February 16, 2012
Community Conference Room
2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending:
Peter Rathmann, Harvey Riggs, Greg Schiegenberg, and Steve Filson
Committee Members Absent: Victoria Harris and Jim McVay
Council Members Attending: None
Planning Commission Liaison: Jeanne Benedetti
Teen Council Liaison: Mischa Fritz
Guests Attending: None
Staff Members Attending: Lisa Bobadilla, Amy Sekhon, PJ Dhoot
The meeting was called to order by Chair Rathmann at 6:30 pm.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (Riggs/Schniegenberg) to approve the January 19, 2012 meeting minutes with the amendment to change approval from “(5-0)” to “(4-0)” for the December 15, 2011 meeting minutes, and to make a revision on Item 4.2 to read “Mrs. Dhoot stated that we found that the speed limit needs to be increased in segments of Crow Canyon Road, segments of Bollinger Canyon Road, and segments of San Ramon Valley Boulevard”(4-0).
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. NEW BUSINESS
4.1 County Connection “Proposed” New Bus Stop – Tahiti Drive Public Hearing
PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, presented the item to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) members.
1. September 2011: Mrs. Dhoot received a request from a resident living in the Country View area to add a bus stop for the County Connection Route 622.
2. October 2011: Mrs. Dhoot conducted a site survey to determine bus stop locations:
●Alcosta Boulevard near Crow Canyon Road;
●Crow Canyon Road near Tahiti Drive; or
●Tahiti Drive near open space/community tennis courts.
3. November 2011: Determined the proposed stop would be along Tahiti Drive in front of open space/community tennis courts.
4. December 2011: Confirmation to add stop for County Connection Winter schedule change. Transportation Division and County Connection Planning staff proceeds to hold a Public Hearing as the bus would travel along residential frontages.
5. January 11, 2012: County Connection “Public Hearing” at the San Ramon Community Center. Flyers announcing the Public Hearing were posted at all public facilities, on buses and City and County
Connection websites. There were 0 attendees at the Public Hearing.
6. January 19, 2012: Introduced the item at the TAC meeting and scheduled
the February 16, 2012 Public Hearing.
7. February 3, 2012: Public Hearing notices, twenty notices, were sent out to residents along Tahiti Drive.
8. February 16, 2012: City of San Ramon held a Public Hearing to consider adding bus stop on Tahiti Drive. There were 0 attendees at the Public Hearing.
Mrs. Dhoot stated that Route 622 leaves California High School Monday-Friday, school days, at 3:00PM. The bus will arrive by on Tahiti Drive at 3:15PM. The stop would only be once daily. Mrs. Dhoot stated that the next steps would be to forward tonight’s meeting summary to County Connection. If there are no issues, add new stop along Tahiti Drive to Route 622. The stop may be added during the Spring Routing Changes which go into effect March 28, 2012.
Chair Rathmann called the Public Hearing to order.
Public Comment: None.
Chair Rathmann closed the public comment.
Mischa Fritz asked if the Route would only run while school was in session. Mrs. Dhoot stated that it would only run during the regular school year.
M/S/C/U (Riggs/Schniegenberg) to approve the additional stop to Route 622 along Tahiti Drive (4-0).
Mr. Riggs asked if California High will post this change for their students. Mrs. Dhoot stated that she will reach out to Cal High. Mr. Riggs recommended that staff notify residents that the bus will now stop along Tahiti Drive.
4.2 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) FY 11/12 Update
Maria Fierner, Engineering Services Director presented the item to the TAC.
Mrs. Fierner provided an update on the Five-Year CIP, as a follow-up to the TAC presentation in April 2011. A status report for the Capital Budget was presented to the Finance Committee on December 19, 2011. Mrs. Fierner’s update focused on the circulation and signal projects. She stated that there are a total of 16 circulation projects, and 5 signal projects in the FY 11/12 Capital Budget. A total of 18 projects were carried over from the previous Fiscal Year and 3 projects are new for FY 11/12. The new projects are:
1. CIP 5549 – Alcosta Boulevard Pavement Rehabilitation (Fircrest Drive to San Ramon Valley Boulevard).
2. CIP 5489 – Pavement Management 2012.
3. CIP 5490 – Pavement Repairs Stop Gap 2012.
Mrs. Fierner provided an update on CIP 5325 – Bollinger Canyon Road Widening Alcosta/Canyon Lakes. In 2008, this section of the roadway was widened from 2 lanes to 3 lanes in each direction and a Class III bike route was installed for pedestrians and bicyclists separated by a chain link fence. Since the improvements, a number of traffic accidents occurred in the eastbound direction (uphill) damaging the fence. As a result, Engineering staff hired a traffic consultant to perform an operational analysis. The consultant, Hexagon Transportation Consultants, completed this analysis in May 2011. In summary, recommendations ae to:
1. Install flashing yellow beacons and warning signs, additional pavement
markings, and advisory speed limit signs of 35mph;
2. Continue monitoring to determine if additional measures are warranted;
3. If warranted, increase width of eastbound curb lane and monitor; and
4. Design and install alternative barrier if additional monitoring indicates
the need for the replacement of the fence.
Mrs. Fierner stated that staff has completed Step 1 and 2, and staff has determined that Step 3 now needs to be taken. The proposal is being presented to the Policy Committee on February 22, 2012. Mrs. Fierner stated that an update will be provided to the TAC at a future TAC meeting.
Mr. Riggs asked if the streetlights are a part of the CIP. Mike Talley, Senior Traffic Engineer, stated that the Streetlight Project is a separate project.
Chair Rathmann stated that the chain link fence going uphill on Bollinger Canyon Road should have breaks in it, similar to what is on the Iron Horse Trail, so bicyclists are not trapped. He stated that there should be a “recommended path sign” for bicyclists that are traveling uphill. Mrs. Fierner stated that staff will research options.
Mr. Riggs inquired about the 2015 General Plan Update was on the CIP Attachments. Commissioner Jeanne Benedetti stated that the General Plan has to be updated so often in order to be consistent with other Planning documents.
Mrs. Fierner stated that Engineering staff would be back in April to bring the CIP FY 12/13 to the TAC members.
Chair Rathmann moved on to the next agenda item.
4.3 Evaluation of Project Benefits: Crow Canyon Road Corridor and Bollinger Canyon Road Corridor Traffic Signal System Upgrade Project (CIP 5457)
Mike Talley, Senior Traffic Engineer, presented the item.
Mr. Talley stated that CIP Project 5457 was developed in 2006 to upgrade the City’s traffic signal management system. He stated that a funding opportunity arose in 2008 that led to the installation of an adaptive traffic management system on Crow Canyon Road and Bollinger Canyon Road Corridors in 2010.
Background: Mr. Talley stated that an adaptive traffic management system is a real-time synchronization of traffic signals in response to actual traffic patterns. This is the most advanced form of traffic control, it differs from other systems by its ability to collect and respond to real-time traffic data. The project scope of work included the installation of compatible detection equipment, upgrade communications infrastructure, and coordinate with Caltrans for traffic signals on Caltrans intersections.
Project Limits: Bollinger Canyon Road: starts on Alcosta Boulevard to San Ramon Valley Boulevard. Crow Canyon Road: starts on Twin Creeks and goes to Tahiti Drive.
1. November 2006: California voters approved the $250 Million for Proposition 1B: Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Act of 2006.
2. March 2008: City of San Ramon submitted two grant applications for $785,000 for an adaptive traffic signal system for the Bollinger Canyon
Road and Crow Canyon Road Corridors.
3. June 2008: San Ramon applied for two Transportation Fund for Clean Air grants from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
4. October 2008-April 2009: Bay Area Air Quality Management District approves $389,000 of supplemental funding for both San Ramon projects.
5. January 2010: City Council awards Rhythm Engineering of Lenexa, KS contract for adaptive traffic control system.
6. July 2010: Construction begins.
7. August 2010: Adaptive system activated on both corridors.
8. October 2010: A study of project benefits was performed.
9. January 2012: Activated system at Caltrans ramp intersections.
10. March 2012: Project closeout.
Project Goals: Mr. Talley stated that project goals include:
1. Reduction in travel time;
2. Reduction in number of stops;
3. Reduction in delay;
4. Reduction in fuel consumption; and
5. Reduction of emissions.
Analysis: The City was looking for a system that had successful deployments, delivers high-performance adaptive traffic control, allows synchronization with Caltrans’ system, easy to learn and operate, can be upgraded easily, and is a
cost-effective over the system life.
Deployment Results: Mr. Talley stated that there are quality progressions, easy and quick to deploy, excellent monitoring and diagnostic capabilities, and allowed synchronization with Caltrans. According to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) methodology, all project goals were met. The system has issues with processing pedestrian volumes, video detection malfunctions, and side street delays.
1. Major project goals met.
2. Funded almost entirely by grants.
3. Significant improvements in travel time and delay reductions for majority of users.
4. Positive long-term outlook for managing expected growth.
Commissioner Benedetti asked if there are cameras further down Crow Canyon Road that haven’t been activated just yet. Mr. Talley stated that was true, but they are just for detection not for the adaptive system.
Mr. Riggs asked if the state intersections have a default for the stacking on the freeway. Mr. Talley stated that the State does not allow queuing onto the freeway, so there is special timing at those intersections.
Mr. Riggs made a comment about how Caltrans signals should be more cooperative with other cities like they have been here in San Ramon, since there have been significant emission reductions with this project.
Chair Rathmann asked if the estimate of time savings includes the negative impacts on people on side streets. Mr. Talley stated that to his understanding, there is an increase in delays that occurs on the side streets.
Mischa Fritz asked if the system will be integrated into Dougherty Valley. Mr. Talley stated that, at this time, they would not be expanded into Dougherty
Chair Rathmann moved on to the next agenda item.
Greg Schniegenberg asked if the cameras in the system can detect car volumes. Mr. Talley stated that was correct, it sends in queue information.
Commissioner Benedetti asked if the signals communicate with one another to determine traffic volume. Mr. Talley said that was correct, but that can cause some problems.
Steve Filson stated that there is a significant pedestrian issue, and if there will be an overpass system for pedestrians along the Iron Horse Trail. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Iron Horse Trail overcrossing could alleviate this issue. Chair Rathmann stated that he has noticed this issue; he has noticed that there are long periods of red light signals around the area. Mr. Filson stated that the overpass
would alleviate signal delays.
Chair Rathmann asked if loop detectors are being used at these intersections, Mr.Talley said they are not currently being used. Chair Rathmann asked if the video
could distinguish traffic types, since the City of Pleasanton is using a system that
can distinguish traffic types. Mr. Talley stated that it was a good idea, but the
video does not currently distinguish traffic types.
Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) Transportation for Livable Communities (TLC) Grant Application
Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, stated that last month the TAC members requested copies of the three applications that were submitted to CCTA. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the funding source is a new program that is included in the Measure J Expenditure Plan that is called the Transportation for Livable Communities (TLC) grant that would provide funding to local jurisdictions to increase public transportation, and provide pedestrian/bicycle enhancements. Ms. Bobadilla stated that all of the cities in the southwest Contra Costa County region are a part of a sub-regional committee called the Southwest Area Transportation (SWAT), and every subcommittee within this part of the county will be provided funding for the TLC grant program. The funding for all the projects in the southwest Contra Costa region would be allocated over the course of 5 years.
Iron Horse Trail Corridor Improvements: Ms. Bobadilla stated that these are improvements that are to be made along the Iron Horse Trail from Norris Canyon Road to the San Ramon/Danville border, and south of Bollinger Canyon Road to the San Ramon/Dublin border. The project is in concert with Sunset Development, and Sunset Development will be making improvements within the Bishop Ranch Business Park. The City of San Ramon will be provided with funds for improvements outside of the business park. The total grant application is for $330,000. Once funding is allocated to the City of San Ramon, the City’s Public Services Department will provide oversight in concert with Contra Costa County and the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD).
Iron Horse Trail Bicycle/Pedestrian Overcrossing: Ms. Bobadilla stated that the funding would be for the next phase of the Iron Horse Trail Overcrossing Project. In 2009, the San Ramon Valley Iron Horse Trail Corridor Concept Plan was presented to the TAC. The concept plan looked at the construction of overcrossings at three locations: Bollinger Canyon Road, Crow Canyon Road, and Sycamore Valley Road. Danville has taken the lead on Sycamore Valley Road. San Ramon has been seeking funding for Phase II (design and preliminary engineering) of the project for Bollinger Canyon Road and Crow Canyon Road. The total grant application is seeking funding for $580,000. Once funds have been approved by CCTA, the Engineering Services Department will take the lead on Phase II (design) of the project.
San Ramon Valley Transit and Connectivity Study: Ms. Bobadilla stated that the study would look at what the transit needs are for the San Ramon Valley and would be completed in concert with the Town of Danville.
Mr. Riggs asked if the completion of the overcrossing is ahead of the City Center. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the date for the construction of City Center has not been confirmed. Mr. Riggs stated that the project should be completed during construction of the City Center.
Mr. Filson asked what does right-of-way mean. Ms. Bobadilla stated that if
right-of-way needs to be purchased from EBRPD or Contra Costa County, that would be the time do that.
Mr. Riggs asked what the total funding pool would be over the course of 5 years. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it would be $3.5 million for southwest Contra Costa County.
Chair Rathmann moved on to the next agenda item.
4.5 Review Draft TAC Annual Report PowerPoint
Ms. Bobadilla introduced the item. She stated that the handout is the draft PowerPoint. Each year the TAC provides an update of TAC activities that went on during the previous year to the City Council. Ms. Bobadilla asked if committee members could bring their comments to the next scheduled TAC meeting. The presentation is scheduled for the council meeting to be held on March 27, 2012. Chair Rathmann has agreed to present the material to City Council.
Chair Rathmann moved on to Unfinished Business.
5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
5.1 Public Transit Status Report
Mrs. Dhoot reported on the item.
Mrs. Dhoot stated that she will forward comments regarding the Tahiti Drive Public Hearing to County Connection. She stated that she will provide the TAC with an update once she hears from County Connection.
Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report
Mrs. Dhoot reported on the item.
Browntail Way: Mrs. Dhoot stated that Browntail Way is located near Bollinger Canyon Road in Dougherty Valley, across from Gale Ranch Middle School. Mrs. Dhoot received a request from an HOA to install speed humps since there seems to be cut-through traffic as motorists attempt to avoid traffic signal at North Monarch Road and Bollinger Canyon Road. The HOA believes that motorists tend to avoid the traffic signal because the pedestrian signal phase tends to give the full 50 seconds to cross the street during peak hours. Mrs. Dhoot spoke to Mr. Talley, and he plans to break the pedestrian signal into two phases. Mrs. Dhoot stated that a lot of the pedestrian signals are broken down into two phases in Dougherty Valley, which reduces traffic congestion. Mrs. Dhoot stated that she gave the HOA an RTC packet, so they can get more information about the RTC process.
Commissioner Benedetti asked when Mr. Talley would fix the pedestrian traffic signal issue. Mrs. Dhoot stated that he gave a 6 week time frame.
Mr. Riggs stated that he went to the site, and stated that the left turn is a long wait, but there are some people using the street as a cut-through and when he was there he did not see any traffic at the intersection.
Mr. Filson asked if the pedestrians are largely students. Mrs. Dhoot stated that yes it is mostly Gale Ranch Middle School students.
Mr. Filson asked if there was a way that the pedestrian signal could be timed at 30 seconds and people could have time to make it across the street. Mrs. Dhoot stated that there is state law that requires pedestrian signals to be timed at 3.5 seconds per foot.
Harcourt Way: Mrs. Dhoot spoke to a resident who lives along Tamburlaine Drive requesting additional signage, flashing lights and pavement markings to enhance the crosswalk. Subsequently, Mrs. Dhoot stated that staff is proposing the removal of two crosswalks along Harcourt Way, one on Tamburlaine Drive and the other on Stanforth Court.
Mrs Dhoot performed a Sight Analysis during her Safe Routes to School observations and found:
- The intersections of Harcourt Way and Tamburlaine Drive, and Harcourt Way and Stanforth Court are extremely close to an intersection that is signalized, has pavement markings, and pedestrian countdown signal head on Windemere Parkway;
- It is 500 feet away from the intersection of Harcourt Way and Craiglee Way which has an advanced yield bar, signalized, in-pavement marking, and signage; and
- It is 1,000 feet away from the intersection of Harcourt Way and Bandol Way where you have signage, marked signage, and an adult crossing guard.
According to FHWA guidelines, when a crosswalk is within a few hundred feet of a signalized crosswalk they recommend removing the uncontrolled crosswalk to encourage pedestrians to use the signalized crosswalk.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that the planning process for Dougherty Valley is planned through Contra Costa County. The county installed crosswalks and street signage. Mrs. Dhoot stated that staff is proposing the removal of the crosswalk 110 feet away from a traffic signal, in order to channelize pedestrian activity to utilize the signal controlled crosswalk.
Mrs. Dhoot stated that the next steps are to contact the resident and let her know what the staff’s findings are, and to send out letters regarding the crosswalk removal.
Mr. Filson asked where the crosswalks were located and asked if the City of San Ramon has successfully removed crosswalks before. Mrs. Dhoot pointed the crosswalks out on the map, and stated that the City has removed crosswalks successfully in the past.
Mr. Riggs stated that he did not see any visibility problems at the crosswalk locations. Mr. Riggs began to explain the patterns of pedestrians while he went out to look at the site. Mr. Riggs stated that about 50 people, mostly children, come down both sides of the street. Mr. Riggs stated that children need to be able to cross on both sides of the street. Mr. Riggs stated that there are no yellow crossings indicating school crossing, or signage. Mr. Riggs stated that these crosswalks along Harcourt Way should be considered Safe Routes to School (SRTS) crosswalks.
Mrs. Dhoot stated that Harcourt Way is a designated SRTS route. The maps that they pass out highlight Harcourt Way and Windemere Parkway, as well as Harcourt Way and Albion Road as a SRTS route. In the SRTS route map there are two preferred locations highlighted for parents and children to use signalize intersections and those with an adult crossing guard. Mrs. Dhoot pointed out where children and parents could cross on the map that would be the same distance as crossing the crosswalks on Tamburlaine Drive and Stanforth Court.
Mr. Riggs stated that he thought about that, but he does not want to encourage children using the route because of right-turns. Mrs. Dhoot stated that they could alleviate that by including signage for “no right on red” during school hours.
Chair Rathmann stated that people may cross the crosswalks even after they are removed.
Mrs. Dhoot stated that TAC members should take a look at Dougherty Valley, since there are crosswalks at almost every intersection, which is not seen throughout the rest of the city. She stated that pedestrians have a false sense of security when they see these marked crosswalks. Mrs. Dhoot stated that it would be safer to channelize pedestrians to use signalized marked crosswalks.
Mr. Riggs stated that individual citizens may not see the Engineering point of view.
Mr. Filson suggested enhancing the crosswalks rather than removing them.
Mr. Riggs made a motion to move that staff does not move forward with the next steps as outlined in the recommendations portion for the Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets status report, and that members would approve a recommendation to:
1. Designate the intersections as SRTS routes;
2. Add appropriate colored crosswalks; and
3. Add appropriate signage.
Mr. Schniegenberg stated that he will have to abstain from voting because he believes there is a discrepancy with the number of students crossing, and would have to go out to the intersection and see the pedestrian volumes.
Mr. Filson stated that he does not agree with Mr. Riggs’ full motion.
Chair Rathmann seconded the motion. Motion did not pass (Riggs/Rathmann) (2-1). (Mr. Schniegenberg abstained from voting).
Chair Rathmann asked if Mr. Riggs would like to amend his motion according to TAC member comments.
Mr. Riggs stated that he will withdraw his motion, and asked if Chair Rathmann will withdraw his second. Chair Rathmann withdrew his second.
Mr. Filson made the motion that the next steps indicated in the TAC packet be suspended from moving forward, until further information is gathered and presented to the TAC at the next meeting.
M/S/C/U (Filson/Riggs) (4-0).
Bollinger Canyon Road at Albion Road: Mrs. Dhoot stated that this is located near Dougherty Valley High School. All four legs of the intersection has marked crosswalks, and significant crossing times. Mr. Talley is proposing to remove one leg of the crosswalk, and channelize pedestrian activity near the school site.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that they will bring this to the TAC next month and provide
Mr. Talley’s comments.
Chair Rathmann moved on to the next agenda item.
5.3 TAC By Laws
Ms. Bobadilla reported on the item.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Policy Committee asked Parks and Community Services staff to review all of the committee by laws, for every committee. Last June the Policy Committee recommended adding two alternates for each city committee, so every city committee has consistent by laws. The purpose of adding two alternates is to have a quorum, since it can be difficult to take action on an item, without having to cancel any meetings due to a lack of quorum. The alternate members would have voting rights in case of an absent committee member, however, the alternate members would have to attend a committee meeting a minimum of once per quarter. The alternate members would receive all meeting agendas and past meeting minutes. Regular members may request that alternate member status rather than resigning from a committee due to unforeseen circumstances.
Mr. Schniegenberg asked if alternate members can serve in more than one committee. Chair Rathmann stated that it seems implied, but is not specified in the by laws.
Commissioner Benedetti stated that alternates are only required to attend one meeting a quarter, but if a member didn’t show up and if the alternate did not attend this particular meeting then it would still be difficult to gather a quorum. Commissioner Benedetti stated that there should be affirmative obligation for alternates to attend a meeting.
Chair Rathmann stated that it would still be difficult to call an alternate to take a committee members place at the last minute due to other obligations.
Mr. Riggs asked what staff would do about a committee member’s unforeseen illness.
Mr. Schniegenberg stated that once he had to miss a TAC meeting because the
I-580 was shut down due to an accident so he called 15 minutes before the meeting to let staff know that he was not able to attend the meeting.
Commissioner Benedetti stated that if you really want to be an alternate on a committee than you should attend all meetings.
Mr. Riggs stated that it would be difficult for an alternate to vote on an item if they do not have all of the background information.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that the alternates would get all of the meeting minutes, and would have background on items.
Mr. Schniegenberg stated that issues on the agenda require technical discussions and members to be knowledgeable of the technical issues.
Mr. Riggs stated that the by laws are the same as they were presented months ago. Mr. Riggs stated that the background information for why these changes are being made is still not here.
Mr. Filson inquired about adding more committee members to the TAC rather than alternates. Ms. Bobadilla stated that staff could recommend these changes. Mr. Riggs stated that he supports adding more committee members. Commissioner Benedetti stated that this would be more representative of the population growth in the city.
Chair Rathmann had a concern regarding how an alternate member would serve on the committee since the alternate is not really a part of the committee per se, but is expected to be knowledgeable about the items discussed at meetings.
Mr. Schniegenberg stated that at no point does he feel that alternates should have voting rights.
Mr. Riggs stated that this committee deals with a lot of technical data, figures, and safety issues. The little nuances discussed have a big impact on a lot of people’s lives whether they be motorists, pedestrians, or bicyclists.
Mr. Filson stated that City councilmember’s vote based on recommendations by TAC members, so our votes on issues are crucial.
Commissioner Benedetti stated that you could get a higher level of participation with an additional committee member rather than an alternate.
Mr. Filson stated that some committees are charged with discussing technical issues.
Chair Rathmann stated that all of the committees should add an additional committee member rather than an alternate.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that the TAC members provided compelling reasons why the TAC should have different by laws compared to other committees. Ms. Bobadilla stated that she would forward the committee member comments.
Ms. Bobadilla asked if there was an action
6. COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS
6.1 Committee Member Items
Mr. Riggs made a recommendation to staff to prepare agendas a week in an advance, so committee members can research items and locations prior to meetings.
Chair Rathmann stated that it would help to get the agenda by a few days earlier.
Ms. Bobadilla stated that she will work with staff to create a new deadline so TAC members can receive their packets earlier.
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
Commissioner Benedetti stated that Planning staff is putting together amendments for Ordinance to address the expiration of Ordinance 197 – the Protection of Hillside Creek Ridgeline. The amendments will provide astringent language similar to that of Ordinance 197, and will provide clarification for appeals and variances.
Commissioner Benedetti stated that SB2 all cities to have usage by right for homeless shelters within the City, which has been identified in the Housing Element. Planning staff will hold a public hearing at the next Planning Commission meeting.
Mr. Riggs inquired about the status of the old concrete building. Commissioner Benedetti stated it is a project titled St. James Place that will feature mixed use housing.
Mr. Riggs asked if there will be low income housing. Commissioner Benedetti stated that 10% of the housing will be affordable housing, and the rest of the housing will be at market value.
Commissioner Benedetti stated that a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market grocery store is preparing to take over grocery store site at the County Club Village Center in South San Ramon. Mr. Riggs stated that if it that area is zoned for a grocery store than a grocery store should be there.
6.4 Teen Council Liaison
Mr. Fritz, on March 23rd at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center a movie called “Race to Nowhere” will be screened. The movie will focus on the struggles teens in high school face regarding standardized test, AP classes, and how this may lead to teen suicide.
Teen Council was selected to go over the Tobacco Ordinance Laws. Teen Council would like a clause to be added about no smoking at the Iron Horse Trail, and no smoking on school property or school zones.
Mr. Fritz asked about what was going on Twin Creeks. Mrs. Dhoot stated that she will provide an update at the next meeting.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m. The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for March 15, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.