Public Hearing and Resolution Authorizing and Ordering Improvements to Plaza Avenue Under the Plaza Avenue Local Improvement District No. 85
|Meeting Date:||May 16, 2006||Primary Staff Contact:||James H. Olson|
|Contributing Departments:||Legal/ Recorder||Secondary Staff Contact:||Barbara Christensen|
|Estimate Time:||20 Minutes|
In accordance with AMC Section 13.20.050 a public hearing is required prior to formation of a Local Improvement District. The hearing shall consider testimony, both oral and written, regarding the improvement.
At the conclusion of the public hearing the Council may approve the proposed construction and create the LID by resolution.
At the April 4th regular meeting, Council set a public hearing date for May 16, 2006, and in accordance with Section 13.20.040 public hearing notices were mailed to all owners within the proposed district and the notice was posted in the Daily Tidings.
Section 13.20.020 states that LID's may be initiated by either of the following methods:
All of the most recent LID's have been formed by the Council at its' own initiative. This method seems to be more and more common as we begin to address those more challenging or controversial projects where a clear majority is generally not possible.
Some of the more recent LID's formed by the Council include:
1. Nevada Street Traffic Calming LID
A small core of citizens on Plaza Ave. representing 37.5% of the total assessable units is requesting that the Plaza Ave. LID be formed at the Council's own initiative.
Although the Council has the option of initiating a LID at its' sole discretion, if deemed to be in the City's best interest, that authority has not been exercised before a significant property owner effort to gain a majority petition response has been attempted. The formation of the LID is always a result of the efforts of a substantial number of property owners.
The City's most recent report indicates that there are 10.42 miles of unpaved streets within the City limits. In 1960 there were 17.70 miles of unpaved streets which represented 30 percent of our total street mileage. Through the LID program the City has made great strides in reducing the number of unpaved streets which now represents only 10% of the total 101 miles of the City's street network.
Following is a list of streets which lack full City street improvements including curbs, paving sidewalks and storm drains and which ultimately will be improved:
Some of these streets with decomposed granite surfaces, higher traffic volumes, steeper grades and/or close proximity to creeks represent significant environmental concerns. The streets within this category include:
Because of these environmental concerns, these streets require more maintenance than usual. Other streets such as Clay St. and Tolman Creek Rd. are collector streets and carry substantial amounts of traffic which also require additional attention. Some streets, such as Plaza Ave. represent the sole unpaved street in the area and bear additional runoff from upstream paved streets.
Although most of the unimproved streets are scheduled for improvement only when there is a significant citizen interest to do so, most of the streets within the above priority list are included on the current and extended capital improvement project list. Those streets currently listed on the current CIP plan include Beach St., Liberty St., Walnut St., Schofield/Monte Vista Sts., Plaza Ave., and Waterline Rd. Those streets not on the current LID plan are placed on an extended plan and receive additional attention and effort to move them into the current list.
Unfortunately, nearly all of the "easy" LID's have been completed leaving those projects which are physically constrained or have had strong opposition voiced by the adjacent ownership. One of the most common sources of opposition results where lots have frontage on multiple streets. Approximately half of the lots on Plaza Avenue fall into this category with the lots on the west side of Plaza having a front yard on Park Street and rear frontage on Plaza Avenue. Most of the residents with rear yard frontage have little interest in improving Plaza Avenue while those on the east side of the street have tried for years to form the Plaza Avenue LID. In reviewing our records it appears that petitions were prepared and circulated in 1975, 1977, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1999 and 2005. Resolution No. 99-09 which set specific limits on LID assessments and provided for City participation on LID's has spurred additional interest in improving the street and staff has received several requests to form this LID. A neighborhood meeting was held in August of this year with twelve persons in attendance representing seven of the sixteen lots within the proposed assessment district. A petition (copy attached) was also presented with signatures representing six lots or 37.5 percent of the total assessment base. Given the history of this street and the numerous past attempts to gain a majority percentage on the petitions it is suggested that the Council initiate the LID process.
It is estimated that under current construction costs, the improvement of Plaza Avenue would cost $181,000. Under Resolution No. 99-09 the assessment rates and credits would be as follows:
|Related City Policies:|
AMC Chapter 13.20 sets forth the requirements regulations of Local Improvement Districts. A summary of Section 13.20 follows:
Following the public hearing the Council may:
A. Direct any modification to the improvement that it deems necessary and approve the LID by approval of the attached resolution (Resolution to be read by title only)
B. Approve the LID as presented by staff by approval of the attached resolution.
C. Delay or deny entirely the formation of the Plaza Ave. LID.
Staff recommends approval of the resolution authorizing and ordering the improvement of Plaza Ave. under the Plaza Ave. LID No. 85.
Council may move to approve the attached resolution authorizing and ordering improvements to Plaza Ave. for the Plaza Ave. LID No. 85.
Council may move to delay or deny the approval of the attached resolution.
Click on the PDF files below to view the following attachments:
• Documents/Testimony submitted at the May 16, 2006 Council Meeting.