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06-28-2007 I METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION 2 TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) MEETING 3 JUNE 28, 2007 4 5 Following are minutes from the MPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting held 6 on Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 200 N. Church St., 7 Las Cruces, New Mexico. 8 9 MEMBERS PRESENT: Frank Guzman (NMDOT) 10 John Knopp (Town of Mesilla) 11 Loretta Reyes (CLC Public Works) 12 Dan Soriano (CLC Public Works) 13 Mike Bartholomew (RoadRUNNER Transit) 14 Orlando V. Fierro (DAC Flood Commission) 15 Jon Czerniak (Dona Ana County) 16 Henry K. Corneles (proxy for Robert Armijo — DAC Engr.) 17 18 MEMBERS ABSENT: Henry Magallenez (EBID) 19 Debbie Lujan (Town of Mesilla) 20 Robert Armijo (DAC Engineering) 21 Terry Coker (Las Cruces Public Schools) 22 Tim Sanders (BLM) 23 24 STAFF PRESENT: Tom Murphy (Las Cruces MPO) 25 Andy Hume (Las Cruces MPO) 26 Caerllion Thomas (Las Cruces MPO) 27 Dianne Wax (CLC— Recording Secretary) 28 29 OTHERS PRESENT: Joseph de La Rosa John Moscato 30 Sandy Geiger Terry Miller 31 Matt Kinney Nathan Small 32 Barbara Funkhouser 33 34 I. CALL TO ORDER 35 36 Meeting was called to order at 4:05 p.m. 37 38 II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES —June 7, 2007 39 40 Minutes for June 7, 2007 were tabled until the August meeting. 41 Dan Soriano motioned to table the minutes until the August meeting. 42 Loretta Reyes seconded the motion. 43 ALL IN FAVOR. 44 45 46 1 1 III. ACTION ITEMS 2 3 3.1 Office election (vice chair) 4 5 Mike Bartholomew announced that Rich MacRorie has resigned from the TAC and as 6 vice chair. 7 8 Mike Bartholomew opened the floor for nominations for vice chair. 9 10 Mike nominated Frank Guzman for vice chair. 11 Loretta Reyes seconded the nomination. 12 Frank Guzman accepted the nomination. 13 ALL IN FAVOR. 14 15 3.2 Fairacres Study Corridor 16 17 In response to current and proposed development, the Las Cruces MPO studied 18 alignment and right-of-way options for the Fairacres Road area. Overall, three public 19 meetings were held and eleven options were developed and evaluated. Staff presented 20 these options and evaluations at the July 2006 and April 2007 TAC meetings, 21 respectively. The second public meeting held April 4, 2007 allowed the citizens to 22 narrow these 11 options to a final five options. 23 24 The final public input meeting was held May 23 at Fairacres Elementary School. At this 25 meeting staff presented a set of recommendations that it felt were responsive to the 26 needs and concerns identified through the public input process. The overriding concern 27 was that the residents desired to maintain their rural context. However, they also felt 28 that improvements were required to the roadway and other regional network 29 improvements were needed as growth continues. 30 31 The set of recommendations consists of three actions that will be necessary over the 32 term of the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The first two are near to mid term 33 actions. The third is anticipated to be a long term project that will affect the region 34 beyond the immediate Fairacres area. The recommendations are: 35 36 1) Improve Fairacres as a 44' Roadway with three 11' lanes and two 5' shoulders 37 2) Submit Calle de Norte for TIP review with a recommended cross-section identical 38 to Fairacres that also include bridge reconstruction 39 3) Explore frontage roads to connect the Jackrabbit Interchange and Motel 40 Interchange. 41 42 The purpose of this agenda item is to allow further opportunity for public input and 43 receive TAC input and recommendation to the MPO Policy Committee. 44 45 Tom Murphy gave a brief presentation. 46 2 1 Frank Guzman asked if any one had reviewed the extension of Amador to help alleviate 2 and distribute some of the traffic? If not, what mechanism could be done at this point to 3 review traffic issues on Amador? 4 5 Tom responded that the MPO did not review the extension of Amador within the context 6 of this study. He stated that as the frontage road concept is developed that could be 7 one of the alternatives that could be reviewed. There are a lot of challenges to the 8 extension with the waste water treatment site that is in the way of an extension. 9 10 Matt Kinney, Denton Ventures, stated he is working on a project on South Fairacres 11 Road. He wanted to clarify that Fairacres Road and Calle de Norte are shown as 12 collectors on the Thoroughfare Plan and is it part of the three recommendations that 13 those roads be removed from the Thoroughfare Plan in terms of their collector status 14 and moved to some limited right-of-way status of some kind. 15 16 Tom responded that staff was anticipating the similar vein that they have many other 17 thoroughfares within the MPO area (ex. Solano, EI Paseo, University). Major 18 thoroughfares that do not conform to the standard right-of-way cross sections that both 19 the City and the County maintain. 20 21 Orland Fierro commented that he had met with staff at his office and wanted to know if 22 MPO staff could review working with four versions and mesh them together into one 23 version (Option 2, 8, 1, and 5). 24 25 Frank Guzman stated that the Federal Highway Administration stance is the interstate 26 system can not be used to solve local traffic distribution issues, so keep that in mind as 27 we go through this process. He stated that Tom and his staff have done a very good 28 job of looking outside that box and trying to find other options within the local network. 29 30 Frank Guzman motioned to recommend the Fairacres Study Corridor plan (with the 31 Amador extension) to the MPO Policy Committee. 32 John Knopp seconded the motion. 33 ALL IN FAVOR. 34 35 3.3 Transportation Plan Amendments — discussion item only 36 37 The Las Cruces MPO adopted its 2005 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) on July 38 13, 2005. The U.S. Congress adopted and the President signed the Safe, Accountable, 39 Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) on 40 August 10, 2005. Recent FHWA guidance on the new transportation bill requires that 41 the MPO update its LRTP to bring into conformance with SAFETEA-LU. 42 43 The public comment period was opened at the TAC meeting held on May 3, 2007. At 44 that time, staff received comments from TAC members and DOT staff. MPO staff met 45 with Ray Matthew and Joseph de la Rosa, from NMDOT, to further review, refine, and 3 I expand the proposed amendments. The amendments presented today reflect the 2 comments to date. 3 4 Most of the proposed amendments will fall into the Intermodal Element. This is the only 5 element in the LRTP that is set up to handle issues that affect all transportation modes. 6 MPO staff expects that the development of the 2010-2030 LRTP will take a more 7 comprehensive look at all of the issues affecting transportation and frame the Plan 8 around these rather than focusing on individual modes. Also, updates of the 9 Transportation Improvement Program Application and Public Involvement Plan, as 10 outlined in the Unified Planning Work Program, will continue to focus on important 11 issues identified in SAFETEA-LU. 12 13 The purpose of this agenda item is to allow further opportunity for public input and 14 receive TAC input and recommendation to the MPO Policy Committee. 15 16 Andy Hume gave a brief presentation. 17 18 Joseph de la Rosa stated that the MPO accurately and successfully identified all of the 19 gaps between the old T-21 and former federal guidelines versus the new SAFETEA-LU 20 guidelines. The GAP analysis is a tool that was developed to basically identify the 21 changes in the planning regulations and the gaps between where you were and where 22 an MPO needs to be. 23 24 3.4 Transportation Improvement Program Amendments 25 26 On April 11, 2007, the MPO Policy Committee approved the 2008-2013 Transportation 27 Improvement Program. Based on projects that have received federal funding or are 28 regionally significant, MPO staff finds it necessary to suggest a few TIP amendments as 29 outlined in the Support Information. 30 31 Andy gave a brief presentation on the TIP amendments. 32 33 Loretta Reyes motioned to recommend to the MPO Policy Committee. 34 Orlando Fierro seconded the motion. 35 ALL IN FAVOR. 36 37 IV. DISCUSSION ITEMS 38 39 4.1 Las Cruces MPO Public Involvement Plan Amendments (open 45 day 40 comment period) 41 42 The Las Cruces MPO adopted its Public Involvement Plan (PIP) on March 13, 2002. 43 The U.S. Congress adopted and the President signed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, 44 Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) on August 10, 45 2005. Recent FHWA guidance on the new transportation bill requires that the MPO 46 update its PIP to bring into conformance with SAFETEA-LU. 4 I The amendments proposed in the attached draft document improvements in the way 2 MPO staff carries out public involvement. Also, it points out changes in processes 3 under certain outreach efforts such as the Master Mailing List and the MPO website. 4 The proposed amendments also clean up old addresses, organization names, and other 5 house-cleaning issues. 6 7 As described in the 2007-2008 Unified Planning Work Program, the PIP is due for a 8 complete revision during the next fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2007. 9 10 This TAC meeting opens the public comment period. 11 12 Tom Murphy gave a brief presentation. 13 14 Mike Bartholomew stated that there will be a Transit FTA Tri-Annual Review. The panel 15 will be on-site at the end of July and if there any changes, would the changes be able to 16 be inserted into this document. 17 18 Tom Murphy stated the changes could be inserted. 19 20 4.2 Transportation Improvement Program Application Amendments 21 22 Andy Hume gave a brief presentation on the TIP project application and evaluation 23 amendments. 24 25 Joseph de La Rosa, NMDOT, encouraged Committee members, as they are reviewing 26 the amendments, to think about which items of information as requested in this form are 27 items that your agencies have readily available and would be able to produce; and 28 which pieces of information may be something that you don't have. If there are 29 questions about where that information would be available, MPO staff and various 30 consulting agencies could provide some guidance on that; and make sure that the data 31 that is being requested is data that is going to be readily available and practical for the 32 applications. 33 34 Frank Guzman thanked Joseph de La Rosa for the work that he does for District 1 and 35 also for the leadership of the interim district engineer, Alvin Dominguez. 36 37 4.3 Presentation regarding Open Space Preservation from the 38 Wilderness Society 39 40 Andy Hume introduced Nathan Small with the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. 41 42 Andy stated that the importance of this presentation is the designation of conservation 43 and open space areas and it's potential impact on the transportation network. 44 45 Nathan Small gave a brief presentation. 46 5 1 V. PUBLIC COMMENTS 2 3 VI. ADJOURNMENT 4 5 Meeting adjourned at 5:02 p.m. 6 8 �'✓ ��1 9 C air 10 6