Proposed Ordinance XX-2010 Transportation Priorities

Action Requested

Recommend adoption of Ordinance # XX by the City Council.

Background

Fairview maintains an inventory of needed projects on city and county roads in the adopted Transportation System Plan.  However, those projects have not been previously prioritized.   With increasing scarcity of road funding, major land use changes in the area, and road built road improvements, comes the need to consider the nature of road needs and their timing.   There are approximately 10.8 miles of county roads in the City of Fairview, which include:

● Marine Drive  ● Sandy Boulevard

● Fairview Parkway ● 223rd Avenue

● Halsey Street  ● Glisan Street

● Blue Lake Road

The proposed plan amendments address safety and other deficiencies on county roads within the City of Fairview to help guide future decision making for major road improvements.  The following section lays out the legal context for transportation planning and the proposed amendments.


    1. Cities are required to adopt Comprehensive Plans in accordance with Statewide Planning Goals.  Transportation Planning is a feature of comprehensive planning Hierarchy.  Cities are also required to enact land use and other implementation measures to carry out their comprehensive plan.  These include development codes, subdivision ordinances, street improvement standards, and capital plans. Furthermore cities are required to make land use decisions in accordance with adopted ordinances and plans.1
    2.  State wide Planning Goal 12 establishes the content of transportation plans.  Oregon Administrative Rule 660-012 specifies in great detail the compliance requirements for Goal 5.  In order to promote a coordinated and connected statewide transportation system, consistency is required among local transportation plans, regional plans (Metro RTP), and the State Transportation System Plan.  Cities are required to adopt transportation plans for the territory within their planning jurisdiction.

3.  In meeting requirements described above, Fairview developed a Transportation  System Plan in 1999, portions of which were subsequently adopted into the  Fairview Comprehensive Plan.  Accordingly, there are two policy documents: the  TSP and Comprehensive Plan.

4. The Fairview Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2004, borrows many goals from  the TSP, including Goal 7 – Coordination, which reads:

    “Coordinate and cooperate with adjacent agencies (including Multnomah County, Wood Village, Troutdale, Gresham, Metro and ODOT) when necessary to develop transportation projects which benefit the region as a whole in addition to the City of Fairview”

5. 2011 – 2014 Multnomah County Transportation Capital Plan and Program

    In early 2010, the City of Fairview was invited to review and comment on the County’s draft 5-year road improvement spending plan. The City hired a transportation planning and traffic engineering firm to assist our review of the County proposal.  As a result a number of safety deficiencies and economic development deficiencies on county roads were identified.2 It was also found that the County’s proposed 5-year improvements did not match the needs identified in Fairview’s road needs analysis.
    6. The proposed amendments reflect the findings of the Road Needs Analysis and provide a rational basis for guiding future road improvements on county roads in the City of Fairview.
    7. For many years the City of Fairview and Multnomah County have had an agreement governing coordination of land use, driveway placement, and transportation planning.  First adopted in 1995, the agreement was subsequently amended to clarify the roles of the City and County regarding county issued driveway permits and Fairview land use decisions.

Public Involvement

The need to develop city priorities emerged as a result of an ongoing outreach process starting with a March meeting of local businesses convened by Mayor Weather.  The meeting was called to present the County draft Transportation Capital Improvement Plan and Program to the business community.  From that meeting a general consensus developed that would later be formalized through the Fairview Road Needs Analysis.

These emerging road priorities were presented to Planning Commission and City Council as part of the County’s presentation of its transportation spending plan.

In February and March of 2010 the Planning Commission and City Council respectively adopted resolutions tentatively adopting Fairview road priorities.3

Copies of the proposed regulations were provided to Metro and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development in accordance with notice requirements.  Comments are not expected from either agency.

Request for Comments

Staff of Multnomah County and the City of Gresham were provided copies of the proposed amendments and asked to comment. City of Gresham staff has not responded to inquiries regarding their review.  Multnomah County staff has indicated they will testify before the Planning Commission and City Council but have not responded to requests for written comments prior the Planning Commission public hearing.

Decision-making process

Plan amendments follow a legislative process requiring public notice and hearings by both the Planning Commission and City Council.  In addition notice must be provided to Metro and the Department of Land Conservation and Development.  All required public notice requirements have been satisfied.

The Planning Commission makes a recommendation to the City Council, which has final legislative authority. Decisions of the City Council may be appealed to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

Approval Criteria

1. Compliance with Statewide Planning Goal

2. Comp Plan Ch 2 7(b)

Legal Review

The Fairview City Attorney has reviewed and approved the proposed ordinance for legal sufficiency.

Attachments

1. Fairview Road Needs Analysis

2. Ordinance XX-2010

O R D I N A N C E

(XX-2010)

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FAIRVIEW, OREGON, AMENDING THE FAIRIVEW COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND FAIRIVEW TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM PLAN BY ADOPTING ROAD IMPROVEMENT PRIORITIES FOR CERTAIN ROADS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OREGON.

WHEREAS, the City of Fairview has adopted a Transportation System Plan in accordance with Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 197 and Oregon Administrative Rules Section 660 Division 12; and

WHEREAS, the Planning Commission has the powers and duties conferred under Fairview Municipal Code 2.15 and Oregon Revised Statutes 227.090, which includes advising the City Council and other public agencies on the laying out and improvement of roads, the relief of traffic congestion, and economic development; and

WHEREAS, on February 23, 2010, the Fairview Planning Commission adopted a resolution recommending road priorities for the years 2010-2014; and

WHEREAS, PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

WHERAS, the City of Fairview engaged the services of a reputable transportation planning and traffic engineering firm to assess certain county roads resulting in the Fairview Road Needs Analysis, which identifies safety and economic development deficiencies on those roads; and

WHEREAS, on XXXXX the City Council adopted Resolution XX-2010 based upon the Planning Commission adopted resolution; and

WHEREAS, key arterial and collector streets in the City of Fairview are under the road jurisdiction of Multnomah County; and

WHEREAS, the City Council finds that certain improvements on roads under jurisdiction of Multnomah County, are critical to the safety of travelling public, and to advance commerce and economic development within the City of Fairview; and

WHEREAS, the City Council is competent to assess transportation needs for the travelling public, people, and businesses within the City of Fairview; and

WHEREAS, the north railroad bridge on 223rd Avenue is a significant safety hazard due to narrow travel lanes, lack of pedestrian and bicycle accommodations; and

WHEREAS, the north railroad bridge on 223rd Avenue may limit future economic development of Townsend Farms Business park due to its potential impact on southbound traffic movements; and

WHEREAS, construction of the Wood Village Town Center commercial development required a new roadway connecting Arata Road to Halsey Street and needed right-of-way has been dedicated for such purpose; and

WHEREAS, 223RD Avenue south of Sandy Boulevard lacks greatly needed pedestrian and bicycle safety accommodations, in a high pedestrian, elementary school area; and

WHEREAS, Sandy Boulevard, east of 223rd Avenue is grossly deficient as compared to its planned design and ability to serve industrial development of the Townsend Business Park and the Sandy Boulevard corridor; and

WHEREAS, the Fairview Planning Commission has recommended adoption of this ordinance; and

WHEREAS, public notice of the proposed ordinance has been provided in accordance with applicable laws and regulations; and

WHEREAS, the proposed amendments are consistent with Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 197 and Oregon Administrative Rules Section 660 Division 12.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FAIRVIEW:

Section 1. The Fairview Comprehensive Plan is hereby amended as shown in     Exhibit A.

Section 2. The Fairview Transportation System Plan is hereby amended as shown in    Exhibit B.

Section 3. The Fairview Road Needs Analysis shown in Exhibit C is hereby     incorporated into the Fairview Comprehensive Plan and Transportation    System Plan.

Section 4. This ordinance is effective upon thirty days of its adoption and thereafter.

Motion adopted by the City Council of the City of Fairview this 8th day of July, 2010.

ORDINANCE XX-2010

EXHIBIT A

Comprehensive Plan Amendments

Comprehensive Plan Amendments, Chapter 12 Transportation

Add new Goal as follows:

Goal 12 – Road Improvement Priorities: Roads with the greatest deficiencies and which return the greatest benefit from construction will be improved first.

Policies:

    1. Road priorities will be based on an analysis of road deficiencies, travel needs, public safety, surrounding land uses, economic development factors, and recent public and private sector investments in roads.
    2.  Infill development is not a viable long term strategy for accomplishing needed improvements to deficient road segments.
    3. Private sector contributions to offsite transportation facilities that mitigate development impacts but, which also, benefit the traveling public should be considered when ranking competing road projects for funding
    4.  City resources may be committed to promote and advance projects on county roadways subject to approval of the City Council.
    5. Timely, accurate, and comprehensive information is essential for Fairview’s effective participation in federal, state, county, and regional transportation planning and funding processes.
    6. Roads are integral and essential feature of any community.  They unite people and place, form neighborhoods, and influence the manner in which citizens, business, visitors, and travelers identify with the community.
    Roads are relied upon for livelihoods, welfare, and economic and social connections. Because of the special relationships between people, community, and roads – they are an important part of the community fabric.
    The people of the City of Fairview rely on its City Council and government administration to provide safe, timely, and convenient transportation improvements.  Unfortunately, the City of Fairview cannot meet these expectations on roads under the jurisdiction of Multnomah County without the support of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners.  It is the policy of the City of Fairview to vigorously advocate for transportation improvements that affect the health, welfare, and happiness of the people and businesses of the City.

Actions:

    1. Fairview will participate to the greatest extent practicable in regional transportation activities including Metro’s Transportation Policy Advisory Committee, East Multnomah County Transportation Committee, and the Cascade Columbia River District Steering Committee.
    2. The intergovernmental agreement between the City of Fairview and Multnomah County will be periodically reviewed to ensure effective and comprehensive coordination on transportation and development concerns in the City of Fairview.
    3. The City of Fairview will work constructively with Multnomah County to advance City of Fairview priorities for county roads.
    4. The Fairview Transportation System Plan will be periodically amended to implement these policies and actions.
    5. Road projects with the greatest deficiencies and benefits, including economic development and road safety, will be prioritized in the Transportation System Plan.

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ORDINANCE XX-2010

EXHIBIT B

Transportation System Plan Amendments

Add new section as follows:

Road Improvement Priorities for County Roads, 2010 – 2014

The following roads located within the City of Fairview are under the road jurisdiction of Multnomah County:

● Marine Drive   ● Halsey Street

● 223rd Avenue   ● Sandy Boulevard

● Fairview Parkway  ● Glisan Street

● Blue Lake Road

Improvements on these are roads implemented through the Multnomah County Transportation Capital Plan and Program.  In March 2010, the Fairview City Council adopted resolution 13-2010 establishing road improvement priorities for county roads based consideration of the following features as detailed in the City’s Road Needs Analysis report:4

● Existing conditions

● Surrounding land uses

● Pedestrian activity

● Transit routes

● Safety hazards

● Economic development needs and benefits

Based upon the analysis described above, the following road improvement priorities are adopted for years 2010- 2014:

First Tier Projects: These projects have the greatest existing need for and benefits from construction.  First Tier Projects shall be considered first for funding.

Sandy Boulevard 223rd to east city limits, add turn lane, sidewalks, bike lanes, street lighting, street trees
223rd Avenue North of Halsey to existing sidewalks: sidewalks, bike lanes, street lighting
223rd Avenue Railroad Overpass Widen to 223rd to three lanes, sidewalk, bike lanes.
Halsey Street Sidewalks 201st to east of 205th (Safety)
Wood Village Boulevard Extension New street connection with sidewalks, bike lanes, street lighting, street trees

Second Tier Projects: Improvements are greatly needed, but First Tier Projects needs are greater. Second Tier projects may be considered for funding only if there are no available or practical funding opportunities for First Tier Projects.

Sandy Boulevard West city limits to 223rd Avenue, add turn lane, bike lanes, sidewalks, street lighting
Glisan Street 2,700 feet east of 202nd, sidewalks along north side of street

Justification for First Tier Projects

    Sandy Boulevard, 223rd to east city limits.
    1. Worst condition of any other segment of Sandy Boulevard.
    2. Existing bicycle and pedestrian hazards.
    3. Important freight and transit route.
    4. Some adjoining properties are unlikely to redevelop in next 5 years due to low economic potential.
    5. Private sector has made substantial investments in road system.
    6. Promote economic development in Townsend Business Park.
    7. Supported by Townsend Farms Business Park businesses.

8. Supported by the Columbia Cascade River District Steering Committee.

    223rd Avenue, North of Halsey
    1. Highest ranked (worst roadway) in County collector system
    2. The north 1,100 feet of 223rd Avenue is being reconstructed with the railroad overpass and Sandy intersection
    3. Bicycle and pedestrian hazards in high pedestrian area
    4. Serves local elementary school
    5. Residential build-out means there will be no new development to build road improvements.
    223rd Avenue Railroad Overpass
    1. Significant safety hazard to bikes, pedestrians, and vehicles.
    2. If the south 223rd railroad underpass is representative, project planning will take many years, and should therefore start sooner than later.
    3. Restricted queue length behind southbound turn into Townsend Farms. Trucks can block through traffic.
    4. Supported by Townsend Farms Business Park businesses.
    Halsey Street Sidewalks
    1. Funded by state grant
    2. Completes sidewalk gap in high pedestrian area
    Wood Village Boulevard Extension
    1. Alleviates traffic at Halsey and 223rd Avenue
    2. Required for construction of Wood Village Town Center
    3. Provides a new street network connection

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