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City Council Study Session & Minutes

Thursday, January 25, 2018

January 25, 2018

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
1.         TSP Design Guidelines
2.         South Stage Overcrossing
3.         Wireless Communications
January 25, 2018

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, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Kay Brooks, Dick Gordon and  Michael Zarosinski were absent
City Manager Brian Sjothun; Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding; City Attorney Lori Cooper; Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard
            Transportation System Plan
Planning Director Matt Brinkley spoke regarding the TSP history, the recent public meetings and noted:
  • Updating streets near schools; for example Wilson School
  • Updating streets like Spring Street to collectors
  • Draft will be approved by the Planning Commission and the City Council
  • February 22 study session for project prioritization
Public Works Director Cory Crebbin spoke regarding cross sections, legacy streets and potential issues complying with the TSP:
  • TSP mainly governs arterial and collector streets
  • Staff recommended improving flexibility on for updating a “Legacy Street” (an existing street)
    • Multiple cross sections will provide flexible options for implementation
  • Outlined three options for major arterial configurations including center median and bicycle lanes; minor arterials will also have center median and bicycle lanes
  • Right-of-way width for new development:
    • City retains entire right-of-way width, despite width of improvement
    • Average bicycle path is 6’; multi-use paths are 14’; can modify as necessary
      • Do state laws require bicyclists to move at the same rate of speed as pedestrians
    • Planter strips between roadway and sidewalk/bicycle path provide safety; but not required
    • If Council includes alternatives for each type of roadway in the TSP to allow staff to modify for compliance; Council could provide alternatives for Planning to select best options for particular scenarios
    • Should allow contiguous path for all modes of transport versus transitions with improvements
    • Lower stress options preferred
    • Off-road bicycle lanes preferred; however Mr. Crebbin explained safety concerns at intersections as the bicycles are not in the vehicle line of sight when separated from traffic
    • Reducing the width of the planter strip provides a lower level of stress
    • At this point, no exceptions to right-of-ways within the street cross section; if that type of street is 95’, we would only receive the 95’ this prevents SDC credits to developers
Improved legacy streets (defined as existing streets with curbs and gutters):
  • Unimproved legal streets (defined as streets without curbs and gutters) will be handled on a case‑by‑case basis
    • Developers are required to comply with current TSP, even on existing streets
    • Not correct width
    • Missing vehicle lanes or center turn lanes
    • City should obtain/retain full right-of-way area, for future improvements
  • Require continuing curbs and gutters if the existing street has them
  • Outlined the various areas without sidewalks and bicycle facilities
    • Larson Creek Path being built as bicycle lanes cannot be placed on Barnett
    • Unimproved sections of roads should be matched to the abutting cross sections
    • Citizens can request a public hearing for concerns/objections to any requirement
      • Council could provide a process to allow exceptions
      • Criteria could be approved; staff needs direction for these exceptions
      • Can include a right-of-way range within each street classifications in the new TSP
Council comment:
  • Spring Street improvements were discussed; this would be included in the TSP as a “Non-improved Legacy Street” as it does not currently have curb and gutters
  • Legacy streets with curb and gutter, can they be left “as is” despite being out of compliance with the new TSP
  • Council direction regarding potential improvements to legacy streets
    • Center turn lane; could maintain right-of-way without the physical improvement
    • In situations without safety or capacity issues
  • Not every issue should be specified in the TSP; rare occurrences can be appealed to Planning or Site Plan & Architectural Commission
  • Council discussed whether to require planter strips
    • City maintains them on arterials and collectors
    • Citizens maintain them on smaller streets
    • Council would like Planning Commission to determine whether to have planter strips in situations in which no abutting properties are near
  • Legacy streets without bicycle lanes
    • Determine routes on alternate streets or create pathways
    • Unknown who would maintain multi-use paths as City maintains bicycle paths; citizens maintain sidewalks
    • Options need to be in the TSP in order to ever be used
    • Council agreed that improvements should match existing street for consistency
South Stage Overcrossing
Deputy Public Works Director and City Engineer Alex Georgevitch provided information on the proposed overcrossing:
  • South Stage is expected to serve two future areas of development
  • Currently, an approximately $50 million project and would include a large bridge
  • Bridge will be about 1485 feet to bypass riparian and wetlands around Bear Creek
  • Project will also need to be completed timely to comply with environmental impacts (studies are valid for approximately 10 years)
  • Connects to the largest area within the UGB amendment
  • City may qualify for a TIGER grant to provide a 40% match to assist with the estimated $50 million cost for the project; other cities may wish to assist as well
  • Project can be broken into two sections
Wireless Communications
Planner III Seth Adams explained the Planning Department needed Council direction regarding potential Code amendments for Wireless facilities in the right-of-way:
  • Cell towers have reached their capacities and carriers are using small cells on top of street lights or signage to assist with coverage in small areas
  • Topic was previously discussed at a study session; but there is nothing in the Code
  • Federal law allows wireless facilities within the right-of-ways, limiting city regulation to mainly aesthetics
Council comment:
  • Noise concerns could be an issue within residential areas, may not be an issue on major streets
  • Colleen Deshazer from Mobilitie spoke regarding their products; she noted:
    • Products needed for increased demand for data and not voice calls
    • Placed in areas with existing data loss
    • Provided examples of the types, sizes and what they looked like and how they would attach
  • Most likely Medford would have a very small number of the small cells
  • Planning Commission should be involved, but also requested Public Works involvement for traffic control issues and to assist with issues during construction
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Winnie Shepard
Deputy City Recorder

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