers and signage around the bend. (2) Bandol Way traffic counts have been rescheduled. The following streets are underway (1) Chancery Way reinstall crosswalks (2) Red Willow/Azalea to address vegetation and parking issue (3) Chanterella/Rosincress/Sweetgate install stop ahead warning sign and pedestrian crossing sign.
5. NEW BUSINESS
5.1 San Ramon City Center Presentation
Herb Moniz, City Manager, provided background information on the San Ramon City Center project. He stated that in August of 2004, the City Council decided to move forward with a new effort that is cost effective and one that could support itself and generate revenue for the future of the City. The Council gave direction to the City Manager and Economic Development Director, Marc Fontes to partner with developers for a mixed use City Center concept that included civic components.
Phil Wong, Planning and Community Development Department Director, reported that the City Center is a joint project with Sunset Development to build more than 2.1 million square feet of residential, retail, public and entertainment space on the 39 acres of land. This is a mixed use project with residential and office usage. Phil pointed out that the unique element of the project from a transportation standpoint is the extension of Bishop Drive to Camino Ramon and a new Transit Center. The goal is to minimize traffic impacts and/or conflicts along Bollinger Canyon Road.
Phil Wong elaborated on the conceived features of the City Center:
Phil Wong indicated that the idea for the City Center is to create a wonderful gathering location where people of all ages can enjoy. This site will also accommodate a new city hall, city offices, and public library.
Phil Wong articulated that the environmental impact report will begin and will address traffic issues associated with this project. In addition, a new transit center is also being proposed similar to the one on Executive Parkway.
Jim McVay asked when this project will break ground. Phil Wong responded that he expects that the project to break ground in 2010; however, the planning portion will be completed by the end of the year with Planning Commission approval in 2008.
Gordon Kimber asked about the plan to cross Bollinger Canyon. Phil Wong responded that this is a work in progress. He stated that Lisa Bobadilla is working with the Town of Danville and Contra Costa Transportation Authority on the feasibility study that will address pedestrian crossing at Bollinger Canyon Road. Harvey Riggs made suggestion on the ADA component by considering an ADA stop on both sides of the street and using mechanism to get them back and forth such as shuttle services.
Herb Moniz encouraged the committee to provide feedback and suggestions and thanked the TAC.
5.2 FY 2007-2008 Capital Improvement Project
Amy Amiri, Engineering Administrative Analyst, presented the Draft Five Year Capital Improvement Program FY 2007-2012. Amy stated that comments from the TAC will be forwarded to the City Finance Committee.
The following are the proposed New Projects for 2007-2008:
Amy Amiri reported that there are no new signal projects proposed for the Five Year CIP.
The Finance Committee will review comments from three other committees on May 9, 2007 with the City Council reviewing the entire draft CIP on May 21, 2007 and adoption on May 22, 2007.
Joye Fukuda, Engineering Services Director, reported that there are still ongoing discussions regarding two projects (1) San Ramon Valley Boulevard/Montevideo Drive Left Turn Lane Modification programmed for FY 08/09 (2) San Ramon Valley Boulevard Northbound Refuge Lanes, programmed for 5-year timeframe. These two projects exceed the available funding. Staff is awaiting results of the grant application.
Harvey Riggs suggested that staff provide a copy of the current General Plan Circulation element to the new TAC members Jim McVay and Robert Klingner.
Harvey Riggs advised staff to take into consideration impact on any turn lanes or bus stops involved in the street lights. In addition, staff to review the General Plan specifically Crow Canyon Road, Dougherty Road, and Bollinger Canyon, and Class II Bicycle Lane requirements.
6. COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS
6.1. Committee Member Items
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
Councilmember Scott Perkins asked TAC for their input on capital budget as it relates to traffic issues. With regards to the City Center project, Councilmember Perkins reported that there will be no bond or a parcel tax to pay for the project. Residents will be not burdened with additional taxes. He stressed that there will be no money coming out of the existing revenue stream.
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
Lisa Bobadilla introduced the new TAC member, Robert Klingner. She also distributed the TAC roster and asked the committee to update their information. The updated roster will be distributed at the next meeting. Ms. Bobadilla also reminded the TAC about the Public Hearing for the installation of the Radar Speed Display sign that is coming up on April 26, 2007 to be held at the San Ramon Community Center.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 26, 2007 at the San Ramon Community Center.