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06-07-2007 1 METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION 2 TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) MEETING 3 JUNE 7, 2007 4 5 Following are minutes from the MPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting held 6 on Thursday, June 7, 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 Tim Sanders (BLM) 11 John Knopp (Town of Mesilla) 12 Terry Coker (Las Cruces Public Schools) 13 Loretta Reyes (CLC Public Works) 14 Karmela Espinoza (proxy for Dan Soriano— Public Works) 15 David Bollschweiler (proxy for Richard MacRorie — NMSU) 16 Jean Hinsley (proxy for Henry Magallenez— EBI D) 17 18 MEMBERS ABSENT: Henry Magallenez (EBID) 19 Richard MacRorie (NMSU) 20 Debbie Lujan (Town of Mesilla) 21 Robert Armijo (DAC Engineering) 22 Mike Bartholomew (RoadRUNNER Transit) 23 Dan Soriano (CLC Public Works) 24 Orlando V. Fierro (DAC Flood Commission) 25 Jon Czerniak (Dona Ana County) 26 27 STAFF PRESENT: Tom Murphy (Las Cruces MPO) 28 Andy Hume (Las Cruces MPO) 29 Caerllion Thomas (Las Cruces MPO) 30 Dianne Wax (CLC — Recording Secretary) 31 32 OTHERS PRESENT: Councillor Steve Trowbridge 33 Joseph de La Rosa - NMDOT 34 Greg White — NMDOT 35 Paul Brown — Carter & Burgess 36 Anthony Padilla — Families & Youth, Inc. 37 Renee Boudreau — FYI 38 Anthony Rodriguez - FYI 39 John Moscato — Bright View Land Company 40 Terry Miller 41 Klaus Wittern 42 43 I. CALL TO ORDER 44 45 Meeting was called to order at 4:12 p.m. 46 1 1 Nominations were taken to elect a temporary chair for this meeting. 2 3 Terry Coker nominated Frank Guzman. 4 John Knopp seconded the nomination. 5 ALL IN FAVOR. 6 7 II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES — May 3, 2007 8 9 Frank Guzman asked for a motion to approve the minutes. 10 Loretta Reyes motioned to approve the minutes of May 3, 2007. 11 Terry Coker seconded the motion. 12 ALL IN FAVOR. 13 14 III. DISCUSSION ITEMS 15 16 A. NMDOT Public Transportation Plan (Greg White) 17 18 A Coordinated Public Transit— Human Services Transportation Plan is a requirement of 19 Federal Transportation legislation (SAFETEA-LU) for Section 5310 (Elderly and 20 Persons with Disabilities), Section 5316 (Job Access and Reverse Commute), and 21 Section 5317 (New Freedom). As the designated recipient of those funds, the New 22 Mexico Department of Transportations (NMDOT) Transit and Rail Bureau is preparing 23 the Plan on behalf of and in coordination with the transit providers in New Mexico that 24 utilize those funds. 25 26 Because Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs) have the largest geographic area of 27 the State's political subdivisions, and because most transit providers operate within an 28 RPO, NMDOT is developing a plan for each of the RPOs and incorporating MPO data 29 into those plans where appropriate. 30 31 NMDOT staff along with their consultant, Carter and Burgess, gave a narrative and 32 power point presentation that described the planning process. 33 34 They are asking for feedback from the MPOs, RPOs, and other agencies. 35 36 B. SAFETEA-LU Transportation Plan Amendments 37 38 The Las Cruces adopted its 2005 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) on July 13, 39 2005. The U.S. Congress adopted and the President signed the Safe, Accountable, 40 Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act, a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) on 41 August 10, 2005. Recent FHWA guidance on the new transportation bill requires that 42 the LCMPO update its MTP to bring into conformance with SAFETEA-LU. 43 44 The public comment period was opened at the TAC meeting held on May 3, 2007. At 45 that time, staff received comments from TAC members and DOT staff. MPO staff met 46 with Ray Matthew and Joseph de la Rosa, from NMDOT, to further review, refine, and 2 I expand the proposed amendments. The amendments presented today reflect the 2 comments to date. 3 4 Andy Hume gave a brief presentation. Proposed Long Range Transportation Plan 5 Amendments are available for review on the MPO website, http://lcmpoweb.las- 6 cruces.orq/ 7 8 Frank Guzman commended Andy Hume, Tom Murphy and MPO staff for working very 9 diligently with NMDOT staff and Joseph de La Rosa. 10 11 Andy asked Terry Coker if there were other specific plans for LCPS that should be 12 referenced in this document. 13 14 Terry Coker responded that he had asked the LCPS Safety and Security Officer, Todd 15 Gregory, to contact MPO staff to discuss any issues and concerns. 16 17 Andy stated that he would contact Todd Gregory. 18 19 C. Fairacres Review 20 21 In response to current and proposed development, the Las Cruces MPO is studying 22 alignment and right-of-way options for the Fairacres Road area. Overall, three public 23 meetings were held and eleven options were developed and evaluated. Staff presented 24 these options and evaluations at the July 2006 and April 2007 TAC meetings, 25 respectively. The second public meeting held April 4, 2007 allowed the citizens to 26 narrow these 11 options to a final five options. 27 28 The final public input meeting was held May 23 at Fairacres Elementary School. At this 29 meeting staff presented a set of recommendations that it felt were responsive to the 30 needs and concerns identified through the public input process. The overriding concern 31 was that the residents desired to maintain their rural context. However, they also felt 32 that improvements were required to the roadway and other regional network 33 improvements were needed as growth continues. 34 35 The set of recommendations consists of three actions that will be necessary over the 36 term of the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The first two are near to mid term 37 actions. The third is anticipated to be a long term project that will affect the region 38 beyond the immediate Fairacres area. The recommendations are: 39 40 1) Improve Fairacres as a 44' Roadway with three 11' lanes and two 5' shoulders 41 2) Submit Calle de Norte for TIP review with a recommended cross-section identical 42 to Fairacres that also include bridge reconstruction 43 3) Explore frontage roads to connect the Jackrabbit Interchange and Motel 44 Interchange. 45 3 AIN 1 The purpose of this agenda item is to receive TAC input on the above recommendations 2 and allow further opportunity for public input. 3 4 Tom Murphy gave a brief presentation. 5 6 The top five options were: 7 • 1-10 Frontage Roads (21 votes) 8 • Levee Road (21 votes) 9 • Fairacres Road as 40' Cross Section (20 votes) 10 • Fairacres Road as Major Thoroughfare (11 votes) 11 • 1-10 Interchange at Fairacres Road (11 votes) 12 13 Staff recommendation (3 phase approach) 14 • Upgrade Fairacres (20 votes) 15 o 44' roadway with three 11' lanes and two 5' shoulders 16 • Submit Calle de Norte for TIP review 17 o Recommend same cross-section as Fairacres 18 o Include bridge reconstruction 19 • Explore frontage roads to connect Jackrabbit Interchange, motel interchange (21 20 votes) 21 22 Committee discussion followed. 23 24 Terry Miller and Sandy Geiger thanked the MPO staff for their efforts during the public 25 input meetings. 26 27 Klaus Wittern asked what the plans would be for the frontage roads. 28 29 Councillor Steve Trowbridge stated that the West Mesa waterline connection will not be 30 completed because the funding is not there and the capacity for the sewage plant on 31 the West Mesa is only at 25 percent. 32 33 Joseph de La Rosa stated that he was happy to hear the praises for the MPO's public 34 involvement process. He also stated that in the SAFETEA-LU gap corrections that will 35 be taken, MPO staff will need to discuss their public involvement process. It is a 36 significant part of SAFETEA-LU and it will need to be spelled out in great detail. Joseph 37 reminded everyone that which ever recommendation is ultimately put into the long 38 range plan of the MPO, it will not be set in stone but will be subject to a formal corridor 39 analysis, complete alternatives analysis as part of the National Environmental 40 Protection Act, prior to any construction taking place. 41 42 43 44 45 46 4 I D. Development Review 2 3 Development Review process information was included in Committee members 4 packets. 5 6 Caeri Thomas gave a brief presentation. 7 8 Caeri stated the BLM is working on a tri-county regional management plan which would 9 include land designations such as disposal of lands. There are two that could have 10 potential conflicts with some of the MPO's thoroughfare alignments. The first on ACEC, 11 Area of Critical Environment Concern, is a situation where the BLM prefers to have no 12 roads within that designation. The SRMA, Special Recreation Management Area, is for 13 recreational purposes and if roads go through the SRMA they need to be sensitive to 14 the area, to the context, and these are looked at on a case by case basis. The final 15 Regional Management Plan is not expected until March 2009. 16 17 Caeri stated that the areas of concern are Dragonfly, the Northwest Loop Study 18 Corridor, and Weisner by A Mountain. There will be plenty of opportunities for pubic 19 input between now and March 2009. 20 21 Discussion followed. 22 23 E. Committee/Staff Comments 24 25 The July 5tH MPO TAC meeting has been moved to June 28tH 26 27 IV. PUBLIC COMMENTS 28 29 Klaus Wittern asked what was the process to change a road designation. 30 31 V. ADJOURNMENT 32 33 Meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m. 34 35 36 > �_ . 37 Ading air 38 5