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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, November 30, 2017

November 30, 2017

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
  1. Boards and Commissions Interviews
  2. Transportation System Plan Goals and Policies Recap
  3. Review Transportation Planning Rule

November 30, 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:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; 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*; Deputy City Attorney Eric Mitton; Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard; Planning Director Matt Brinkley*; Principal Planner Carla Paladino*
*Arrived at 7:00 p.m.
**Left at 7:15 p.m.
Councilmember Kay Brooks was absent.
Boards and Commission Interviews:
Council conducted interviews of Joe Foley, Edward Fregoso and David McFadden for the Planning Commission.  Kelley Beck did not arrive to be interviewed for the City Budget Committee.
Council requested joint meetings with the Planning Commission once or twice per year.
Transportation System Plan (TSP) Goals and Policies Recap
Planning Director Matt Brinkley noted various revisions to the TSP, including:
  • Revised in response technical studies, 1000 responses to online survey, 300 responses online workshops and discussions with the public
  • Revised goals from three to six which focus on:
    • Protect public health and safety for all transportation modes
    • Convenient, efficient connectivity throughout the City
    • Fiscally sound and economically sustainable for long term
    • Economic development and regional vitality
    • Enhance livability of neighborhoods
    • Promote environmental stewardship
  • Further broken down into Objectives and Actions
  • Will be reviewed by Public Works
  • Requested Council feedback before January 1, 2018
Council comment:
  • Requested documentation of all the revisions from the beginning to date
  • Requested additional discussion on topics such as bicycle lanes and multi-model definitions
  • This version is much easier to read and understand
  • Requested more specificity of main routes for vehicles, pedestrian and bicycles
  • Discussed definition of multimodal transportation, level of service and concurrency; roads may not be retrofitted because of lack of space
TSP could include language for variations to neighborhood plans; TSP would be the controlling document. Neighborhood Plan is created by Planning Commission and the City Council.
Review Transportation Planning Rule (TPR)
Principal Planner Carla Paladino spoke regarding the Planning Rule
  • Outlined the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) which regulate local jurisdictions
  • OAR updated in 2012 that provides flexibility when approving land use amendments
  • Three scenarios were outlined for a zone change application from residential to commercial; multimodal mixed use areas; and economic development
  • Staff recommended revisions to ensure:
    • Development Code should be consistent with the TPR, but allows for zone changes
    • Establish criteria for identifying when a Traffic Impact Analysis is not required with zone change applications
    • Allow range of use for multimodal areas, with specific development requirements and location consideration
    • Level of service in economic areas
Council comment:
  • Traffic impact analysis (TIA) now completed at the time of the zone change; SPAC and Planning Department can determined whether TIA is needed
  • Discussed possible impacts with development and profitability with waiting for TIAs
  • Determining whether to require a traffic study before zone changes
Deputy City manager Kelly Madding stated Staff is looking at other cities’ concurrency and levels of service throughout the state and will present their findings to Council.
The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.
Winnie Shepard
Deputy City Recorder


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