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MINUTES

November 21, 2013

Community Conference Room
2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon

 

1.         CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending:     Victoria Harris, Mark Ballock, Harvey Riggs, Robert DuPont, and Bijal Patel.

Committee Members Absent:        Ed Boyan.

Council Members Attending:         None.

Planning Commission Liaison:         Jeanne Benedetti.

Teen Council Liaison:                   None.

Guests Attending:                        Shirley Ernest.

Staff Members Attending:              Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Dhoot, and Sergeant Pat Cerruti.

Chair Victoria Harris called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.

2.         REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Riggs/Ballock (4-0) approved the meeting minutes with correction to make on page 1.

3.          PUBLIC COMMENT

Shirley Ernest, Senior Citizen Advisory Committee Member, stated that the Senior Center received two new buses. She stated that there are not enough drivers for the buses for the daily schedule.

Harvey Riggs stated that County Connection Link provides services in San Ramon.

Lisa Bobadilla, Transportation Division Manager, stated that she will contact staff at the County Connection to attend a Senior Citizen Advisory Committee meeting to provide information.

4.          NEW BUSINESS

4.1       Radar Speed Display Sign Program Update

PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, provided the update. Ms. Dhoot stated that she attempted to download the data from 8 of the 12 radar speed display signs, and four of the signs were experiencing technical issues. Ms. Dhoot stated that she will provide the results at the December TAC meeting.

Questions/Comments

Mr. Riggs asked if staff has contacted the radar sign manufacturer about the technical issues. Ms. Dhoot stated that she has contacted the company, Western Pacific Signals, and she is waiting to hear back from them.

Chair Harris asked if Ms. Dhoot could provide a summary of the Western Pacific Signals service agreement at the next meeting, as well.

Chair Harris moved onto the next item.

4.2       Campton/Fioli Parking Update

Ms. Dhoot provided the update.

Background

Campton Community:

  • Located along Ivy Hill Way;
  • Consists of 83 units;
  • 2 car garage;
  • 2 car driveway;
  • Neighborhood consists of public streets; and
  • No Homeowner’s Association (HOA).

Fioli Community:

  • Consists of 154 Townhomes;
  • 2 – car garage;
  • No driveway;
  • Private street – Fioli Loop;
  • 47 guest/visitor spaces not available to homeowners.
In 2009, the Fioli development was under construction by Pulte, and Contra Costa County was the permitting authority as this project was in Dougherty Valley.  At that time, a total of 130 townhome units (out of 154) were built and occupied. Homeowners purchased homes that were up to 2,300 square feet with 3 bedrooms and a loft; however in some instances, loft was converted to 4/5 bedroom home.

Ongoing parking issues, prompted residents of Campton community to circulate and submit a petition signed by 55 homeowners requesting the following:

  • Implement Permit Parking for Campton residents within their neighborhood;
  • Issue a stop-work notice to the Fioli builder (Pulte) until on-site parking issues are addressed; and
  • Permanently close the walkway between the Campton and Fioli communities to deter encroachment into Campton community from the overflow parking.

Residents of Campton have indicated that vehicles speed within their community in search of parking spaces. Vehicles from the Fioli community park along streets within Campton community, leaving no parking for guests and visitors.

In 2011, the City of San Ramon accepted Ivy Hill Way as a public street in accordance with the Dougherty Valley Settlement Agreement. Since then, staff has contacted the Fioli Homeowner’s Association (HOA) about opening up some of the 47 visitor parking spaces to the Fioli homeowners. Ms. Dhoot stated that staff has taken the Campton parking issue to the Policy Committee on two occasions, for guidance on the issue. The Policy Committee recommended temporary permit parking for a period of 12 months. Parking by permit only would be enforced from the hours of 4:00pm to 7:00am every day, beginning in February 2014.

Ms. Dhoot stated that there will be a community meeting with the Campton residents on Wednesday December 4, 2013 at Dougherty Station. The meeting will be used to gather feedback from the community, and explain the permit parking program guidelines. After the community meeting, staff will present to City Council feedback from community meeting, present the petition, full cost of implementation, and seek approval of permit parking.

Ms. Dhoot stated that the Records Division in the Police Department (PD) will oversee the permit parking program, as they oversee permit parking in south San Ramon.

Questions/Comments

Mr. Riggs asked where permit parking would be within the Campton community since it is so large. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the goal is to get everyone in the community to be a part of the permit parking program.

Bob duPont asked if a homeowner would have the option to join the permit parking program. Ms. Bobadilla stated that the homeowner has a choice to opt in or opt out of permit parking. Ms. Bobadilla stated that homeowners would be responsible for registering in the permit parking database with PD, obtain the permit parking stickers, and obtain visitor passes when needed.

Vice Chair Mark Ballock asked if PD will enforce the area daily. Sgt. Pat Cerruti stated that the Police Services Technicians are scheduled to enforce permit parking.

Vice Chair Ballock and Mr. Riggs asked about the status of opening parking on Ivy Hill Way. Ms. Bobadilla stated at this time Ivy Hill Way is not an option, the bike lanes will remain, and will not open up the street for parking.

Chair Harris asked what is the goal after the 12 month period. Ms. Bobadilla stated that they are hoping to persuade Fioli HOA to allow homeowners to park in the 47 available spaces.

Mr. Riggs asked if closing the walkway is still an option. Ms. Bobadilla stated that Fioli HOA owns a large portion of the walkway, and does not believe it would be feasible to close the walkway.

Chair Harris moved on to Unfinished Business.

5.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

5.1       Active Residential Traffic Calming Status Report

PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, provided the update.

San Ramon Post Office Driveway: Ms. Dhoot received a request to replace the Stop Sign at the exit to Alcosta Boulevard. The stop sign is on private property, so it is the property owner’s responsibility to change the sign. Ms. Dhoot stated that she met with both the property manager and the post office, but was not getting a clear response on who actually owned the driveway. Ms. Dhoot stated that the City will replace the sign and forward the cost to the property manager.

Questions/Comments

Mr. Riggs believes that the free standing sign near the stop sign violates the City’s sign code. Ms. Dhoot stated that she will look into the sign.

Dos Rios Drive: Ms. Dhoot received a request to install a crosswalk at the intersection of Dos Rios Drive and Fountainhead Drive for students and parents walking to and from Twin Creeks Elementary School. Ms. Dhoot stated that it is a goal to channelize pedestrian activity to signalized and marked crosswalks at Abrigo Court and Bollinger Canyon Road.

Dougherty Road: Ms. Dhoot stated that she received a request to install a “25 mile per hour School Zone” near Dougherty Road and North Gale Ridge Road for Coyote Creek Elementary School. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) states that school zone signs are only limited to those roadways that are contiguous to the school property. Dougherty Road is not contiguous to the school, so a sign will not be installed there. After talking to the resident, her concern is truly about drivers running red lights on Dougherty Road and North Gale Ridge Road when making a right turn. Ms. Dhoot stated that she has submitted a selective enforcement request on the issue.

Cinnamon Ridge Road: Ms. Dhoot received a request to address speeding near Quail Run Elementary School. Staff installed traffic counters from 10/09/13 through 10/16/13 and compared that to the City’s Speed Hump Warrant Criteria. The 85th percentile is 33mph, the average daily traffic volume is 854 (goal is 500), did not find any speed related traffic accidents, and it is in a Safe Routes to School area. The numbers are comparable to Thunderbird Drive near Walt Disney Elementary School. The next steps are to send petitions to each homeowner, and if they would like to continue with the speed hump process, and a frequently access questions (FAQ) sheet. If 75% of the homeowners agree to the speed humps, then the next steps are to have public hearings.

Questions/Comments

Mr. Riggs asked if it should be a speed hump candidate, or another RTC Phase II mitigation measure.

Chair Harris believes that traffic would move over to a neighboring Bayberry View Lane.

Mr. Riggs commented that staff should discuss other mitigation options.

Ms. Dhoot stated that she will defer sending out a notice to the residents in the area regarding speed hump installation.

Reedland Circle: Ms. Dhoot provided the TAC with a PowerPoint presentation highlighting all the studies and action items completed for Reedland Circle over the course of the past 20 months.

Timeline for Reedland Circle

  • February 10, 2012 – Initial request to review speeding;
  • March 2012 – RTC radar trailer out of service;
  • May 1, 2012 – Initiated Selective Police Enforcement;
  • May 1, 2012 – Began deploying RTC radar trailer;
  • August 16, 2012 – TAC meeting discussed radar deployment and no parking restriction on Reedland Circle;
  • November 15, 2012 – TAC meeting gave background on RTC program policies and procedures and discussed no parking restriction on Reedland Circle;
  • July 18, 2013 – TAC meeting received request  for traffic counts to compare with radar trailer results on Reedland Circle;
  • August 15, 2013 – TAC meeting received request for weekend counts on Reedland Circle;
  • October 9-16, 2013 – Conducted traffic counts on Reedland Circle for one week, including weekend;
  • October 30, 2013 – Reviewed traffic counts and completed analysis; and
  • November 21, 2013 – Presentation to TAC.

Radar Trailer Deployment for Reedland Circle:

  • April 25-26, 2012
  • May 1-2, 24-25, 2012
  • October 3-4, 2012
  • November 1, 15-16, 2012
  • August 12-14, 2013
  • September 25-26, 2013
  • October 29, 2013
  • 85th Percentile Speed = 28mph

Traffic Count for Reedland Circle:

  • Traffic counter installed from 10/9/13 – 10/16/13
  • Collected vehicle volume and speed from both directions
  • Average Daily Traffic Volume (ADT) = 356
  • 85th Percentile Speed = 30mph
  • 50th Percentile Speed =  25 mph
  • ITE 10 trips per household: 44 homes x 10 = 440
        150 homes x 10 = 1500

Selective Enforcement Dates for Reedland Circle:

  • May 1, 2012: 1644-1718, highest speed 28MPH;
  • May 8, 2012: 1557-1616, highest speed 20MPH; and
  • August 13, 2013: 0750-0820, 12 vehicles, highest speed 29MPH.

Sgt. Cerruti stated that only one citation was issued during this timeframe in the area. He also stated that he not seen a speeding issue or a volume issue in this area.

Summary for Reedland Circle:

  • General Plan goal for local residential roadway is 500 ADT;
  • Reedland Circle near Goldenrod is 356 ADT rather than 440 ADT;
  • 25MPH Speed Limit valid with 85th Percentile Speed up to 32MPH;
  • Reedland Circle Average Speed 25MPH and 85th Percentile Speed 30MPH;
  • Conducted surveys, results require no immediate mitigation;
  • Cannot design for outliers;
  • Collective staff time and analysis, concluded there is not a documented speeding or cut-through problem; and
  • RTC guidelines state a 2-year moratorium on RTC for Reedland Circle.

Ms. Dhoot stated that at this time, based on feedback from SRPD and data gathered, City resources will be directed to other pending locations under the RTC program.

Chair Harris moved onto Committee Member Items.

6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS

6.1       Committee Member Items

Mr. Riggs stated that he has brought a landscape problem adjacent to Camino Ramon near Bishop Drive. He stated that the bush is protruding into the roadway. Ms. Bobadilla stated staff will contact facility staff at AT&T.

Chair Harris stated that on Bollinger Canyon Rd. and Albion Rd. near Dougherty Valley High School, she saw three cars make a left turn on red, and believes it is a timing of the signal.

Ms. Patel asked if the Tassajara Staging Area is in the City or County’s jurisdiction. Sgt. Cerruti stated that the staging area is in the County’s area. Ms. Patel stated that going into the City’s portion she has seen cars making doughnuts in the parking lot, and speed on Windemere Parkway. Ms. Patel stated that she has called in to PD to report the incident.

Sgt. Cerruti stated that if Ms. Patel sees or hears anything in that area, to contact PD immediately.

Ms. Bobadilla stated that staff will confirm who owns the Tassajara Staging area.

6.2       City Council Liaison Items

None.

6.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items

Jeanne Benedetti, Planning Commission, stated that Planning staff is working on updating the Housing Element which then leads into the General Plan update.  Ms. Benedetti then provided an update on the Faria Preserve project, stating that the developer reduced 40 units on the project; but the environmental document has not been presented yet.  Mr. Riggs asked if traffic circulation has been reviewed; Commissioner Benedetti stated that they have not seen the document.  Mr. Riggs stated that he would like to see the traffic circulation document when it is available.

6.4       Teen Council Liaison

None.

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.  The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for December 19, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.


 

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