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1 Transportation Best Practices Mendocino Council of Governments East Bay Tour Report by Dan Gjerde, MCOG Chair April 5, 2010

2 Why change? Resources lost countryside, lost sustainability

3 Why change? Greenhouse gas too many cars, too many miles

4 Obesity Epidemic big problem, big costs Why change?

5 Mendocino County Are we ready for: Retaining resource & ag lands? Minimizing GHGs & miles traveled? Improving community health? World-class public spaces? Economic & cultural renewal?

6 Hope Just 70 years ago, two in three Mendocino residents lived within walking distance of a downtown. We can, again.

7 Mendocinos toolbox Regional Blueprint Regional Transportation Plan Priority Development Areas Priority Conservation Areas General Plans Land Use Codes Strategic Investment of Grants

8 Blueprint Planning Local and regional comprehensive planning Efficient use of land Conservation of water, energy and natural resources Walking, biking and transit to meet congestion & health goals

9 Priority Development Areas Cities and County nominate PDAs PDAs are neighborhoods with commitment to: 1) Increase housing near jobs, retail and services 2) Create complete communities for residents to live in pedestrian-friendly environment

10 Priority Conservation Areas Lands of regional significance Agricultural or natural resource Historical or cultural Recreational or scenic

11 Gaia Good density Good density Six-story façade, plus 2-3 stories set back Six-story façade, plus 2-3 stories set back Common areas in lieu Common areas in lieu of private balconies of private balconies 12,000 sf commercial space 12,000 sf commercial space 91 apartments 91 apartments

12 Secret of Gaia.46 parking spaces.46 parking spaces per apartment; per apartment; no parking for retail no parking for retail Hydraulic lifts Hydraulic lifts 267 units / acre 267 units / acre

13 Bachenheimer Five-story façade, plus tower Five-story façade, plus tower 155 units / acre 155 units / acre 12,400 sf lot 12,400 sf lot 3,000 sf retail; no parking 3,000 sf retail; no parking 44 apartments; 30 spaces; 0.68 44 apartments; 30 spaces; 0.68 Fort Braggs densest district Four-story façade Four-story façade 54 units / acre¹ 54 units / acre¹ 12,400 sf lot 12,400 sf lot 2,800 sf retail; 7 spaces² 2,800 sf retail; 7 spaces² 15 apartments; 15 spaces; 1.0 15 apartments; 15 spaces; 1.0 ¹ In CBD, w/density bonus ² Pay for off-site spaces

14 5 stories, plus tower 4 stories, plus tower

15 Bachenshorter Units/acre: 75% Bachenheimer; 43% Gaia Four-story façade, plus tower Four-story façade, plus tower 116 units / acre¹ 116 units / acre¹ 12,400 sf lot 12,400 sf lot 2,800 sf retail; 7 spaces² 2,800 sf retail; 7 spaces² 33 apartments; 15 spaces; 0.46 33 apartments; 15 spaces; 0.46 Built on two typical lots: 15,000 sf Four-story façade, plus tower Four-story façade, plus tower 116 units / acre¹ 116 units / acre¹ 15,000 sf lot 15,000 sf lot 2,000 sf retail; 5 spaces² 2,000 sf retail; 5 spaces² 39 apartments; 18 spaces; 0.46 39 apartments; 18 spaces; 0.46 ¹ Hypothetical CBD, w/density bonus ² Pay for off-site spaces

16 Back to the Future City of Hercules, Waterfront District

17 Front porch neighborhood Pedestrian scale Pedestrian scale Steps tie sidewalk to spacious porch Steps tie sidewalk to spacious porch Conversation range to neighbors on sidewalk Conversation range to neighbors on sidewalk Eyes on street, enhance safety Eyes on street, enhance safety Attractive & compact Attractive & compact

18 World-class street Porches embrace sidewalk Trees between curb & 6 sidewalk Street only 24 wide & curved to calm traffic Quiet & park-like

19 Magnificent alley Hides driveways & garages, for superior architecture & narrow lots Hides trash bins and utilities from streets, sidewalks & front porches

20 Beauty of the Bike The bike needs a tiny fraction of the land required by the motor vehicle Portland is building bike facilities to divert 25% of all auto trips Amsterdam and Copenhagen already exceed 30%

21 Land use health tools Policies from CA general plans Some policies health explicit Other policies health implicit Booklet from Public Health Law & Policy

22 General plan policies: health explicit/implicit

23 Supermarket proximity is associated with a better diet Limited access to fast food for schoolchildren is associated with better diet Evaluate the health of your town, food in the neighborhoods Healthy Eating Research Brief 2008; Davis & Carpenter 2009; Active Living Research Brief 2007

24 Retail Food Landscape Ratio of unhealthy outlets to healthy outlets to healthy outlets Acceptable – countywide Unacceptable – Willits, Hopland, Ukiah

25 Set standards and priorities for improving food access in underserved neighborhoods Prioritize development, incentives, and resources to neighborhoods with the greatest health disparities

26 Outreach to small markets Offer incentives and assistance: façade improvements, infrastructure, business planning, distribution channels, WIC/Food Stamp participation

27 Create a balanced food environment Zoning standards for fast food outlets Standards: Quotas, Density, Distance

28 Mendocinos toolbox Regional Blueprint Regional Transportation Plan Priority Development Areas Priority Conservation Areas General Plans Land Use Codes Strategic Investment of Grants

29 Transportation Best Practices MCOG East Bay Tour Participants, sponsored by California Endowment March 18 & 19, 2010 Mari Rodin & Mary Anne Landis (Ukiah) Doug Hammerstrom & Dan Gjerde (Fort Bragg) Lauren Sinnott & Joe Riboli (Point Arena) Kendall Smith & Linda Helland (Mendocino County) Participants, sponsored by MCOG Chris Carterette & Katryna Baker (Fort Bragg); Alan Falleri (Willits) Jessica Stull-Otto & Dusty Duley (Mendocino County); Ben Kageyama (Ukiah) Loretta Ellard, Janet Orth & Nephele Barrett (MCOG); Dan Baxter (MTA)

30 March 18 & 19, 2010 Special thanks to our gracious hosts & presenters Doug Johnson (MTC) & Christy Riviere (ABAG); Cara Houser (Panoramic Interests) Lena Velasco (Richmond) & Nancy Baer (CCHS); Heather Wooten (Public Health Law & Policy) Ed Balico, Dennis Tagashira, Erwin Blancaflor, Robert Reber & Lisa Hammon (Hercules) Other participants Lisa Davey-Bates (Lake APC); George Reinhardt (NHUDG) John Miki (Opticos); Jeffery Tumlin (Nelson-Nygaard) John Miki (Opticos); Jeffery Tumlin (Nelson-Nygaard) Transportation Best Practices MCOG East Bay Tour


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