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03/09/1992M0 City Council Meeting Page 3 Monday, March 9, 1992 - 8:30 A.M. - Make the first consideration of circulation system planning the question of how to get people from point A to point B, opening up the possibilities for more creative, non - highway oriented transportation improvement projects (place the emphasis on the concept of "access" as opposed to "roadways "). Council held a brief discussion on each of the potential projects listed below, reaching consensus as follows: PRADO: Upon general consensus, approved (5 -0)the utilization of the CalTrans PSR (see topic area #3) SANTA ROSA: Upon general consensus, Council did not support this (0 -5). In general, they felt the projected traffic levels must be addressed; a viable alternative to the Santa Rosa reliever route must be found and to consider implementation of better signage to redirect traffic. LOS OSOS: Upon general consensus, approved (5 -0) with more details to be provided on how this will be accomplished. 101 WIDENING:Council did not support this (2.2 -1). There were 2 "yes" votes which were contingent upon the availability of additional right -of -way. Several requests were made for additional information on impacts and alternatives. SR RELIEVER Council did not support this (1 -2 -2). The projected traffic levels must be addressed; a viable ROUTE: alternative to the Santa Rosa reliever route must be found. There was one "yes" vote in consideration of no widening of Santa Rosa. Several requests were made for additional information on impacts and alternatives. FRONTAGE: Upon general consensus, Council did not support this (0 -5). More detail was needed on how this project would be implemented. Council considered this project in light of future planning for the entire area. SOUTH Council approved this (4 -1). More detail is needed on how this project would be implemented. HIGUERA: Council considered implementation of better signage to redirect traffic. RAMP Council did not support this (2 -3). CLOSINGS: Other Councilmember comments and considerations included: The downtown inner loop system does not seem feasible or desirable. Given the configuration of the City's existing street system, it would shift traffic from one neighborhood area to another. Work with CalTrans to determine if the weaving lanes on Highway 101 can be used more effectively. #11: 101 MERGING Council felt that improving or closing the Osos and Brad Street interchanges with Highway 101 may or may not produce a net benefit to the surrounding neighborhoods. A thorough study of the impacts is needed, including an origin - destination study, modeling and testing of improvement options, etc. Marsh (cl) and Los Osos Valley (0) are potential problem areas. 1 200 City Council Meeting iMonday, March 9, 1992 - 830 A.M. #12: TRAFFIC 1N /OUT Page 4 Staff directed to identify key access routes as in the draft Circulation Element; recognize the link between traffic and the quality of residential areas (Le., the "Living Streets" concept). E Council agreed that further discussion and consideration of the Calle Joaquin and Margarita extension projects should be taken up at the spec plan level, addressing the need for the frontage road in the specific plan or project study report as well. 11:50 A.M. Mayor Dunin adjourned the meeting for lunch. 12:50 P.M. City Council reconvened; all Councilmembers present. #14: ALTERNATIVE FUELS Council agreed with policy option 14A. They also thought that the issue of alternative fuels utilization should also be addressed on the regional level, and that perhaps the City could take a leadership position on this issue with other public agencies and jurisdictions. #15: SUGGESTIONS BY ROWNTREE Council recognized that the "shortcut" problem exists throughout the City, not just in Mr. Rowntree's neighborhood; it is a generic problem. Using the 1989 DKS traffic study as a foundation, identify a package of "axes" that would improve the overall quality of residential neighborhoods by improved traffic management methods and techniques. A combination of physical and behavioral changes will be necessary. Neighborhood Traffic Management Areas (NTMA's) could be identified throughout the City where such fixes might be applied. Some further considerations suggested by Councilmembers included the following: Make more use of "choke points" or bulb- outs ". Improve stop sign and signalization to control traffic. Implement improved signage programs, and maybe even use special signs to mark the occurrence of residential traffic management areas to alert drivers and solicit their voluntary cooperation to slow down and /or use an alternative route. Designate more alternative routes (using signs) to redirect traffic away from neighborhoods. Reduce speeds. Avoid the use of one -way streets in residential areas; experience shows that these may accelerate traffic. Develop an educational program informing citizens about the benefits of reducing neighborhood traffic; solicit everyone's support and cooperation. 210 City Council Meeting Page 5 Monday, Match 9, 1992 - 830 A.M. #16: PROIECPING SCENIC APPROACHES Council agreed with policy option 16A. Council also offered the following additional considerations: Modify the language of the Circulation Element to reflect the desire of the City to adopt a more cooperative stance with the County and other public agencies in order to protect the scenic value of entryways to the City. Recognize that visual quality concerns apply to everywhere in the City, especially in neighborhoods, and the City should look for opportunities to improve upon visual quality where possible. Consider greater use of lighting to improve bicycle safety. #4: PROGRAMS/POLICIES ELIMINATED Council agreed that the following items should be reinstated in the Circulation Element draft- 2.12: State that the program should continue. 2.5: Keep this in the transit section. 3S: Cross - reference this item to the bicycle plan. 3.7: Cross - reference this item to the bicycle plan. 7.5: Retain the first sentence only. 230 P.M. Mayor Dunin declared a recess. 2:45 P.M. City Council reconvened; Councilwoman Pinard absent. CIRCULATION ELEMENT TABLE #4 Council discussed and agreed to the following changes to the table: A.8: Extend Sacramento Drive into the vacant land area and direct access onto Sacramento; prevent access from Orcutt Road. A.9: Evaluate the impacts more carefully, especially the Santa Barbara Road connection and the connection south to Bishop Road. B.2: Preserve the right -of -way to maintain flexibility for potential circulation improvements in the future, which might include not just street widening, but also alternative transportation systems (Council decision: 3 in favor /1 opposed). BS: Study more options since Prado project is not yet defined. Connect Prado to Broad; provide improved turn lane. DA: Council decision: 3 in favor /1 opposed. City Council Meeting Page 6 Monday, March 9, 1992 - 830 A.M. D2: Council decision: 3 in favor /1 opposed (yeses apply if the project is adopted as part of the Downtown Plan). D3: Council decision: 3 in favor /1 opposed (yeses apply if the project is adopted as part of the Downtown Plan). 4:05 P.M. there being no further business to come before the City Council, Mayor Dunin adjourned the meeting. APPROVED BY COUNCIL- PV- cm V Pain Voges, Ci lerk MINUTES CLOSED MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL CITY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 1992 - 6:30 P.M. COUNCIL CHAMBERS - CITY HALL - 990 PALM STREET SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA ROLL CALL Councilmembers Present: Councilmembers Peg Pinard, Penny Rappa, Jerry Reiss, Bill Roalman, and Mayor Dunin Absent: None City Staff Present: John Dunn, City Administrative Officer, Ken Hampian, Assistant City Administrative Officer, Ann McPike, Personnel Director 630 P.M. Council held a closed session to discuss Employee Association negotiations. 7:00 P.M. There being no further business to come before the City C cil, Mayor Dunin adjourned the meeting. Pa Voges, City Cle I 211