Wednesday, September 18, 2013

General Plan Circulation Element Workshop

CIRCULATION ELEMENT KICK OFF
Wednesday night forty people attended the most recent workshop on the Costa Mesa General Plan Update at the Emergency Operations Center near City Hall.
BICYCLE ELEMENT
This event, ramrodded by Transportation Services Manager Raja Sethuraman and jointly-facilitated by consultant Rock Miller of Stantec, focused on the Bicycle segment of the Circulation element of the General Plan update.  You can read the agenda for the meeting HERE.
 Rock Miller explains bicycle plans to Munoz, Sethuraman and others
Parks and Recreation Commissioner Dean Abernathy ponders an issue
RAJA TO ROCK
Sethuraman kicked things off, then tossed the ball to Miller who guided the explanation of the bicycle portion.  The attendee then went through an exercise in which they discussed their wishes for improvement of Costa Mesa's bicycle friendliness.  The scrawled suggestions for things they would like to see included in the General Plan on maps depicting the current layout of bicycle trails in the community, which were then compiled by Miller and the other consultants present.

 group discussion
Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee member Anna Vrska discusses map

LARGE TURNOUT
The turnout was good. The city staff was represented by, in addition to Sethuraman, Economic and Developement Director Gary Anderson, Principal Planner Minoo Ashabi, Director of Public Services Ernesto Munoz, Parks commissioners Bob Graham and Dean Abernathy and Anna Vrska, member of the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee were all present.  I also saw large landowners and representatives from the Building Industry Association in the crowd.
 Former Interim Fire Chief Tom Arnold participates with Beth Refakes and Jay Humphrey

Westside resident Jim Erickson studies a map

FINAL CIRCULATION WORKSHOP ON OCTOBER 16TH
This was a good workshop, from which much excellent input was gleaned from the participants.  The final circulation element workshop will be held at the same place, also at 6:00 p.m. on October 16, 2013.

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