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Engineering Public Hearing Meeting, July 31, 2020

Effective Date
Friday, July 31, 2020 - 10:00am
News categories
Traffic

The Sustainable Streets Division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will 
hold an on-line public hearing on Friday, July 31, 2020, at 10:00 AM to consider the various matters listed on the agenda below.

The purpose of the public hearing will be to get public feedback on these proposals. No decisions will be made on these items at the public hearing.  Based upon all public feedback received, the SFMTA will make and post the decision on these items by 5.pm. the following Friday on the SFTMA website.

Public opinion about these proposals can be shared in any of the following ways:

•    Online Skype Meeting: https://meet.sfmta.com/meetings/B6BYL76S
Phoning during the public hearing: please dial 888-398-2342 and enter the code 8647385.
•    When public comment is open key in “1” and then “0” to join the queue of people wishing to comment. 
•    Sending an email to Sustainable.Streets@SFMTA.com with the subject line “Public Hearing.”

Online Participation

Phone Participation
•    Ensure you are in a quiet location
•    Speak clearly
•    Turn off any TVs or radios around you

For the best online experience, join the Skype session and select “Don’t join audio”. For the audio, use the phone instructions below. This will allow you to listen and participate through the same audio experience.
1. When prompted, dial "1 - 0" to be added to the speaker line. The auto-prompt will indicate callers are entering "Question and Answer" time; this is the "Public Comment" period.
2. Callers will hear silence when waiting for your turn to speak.
3. When prompted, callers will have the standard two minutes to provide comment.

For clarification about any items before the public hearing, the responsible staff person is listed, along with an email address.

Funston Avenue at California Street – Red Zone
1.    ESTABLISH - RED ZONE
Funston Street, west side, from 20 feet to 45 feet north of California Street 
(extends existing 20 feet red zone)
(Supervisor District 1) Victoria Chong, Victoria.Chong@sfmta.com

The proposal includes extending an existing red zone due to a resident's concern of enough clearance between the parking lane and the traffic calming islands when approaching the intersection. Often times, if a larger vehicle is parked close to the intersection, larger vehicles are unable to pass and go around the traffic calming
island into oncoming traffic.

Rhode Island Street, between 18th Street and 20th Street – Residential Permit Parking Extension 
2.    ESTABLISH – RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING, AREA X ESTABLISH – 2-HOUR PARKING, 8 AM TO 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, EXCEPT VEHICLES WITH AREA X PERMITS 
Rhode Island Street, both sides, between 18th Street and 20th Street 
(Supervisor District 10) Kathryn Studwell, kathryn.studwell@sfmta.com 

Extension of RPP Area X will allow residents to obtain RPP permits.

Vermont Street, between Mariposa Street and 18th Street – Residential Permit Parking Extension 
3.    ESTABLISH – RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING, AREA X ESTABLISH – 2-HOUR PARKING, 8 AM TO 6 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, EXCEPT VEHICLES WITH AREA X PERMITS 
Vermont Street, both sides, between Mariposa Street and 18th Street 
(Supervisor District 10) Kathryn Studwell, kathryn.studwell@sfmta.com 

Extension of RPP Area X will allow residents to obtain RPP permits.

Filbert Street at Polk Street and Greenwich Street at Polk Street- Red Zone
4.    ESTABLISH – RED ZONES
Filbert Street, north side from Polk Street to 10 feet easterly 
Greenwich Street, north side from Polk Street to 10 feet easterly 
(Supervisor District 2) Ellen Robinson, ellen.robinson@sfmta.com

This proposal would daylight the westbound approaches of Filbert and Greenwich streets at Polk Street to improve visibility between drivers and pedestrians. Each zone would remove approximately on unmarked, perpendicular parking space.

Categorically exempt from Environmental Review: CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 Class 1(c): Operation, repair, maintenance, or minor alteration of existing highways and streets, sidewalks, gutters, bicycle 
and pedestrian trails, and similar facilities.

  _______________________________________    
Andrea Contreras, SFMTA                          Date

The following items are pending environmental clearance:

 Items denoted with an asterisk ( ) can be given approval by the City Traffic Engineer after the public hearing.  Otherwise, the SFMTA Board will make the final approval at a later date based on the outcome at the public hearing.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Appeal Rights under Chapter 31 of the San Francisco Administrative Code: For Approval Actions, the Planning Department has issued a CEQA exemption determination or negative declaration, which may be viewed online at http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=3447. Following approval of the item by the SFMTA City Traffic Engineer, the CEQA determination is subject to appeal within the time frame specified in S.F. Administrative Code Section 31.16, typically within 30 calendar days of the Approval Action. For information on filing a CEQA appeal, contact the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102, or call (415) 554-5184. Under CEQA, in a later court challenge, a litigant may be limited to raising only those issues previously raised at a hearing on the project or in written correspondence delivered to the Board of Supervisors or other City board, commission or department at, or prior to, such hearing, or as part of the appeal hearing process on the CEQA decision.

Whether the City Traffic Engineer’s decision is considered a Final SFMTA Decision is determined by Division II, Section 203 of the Transportation Code.  If the City Traffic Engineer approves a parking or traffic modification, this decision is considered a Final SFMTA Decision.  If a City Traffic Engineer disapproves a parking or traffic modification and a member of the public requests SFMTA review of that decision, the additional review shall be conducted pursuant to Division II, Section 203 of the Transportation Code.  City Traffic Engineer decisions will be posted on https://www.sfmta.com/committees/engineering-public-hearings by 5 p.m. on the Friday following the public hearing. Final SFMTA Decisions involving certain parking or traffic modifications, whether made by the City Traffic Engineer or the SFMTA Board, can be reviewed by the Board of Supervisors pursuant to Ordinance 127-18. Information about the review process can be found at: https://sfbos.org/sites/default/files/SFMTA_Action_Review_Info_Sheet.pdf.  

Approved for Public Hearing by:

    _________________________
    Ricardo Olea
City Traffic Engineer
    Sustainable Streets Division

cc:     James Lee, SFMTA Parking and Enforcement 
    Matt Lee, SFMTA Service Planning

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ISSUE DATE:  7/17/20