Planning Commission tweaks plan for Glenneyre

Officials OK crosswalk striping, but call rest of the approach sent to them by the City Council 'piecemeal.'

December 20, 2012|By Barbara Diamond

A proposal to convert a portion of Glenneyre Street into a complete street — one considered to be safe, accessible and comfortable for walkers, the disabled, cyclists and motorists — wasn't complete enough to win Planning Commission approval.

The commission voted 4 to 1 at its Dec. 12 meeting to approve crosswalk striping on Glenneyre between Thalia and Calliope streets, but rejected other options sent to them by the City Council for comment. The options were culled from a study prepared by the transportation consulting firm of Fehr & Peers to identify opportunities to make all of Glenneyre more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly.

"We were concerned about a piecemeal approach," Commissioner Anne Johnson said. "A commission subcommittee of Linda Dietrich and Norm Grossman is already working on the mobility element of the General Plan and a study of downtown parking is also underway."


California's Complete Streets Act of 2007, AB1358, requires the legislative bodies of cities and counties to identify how the jurisdictions, when they revise the circulation elements of their general plans, will accommodate all roadway users, according to City Manager John Pietig.

The bill also directs the Governor's Office of Planning and Research to amend guidelines for the development of general plan circulation elements so that the building and operation of local transportation facilities accommodates everyone safely and conveniently, regardless of their mode of travel.

"There are no deadlines for local agencies to comply," Pietig said. "Whenever cities perform a 'substantial' revision to the circulation element, 'complete streets' components need to be addressed.

"Complete Streets generally refers to streets being designed and operated to enable safe access for all users," he added. "The Complete Streets Act of 2007 is intended to ensure that transportation plans of California communities meet the needs of all users of the roadway including pedestrians, cyclists, users of public transit, drivers, children, the elderly and the disabled."

The City Council at its Oct. 2 meeting sent the commission two options from the consultants' study to make Glenneyre a complete street, but only for a portion between Thalia and Calliope streets.

Alternative 1 — crosswalk striping — involved the least change and cost, probably less than $50,000, and would not impact vehicular traffic.

Striping could be done before next summer.

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