Consent agenda: Minutes for July 8, 2015
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During May/June 2015, the County conducted a pilot project (prior post) to determine if residents of the Midcoast support conversion to LED streetlights, which can reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions by 60%. Two LED streetlights (one standard and one with amber chip) were installed near each Midcoast post office so residents could see their nighttime effect. SpeakOut online forum received public comments for 40 days during May/June. The amber light had most support.
Installation is planned throughout the Midcoast beginning late summer 2015, depending on PG&E capacity. Amber LED fixtures will replace existing sodium fixtures at comparable brightness on the same arms at the same height on existing poles. No additional lights are planned. Shields for any intrusive lights next to homes could be added afterwards, upon individual request.
San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) will hold a public hearing on Consideration of the Municipal Service Review (MSR) and Sphere Update for the San Mateo County Harbor District:
July 15, 2015, 1:30 PM, 400 County Center, Redwood City.
Supporting documents: see Agenda Item 5.
Staff cover memo includes summary, response to comments, and the recommendation that the MSR provide a framework for the Harbor District, San Mateo County, and South San Francisco to further study improvements in the areas of finance, accountability, and transparency as well as governance alternatives, including dissolution.
On July 15 LAFCo reaffirmed the long-standing zero sphere of influence of the Harbor District which indicates that the District should be dissolved and San Mateo County should be the long-term successor agency.
It remains to be seen whether the County Board of Supervisors will actually initiate dissolution, as recommended by the 2014 Civil Grand Jury. County Supervisor Don Horsley, who is also on the LAFCo Board, suggested that the District be given 18 months to correct its course before the County considers moving to dissolve and absorb the District.
The County is slowing down and adding some steps to the project to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development. On the July 7, 2015, Board of Supervisors agenda is a contract amendment with project consultants DKS Associates to extend the project term through December 2016 and increase the amount by $90,000 in order to allow for additional analysis, report revisions, and public outreach (staff report).
Widespread public concern was expressed at the April 15, 2015, public workshop. Here is a summary of comments:
- Provide more opportunity for public discussion of project proposals.
- Provide information for review at least a week in advance of TAC meetings and public workshops.
- Incorporate the significant outreach and design work of the Highway 1 Safety and Mobility Study in the final plan recommendations and designs.
- Recognize and preserve the natural, scenic and semi‐rural character of Highway 1 and SR 92. Pursue context-sensitive design.
- Pursue land use policy concepts to limit growth to less than full buildout of all existing parcels, recognizing other constraints such as water and sewer capacity. Do not jeopardize the unique character of the area with transportation improvements just to accommodate full buildout.
- Reconsider the level-of-service standards used to motivate some of the elements of the transportation alternatives, particularly the LOS of road segments and stop-controlled intersections.
- Develop recommendations that will shift travel to bus, shuttle, school bus, bicycling, or walking to reduce roadway traffic.
A combined Pre-Application Public Workshop and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meeting for El Granada Fire Station 41 Replacement Project will be held:
Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
El Granada Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, 400 Santiago St.
The County’s informational Pre-Application Workshop invites early public involvement and input on a proposal to construct a new 10,000 s/f single-story fire station on Obispo Rd at Coronado to replace the existing Station 41 at Obispo/Portola. The project would include access via Obispo with on-site parking for staff and public, new sidewalk along Obispo, emergency generator and above-ground fuel tank in secured areas, native drought-tolerant landscaping, and grading/retaining walls. After a formal development application is submitted, the County review process would include formal review by the Midcoast Community Council, and public hearing before the Planning Commission. Project planner is Summer Burlison, 650-363-1815, email@example.com.
Coastside Fire Protection District (CFPD) is soliciting comments on scope and content of the EIR, which will address environmental impacts associated with the project. Send comments to Paul Cole, Assistant Chief, 1191 Main St, HMB 94019, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Granada Station 41 Replacement Project EIR’ as the subject.
The County will present the latest design alternatives for Midcoast Highway 1 at-grade crossings, raised medians, and left-turn lanes:
Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
HMB Yacht Club, 214 Princeton Ave, Princeton
The new compromise design Alternative 3 has been developed for Montara and Moss Beach in response to public comments. It provides limited raised medians for traffic calming at village gateways, and for pedestrian crossing refuge at 3 locations (Virginia, 7th, & 2nd).
Project Summary -- Design Alternatives Matrix -- Draft Planning Study
4/28/15 MCC comments - public comments
Conceptual design images:
Mirada Rd. Alt 1, 2
Moss Beach Cypress Alt 1, 2, 3; Town Center Alt 1A, 1B, 2, 3
Lighthouse/16th Alt 1, 2
Montara Town Center Alt 1, 2, 3; Montara Beach Alt 1, 2, 3
Gray Whale Cove Alt 1&2
Following Tuesday’s public meeting there will be an online virtual workshop open until July 10. Once a preferred alternative is selected for each location, the next planning phase can move forward, with detailed designs, environmental review and permitting. Construction timeline will depend on prioritization of locations and availability of funding.
See Highway 1 page for background and related projects.
The County has entered a contract with BKF Engineers to complete Design Phase 1 of the initial segment of the Midcoast Multimodal Trail (aka Parallel Trail). The trail has long been envisioned as an east-of-highway multi-use transportation trail connecting the Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay. The trail is expected to be completed in 4 segments. Design of the southern segment (from city limits at Mirada Rd. to Coronado in El Granada) is set to begin this summer.
The project will include complete environmental review, multiple public outreach events to develop a preferred trail alignment, and conceptual construction plans and estimates, to be presented to the County Planning Commission.
Design Phase 1 is expected to be completed in spring 2016. Phase 2 will include advanced design and permitting tasks in FY 2016-17. Project design and permitting is funded by a $500,000 grant from SMC Transportation Authority Measure A Ped/Bike Program.