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02 February 9, 1994 CommissionRIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMIVIISSION WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1994 2:00 P.M. AGENDA 1. CALL TO ORDER. 2. PUBLIC COMMENTS. 3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES. 4. AGENDA ADDITIONS/REVISIONS. 5. PUBLIC HEARINGS. 5A. Unmet Transit Needs. `:see Overview A public hearing is scheduled to be held at the Commission's February 9th meeting. The purpose of the public hearing is to solicit testimony on unmet transit needs. In addition, written comments regarding unmet transit needs will be accepted until March 1, 1994. 5B. Adoption of Resolution No. 94-004, 'A Resolution of the Riverside County Transportation Commission Declaring that the Acquisition of Fee Interests in Certain Real Property by Eminent Domain is Necessary for the Construction of a Grade Separation at the Intersection of Gilman Springs Road and State Highway 79, Also Known as Lamb Canyon Road" to Acquire Property Needed for the Route 79, Gilman Springs Road Grade Separation Proiect. Overview Following the public hearing, it is recommended that the Commission make the necessary findings as stated above and adopt Resolution No. 94-004, "A Resolution of the Riverside County Transportation Commission Declaring that the Acquisition of Fee Interests in Certain Real Property by Eminent Domain is Necessary for the Page 2 February 9, 1994 Riverside County Transportation Commission Agenda Construction of a Grade Separation at the Intersection of Gilman Springs Road and State Highway 79, Also Known as Lamb Canyon Road" to Acquire Property Needed for the Route 79, Gilman Springs Road Grade Separation Project. 6. CONSENT CALENDAR -- All matters of the Consent Calendar will be approved in a sinqle motion unless a Commission member requests separate action on specific items. 6A. Consent Calendar - Administrative Items. 6A1 . Adoption of Ordinance No.94-001, An Ordinance Amending the Administrative Code for the Riverside County Transportation Commission Relating to the Time of the Administrative Committee Meeting and the Time and Location of the Budget and Finance Committee Meeting. Overview Commission adoption of Ordinance No. 94-001 is requested to amend the Administrative Code as it relates to the Administrative and Budget and Finance Committees. 6A2. Approval of Resolution No. 94-005, A Resolution of the Riverside County Transportation Commission Amending and Adopting Local Guidelines for Implementing the California Environmental Quality Act. Overview There are substantive changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), thus, requiring amendment to the local guidelines, and approval of Resolution No. 94-005, A Resolution of the Riverside County Transportation Commission Amending and Adopting Local Guidelines for Implementing the California Environmental Quality Act. 6A3. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Amendments. Overview In order for RCTC to be eligible to receive CMAQ or other federal funds from FHWA, the RCTC DBE Program has to be amended. 6A4. California Transportation Plan. Overview This item provides the Commission with an overview of the California Transportation Plan (CTP) as submitted to Governor Pete Wilson on December 30, 1993. There is no formal comment period offered at this time. Several issues remain regarding responsibilities for implementation of the Plan which may be of interest to the Commission. Awareness of these issues is important to RCTC's role in several programs and any future comment opportunities on the Plan. Page 3 February 9, 1994 Riverside County Transportation Commission Agenda 6A5. Amendment to Contract #RO91O9 with Valley Research and Planning Associates. Overview Valley Research and Planning Associates (VRPA) was contracted in 1990 to provide technical expertise in the development of the Riverside County Congestion Management Program (CMP), and in 1992 to assist in the preparation of the Strategic Plan. The work tasks have undergone substantial efforts and continue to be ongoing as the programs evolve. 6A6. Approval of Contract for Schiermeyer Consulting Services for FY 1993-94. Overview Schiermeyer Consulting Services (SCS) provides a broad range of planning support to the Commission's rail program. This item is to request approval of the FY 1993-94 Scope of Services and contract with SCS. 6A7. Upcoming Conferences. Overview The list of upcoming conferences is provided to the Commissioners. Interested Commissioners must notify staff by deadline date, if they are interested. 6A8. Sacramento Monthly Report. Overview A report on legislation, proposed, and passed, from D.J. Smith/Will Kempton, is included in the Commission's agenda for information. 6A9. Purchase of Video Conferencinq Equipment. Overview The Inland Empire Economic Partnership has offered to sell the video conferencing equipment purchased under an AB2766 grant project and located at the Telecommuting WorkCenter of Riverside County to RCTC. Staff recommends purchase and relocation of the equipment to the Commission office to increase accessibility to other potential users at a nominal rental rate. Page 4 February 9, 1994 Riverside County Transportation Commission Agenda 6B. Consent Calendar - Transit/Rideshare/Park-n-Ride. 6B1. Membership on the Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Service Transportation Advisory Council. Overview At last month's meeting, the Commission was informed that a request was received from the Riverside Transit Agency for membership on the RCTC Citizens' Advisory Committee/Social Service Transportation Advisory Council (CAC/SSTAC) as the representative from the Consolidated Transportation Service Agency (CTSA). Staff is requesting appointment of Roger Culbertson and John R. Longberg to fill vacancies on the Committee. 6B2. Proposed FY 1993-94 SunLine Transit Agency Short Range Transit Plan Amendment. Overview At last month's meeting, the Commission approved the advance of Coachella Valley Measure A funds from the special transportation/transit program to SunLine Transit to purchase property and a structure in Indio. Their FY 1993- 94 Short Range Transit Plan needs to be amended to include this project. 6B3. Measure A Lease Park-n-Ride Program Update. Overview The initial efforts under the Measure A Lease Park-n-Ride Program secured 425 spaces at seven locations. Since that time, the addition of longer time lots has reduced the need for short term spaces provided under the lease program. This update report highlights changes in the program. 6B4. Measure A Commuter Assistance Program Evaluation Survey Request for Proposal. Overview To assist the Commission in evaluating the effectiveness of the Measure A Commuter Assistance Program and the performance of the consultant program staff, it is proposed that a Request for Proposal for an evaluation survey be developed and issued. Staff recommendation regarding selection of a consultant will be provided at a subsequent Commission meeting. 6B5. Telecommutinq WorkCenter of Riverside County Update. Overview The Telecommuting WorkCenter of Riverside County was relocated to 5750 Division Street, Suite 201, Riverside, California, effective February 1, 1994. The new office is one-half mile south of Route 91 off the Arlington Avenue exit. Telephone numbers for the WorkCenter did not change. Page 5 February 9, 1994 • Riverside County Transportation Commission Agenda 6C. Consent Calendar - Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE). Monthly Callbox Update. Overview The operational statistics for the Riverside County Motorist Callbox System for the month of December, 1993 will be presented to the SAFE Board. 6D. Consent Calendar - Financial Items. 6D1. Measure A and LTF Revenues through December 31, 1993. Overview Sales tax revenues for the first half of the fiscal year have been somewhat disappointing. Commission projections indicated that there would be about a five percent increase in revenues over the prior year. To date, both Measure A and LTF revenues have been essentially flat. First quarter of the fiscal year actually showed a decline in the range of four to six percent. Second quarter showed gains of between two and four percent, partially offsetting first quarter declines. The net effect on revenues for the six months ending December 31, 1993, was a decline of 1.2% to 1.5%. 6D2. Cost and Schedule Reports for the Month of January. Overview The attached material depicts the current costs and schedule status of contracts reported by routes, commitments, and cooperative agreements executed by the Commission. For each contract and agreement, the report lists the authorized value approved by the Commission, percentage of contract amount expended to date, and the project expenditures by route for the month ending December 31, 1993. 6E. Consent Calendar - Commuter Rail. Right -of -Entry Agreement with Birtcher for Construction Work on RCTC Property. Overview Birtcher Construction is requesting a right -of -entry to perform some work on the Riverside -Downtown commuter rail station parking lot in conjunction with development of a cinema on Birtcher property. 7. ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS. 7A1 . Regional Implementation of Transportation Control Measures (TCMs). Overview Implementation of Transportation Control Measures (TCMs) is a requirement of conformity to State Implementation Plan (SIP) for meeting air quality standards. The executive directors of the Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs) in the SCAG region has developed a coordinated regional approach to implementation of TCMs Page 6 February 9, 1994 Riverside County Transportation Commission Agenda 7A2. Air Quality Conformity Regulations. Overview The reauthorization of the Clean Air Act in 1990 required the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prepare, create, and enforce regulations for implementation of the provisions outlined in the Act. The regulations are a complex set of criteria and procedures for determining that transportation plans, programs, and projects which seek to use Federal funding are in conformity with State or Federal air quality implementation plans. Staff will make a presentation at the Commission meeting. 7A3. 1993 Congestion Management Update on the Land Use Element. Overview At the December Commission meeting, the Commission adopted the 1993 Congestion Management Program (CMP) Update with the provision that the Land Use Element be further reviewed to analyze other options to meet the CMP land use requirement as requested by the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG). Staff is requesting that the RCTC TAC recommendation that an annual report process and criteria, as a second alternative for CMP land use compliance be included. 7A4. Draft Regional Comprehensive Plan (RCP); Draft Regional Mobility Element (RME); Southern California Association of Governments. Overview SCAG is currently circulating its Draft Regional Comprehensive Plan for review and comment. The RCP contains several planning documents that SCAG is mandated to develop and staff is requesting that the Commission adopt comments to be forwarded to SCAG. 7A5. Commissioner(s) Reports, if Needed. Overview This item is placed on the agenda to provide Commissioners the opportunity to report on various Committees representing the Commission. 8. TRANSIT/RIDESHARE/PARK-N-RIDE. 8A. Inland Empire Connection Routes 1 10/496. Overview At the December 1993 meeting, staff suggested the possibility of developing a special district with responsibility for regional rail and bus service to address the recent intercounty coordination problems the region has been facing. At that time, the Commission voted to defer action on this item and reconsider options in February. Page 7 February 9, 1994 • Riverside County Transportation Commission Agenda 8B. Measure A Specialized Transit Grant Application Process. Overview In response to suggestions from Commissioners and recipient agencies, staff has been working to revise the application process for Measure A Specialized Transit Grant funds. Staff requests Commission approval of the revised process and approval to send out a request for projects. 9. HIGHWAYS/LOCAL STREETS & ROADS. 9A. Route 79 Lamb Cannon Measure "A" Highway Improvement Project/Gilman Springs Grade Separation Project Construction Cooperative Agreement and Gilman Springs Grade Separation Project Right -of -Wan Cooperative Agreement. Overview This item relates to approval of a Construction and Right -of -Way Agreement with Caltrans for the Route 79 Lamb Canyon and Gilman Springs Grade Separation Project. 9B. Status of 1-215 Project Scopinq with FHWA and Caltrans. Overview The status of scoping, standards and environmental clearance for the 1-215 projects is before the Commission for discussion and action. 9C. Caltrans Notice of Initiation of Studies on Route 60 between Valley Way and the 60/91/215 /n terchanae. Overview RCTC has received notification of Initiation of Studies from Caltrans District 8 for a project on Route 60 between Valley Way and 60/91 /215 interchange, and between the 60/91/215 interchange and University Avenue on Route 60/215. The notification states the project Caltrans and FHWA plan to construct on Route 60 between Valley Way and the 60/91/215 interchange consists of two HOV lanes and two mixed flow lanes. On 60/215 between the 60/91 /215 interchange and University Avenue, the plan is to construct two HOV lanes. This item is being brought to the Commission for discussion and response to the Notification from District 8. 9D. Re_gional Transportation Improvement Program Amendments. Overview Caltrans is requesting amendment of current projects in the Regional Transportation Improvement Plan (RTIP) and State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) in Riverside County. A list of the projects and recommended actions is provided for Commission consideration. Page 8 February 9, 1994 Riverside County Transportation Commission Agenda 9E. Continuation of Possible Lease of Riverside Apartments 1371-1395 West La Cadena for Right -of -Way Protection. Overview The Commission, in June 1993, authorized a six-month lease to the apartment complex at 1371-1395 La Cadena Drive to allow time for Caltrans to purchase the property for the 90/61 /1-215 interchange. The six-month lease has expired for the La Cadena apartment complex has expired and a staff is requesting authorization to extend the lease through March. 9F. Route 86 Status Report. Overview This item is to provide status of discussion, and/or action of Caltrans' proposal to amend the STIP to shift Route 86 FY 92-93 allocation to later years (FY 96-97 through FY 98-99) and events related to the preparation of the SEIS and schedule for the Route 86 project. 1 O. FINANCIAL ITEMS. 10A. Response to Management Letter Comments from Ernst and Young. Overview Presented to the Commission is the management letter comments from Ernst & Young and staff's response to the comments. 10B. Inland Empire Economic Data Bank and Forecasting Center. Overview The Inland Empire Economic Data Bank and Forecasting Center was established early this year by the University of California Riverside. The Center was to serve as the repository for demographic and economic data for the Inland Empire, as well as provide useful information to subscribers to assist in the interpretation of that data. The Center was to issue timely reports and annual forecasts of the economy for the Inland Empire. Conferences and seminars would also be held as the Center grew. 10C. Resolution No. 94-007, "Resolution of the Riverside County Transportation Commission Related to Reimbursement of Capital Expenditures". Overview Approval of the Commission's Resolution No. 94-007, "Resolution of the Riverside County Transportation Commission Related to Reimbursement of Capital Expenditures" is a requirement from the IRS to issue tax-exempt debt and reimbursement from proceeds for expenditures incurred. Page 9 February 9, 1994 Riverside County Transportation Commission Agenda 11 . COMMUTER RAIL. 11A. MetroLink Update Earthauake Response. Overview This is a report on the actions by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (MetroLink) Board and staff to respond to the highway congestion created by the January 17th earthquake. 11B. Transit Capital Improvement (TCI) Proiect Priorities. Overview This item is to support CVAG's recommendation to endorse applications from Palm Desert and Palm Springs for TCI funding for rail stations. 12. CLOSED SESSION (if necessary). 13. ADJOURNMENT. RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION Racquet Club Rd 1 1 Tohqultz-McCallum Way Palm Springs Airport Ramon Rd E Palm Conyon Dr Eisenhower medical Center City Hall City of Palm Desert 73-510 Fred Waring Drive Palm Desert, CA 92260 HWY 111 HWY 74 WESTERN COUNTY COMMISSIONEPS WISHING A 'DSDE TO THE MEETING, PLEASE CONTACT STAFF NO LAThR THAN TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8th 909/787-7141 w S Berrnudo pure - Airport 4.1111 &v.! 41,11 letwarAN-- RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION RCTC SIGN -IN SHEET FEBRUARY 9, 1994 P 0 _ A. (-tr . ) ,,,,,•7 Niv.„.,,,i , :.).„?..,,,,, ,44 ,f, p ,..) 1 `1.• t / /k),07/5, REPRESENTING PHONE M2-e-P} 7Y7-77P-- -5S-'3 g' 677 LZ:ey g(/‘-//;7:72. 6 ja,,caladelZ e//i6 / 6 frTh'.. 1 ;3 -079 2 / cer C (/‘-e. '-e41-5) .,•;) ti cicf5 /eV a -7 jy .1q t. 31'7 - / /27 (4.1» _ , 4 ( - L') ) L"." ' - RIVERSIDE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COIVEVIISSION RCTC SIGN -IN SHEET FEBRUARY 9, 1994 NAME REPRESENTING PHONE 6d7P L,irtp-s e k g� 3 �� 2- (( a t\N) ' */ n �7Z- 63 0--- ,-1(t— R. H 3.2i745/f &-e-4-4..)//v 707-71+-1 AGENDA FOR HEARING ON THE REAL PROPERTY TO BE POSSIBLY ACQUIRED BY EMINENT DOMAIN FOR THE GILMAN SPRINGS ROAD GRADE SEPARATION PROJECT February 9, 1994 1. PRESIDING OFFICER OPENS HEARING. 2. PRESIDING OFFICER CALLS UPON THE CLERK FOR PROOFS OF MAILING OF NOTICES OF HEARING (AND OF THE NOTICES OF CHANGE OF LOCATION OF HEARING). 3. PRESIDING OFFICER CALLS UPON STAFF FOR A REPORT REGARDING THE REAL PROPERTY TO BE POSSIBLY ACQUIRED AS RELATING TO THE COMMISSION'S PURPOSES. 4. PRESIDING OFFICER CALLS FOR THE CLERK TO NOTE ALL WRITTEN OBJECTIONS, PROTESTS, AND REQUESTS TO BE HEARD, WHICH HAVE BEEN FILED, RECEIVED, READ AND CONSIDERED. 5. PRESIDING OFFICER CALLS UPON ALL PERSONS WITH AN INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY WHO WISH TO BE HEARD. 6. PRESIDING OFFICER CLOSES HEARING. 7. IF THE COMMISSION WISHES TO PROCEED, IT ADOPTS THE RESOLUTION. LMH202412 PUBLIC HEARING ON UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS (Palm Desert) CHAIRMAN'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT A PUBLIC HEARING BE HELD ANNUALLY TO RECEIVE COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC CONCERNING PUBLIC TRANSIT NEEDS. APPROXIMATELY $24 MILLION DOLLARS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE COUNTY FOR TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES PURSUANT TO THE STATE TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT ACT. AS A PRIORITY, THESE FUNDS MUST BE USED FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT. IF THERE ARE FUNDS REMAINING AFTER MEETING ALL REASONABLE PUBLIC TRANSIT NEEDS, THESE FUNDS MAY BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF STREETS AND ROADS. IN RECENT YEARS, MONEY HAS BEEN PROVIDED IN THE PALO VERDE VALLEY AND WESTERN RIVERSIDE COUNTY FOR STREETS AND ROADS PURPOSES AFTER ALL REASONABLE TRANSIT NEEDS WERE MET. IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY, HOWEVER, ALL AVAILABLE FUNDS HAVE BEEN USED FOR TRANSIT FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. THE PURPOSE OF THIS HEARING IS TO RECEIVE COMMENTS ON WHETHER THERE ARE REASONABLE PUBLIC TRANSIT NEEDS THAT ARE NOT BEING MET. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE KEY WORD HERE IS REASONABLE -- REASONABLE TRANSIT NEEDS. THIS MEANS THAT THERE MUST BE EVIDENCE THAT THERE WILL BE SUFFICIENT RIDERSHIP TO JUSTIFY ANY ADDITIONAL EXPANSION OF SERVICE OR NEW SERVICES. DUE TO THE FACT THAT ALL AVAILABLE TRANSIT FUNDS ARE BEING USED TO OPERATE THE FIXED -ROUTE AND PARATRANSIT SYSTEMS IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY, THE SERVICE NEEDS RAISED THROUGH THIS PUBLIC HEARING PROCESS THAT ARE SPECIFIC TO THE COACHELLA VALLEY WILL BE USED TO ASSIST IN THE EVALUATION OF CURRENT SERVICES AND WILL HELP WITH DECISIONS TO POSSIBLY CHANGE EXISTING SERVICES. IT IS NOT OUR PURPOSE TO LISTEN TO COMPLAINTS ABOUT EXISTING SERVICES. WE ARE HERE TO RECEIVE COMMENTS ABOUT TRANSIT NEEDS THAT ARE NOT BEING MET AND NEED TO BE CONSIDERED. IF YOU HAVE SERVICE COMPLAINTS, THEY SHOULD BE MADE DIRECTLY TO THE TRANSIT AGENCY. IF YOU WOULD PREFER JUST TO LISTEN TODAY, THE COMMISSION WILL ACCEPT LETTERS REGARDING UNMET TRANSIT NEEDS UNTIL MARCH 1. PLEASE SEND THEM TO THE COMMISSION OFFICE AT 3560 UNIVERSITY AVENUE, SUI'T'E 100, RIVERSIDE, 92501. THOSE OF YOU WHO WISH TO ADDRESS THE HEARING BOARD SHOULD FILL OUT A CARD THAT CAN BE OBTAINED FROM COMMISSION STAFF. WE WILL CALL YOUR NAME IN THE SAME ORDER THAT WE RECEIVE THE CARDS. I WOULD ASK THAT YOU LIMIT YOUR PRESENTATION TO FIVE (5) MINUTES. ALSO, SIGN AND SPANISH INTERPRETERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT REQUIRE THEIR SERVICE. THE PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW OPEN. JAN 31 '94 17:35 RIV. CO. ROAD&SURVEY Franklin E. Sherkow Agency Director COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE TRANSPORTATION AND LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCY r.X.broom Dlfnerar Anfd 8 ZWmItan Ducar MEMORANDUM DATE:`ilanuary 31, 1994 TO. °`;Supervisor Melba Dunlap ":Supervisor Corky Larson Supervisor Horton Younglove FAOK: Franklin E. Sherko Agency Director REi RCTC Agonda'Comments (Based on Administrative Committee Agenda of February 2, 1994) AO J. Laureate Dirgraw Agenda Item #511 — Approval of, Resolution No. 94-005, A, Besn).ution of the e i verb ide Coanty Transportation_ Commission Amendjrns. and Adootina Local guidelines for the Califu nid Apv'i rclimwntal Quality Act Recommend support." Agenda Item 4SC - DisadvantagBusiness Enterprise Proaram Aia�dments Recommond support. Agenda Item k5F - Air Ouality C9nforeity Regulations A Commission briefing is warranted on this subject. Ask staff why we still don't have authority to obligate Federal -aid from last summer's (1993) SCAG-RTIP amendment. (We'd all like to know.) Agenda Item #SG - 1993 Congestion Management Update on the Land lase Element we are heading toward inter -jurisdictional disputes (as ;oe lined on staff report, Page 1, Paragraph 3). Does RCTC care? 4080 Lemon Street, ttth iloor•Riversida, California 925010(900) 275-6740 P. O. Box 1090•Rivoraick. California 92502-1090•F4X (909) 275.6721 JNN 31 'J4 17:3b RIV. CO. R01;D&SURVEY P.3/5 RCTC Agenda Comments Page 2 January 31, 1994 Agenda Ttem *SE - Draft Regional Comprehensive Plan (RrP); Draft Regional Mobility Element (RME), Southern California Aesociatien of Governments This issue has been discussed at length within WRCOG. The central problems With the plan are the doubling of Western County population and the relatively low job increase (i.e., the future Jobe/housing ratio is no better than the present one for western County). There are similar issues at stake for the Desert. Thies presents real quality of life issues, as well as transportation funding shortfalls. Agenda Item_ #51 - Amendment to Contract #R09104 with valley Research and Planning Associates I would ask that more of this work be coordinated with local staff, especially the County. We have already done the Work on the TIA guidelines and RCM level of service analysis. Much of this County work has been and will be the basis of the RCTC product. Can the County provide some part of this project? Agenda Item *5.7 - Approval of Contract for Schie__rme_v r Consulting Services for FY 1993 34 Recommend support. Agenda Item 05P - Purchase of. video Conferencing Egyipment Recommend support. Agenda Item #6C - Proeased FY I991-44 SunLine Transit Agency Short Rangy Transit plan Amendpent Recommend support. Agenda Item #6E - Measure 'A' Specialized Transit Grant Asua],ieation Process Where are the evaluation criteria? The Commission should approve the criteria for judging projects: Consolidation and coordination should be part of this criteria. At this time, transit providers in Riverside County will have an extremely difficult time making a legitimate case for CMAQ funding. How will the Commission judge CMAQ funding for transit service? I strongly urge you to measure it on the same basis as for highway projects, as adopted by the Commission just last year. All projects must ahoy a direct congestion and/or air quality benefit. Projects should be funded based on how well they achieve these goals. JHN 31 'J4 17:36 RiV. CO. ROAD86URVEY r.4i RCTC Agenda Comments Page 3 January 31, 1994 Agenda Item #6F - Measure 'A' Lease Park-n-Ride ProgrNggdate Recommend support. however, more than one year ago, RCTC and Caltrana promised to develop guidelines on the needs for park-n- ride spaces. Local governments are Waiting for this information and are willing, in many cases, to condition new development to provide some of these spaces. Every month that goes by, opportunities are lost. What is that status? ��ndA Tta�m �6% - ileaBure 'A' CommLter Assistance Program Evaluation Survey Request for proposal What's the ballpark cost? Agenda Ttem 47a_!m-Adoption of Resolution No. 94-004. � Resolution of the Riverside County Transportation Commission Declaring that the Acouisition of reap Tnterests in Certain Real Propertv by Eminent Domain is Necessary for phe Construction of a wide Separation at the Tnternection of Gilman Springs Road and State Mi.ghway 79, Also Known As Lamb Canyon Road' to Acquire Property Heeded for the Route 79_ Gilman IprinigE Road Grade Separation Project Recommend support. Amanda Item #7B - Route 79 Lamb Cam!' Measure 'A' Highway Lgarpvement Projpr_t fC i l mrin Springs Grade Separation Pro feot Conetruation Cooperative Aareement and Gilman Springs Grade SeDaration_Zrvject Right-of.Way Cnnperative Agreement Recommend support. bgenda Item 47C - Status of T-715 project SOoning with FHWA and Caltrans Recommend support. Amanda Item #7D - Caltrans Notice of Initiation_pf Studies on Route 60 between Valley Way and the 60/91/215 Interchange Recommend support. Agenda /tem 47E - Re9innal Transportation Improvement Program Amendments Recommendation #i is incorrectly labeled as Route 60. It should be I-15. A proposed revision to the short-term capital program should be shown to the Commission with these recommendations. How does it impact cash availability and other projects (financially, physically)? JHh l(:.3b K1V. LU. KUAU645UKVtY ROTC Agenda Comments Page 4 January 31, 1994 Agenda Item #9A - Resoortoo to Managoaent Letter Coeaentq from Ernst and Young Recommend support with the addition that if cost allocation plans, audits, or other items have been approved by the State Controller, Caltrans, or other recognized agencies, they will be acceptable to RCTC. Agenda Item #10A - Right-of-Rntryr Agreement Mitt Birtoher for Construction Work on RCTC 2roverty Recommend support. Agenda Item #10B - Authorization for Tetra Tech: Inc., to perform a_Z=eliminary Hazardous Waste Investigation at the Latimer Grain Hill Property in the City of AivPrside Recommend support. flew Item The staff should update the Commission on State Highway 86 events, with possible action items concerning the environmental process. PES:hb CC: Supervisor Buster Supervisor Ceniccros Larry Parrish, CAO :John Johnson, AO Dave Barnhart Tek Tanaka Lou Gamache/Ed Studor Jack Reagan, RCTC From: ANNETTE D. YORK (YORK) To: KOPENHAV Date: Tuesday, January 25, 1994 10:47 am Subject: Phone message from FRAN of SUPERVISOR'S OFFICE Phone: N/A [*] Telephoned [ ] Will call again [ ] Wants to see you [ ] Urgent [ ] Please call [ ] Returned your call [ ] Came to see you RE: KAY CENICEROS WILL NOT BE ATTENDING THE FEBRUARY 9, 1994 MEETING, AS SHE WILL BE IN SACRAMENTO OH ALLEN B•GRESHAM BRUCE D. VARNER HILIP M. SAVAGE. III JHN C. NOIAN ;(. WILLIAM TILDEN JAMES E•GOOD MARE A. OSTOICH THOMAS N. JACOBSON STEPHAN G. SALESON ROBERT W. RITTER. JR. ROBIN BRAMLETT COCHRAN PRANK J. DELANY DUKE D•ROUSE JOHN B. McCAULEY ERNEST E. RIPFENBURGH MICHAEL DUANE DAVIS BART W. BRIZZEE CRAIG O.DOBLER DARYL H. CARLSON RICHARD D. MARCA PATRICK G. MITCHELL MICHAEL O. WOLF JAY C. EGENES PENELOPE ALEXANDER TARA REILLY WIRTZ JAMES R. BAXTER MICHAEL G. RAMSEY BRENDAN W. BRANDT RONALD D. GETCHEY SAUL JAFFE DAVID P. RUTH GRESHAM, VARNER, SAVAGE. NOLAN & TILDEN LAN' OFFICES 600 NORTH ARROWHEAD AVENUE. SUITE 300 SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA 02401 (714) 884-2171 (714) 824-0011 TELECOPIER (714) 888-2120 February 9, 1994 Riverside County Transportation Commission 3560 University Avenue Suite 100 Riverside, California 92501 WILLIAM GUTHRIE (1888-1947) DONALD W JORDAN (1907. 1989) JOHN B. LONERGAN (RETIRED 1978 IRVINE OFFICE 15815 ALTON PARKWAY. SUITE 250 IRVINE. CALIFORNIA 92718 TELEPHONE (714) 753-1288 RIVERSIDE OFFICE 3737 MAIN STREET. SUITE 800 RIVERSIDE. CALIFORNIA 92501 TELEPHONE (714) 274-7777 VICTORVILLE OFFICE 14011 PARK AVENUE. SUITE 140 VICTORVILLE. CALIFORNIA 92392 TELEPHONE (819) 243-2889 Re: Grade Separation in Riverside County on State Route 79 at Sanderson Avenue/Gillman Springs Road 08-RIV-79-33.5/34.3 ("Project") Dear Sirs: We represent Rancho Nuevo Partnership in the above -referenced matter. Rancho Nuevo is the record owner of Assessor Parcel Nos. 430-070-002 and 430-070-003 ("Property"). On November 24, 1993, the Riverside County General Services Agency/Building Services Division offered, on behalf of the Riverside County Transportation Commission ("RCTC"), to purchase portions of the Property in order to facilitate the above -referenced Project. These acquisitions would include the taking of certain land adjacent to Sanderson Avenue and depriving the remainder Property held by Rancho Nuevo of critically important access to Sanderson Avenue. Specifically, by condemning the Property's access to Sanderson Avenue and restricting the Property's sole access to Gillman Springs Road, the condemnation action renders the Property undevelopable. The Property is zoned as RT (i.e. a mobile home park). Gillman Springs Road cannot support the development of the Property as a mobile home park. Moreover, the access to Gillman Springs Road is directly impacted by an earthquake fault. In order to develop the Property as a mobile home park, Rancho Nuevo Partnership will have to provide adequate primary and secondary access (See Riverside County Ordinance 460.11 AIII § 3.2(I)). Without such access, the Property will not be developable. Despite Rancho Nuevo's asserted concerns relating to the inadequacy of the offer and the treatment of severance damages, it appears RCTC has determined to proceed. In order to evaluate the potential adverse nature of various environment impacts including, but not limited to the increased traffic on Gillman Springs Road, Rancho Nuevo requested the condemning agency provide evidence that CalTrans, as the lead agency, had complied with the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"). Despite numerous requests, 31S10:1EMBLEMILTRS\RCTC.01 11:53am 2-9-94 GRESHAM. VARNER, SAVAGE, NOLAN & TILDEN LAW OFFICES Riverside County Transportation Commission February 9, 1994 Page 2 CalTrans and the County of Riverside General Services Agency have failed to provide Rancho Nuevo with adequate evidence of CEQA compliance. After repeated requests (beginning on November 24, 1993), on February S, 1994, the day immediately prior to the hearing on the proposed Resolution of Necessity, CalTrans provided this office with documentation claiming that the Project is categorically exempt from CEQA. In its Categorical Exemption document of January 1994 CalTrans admits that the "project does not fall within an exempt class". Moreover, CalTrans then claims that the Project falls within the general exemption which states: "Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA." 14CCR § 15061(b)(3) (emphasis added). The present situation does not fall within the above narrow exemption, which exception must be narrowly construed under CEQA. Specifically, for the following reasons this Project may possibly have a significant environmental effect: 1) The Project deprives the Property of critical access rendering it undevelopable; 2) The Project fails to adequately consider traffic impact to Gillman Springs Road, and 3) The Project fails to adequately consider the noise impacts to the Property. The length and detail of the document itself is indicative of the inappropriateness of relying on a categorical exemption. Rancho Nuevo submits that this Project does not fall within any categorical exemption of CEQA. The cursory CEQA documentation fails to consider land use, traffic and noise impacts to the Property. In light of the above, CalTrans must undertake at least a CEQA initial study and/quite possibly, an environmental impact report, to consider the above -referenced deficiencies. Very truly your , Saul faffe of GRESHAM, VARNER, SAVAGE, NOLAN & TILDEN sja/jf 3\S\O: \EMHLEM1LTRS1RCTC.01 11:55am 2-9-94