Thursday May 19, 2016
After taking the public’s pulse on possible civic, transportation, and communication improvements at the April 28 outreach forum, the Chamberlin Neighborhood Airport Committee (CNAPC) met with its consultants to finalize recommendations to present to the city council.
Lead consultant Bob Chamberlin of Resource Systems Group (RSG) walked the committee through an introduction of new ideas brought forth from the public, a summary of Airport Drive alternatives, a summary of the CNAPC and public feedback, and a summary of the final transportation recommendations.
Four recommendations came from members of the public on April 28:
1. Radar speed signs on White Street: Director of Planning and Zoning Paul Conner said that the city has three portable speed signs on hand. This would allow the city to place them in different areas of the neighborhood and move as necessary.
2. Sidewalk on north-east side of Airport Parkway: cost estimate between $150,000-$350,000 with a medium-term timeframe and medium priority.
3. Bike lanes on Airport Drive: cost estimate ranges between $4,000-$8,000, short or long term timeframe depending on the potential future Airport Drive realignment; high priority
4. Boardwalk along Centennial Brook: cost estimate $10,000-$100,000 depending on how design-heavy it is and process; some of the land is private so there would need to be an easement for a full connection.
Chamberlin reviewed transportation ideas. He categorized them by short, medium, and long term (short term is within three years of obtaining funds, medium is three to seven years, and long is more than seven years). Based on public feedback and CNAPC discussion, Chamberlin suggested the following recommendations:
On the short term list were proposed crosswalks at White Street and Patchen Road, on-road bike lanes at White Street and Patchen Road, and speed radar signs.
Medium term ideas included overland paths, crosswalk with a median (located at Williston Road), whimsical crosswalks, curb radii reduction, pedestrian refuge islands, a sidewalk on White Street and Airport Parkway and a boardwalk on Centennial Brook.
Long term suggestions included realignment of Airport Drive, joint connection of Elizabeth and Patrick Streets to Airport Parkway, and protected bike lanes on White Street and Patchen Street
Committee member Kim Robison also suggested adding strategically-placed bus shelters to the list.
Civic Enhancements Update
Carole Schlessinger and Skip Smallridge of Crosby, Schlessinger, and Smallridge LLC (CSS) shared recommendations for civic enhancements.
Neighborhood Gateway/Welcome signs: Several locations were suggested; implementation involves working with the city to determine preferred locations on publically-owned land and design/fabrication/installation of signs. Cost estimate: $7,500 each, $15,000 with lighting. Conner said depending on the materials, the city is able to secure a better deal (close to $2,000 each).
Pedestrian-scale lighting on White Street: this ties into the transportation recommendation of installing a second sidewalk on White Street. Implementation would require going through the city for approval, and the cost estimates run from $650,000-$850.000. A rendering of lights with 60-foot spacing from pole to pole the length of White Street on both sides of the street was shown.
Amend zoning regulations to allow for front porches up to 12 feet: This helps strengthen a sense of community, Schlessinger said. The draft zoning amendment would have to come before the planning commission and subsequently the city council before adoption is considered.
Allow for fences and hedges at the property line with planting within public right of way: This would require individual property owners to have license agreement with the city.
Maintain Access to scenic views: benches and pocket park/viewing areas would be provided at key locations and would be developed as part of a multi-use path.
Stopping points on multi-use path: trail through the acquisition land would beautify the area. This would have to be done in conjunction with the Airport Parkway development, Smallridge said. He gave an estimated range of $1.2 million to $2.6 million.
Institutional Arrangements and Communications Pathways Update
Juli Beth Hinds of Orion Planning & Design rounded out the recommendations with an institutional arrangements and communication pathways update. This area focuses on communication about actions, events, and investments that can affect and enhance the neighborhood. In other words, what matters most to neighbors in the area, and what’s the best way to communicate with the city and amongst neighbors?
Based on community feedback from the outreach meeting, Hinds cited the top three issues that matter most to the neighbors who responded: Chamberlin School plans, transportation system changes, and the airport. Topics that received moderate response were paths, trails, and recreation planning; neighborhood-to-neighborhood programs (i.e. disaster preparation, helping seniors), parks, and visual enhancements.
Participants said the best ways to communicate about opportunities affecting the neighborhood include receiving an email from the city or a local organization, The Other Paper, and Front Porch Forum.
Other CNAPC News
The noise subcommittee under CNPAC will finalize a recommendation to share at the May 26 CNAPC meeting regarding the details of a noise abatement commission that will survive the noise subcommittee.
CNAPC will review a draft set of questions and statements of proposed city positions prepared by staff on subjects related to the Burlington Airport’s Draft 2016 Re-Use Plan draft on May 16 before the City Council meeting.
Remaining CNAPC meetings are May 26, June 7 (third and final community outreach meeting), and June 16.
SOURCE: Miranda Jonswold. Correspondent