JOINT ASHLAND PLANNING COMMISSION and
ASHLAND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION MEETING
September 6, 2012
CALL TO ORDER
This was the final joint meeting of the Transportation & Planning Commissions.
Minutes were reviewed by commissioners, but were not formally approved.
Chair David Young called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 East Main Street.
Transportation Commissioners Present:
Tom Burnham, Mike Gardiner, Pam Hammond, Shawn Kampmann, Corinne Vièville and David Young
Planning Commissioners Present:
Michael Dawkins, Eric Heesacker, Richard Kaplan, Pam Marsh and Debbie Miller
Mike Faught and Jodi Vizzini
Council Liaison Present:
Transportation Commissioners Absent:
Planning Commissioners Absent:
Troy J. Brown, Jr. and Melanie Mindlin
INTRODUCTORY REMARKS AND ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES
Commissioner Young explained the meeting would be a presentation of the draft Transportation System Plan (TSP) and a celebration of a long process. He introduced Susie Wright, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., who was in attendance to present the draft TSP document.
Commissioners unanimously approved the August 16, 2012 minutes.
[Pam Marsh and Pam Hammond were not yet present.]
No one came forward to speak.
Ms. Wright explained the next steps involved in the TSP process. She gave a presentation
highlighting notable items. She stated the intent of the draft TSP was to be fully reflective of the decisions made over the past years of many meetings. She asked Commissioners to submit any discrepancies they find when reviewing the document by Friday, September 14, 2012.
Commissioners discussed the following:
Policy (L26) Eagle Mill Road
Shared road, bike boulevard and sharrows
Alternate Mobility Standards
Access Spacing Standards
Access Management Policy
At-grade Ped/Bike Rail Crossing at 4th Street
(O1) TravelSmart Educational Program
Commissions discussed the Eagle Mill alternative route and suggested that language to the previous motion include extending the alternate route through E. Nevada St., crossing Bear Creek.
Burnham/Gardiner m/s to include the section of E. Nevada St. east of Oak St., crossing Bear Creek to N. Mountain Ave. and E. Main St. in the alternate route. DISCUSSION:
Commissioner Burnham felt designating this route would give the City a better chance of funding the E. Nevada St. project by encouraging the County to make improvements to Eagle Mill Road. Commissioner Gardiner stated the concept was for those traveling to the southeast part of town to have an alternative route. Concern was voiced that the route would divert truck traffic into neighborhoods. Commissioners added the route is intended to avoid traffic downtown; delivery trucks typically need to access downtown so most likely will not use this route. It was determined this route would not be a designated freight route; it is intended to be an alternate route to bypass downtown.
Commissioner Young asked for a show of hands in favor of the motion. Commissioners Burnham, Dawkins, Gardiner, Hammond, Heesacker, Kaplan, Marsh, Vièville, YES. Commissioners Kampmann, Miller and Young, NO. Motion passed 8 – 3.
Commissioner Young and Mike Faught expressed appreciation to the Commissions, staff and Ms. Wright for their contributions and cooperative efforts during the lengthy process. Commissioners acknowledged this concluded their role in the joint Transportation and Planning Commission meetings.
Mr. Faught requested the Commissioners presence at the Town Hall Meeting, October 24, 2012.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
Jodi Vizzini, Public Works Assistant