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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

12 Noon
City Hall, Medford Room
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
  1. Food Trucks
  2. Transportation System Plan Goals & Objectives Review

August 10, 2017

12 Noon
City Hall, Medford Room
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon

The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 12:00 noon in the Medford Room of Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Kay Brooks*, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine and Kim Wallan
Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding; City Attorney Lori Cooper; Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard; Planning Department Director Matt Brinkley
Councilmembers D’Alessandro, Gordon, and Zarosinski were absent.
*Arrived as noted.
Transportation System Plan Goals & Objectives Review
Planning Director Matt Brinkley provided an overview of the vision, goals, objectives and actions of the Transportation System Plan (TSP), noting:
  • Future projects are determined using the TSP
  • Provided draft vision statement
*Councilmember Brooks arrived.
  • Goals are very broad and vague; used to determine: where we are going; what we are going to do; what we want to achieve
  • Goals were reviewed by Joint Transportation Subcommittee, Planning Commission and the Site Plan andArchitectural Commission
  • TSP’s three main goals:
    • Plan, manage and invest comprehensively and strategically
    • Improve access for walking and biking to public places, especially schools, parks, employment centers, commercial areas, and other public facilities
    • Increase the number of walkable, bikeable mixed-use, transit oriented, and supportive neighborhood while promoting connectivity to the existing neighborhoods
  • Objective to reduce discretionary spending by 50%
Mr. Brinkley requested Council’s answers to the questions in his memo before August 31, 2017.
Council feedback:
  • Downtown parking:
    • Lots are full and all parking permits have been sold; parking fund is not part of the general fund
    • Land is either used for parking or commerce which causes difficulty
    • Issue with business employees using street parking instead of parking garages
  • Sharrows are not considered as multi-modal
Mr. Brinkley explained that bicycle projects are part of the TSP and Council will review each section of the TSP as it is completed and then prioritized by Council; he estimated the first list would be distributed September 14, 2017.
  • Most residents do not live in walking or biking distance from services in Medford; we need to serve those without close proximity to services
  • Reduce the number of objectives under each goal
Food Trucks
Mr. Brinkley provided a background on food truck ordinances, noting:
  • Concerns received regarding the use of trucks within the public right-of-way include:
    • Safety for vehicle and pedestrian traffic
    • Adequate refuse containers
    • Facilities for customer use, specifically restrooms
    • Sales competition with “brick and mortar” businesses
The specific locations, operating hours and operational requirements are currently outlined in Municipal Code Section 6.350 regarding sales on public property; Mr. Brinkley noted that revisions could be made within the Municipal Code or the Land Development Code.
Council feedback:
  • Concerns from business owners regarding competing businesses in front of their brick and mortar businesses
  • Increasing access to food, art and music creates our downtown culture
  • Alba Park is a possible option for food truck parking
  • Councilmembers disagreed on whether to modify the Municipal Code or the Land Development Code
    • Code changes do not require a public hearing; Land Development Code changes do require a public hearing
    • Planning Commission drafts proposed revisions to the Land Development Code and conducts a public hearing before making any recommendations to Council
    • Appeals of the Land Development Code are conducted through the Unified Appeal Board and are appealable all the way up to the Land Use Board of Appeals
    • Appeals of the Municipal Code are handled through staff; similar to a business license appeal
    • Planning Commission is the custodian of the long range planning and development of our downtown
    • Municipal Code could require a review by the Planning Commission and a public hearing, without modifying the Land Development Code
    • Could extend hours of operation from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding asked for clarification of Council’s direction. After discussion, Council preferred the topic added the August 17, 2017 meeting agenda for consideration of whether the food carts would be allowed within the public right-of-ways.
The meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
Winnie Shepard, Deputy City Recorder

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