Monday, August 10, 2015

Bikeway & Walkability Committee Meets Wednesday

In case you're wondering how you're going to be spending all that free time since the Planning Commission meets only once this month and the City Council won't meet again until next month, here's some good news for you!  The Costa Mesa Bikeway And Walkability Committee meets on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 6:30 in Conference Room 1A at City Hall.

There is only one item on the agenda, the discussion of the Work Plan, HERE, which should fill that evening with lively discussion.  It's my understanding that the fifteen (15) committee members headed by Chairman Ralph Taboada might be supplemented by the two additional members representing the Newport Mesa Unified School District and the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce.  That's going to make an already large group even more fun to manage.  Good luck, Ralph.

The situation is made even more interesting because there is a move afoot within The City to accelerate the General Plan deliberations - the City Council and the Planning Commission will hold a joint workshop that will include on the agenda that very issue early in September.  This will likely put pressure on this committee to produce at least some broad guidelines for their goals and objectives that might be folded into the General Plan.  It's VERY unlikely that they will have time to fully vet any kind of detailed plans - like routes, landscaping, surface composition, and on and on.

So, if you have an interest in the plans for making our city more bicycle-friendly and more walkable, please plan to spend a couple hours in the cozy confines of Conference Room 1A, hearing how this committee plans to move forward.  The meeting is NOT covered live by CMTV.  If previous agendas are any indication, the public will have a couple minutes to address the committee on issues that are important on this issue.

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