The big item on Council's agenda, of course, is the parking meter initiative petition. Council can adopt it, reject it and thereby put it on the ballot for a vote, or refer a competing initiative to the voters on the same ballot.
In addition to all the other reasons the initiative that's on the table is almost certain to have undesired consequences, likely changes to the Capitol Mall and to State parking arrangements add additional evidence against making the whole of downtown a subsidized "free" parking area. (As others have pointed out, it is also ironic that subsidies to increase the supply of downtown housing have been vocally opposed, but subsidies to support free car storage are passionately defended. For more on the saga of downtown parking, see here.)
Difficulties with Getting Connected Streets
A couple of items show how a connected street network in new development is not yet a baseline here in Salem.
In an information report on a concluded matter, it looks like a path connection to a cul-de-sac is still deleted on a development out Skyline. There's also a squabble over car parking, as the neighbor to the south feels a new parking lot will adversely affect the value of their parking lot, which had been required to be available for an earlier development. (Or something like that. The details of parking supply are hopelessly Byzantine and the case not interesting enough here to take the time for complete understanding. For more on the path connection see here.)
|Site Plan with abuting cul-de-sac and no path connection|
The location of the proposed "G" Street access is problematic due to roadway horizontal curvature compounded. by a raised embankment, as well as vertical curvature to the south. The posted speed limit is 45 mph with a 35 mph northbound curve warning sign. Field target measurements were taken by County staff to estimate Intersection Sight Distance (ISD), Taillight Stopping Sight Distance (SSD) for a northbound right turning (NBRT) vehicle and SSD for a southbound left turning (SBLT) vehicle. It was found that an available 3 73 feet of ISD fell short of County Public Works Design Standard of 450 feet and available SSDs of 305 feet (NBRT) and 302 feet (SBLT) each, did not meet the 400 foot standard. The County defers to the ISD as the benchmark for a new road connection, versus SSD. In this case, ISD does not appear to be achievable in this area. Due to the projected volume of traffic using the proposed "G" Street, and the high traffic volume on Skyline Road, we cannot allow a proposed connection such as this to Skyline Road S that does not meet sight distance standards.Only 36 homes will warrant a left turn lane!!! That is crazy nutty overbuilding. It's hard to see how 36 homes would actually create much congestion - and what congestion it would create would be beneficial for traffic calming!
[The] development of the Bella Cresta subdivision will warrant a left turn lane (LTL) on Skyline Road S into the proposed "G" Street access using ODOT left turn lane criterion. Therefore, the County will require a LTL be concurrently constructed as a condition for issuance of a "Road Approach Permit". It would take construction of only 36 homes to theoretically meet the LTL warrant of 25 left turning vehicles during the pm peak hour using ODOT left turn lane criterion. Construction of a LTL will require pavement widening and striping work. In the alternative, we would be willing to consider deferring the construction of the LTL, if a condition is included in the City's decision that includes a legally binding method for requiring the construction of the LTL prior to the construction of the 36th home.
Again, it's all about maintaining speed and through-put in a development that will remain not just car-dependent but walking-inimical because too few will want to walk and bike in an area for 45mph.
So the County gets to put the kibosh on a more connected street network and contributes to yet another enclave-y subdivision.
In small matter, the City proposes to cut a vertex off of a triangular lot for the right-of-way on Fairgrounds and Hood for the median.
That is all. (Maybe you see something more interesting or important?)