Plans and Programs Committee - November 8, 2011

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Meeting Notice

Date:                  9:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 8, 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 October 18, 2011 Meeting - ACTION* attachment

3.                  Citizens Advisory Committee Report - INFORMATION* attachment

4.                  Recommend Appointment of One Member to the Citizens Advisory Committee - ACTION* attachment

The Authority has an eleven-member Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).  CAC members serve two-year terms.  Per the Authority's Administrative Code, the Plans and Programs Committee recommends and the Authority Board appoints individuals to fill any CAC vacancies.  Neither Authority staff nor the CAC make any recommendations on CAC appointments, but we maintain an up-to-date database of applications for CAC membership.  A chart with information about current CAC members is attached, showing ethnicity, gender, neighborhood of residence, and affiliation.  There is one vacancy on the CAC requiring Committee action.  The vacancy resulted from the term expiration of Robert Switzer.  We are seeking a recommendation to appoint one member to the CAC.

5.                  Recommend Appropriation of Up to $126,827 for the 19th Avenue Transit Corridor Investment Study, Subject to the Attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, and Amendment of the Transportation/Land Use Coordination 5-Year Prioritization Program - ACTION* attachment

We are requesting an appropriation of up to $126,827 for the 19th Avenue Transit Corridor Investment Study. The two-year planning study will explore the feasibility of transit improvements along the southern portion of 19th Avenue and the surrounding area, with a focus on improvements to the M-Ocean View light rail transit line, pedestrian and bicycle needs in the area, and ways to strengthen the transit connection to the Daly City BART Station. The study will produce a list of recommended projects with conceptual plans, preliminary cost estimates, potential fund sources and an implementation strategy. This request requires an amendment to the Transportation/Land Use Coordination 5-Year Prioritization Program (5YPP) to fully fund the project. This appropriation would be reduced upon confirmation that additional private funding will be committed to the project. We are seeking a recommendation for the appropriation of up to $126,827 for the 19th Avenue Transit Corridor Investment Study, subject to the attached Fiscal Year Cash Flow Distribution Schedule, and amendment of the Transportation/Land Use Coordination 5YPP.


6.                  Public Circulation of the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report - INFORMATION* attachment

In partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Federal Transit Administration, the Authority is leading the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Program, including preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR). The National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act require that projects with a potential for significant adverse environmental effects be reviewed in an EIS and EIR, respectively. This Draft EIS/EIR identifies three build alternatives that would meet the project's purpose and need, and evaluates the environmental effects that would result from each project alternative. The document also identifies measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts. The Draft EIS/EIR is available for public review and comment starting November 4 and ending December 19.  During this review period, the Authority is soliciting public and agency input on the findings of the Draft EIS/EIR and alternatives analysis, including input on the selection of a Locally Preferred Alternative.  The purpose of this memorandum is to announce the upcoming public circulation period for the Van Ness Avenue BRT Draft EIS/EIR and associated public hearings, and to solicit the Committee's feedback about our outreach plans. We are seeking input and guidance from the Committee. This is an information item.

7.                  Introduction of New Items - INFORMATION

8.                  Public Comment

9.                  Adjournment



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