CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: August 22, 2000
Subject/Title: Update Report on Canyonwood Traffic
Submitted by: Engineering: J. Stevenson
Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager
The most recent action related to the Canyonwood Traffic issue is two
neighborhood meetings held at City Hall to evaluate support for various
traffic calming options. The first meeting, on May 17, 2000 was held with
approximately 12 residents, most from Canyonwood, and a few from north
of the Creek. The result of that meeting was a request for curb narrowing
combined with a traffic table-type Trail crossing at Summerwood Drive
and the Deer Creek Trail, combined with a chicane on Canyonwood. Staff
tried to talk the Canyonwood residents out of the chicane without success.
Staff then informed the residents that no recommendation would go to the
Council for a chicane unless all adjacent residents gave their written
consent. Staff waited for that consent, but it never came. Staff then
received a fax from Mr. Madsen that the measures agreed upon by the neighborhood
committee were rejected and demanding the easterly extension of Ironwood
Drive to Minnesota Avenue.
Staff had spent considerable time with the residents at the neighborhood
meeting discussing what staff had done in an attempt to secure the Ironwood
Drive extension. Those efforts included:
1. Preliminary design exhibits on Ironwood Drive
2. Preliminary cost estimates
3. Discussion with Flood Control on the use of their right of way for
a road extension
4. Discussions with Brentwood Union School District (BUSD) to secure their
support for the road extension – this was unsuccessful!
5. Appeal of the BUSD denial to the State – this was also rejected!
At this point it appeared to staff that the Ironwood Drive extension was
not a viable option, due to 4 factors:
1. School District opposition
2. Environmental restrictions in covering the Creek
3. Adjacent property owners’ opposition to the Ironwood Drive extension
The most recent traffic counts available to staff showed traffic volumes
on Canyonwood Drive right at 1,500 vehicles per day. This is the threshold
in the Traffic Management Guidelines that indicates a traffic volume problem
for a local residential street. This traffic count warrants traffic calming
measures as adopted by Council in the Traffic Calming Management Guidelines.
An additional neighborhood meeting was held on August 9, 2000 with a committee
of concerned neighborhood residents: one from Canyonwood, one from north
of the Creek and one from Allbrook Drive. The consensus of this meeting
was similar to the last neighborhood meeting, except 3 locations were
identified for curb narrowing. Staff is currently under design for the
Deer Creek crossing. Once this traffic calming measure is approved by
Council and constructed, it is staff’s intent to move forward with similar
measures at both ends of Canyonwood Drive.
It is staff’s opinion, as well as the consultant hired to assist in reducing
traffic volumes, that the combination of these measures with the new route
to Walnut/Vasco and the gradual addition of the commercial properties
west of this neighborhood will reduce the traffic volume below the 1,500
vehicle per day threshold.
The staff reports from June 22nd and August 13th of 1999 are attached
for additional Council background. All of the items listed in the August
13th staff report have been accomplished with the exception of the narrowing
of Summerwood Drive for the Trail crossing (which is being designed now)
and the easterly extension of Ironwood, which was discussed earlier in
Previous Staff Report (2)