Transportation Advisory Committee
December 19, 2013
Community Conference Room
Committee Members Attending: Mark Ballock, Bijal Patel, Harvey Riggs, and Bob DuPont.
Committee Members Absent: Ed Boyan and Victoria Harris.
Council Members Attending: None.
Planning Commission Liaison: None.
Teen Council Liaison: Shalaka Phadnis and Taha Ziaee.
Guests Attending: None.
Staff Members Attending: Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Dhoot, and Amy Sekhon.
Vice Chair Mark Ballock called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (Riggs/DuPont) approved the meeting minutes as written (4-0).
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. NEW BUSINESS
4.1 Radar Speed Display Sign Program Update
PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, provided the update. Ms. Dhoot went over the Radar Speed Display Sign (RSDS) Program. Ms. Dhoot stated that the TAC, in concert with staff, developed a set of guidelines at the June 15, 2006 TAC meeting, to install RSDS along collector and arterial roadways. The RSDS are typically installed where Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) measures such as speed humps are not feasible options for vehicle speed reduction. The RSDS encourage speed limit compliance while enhancing safety along a given roadway.
Ms. Dhoot stated that that the signs were purchased from Western Pacific Signal. Western Pacific Signal‘s warranty states that the LED displays for the signs are covered for five years, the radar gun embedded in the sign has a two year warranty, but labor is not included.
Ms. Dhoot stated that the Police Department (PD) believes that the signs are effective at reducing speed. Ms. Dhoot stated that she receives constant feedback from residents, and continues to receive requests for new sign installation along various streets in San Ramon.
Location of Radar Speed Display Signs
Ms. Bobadilla recommends including the Average Daily Traffic (ADT) volume for each location.
Shalaka Phadnis, Teen Council member, asked how often these signs need repair. Ms. Dhoot stated it depends on the individual sign.
Ms. Patel asked if signs could be relocated if they are not effective in a certain area. Ms. Bobadilla stated that it would depend on a number of factors, including City Council approval, costs, and labor.
Ms. Phadnis asked if the location of the sign matters. Ms. Dhoot stated that signs are installed where there is maximum visibility.
Ms. Bobadilla informed the committee that the RSDS Program Update will be presented to City Council.
Vice Chair Ballock moved onto the next item.
4.2 Campton Community Meeting Update – Verbal Update
Ms. Dhoot provided the update.
On December 4, 2013, staff held a Campton Community Meeting at the Dougherty Station Community Center. Ms. Dhoot stated that all 82 homeowners were invited to the meeting. There were eleven people in attendance, representing nine homes. Ms. Dhoot stated that the purpose of the meeting was to inform them of the permit parking process. Ms. Dhoot stated that the nine homeowners signed the petition requesting permit parking. Ms. Dhoot stated that petitions are due on December 20, 2013. Ms. Dhoot stated that the Campton Temporary Permit Parking is tentatively scheduled to go to City Council on January 28, 2014.
Mr. DuPont asked what would happen to the residents who opt out of the program. Ms. Dhoot stated that it is the goal is to get all the residents a part of the program; otherwise there is the issue of transference.
Ms. Dhoot stated that a revised site plan will be brought to TAC in January.
Mr. Riggs does not believe permit parking will alleviate the parking situation.
Mr. Riggs believes that the parking requirements are not being enforced in Fioli. Ms. Bobadilla stated that Fioli does meet Contra Costa County’s parking requirements, which was the agency who approved the Fioli development. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Fioli Home Owner’s Association (HOA) has the authority to enforce parking within the Fioli community.
Ms. Patel stated that the City Attorney should look over the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R’s) to see if they are being violated by Fioli home owners.
Mr. Riggs and Vice Chair Ballock asked if residential building permits can be withheld in the community until the parking is up to City’s standards. Ms. Patel does not believe that it is feasible to withhold a homeowner permits for that reason. Ms. Bobadilla stated that she would have to speak to the City Attorney.
Taha Ziaee, Teen Council, stated that he lives in the Fioli community, and that he parks in the visitor lot since he has a visitor pass; he does not know who issued the pass, but believes it was either issued by the tow company or the HOA. Ms. Dhoot and Ms. Bobadilla to follow-up with the HOA.
Vice Chair Ballock moved on to Unfinished Business.
5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Watermill Road: Ms. Dhoot stated that she received a request to address speeding near the Diablo Valley College (DVC) – San Ramon campus. Ms. Dhoot conducted a street survey to ensure proper placement of signage. Ms. Dhoot stated the radar trailer was deployed on December 11-13th. PD conducted selective enforcement, and did not note any speeding in the area.
Vice Chair Ballock stated that he has driven on the roadway, and believes the issue is due to the narrow lanes.
Vice Chair Ballock moved onto Committee Member Items.
6.1 Committee Member Items
Mr. Riggs stated that Cinnamon Ridge Road dead ends to Quail Run Elementary School on the east end, and on the west side it goes towards the housing development. Mr. Riggs does not believe speed humps are necessary at this time, and to wait until the rest of the community is developed. Mr. Riggs stated that there is a lack of speed limit signage in the area.
Ms. Dhoot stated that staff will hold off on speed hump installation until development is finished in the area. Ms. Dhoot stated that speed limit signs, and crosswalk signs will be installed in the coming months as the City now has ownership of the roadway.
Mr. Riggs stated that circulation should be reviewed by Contra Costa County before annexation into the City of San Ramon.
Mr. Riggs stated that he started to take a look at signage on arterial roadways throughout San Ramon, but believes the City or TAC members should conduct a sign survey. Ms. Bobadilla stated that Public Services conducted a citywide sign survey. Ms. Bobadilla stated that there are certain guidelines that are followed when installing signage. Mr. Riggs stated that there is a pole on Alcosta Blvd. that has eight signs, and recommends staff to take a look at it. Mr. Riggs stated that he will provide staff with the specific location.
In response to the question posed at the November TAC meeting, Ms. Bobadilla stated that the Tassajara Staging Area is City of San Ramon property, but land beyond the park is in Contra Costa County jurisdiction.
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
6.4 Teen Council Liaison
Ms. Phadnis asked if California High School (Cal High) students are allowed to park in permit parking areas in residential neighborhoods if they have a school parking permit. Ms. Bobadilla stated that only residents with resident parking permits can park in the residential neighborhood. Ms. Bobadilla stated that students are encourage to park in the school parking lot.