Livable Neighborhood Streets: Working towards more livable streets in Redwood Village, Friendly Acres and the North Fair Oaks Communities
December 2017 UPDATE
The Final Neighborhood Street Enhancement Program –Implementation Plan was presented to the Complete Streets Advisory Committee (CSAC) for their recommendation on December 12, 2017. The CSAC committee has recommended the Plan. A request to approve the Plan will be presented to the City Council at their January 8, 2018 meeting. The City will additionally ask the County Board of Supervisors for approval. If approved, the high priority projects will more forward to design in 2018, followed by construction. Projects needing no further design may begin earlier.
Most of the high priority projects improve conditions for pedestrians, calm traffic, or make the streets more attractive. Example projects include intersection bulb-outs, rectangular rapid flashing beacons, new street lights, lane narrowing, high visibility crosswalks, and public art.
Making Scott Avenue one-way between Flynn Avenue and Burbank Avenue received priority project status; however, it remained controversial with some residents in Redwood Village. With this in mind, prior to other construction, we will be doing a one-way pilot changing the configuration of Scott Avenue from two-way to a one-way operation in the eastbound direction. In conjunction with this configuration change, we will be installing a speed hump on Scott Avenue. After a few months, we will evaluate whether this configuration should be made permanent or not.
The full Implementation Plan can be found at the links below.
Neighborhood Street Enhancement Program Implementation Plan
In September 2013, the City Council of Redwood City approved a plan for a new office campus for Stanford University in Redwood City. This office campus, located at the southeast portion of Redwood City along Highway 101, borders three different residential neighborhoods: Friendly Acres, North Fair Oaks (unincorporated County area), and Redwood Village.
As part of the approved Development Agreement, Stanford University agreed to contribute $1,500,000 toward a Livable Neighborhood Streets program for the three neighborhoods potentially affected by the new office campus (referred to as the Neighborhood Street Enhancement Program in the Development Agreement). These funds are for neighborhood signage, trees, bulb-outs, landscape elements, bicycle facilities, traffic circles, chicanes, or other features that create an attractive neighborhood boundary and discourage cut-through traffic. The first distribution of $750,000 has been provided to the city.
Plans for the first phase of the Stanford campus were submitted in early 2016, with preliminary community meetings held in the spring and approval of the first phase upheld by the City Council in December 2016. Development of this phase includes four new office buildings, one parking structure, and three amenity buildings (fitness center, childcare facility, transit center, cafeteria, central energy facility, etc.), adding roughly 300,000 square feet of net new development to the area. The timeline for future phases is unknown at this time.
Initial neighborhood outreach to discuss potential impacts to the neighborhoods and the types of enhancements the community would like were held prior to the Stanford Project approval. In continuing this process and in selecting a funding alternative that is favorable to the neighborhoods, the City has hired the consulting team of TJKM (transportation specialists) and Gates + Associates (designers and community facilitators). This team is helping to coordinate and facilitate further neighborhood outreach, complete technical studies, develop conceptual designs, and provide cost estimates for favored neighborhood alternatives. This process will take approximately nine months.
The outcome of this process will be a plan for enhancing the neighborhood streets in the three communities including a list of street enhancements that can begin immediately, conceptual designs for near-term street improvements, and a list of longer-term street improvements that may be funded by the next phase of the Stanford Development (an additional $750,000).
Round Two of Community Meetings – April 18, 19, and 29, 2017
April 18 - Friendly Acres
April 19 - North Fair Oaks
April 29 - Redwood Village
The second round of community outreach meetings was held with the neighborhoods of Friendly Acres, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood Village on April 18, 19, and 29. The purpose of the second round of meetings was for residents to prioritize “neighborhood street enhancements” (improvements) based on input from residents during the first round of meetings, stakeholder interviews, and an online survey. Survey results, as well as the presentation materials and priorities resulting from the second round of meetings, are included below in the section Round Two of Community Meetings.
Round One of Community Meetings -- February 7, 8, and 9, 2017
February 7 - Friendly Acres
February 8 - Redwood Village
February 9 - North Fair Oaks
Redwood City hosted the first round of neighborhood meetings with Friendly Acres, Redwood Village, and North Fair Oaks during the second week in February. These meetings built on the input already provided by each neighborhood, beginning the process of prioritizing enhancements that the residents had identified. The city provided an overview of the Livable Neighborhood Streets project and the work plan and provided information on existing conditions. Community members collectively brainstormed potential improvements and prioritized projects.
Neighborhood Streets Enhancements are elements that go beyond routine street maintenance such as filling potholes. Potential enhancements may include speed humps, pedestrian-scale lighting, street trees, bicycle facilities (bike lanes, bike parking, etc.), wider sidewalks, bulb-outs, traffic circles, chicanes, and similar elements to calm traffic and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. Potential benefits and trade-offs were discussed as well as the possibility of grant funding to increase the project budget.
At the end of the process, in addition to meetings with the individual neighborhoods, the city will host a meeting where the three neighborhoods can share information, coordinate projects, and define overall priorities.
Current Project Information
- Public Benefits - Stanford Development Agreement (excerpt)
- Stanford in Redwood City Mitigation Measures
- Stanford in Redwood City Mitigation Measure Map (English/Español)
- Stanford in Redwood City Precise Plan
- Neighborhood Street Enhancement Program Existing Conditions Report – COMING SOON
- Survey Results
Round One of Community Meetings
- Community Meeting Presentation (English/Español)
- Community Meeting Exhibits
- February 7, 2017 at Friendly Acres
- February 8, 2017 at Redwood Village
- February 9, 2017 at North Fair Oaks
- Other comments received (English and Español)
Round Two of Community Meetings
- Community Meeting Alternatives Friendly Acres
- Community Meeting Presentation Friendly Acres
- Community Meeting Alternatives North Fair Oaks
- Community Meeting Presentation North Fair Oaks
- Community Meeting Alternatives Redwood Village
- Community Meeting Presentation Redwood Village
- Second Round Community Meeting Exhibits
- Friendly Acres Workshop 2 Notes
- North Fair Oaks Workshop 2 Notes
- Redwood Village Workshop 2 Notes
- Priority Chart – Neighborhood Preference
Joint Meeting #3
- Community Meeting #3 Flyer (English and Español)
- Transportation & Parking Forms and Guidelines – City of Redwood City
- Residential Permit Parking – City Municipal Code
- Public Works – County of San Mateo
- County of San Mateo Residential Speed Control program
- County of San Mateo Road Services
- County of San Mateo Street Light Services
Assistant Engineer II