TRANSPORTATIONNeighborhood Traffic Management
The City has developed procedures to address speeding and traffic safety concerns in residential neighborhoods on an on-going basis in the most responsive, efficient manner. These reviews will be done over a several month period culminating in a semi-annual recommendation being made to the City Council for those concerns that are deemed to warrant the implementation of a Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan. The goal is to reduce unwarranted requests, provide uniformity in processing a hierarchy of Traffic Calming solutions, and to provide an efficient and effective means of interacting with the community in finding a viable solution to neighborhood traffic problems. This program is to be used as a guideline; City Staff may modify steps, schedules and processes in relation to any one project if in their discretion they determine it valuable, convenient or necessary, provided that the process followed conforms to any and all City Council Policies and Resolutions.
Step 1: Receive and Respond to Requests to Solve a Neighborhood Traffic Problem
A resident, group of residents, or neighborhood association requests the Public Works Department to investigate and resolve a neighborhood traffic problem. City engineering staff conducts a field observation and/or speed survey associated with the request to determine the extent of the reported neighborhood traffic problem. If the observation confirms the traffic problem is somewhat significant, staff may first recommend less restrictive measures to address the concern. Depending on the location and severity of the situation, any combination or all of the following measures will be undertaken:
- Police enforcement
- Provide speed awareness letter
- Provide radar speed feedback signs
Alternatively, staff may recommend simple, inexpensive traffic controls such as limited improvements, signing, striping or other measures, which would not cause a significant change in the existing traffic pattern. Step 2 will not occur until after these measures have been implemented for at least three months. If staff is unable to easily resolve the confirmed traffic problem to the residents’ satisfaction, Steps 2 through 7 will follow, consistent with the City’s overall semi-annual review schedule.
Step 2: Develop a Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan (NTMP)
The City will develop a NTMP. The NTMP will balance the cost, technical feasibility of the plan, and perspective of the community to develop a workable plan. Neighborhood Traffic Management Plans may range from simple, inexpensive improvements such as striping and signage (including speed limit signs for example) up to and including modifying the public improvements. Consequently, staff has prepared a Draft Local Agency Stop Warrant Policy and Draft Speed Hump Warrant Policy for inclusion in the overall Traffic Calming Program. The Traffic Calming Program also includes a number of other potential street improvements that are more likely to be included in new development approaches but could be included in a street retrofit aimed at traffic calming. Police and Fire Department personnel shall also be consulted in the development of the neighborhood traffic plan. Recommended changes from these departments shall be incorporated into the proposed NTMP prior to further action or submittal to the City Council for approval.
Step 3: Staff Resubmits Plan to Other City Departments for Review
Step 4: If Required, Staff Conducts a Neighborhood Meeting Regarding Trial/Permanent Installation
City staff holds a neighborhood meeting to inform the residents of the results of the study and take further input.
Step 5: City Council Takes Action on the NTMP
If required, the City notifies the neighborhood residents in advance of the City Council meeting to consider NTMP’s. Staff’s recommendation on the NTMP is forwarded to City Council.
Step 6: Plan Implemented on Trial/Permanent Basis
If the City Council approves the NTMP, the Public Works Department implements the plan on a 3-month basis or, if not feasible, implements the permanent plan directly.