Public Workshop #4
Highway 20 Traffic Calming & Beautification Plan
On May 18, 2005, Lake County/City Area Planning Council in coordination with Lake County Redevelopment Agency hosted the fourth and final series of public workshops for the Highway 20 Traffic Calming and Beautification Plan. This series consisted of one combined workshop located at the Lakeport Board of Supervisors Chambers for the communities of Nice, Lucerne, and Clearlake Oaks. The workshop was recorded and later run on the local TV station. At this workshop facilitated by the consulting team of RRM Design Group (RRM) and Whitlock & Weinberger Transportation Inc. (W-Trans), the Refined Concept Plans for each community were presented envisioning the communities’ desires in dealing with traffic volumes, turning movements, and vehicular and pedestrian safety through the corridor.
The workshop started off with introductions from Andy Peterson of the Lake County Redevelopment Agency. Andy gave some background on the project and its funding and then turned the presentation over to Demae Tillotson of RRM Design Group. Summaries of the first three workshops were given in each community followed by a brief educational presentation of relevant traffic data by Zack Mately of W-Trans.
Following the traffic presentation features of each plan were presented via a PowerPoint presentation. During and after that presentation, the consulting team responded to a number of questions regarding traffic volumes and speeds, queuing, access to businesses along the Highway 20 corridor, and concerns for pedestrian safety.
At the conclusion of the Q&A period the team handed out report cards to all attendees who were then asked to fill them out and provide qualitative input to the workshop and the planning and design process. Participants were asked to rank each amenity by level of support.
Items left blank were determined to be no opposition to the amenity.
Thirty-five people signed in at the fourth workshop with approximately twenty-five turning in report cards that evening. Participants and viewers were given the option to bring filled out report cards to the Live Oak Senior Center in Clearlake Oaks, the Visitor Center in Lucerne, or Garden Court in Nice by May 27, 2005. Approximately forty people turned in report cards at these locations.
Twenty-two people from Clearlake Oaks filled out report cards. Results show that a Sheltered bus stop at Keys Boulevard was the most strongly supported item. Four amenities vied for second place with strong support and very low opposition: a sheltered bus stop at TowerMart, a pedestrian island at the Red & White Market, a pedestrian island at Hoover Street and landscaped medians from Island Drive to TowerMart. The gateway arch over the highway as well as gateway monuments were very controversial receiving nearly equal amounts of support and opposition. Most other items on the report card received strong levels of support from the community of Clearlake Oaks.
General comments made were:
Next StepsRRM and W-Trans will meet with the APC and Andy Peterson of the Redevelopment Agency to discuss workshop results, changes to the final plan and APC hearing dates. Based on the outcome of that meeting and feedback from CalTrans, a Draft Traffic Calming and Beautification Report will be completed including background information, results from workshops, discussion on the final plan including phasing and implementation as well as probable cost.