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Livable Neighborhood Streets: Working towards more livable streets in Redwood Village, Friendly Acres and the North Fair Oaks Communities

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May 2018 UPDATE

On February 22, 2018 the City updated the North Fair Oaks Council on the status of the Plan. The Implementation Plan should be approved by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors this summer.

The City recently completed a survey of residents of Scott Avenue, Greenwood Lane, Meadow Lane, and Flynn Avenue; this was to confirm support to pilot one-way street operations (an identified high priority project in the Plan).

Most of the high priority projects improve conditions for pedestrians, calm traffic, or make the streets more attractive. Example projects intersection bulb outs, new street lights, lane narrowing, high visibility crosswalks, public art and updates to the flashing pedestrian warning signs.

We expect final design for the high priority NSEP projects to begin in Fall 2018 with construction before the end of 2019.

The full implementation Plan can be found at the links below.



Neighborhood Street Enhancement Program Implementation Plan

Final Report (without appendices)
Final Report Appendix A
Final Report Appendix B
Final Report Appendix C
Final Report Appendix D
Final Report Appendix E

Priority Projects

Executive Summary


February 2018

March 2017

May 2017

September 2017

December 2017

Project Overview

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).

Community Engagement

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

Technical Documents

Round One of Community Meetings

Round Two of Community Meetings

Joint Meeting #3

Related Links

Project Contact

Kimberly Overton
Assistant Engineer II

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