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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 12, 2017

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
  1. Transportation System Plan – Policy Discussion
October 12, 2017

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Medford Room of the Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan, and Michael Zarosinski
City Manager Brian Sjothun; Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding; City Attorney Lori Cooper; Planning Director Matt Brinkley; Public Works Director Cory Crebbin; Public Works Deputy Director – City Engineer Alex Georgevitch, Transportation Manager Karl MacNair; Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard
Mayor Gary Wheeler was absent.
Planning Director Matt Brinkley spoke regarding the TSP progress and history.  He noted the following:
  • Additional study sessions are planned to discuss the four major policy areas:
    • Level of service & concurrency
    • Transportation planning rule
    • Design standards and flexible implementation
    • South Stage Overcrossing
Public Works Director Cory Crebbin spoke regarding:
  • Level of Service (LOS) on higher order streets.LOS means the average wait time at an intersection during the peak traffic hour
  • SDC fees are not collected until the building permits are issued
  • LOS currently does not consider type of intersection (stop sign, stop light, etc.)
  • Volume/Capacity can be used in lieu of LOS; it determines the capacity of vehicles in an intersection for the peak hour
  • Timing of concurrency
    • Change time of concurrency to have more certainty at the time of development application
    • Use the square footage on development applications (trips per acre)
    • Concurrency could be applied at time of zone change or development; Councilmember Jackle requested a comparison and questioned whether fees could inhibit building
    • State law restricts SDC fees to capacity increases only
    • Possible alternatives for failure of LOS
      • Other modes can be mitigated in lieu of vehicle mitigation for a failure of vehicle LOS (bicycle lanes, walking paths, etc.)
      • Improvements on other (parallel) streets for increased traffic
      • Improvements on other intersections near failed intersection
      • Increase tolerance for congestion to save homes or maintain liveability
    • Spoke regarding Cherry Creek subdivision and the lack of sidewalks to the bus stop and/or the nearby park.Council requested information on how the $140,000 the City received from the project was spent
    • Perhaps establishing criteria for roundabouts within the TSP
    • Gas taxes, street utility fees and grants could be used for transportation safety, signal improvements
    • Staff recommended pro-rata payments of traffic signal or roundabout improvements for development to avoid one developer paying for the entire improvement
Spoke regarding traffic congestion alternatives:
  • Expect congestion for downtown
  • Base LOS on areas/locations and create exempted areas
  • Councilmember Gordon requested a map of restricted zoning be sent out that is easier to read
  • City could use eminent domain to take property and allow additional traffic
  • Previous Council direction has been to limit number of traffic lanes to five
  • Safety review and mitigation for development
  • Builders consider other modes of transportation
  • Specifically define “safety” for builders
    • Could include transportation to include sidewalk access
    • Some areas need sidewalks but not bicycle lanes
    • Perhaps have some roads pedestrian friendly and some roads bicycle friendly versus both on the same road
  • Bicycle lanes required for collector and arterial streets
    • Recently started counting bikes through intersections
Concerns regarding designating residential streets as collectors when most likely they will never be built out to collector standard.
Mr. Crebbin suggested residential construction above commercial locations could be exempt from the trip generation fees to encourage residential development.
Council agreed on:
  • Implementing specific safety reviews but specifics need to be defined
  • Removing trip generation calculations for residences above commercial
  • Requiring analysis of roundabouts for intersections
  • Requiring pro-rata shares for traffic signals and roundabouts
  • Mitigating is a good idea, but the specifics need to be defined
Council and Mr. Crebbin discussed mitigation strategies and pro-rata fees. 
After discussion, Council requested more information on concurrency and whether to hold development due to zone change. Council requested more information on including analysis of other modes.  Would off-site improvements trigger property rights issues?
The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.
Winnie Shepard
Deputy City Recorder


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