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Transportation Committee Agendas 2009
The City Council Transportation Committee meets throughout the year to discuss issues that will be brought to the full Council. The Committee's recommendation, based on their research and discussion, is an important element in the City Council's final decisions.
 
During 2009 the Transportation Committee met at the following dates and times.
 
August 24, 2009
July 27, 2009
June 26, 2009
June 8, 2009
May 26, 2009
May 11, 2009
April 27, 2009
April 13, 2009
March 23, 2009
March 9, 2009
February 23, 2009
February 9, 2009
January 26, 2009
January 12, 2009
 
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AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Monday, August 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1.  Reduce Obstacles that Prevent Connectivity
        Staff: Matt Magnasco
        Action: Staff will present an overview of Connectivity Policy 5, detailing the problem when stubbing streets to creeks, which are also property lines. Several possible solutions will be provided. It will also describe ways to make creek crossings have less environmental impact. Finally, it will mention how pike/ped connections can be appropriate and how to incorporate them into the transportation network.
   2.  I-485 Funding Update
        Staff: Bob Cook and Danny Pleasant
        Action: Staff will update the Committee on discussions related to the finding of the remainder of the I-485 loop. MUMPO reviewed this matter at a meeting on August 19 and is expected to take action on I-485 in September or October.
   3.  Reschedule September 14 Meeting
        Staff Resource: Jim Schumacher
        Action: The standard time of 3:30 - 5 p.m. conflicts with the City Manager's evaluation.
 
AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Monday, July 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1.  MUMPO Directed Vote Regarding I-485 Funding
         Action: MUMPO and State officials have been continuing a discussion concerning options for accelerating the funding of the last segment of I-485, which may result in a MUMPO agenda item at its August meeting. If that agenda item is defined prior to July 27, the Transportation Committee will consider recommendations on the issue, and those recommendations will be related to the City Council for purposed of a directed vote on July 27.
   2.  Wright Avenue and Paper Streets
         Staff: David Weekly
         Action: The City Council referred this issue to the Committee for recommendations on 1) City assistance with constructing a segment of Wright Avenue, and 2) policies to address paper streets. On June 22, the Committee requested a report addressing questions such as the City's legal responsibility with respect to Wright Avenue, options for construction, and policies for similar situations. The staff will review the conclusions of the report and address any questions the Committee may have.
   3.  Pearl Park Way Bike Lanes
        Staff: Danny Pleasant and staff
        Action: The City Council referred this issue to the Committee at the request of Council member Dulin. As part of the infrastructure upgrades associated with the Metropolitan development, the City constructed two new bridges over Little Sugar Creek, Charlotttetown Avenue and Pearl Park Way. The Charlottetown Avenue bridge includes bike lanes, but Pearl Park Way does not, due to its unique situation. CDOT staff will present the design considerations in deciding not to include bike lanes on Pearl Park Way.
   4.  Next Scheduled Meeting
        Action: The time of the August 24 meeting needs to be adjusted due to a conflict with the City Attorney's evaluation.
 
 
AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Friday, June 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1.  Street Connectivity Study
        Staff: Matt Magnasco
        Action: After applying the Connectivity criteria presented to the Transportation Committee last year, CDOT staff has selected a list of projects for technical feasibility studies. CDOT staff will update the Committee on the locations selected in preparation for City Council consideration of consultant contracts to perform the studies.
   2.  Construction of Wright Avenue
        Staff: David Weekly
        Action: The owners of homes on an unconstructed portion of Wright Avenue have requested the City's assistance in constructing the street. The lots and right-of-way were created in the 1920's, but the street was never constructed by a developer. Current regulations do not require construction of the street by the homebuilder, who is now in bankruptcy. Staff will review the situation and the entities involved, with the goal for this meeting of identifying all the issues and any questions of the Committee.
   3.  Committee of 21 Recommendation
        Staff: Danny Pleasant and Staff
        Actions: Recent Committee discussion has focused on the work of the Committee of 21 and the relationship of transportation funding decisions on the preparation of the 2010 Long Range Transportation Plan and air quality conformity analysis. Staff will provide the Committee information to consider amendments and/or revisions of the funding recommendations made by the Committee of 21, with the goal of developing a recommendation to the City Council on the work of the Committee of 21.
 
 
AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Monday, June 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
  1. Committee of 21 Recommendations
       Staff: Norm Steinman
       Action: Staff will continue the background information to support Committee discussion of:
       A.  Recommendations from the Committee of 21
       B. The process underway to develop the 201- Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
            and the requirement to make decisions on future transportation funding.
       C. Use of the LRTP in the 2010 air quality conformity analysis.
 
 
AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Tuesday, May 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1. Committee of 21 Recommendations
       Staff: Norm Steinman
       Action: Staff will continue the presentation begun on May 11 providing background information to support Committee discussion of:
       A.  Recommendations from the Committee of 21
       B. The process underway to develop the 201- Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
            and the requirement to make decisions on future transportation funding.
       C. Use of the LRTP in the 2010 air quality conformity analysis.
The Committee goal is to develop recommendations to the City Council in response to the Report from the Committee of 21
 
 
AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Monday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1.  Sharon & I-485 Transit Station Area Plan
        Staff: Kent Main
        Action: Request for recommendation to City Council for adoption of the Sharon & I-485 Transit Station Area Plan Volume I; The Concept Plan with recommended changes, and to receive Volume II: The Implementation Plan, as information.
    2. Committee of 21 Recommendations
        Staff: Norm Steinman
        Action: The CDOT staff will review the Committee of 21 recommendations for expanding funding for road projects in Mecklenburg County. Staff will also outline the upcoming decisions to be made on funding transportation improvements in the context of updating the Long Range Transportation Plan and Air Quality Conformity Analysis.
 
 
 
AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Monday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1.  Augustalee
        Staff: Bob Cook
        Action: Cornelius is requesting amendments to the MUMPO 2009-2015 Transportation Improvement Program related to the proposed development, Augustalee. Staff will review the request and outline the TCC's recommendation from their April 23 meeting.
   2.  Pedestrian Plan
        Staff: Vivian Coleman
        Action: The purpose of this presentation is to review options for moving the Pedestrian Plan forward. Staff will provide comparisons between the NCDOT version and the CDOT version. Overall, the CDOT version contains more detailed information regarding code recommendations. One option is to continue to move forward with the NCDOT version. Other options include delaying plan adoption in order to review items requested for further study.
   3.  Charlotte Fast Lanes Study Update
        Staff: Norm Steinman
        Action: Staff will present key elements of the April 9 workshop presentation and describe steps going forward for possible implementation of the recommendations. This is a continuation from the April 13 Committee meeting.
 

 
AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Monday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1.  Sharon Road West/I-485 Station Area Plan
         Staff: Kent Main
         Action: The Committee is asked to forward the Plan to the City Council for public comment.
   2.  Pedestrian Sidewalk Tour Wrap Up
         Staff Resource: Vivian Coleman
         Action: This presentation is a follow up session from the Sidewalk Tour held on March 23rd. Staff will present proposed recommendations specifically related to issues the Committee experienced and discussed during the tour. At the April 27th Transportation Committee, staff will be presenting the Pedestrian Plan's key recommendations for the Committee's consideration.
   3.  Charlotte Region Fast Lanes Study Update
         Staff Resource: Norm Steinman and Tim Gibbs
         Action: Staff will present key elements of the April 9th workshop presentation and describe steps going forward for possible implementation of the recommendations.
 
 
AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Monday, March 23 at 3 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1.  Sidewalk Tour - meet in the Fourth Street Circle for tour.
         Staff: Vivian Coleman
         Action: The committee will participate in a bus tour related to the development of the Pedestrian Plan. The purpose is to allow the Transportation Committee to experience, in the field, elements of Charlotte's pedestrian environment that the Pedestrian Plan can address. The tour highlights key sidewalk elements in the Pedestrian Plan for the Committee's consideration and will provide information to show what is necessary to make Charlotte a more walkable city.  Comfortable walking attire is appropriate as we will walk the sidewalks at some stops.
          Tour Stops:
           - McDonald Avenue
           - Preston Townhomes
           - Preston Flats Development
           - Oak Leaf Development
           - Archdale Drive
           - Park South Station
 
 
AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Monday, March 9 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1.  Arrowood Transit Station Area Plan
        Staff: Alberto Gonzalez
        Action: On February 23 the Committee approved, with modifications, the Arrowood Transit Station Area Plan. Based on the Committee's discussion, staff has added a word to better clarify page 14, item 24. This is for informational purposes only. The Plan is on the March 9th City Council agenda for approval.
   2.  Review and recommendations for a directed MUMPO vote on actions related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Federal Stimulus Bill)
        Staff: Jim Schumacher, Danny Pleasant, Keith Parker and Bob Cook
        Action: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides funding for transportation programs. Amendments to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and perhaps other actions by the MUMPO will be necessary at their meeting on March 18 to take advantage of the stimulus funding.
        The City Council review all stimulus programs at the Budget Workshop on March 4, and on March 5, the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) finalized its recommendations to the MUMPO for the use of transportation funds.
        The City Council agenda item for direction of the MUMPO vote was distributed on Friday, March 6. The Committee will review that information and make recommendations to be considered by City Council during the business meeting.
 
 
AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Monday, February 23 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1.  Focus Area Plan
        Staff: Jim Schumacher
        Action: Recommendation to City Council on the Focus Area Plan for FY2010/FY2011
   2.  Arrowood Station Area Plan
        Staff: Alberto Gonzalez
        Action: Recommendation to City Council for adoption of the Arrowood Transit Station Area Plan Volume I: The Concept Plan with recommended changes, and to receive Volume II: The Implementation Plan, as information.
   3.  Connectivity: Subdivision Ordinance Relationship to Rezoning Petitions
         Staff: Linda Beverly
         Action: Staff will present information to clarify the relationship of Subdivision Ordinance connectivity regulations and their impact on Rezoning petitions. Case studies will be used to illustrate the relationship. This presentation is for informational purposes only.
 
 
AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Monday, February 9 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1.  Sharon Road West/I-485 Station Area Plan
        Staff: Kent Main
        Action: Planning staff will present the draft Sharon Rd. West & I-485 Transit Station Area Plan for information purposes only.  The Planning Commission is scheduled to hear public comments on January 26, and to make a recommendation on the Plan in February. Staff will bring the plan back to the Transportation Committee after the Planning Commission makes a recommendation.
   2.  Pedestrian Plan
        Staff: Vivian Coleman
        Action: This presentation will focus on the two primary code related recommendations of the pedestrian Plan, which require additional Transportation Committee review. The key issues include further discussion of pedestrian requirements for redevelopment projects and single-family, infill lots. Staff will also outline the next steps toward finalizing the draft plan.
 
AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Monday, January 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1.  Focus Area Plan
        Staff: Deputy City Manager, Ron Kimble
        Action: The staff has revised the draft Focus Area Plan based on the Committee's review of two issues on January 12 -- MPO structure and acceleration of the 2030 Transit System Plan.  The draft Focus Area Plan will be reviewed by the full City Council at the retreat.
   2.  Transportation Action Plan
        Staff: Dan Gallagher
        Action: Staff will provide the 2008 TAP Annual Report to the Committee and make a presentation on the report highlights. The report describes the achievements, current activities and challenges since the TAP was adopted in 2006.
   3.  Sharon Road West/I-485 Station Area Plan
        Staff: Kent Main
        Action: Planning staff will present the draft Sharon & I-485 Transit Station Area Plan for informational purposes. The Planning Commission is scheduled to hear public comments on January 26, and to make a recommendation on the Plan in February. Staff will bring the plan back to the Committee after the Planning Commission makes a recommendation.
 

AGENDA FOR: meeting of the Transportation Committee held Wednesday, January 12 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
   1.  Arrowood Station Area Plan
        Staff: Alberto Gonzalez
       
Action: The Committee is asked to forward the Plan to the City Council for public Comment.
        Link to plan.
   2.  Overview of MPO and RPO Structure
        Staff: Danny Pleasant
        Action: The Committee requested a review of regional transportation planning in order to consider a related goal in the FY10/11 Focus Area Plan.
   3.  Overview of Transit 2030 Corridor Plan
        Staff: Keith Parker
        Action: The Committee requested a review of the 2030 Corridor Plan in order to consider a goal for accelerating implementation in the FY10/11 Focus Area Plan.