Molalla's Transportation System Plan update: What you need to know
The process of updating the City of Molalla's Transportation System Plan continues with a pair of meetings this Thursday as members from the project's two teams will gather to discuss ongoing developments and additional comments and concerns.
According to the project's website, the TSP is a "long-range plan that identifies improvements to transportation facilities and services to accommodate projected population and employment growth within the City and the surrounding area over the next 20 years (through 2040)."
The project's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) – which is comprised of public agency staff members from the City of Molalla, Clackamas County, Oregon Department of Transportation, South Clackamas Transportation District, Molalla River School District, Molalla Police Department, and Molalla Fire Department – will meet at Molalla City Hall from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 to review and receive feedback on two memorandums that detail Molalla's current transportation system along with its future needs. The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) – which includes local residents, business owners, council members, and others – will also meet on Nov. 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Molalla Adult Community Center.
Matt Bell, senior planner at Kittelson & Associates, a Portland-based traffic engineering firm that the City has contracted with to complete the update of its TSP, said the TAC's discussions are "technical in nature and deal with the overlapping jurisdictional responsibilities of those on the committee," while the PAC is "more policy-oriented and deal with safety, access, mobility, and other livability issues."
Bell said in an email that only the PAC meetings are open to the public, but both meetings will follow similar agendas: a ten-minute project update from Bell, who is the Consultant Project Manager, followed by discussions on the two documents – Draft Tech Memo 4: Existing Transportation System and Draft Tech Memo 5: Future Needs Analysis – from Bell and Nick Gross, also a planner at Kittelson and one of the three members of the Traffic Engineering/Transportation Planning consultant team. After the two 15-minute discussions, the TAC meeting will include a 30-minute board exercise, while the PAC will have a 60-minute board exercise.
After that, there will be a ten-minute discussion and a presentation of the next steps by Matt Hughart, a Kittelson associate planner and member of the Traffic Engineering/Transportation Planning consultant team.
The project schedule, which can be found online along with other details relating to the project, shows that there will be eight memo drafts that all receive input from the project's team members along with the public before the recommendations for the final TSP are made the week of Sept. 3, 2018. The final updated TSP is scheduled to be complete the week of Oct. 29, 2018.
Draft Tech Memo 4: Existing Transportation System
The 39-page document details Molalla's current transportation system, which includes systems for motor vehicles, public transportation, bicycles, pedestrians, along with information on pavement condition, traffic operations, freight mobility through the city, traffic safety statistics, and other travel modes, and each of those system's gaps and deficiencies.
Draft Tech Memo 5: Future Needs Analysis
The 40-page document also details Molalla's current transportation system but builds upon the Existing Gaps and Deficiencies listed in Draft Tech Memo 4 to include details on "the technical analysis needed to support the development of potential solutions," which will be identified in a future document. It includes data on projected land uses and population and employment growth in the city, pedestrian and bicycle level of traffic stress analyses that essentially show it's difficult to travel within the city on foot or by bike, and additional information.
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