Plans and Programs Committee - January 11, 2011

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Meeting Notice

Date:                  9:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Location:                Room 263, City Hall
Commissioners:     Commissioners Campos (Chair), Chu (Vice Chair), Avalos, Chiu, Wiener and Mirkarimi (Ex Officio)
Clerk:                      Erika Cheng

1.                   Roll Call

2.                  Approve the Minutes of the December 7, 2010 Meeting - ACTION* attachment

3.                  Citizens Advisory Committee Report - INFORMATION

4.                  Recommend Allocation of $35,000 in Prop K Funds, with Conditions, to the Department of Public Works for Construction of a Bus Bulb at Balboa Street and 37th Avenue, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule - ACTION* attachment

The Department of Public Works (DPW) has requested allocation of $35,000 in Prop K funds to help fund construction of a bus bulb at Balboa Street and 37th Avenue. The bus bulb, estimated to cost about $60,000, is part of the Balboa Streetscape Improvement Project, which extends from 34th to 39th Avenue along Balboa Street and includes sidewalk bulb-outs, revised traffic and parking layout, light fixture upgrades, and a gateway marker at the commercial district entrances. DPW estimates construction costs for the streetscape project to be $2,522,419 and plans to use a SAFETEA-LU earmark, Prop K, Public Utility Commission funds, General Fund and Prop 42 to fully fund the project.  Prop K would fund two-thirds of the cost including the current request and a prior $807,870 allocation from the street resurfacing category.  DPW wishes to advertise the construction contract by the end of January 2011, award the contract by April 2011, and complete construction by December 2011. We are seeking a recommendation to allocate $35,000 in Prop K funds, with conditions, to DPW for construction of a bus bulb at Balboa Street and 37th Avenue, subject to the attached fiscal year cash flow distribution schedule.

5.                  Update on the Development of the Bay Area's First Sustainable Communities Strategy - INFORMATION* attachment

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are developing the Bay Area's first Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) an integrated transportation, housing, and land use planning process that will form the basis for the 2013 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Regional Housing Needs Allocation process. The SCS must meet a greenhouse gas reduction target set by the California Air Resources Board as required under Senate Bill 375. The SCS has the potential to transform the distribution of funding in the regional transportation plan (the total RTP budget for the 2009 plan was $218 billion), as well as develop new policies and incentives to support the implementation of Priority Development Areas, including those in San Francisco. As congestion management agency for San Francisco, the Authority is leading the coordination of San Francisco's input into the process.  To date, our comments have emphasized the critical need for discretionary regional funding to support jurisdictions that are already planning for growth and developing sustainable and cost-effective projects. Because input and buy-in by local jurisdictions is critical to the success and ultimately to the implementation of the SCS, MTC and ABAG have requested that Authority staff present an overview of the SCS and its implications for San Francisco to elected officials. This is an information item. We are seeking input and guidance from the Committee.

6.                  Introduction of New Items - INFORMATION

7.                  Public Comment

8.                  Adjournment



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