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Resolution 081005
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FILE NO. 081005  [19th Avenue Cumulative Impact Study.]
Authored by Supervisors Elsbernd and Chu

Resolution urging the Planning Department and Municipal Transportation Authority to conduct, and continually update, a comprehensive cumulative transportation impact study encompassing all the reasonable foreseeable developments along the 19th Avenue corridor from 19th Avenue and Vicente south to the county line, and expressing the Board of Supervisors’ intent that individual environmental reviews of any projects along this corridor must incorporate this ongoing and comprehensive cumulative impacts analysis to be considered adequate.

What started this process was the realization by neighbors that there was a large number of extremly big projects being planned for the West side of the city, and each project was being reviewed and approved by the City individually, with no thought to the cumulative impact that these projects would have on the infrastructure in this portion of the City. Here are some of the projects that are currently underway and that these interim controls seek to better manage.

  • The California State University Board of Trustees, on November 14, 2007, certified an Environmental Impact Report for San Francisco State University, on 19th Avenue between Buckingham and Holloway, that authorizers SFSU to proceed with its 2007-2020 Campus Master Plan, which which calls for an increase in the student body from 20,000 to 25,000 full-time students and the creation of 657 new housing units.
  • The San Francisco Planning Department, on October 13, 2007, published a notice of preparation/initial study for a project at 77-111 Cambon Drive just south of 19th Avenue and Crespi, for 192 new condominium units and 14,000 square feet of replacement retail space.
  • The owner of 800 Brotherhood way, just west of the 19th Avenue and Brotherhood way interchange, received environmental approval for a 182-unit project about three (3) years ago.  The owners have yet to begin construction, acquire site plans or a building permit and have placed the land for sale.
  • Development representatives of Ardenwood, a privately owned open space parcel on 19th avenue just north of Sloat Boulevard are currently soliciting neighborhood input on a low-rise development of about 162 housing units, but have not filed an actual plan with the Planning Department.
  • Development representative of General Growth Properties, owners of Stonestown Mall, have begun discussing a major commercial expansion of this property, including a new six screen movie theater, a new anchor tenant and other new commercial opportunities.
  • The San Francisco Unified School District has entered into a development agreement with representatives of a private developer for the old School of the Arts site, just west of the 19th Avenue and Holloway intersection, along font Boulevard, for an undefined multiunit residential project.
  • Parkmerced, a neighborhood along 19th Avenue with approximately 3,200 housing units, recently filed a proposal with the City’s Planning Department that would, if approved, result in over 5,677 new housing units built in stages of 200-300 units a year over the next 15 -20 years.
  • The Balboa Park Better Neighborhoods Plan, which has been moving through the Better Neighborhoods process for nearly 10 years, if approved, would allow for the development of a 175 unit residential over retail building, approximately 1.5 miles east of 19th Avenue at 1150 Ocean Avenue.  (The current schedule is that the plan will be before the full Board of Supervisors in January 2009.)

19th Avenue, CA Highway 1, is the main traffic artery connecting the North Bay counties to the Peninsula, and population growth in those areas of the Bay Area has significantly impacted traffic congestion on 19th Avenue.

According to the 2003 Stonestown Village Draft Environmental Impact Report, there are a number of “F” and “D” Level of Service (LOS) intersections along 19th Avenue.

  • “D” (LOS) Typical of an urban highway during commuting hours. Speeds are somewhat reduced, motorists are hemmed in by other cars and trucks.
  • “F” (LOS) Flow is forced; every vehicle moves in lockstep with the vehicle in front of it, with frequent drops in speed to nearly zero mph. A road for which the travel time cannot be predicted.

Pedestrian safety and traffic congestion throughout the southern 19th Avenue neighborhoods are a major concern of the area residents and users of CA Highway 1.

Individual environmental review of each project that doesn’t incorporate a cumulative transportation analysis could prevent area residents and policy makers from truly understanding the cumulative environmental impacts of all of these projects taken as a whole.

In order for residents and policy makers to fully understand the cumulative impacts of all of these proposals on the southern 19th Avenue corridor, a detailed, consistent and comprehensive cumulative impact study encompassing all of these projects should be performed prior to, or in conjunction with the environmental reviews of each of the individual projects.

 
Actions Urged by the Resolution:

  • Therefore, the Board of Supervisors urges the Planning Department to require that the transportation consultants engaged for any of the individual projects listed above that are located along the 19th Avenue corridor prepare, under the supervision of the Planning Department and MTA staff and in consultation with concerned members of the public and with the individual projects sponsors, a comprehensive cumulative impact study which includes all the reasonably foreseeable developments located along the 19th Avenue corridor from 19th Avenue and Vicente south to the county line.
  • Further, the Board of Supervisors urges the Planning Department and MTA staff to continually update this cumulative impact study as these projects continue to move forward, fail to move forward or new projects are introduced.
  • Also, the Board of Supervisors urges the Planning Department to require that all the proposed projects contribute funds or in-kind services to support the publication of the first cumulative impact study and subsequent updates.
  • Also, the Board of Supervisors urges the Planning Department to require that the cumulative impact study considers the cumulative impacts of traffic, transportation and circulation, public services and utilities, and recreational resources, as would otherwise be analyzed in each California Environmental Quality Act document.
  • In addition, the Board of Supervisors urges the Planning Department and MTA to ensure that the cumulative impact study considers the following five (5) tiers of alternatives when analyzing traffic impact along 19th Avenue:
    1. No land use changes and no infrastructure improvements;
    2. Reasonably foreseeable land use changes and no infrastructure improvements;
    3. Reasonably foreseeable land use changes and only planned publicly funded improvements:
    4. Reasonably foreseeable land use changes and planned publicly funded improvements and reasonably foreseeable privately funded improvements;
    5. Reasonably foreseeable land use changes, planned publicly funded improvements, reasonably foreseeable privately funded improvements, and prospective, but un-funded, public and privately funded improvements.
  • Also, the Board of supervisors urges the Planning Department to circulate a draft of the study, so that interested members of the public may comment and review it prior to completion of the first draft of the study.
  • Also, the Board of Supervisors expresses its intent that individual environmental reviews of any project along the southern 19th Avenue corridor, in order to be considered adequate, must incorporate the latest version of the study.
  • And finally, the Board of Supervisors urges the Planning Department and MTA to update the cumulative impact study prior to the issuance of any individual project-level CEQA document.
     
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