Mobility Element (Public Hearing Draft, 5/1/13)
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San Clemente’s roadway system must meet multiple goals. It must be safe, convenient, free-flowing, attractive, multi-modal and compatible with its surroundings. The roadway system must provide the necessary capacity to meet existing needs and future transportation needs resulting from growth and development as allowed in the City’s General Plan Land Use Plan. At the same time, the roadway system must meet or exceed adopted performance standards. The public rights-of-way must accommodate motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, landscaping, street furniture, utilities, traffic control devices, and parking in safe and aesthetically pleasing ways.


Create a balanced transportation network that provides mobility and access for all modes of travel, including motor vehicles, transit, bicyclists, pedestrians, and rail traffic.


M-1.01. Roadway system. We require the City’s roadways to:
  1. Accommodate public transit, motor vehicles, bicyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians within the public right-of-way wherever feasible.

  2. Comply with Federal, State, Orange County and City standards for roadway design, maintenance and operation.

  3. Comply with Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) requirements for arterial highways as determined through the Master Plan of Arterial Highways (MPAH). Maintain at least a Level of Service (LOS) D or better at all intersections, except where flexibility is warranted based on a multi-modal LOS evaluation, or where LOS E is deemed appropriate to accommodate complete streets facilities, or for these locations adjacent to I-5 where warranted by site constraints or multi-modal considerations:

    1. Southbound Ramp at Camino De Estrella

    2. Northbound Ramp at Avenida Vista Hermosa

    3. Northbound Ramp at Avenida Pico

    4. Southbound Ramp at Avenida Pico

    5. Provide future capacity as called for by this Element and as shown in the Future Roadway System map.

    6. Ensure that new roadways, ramps, traffic control devices, bridges or similar facilities, and significant changes to such facilities, are designed to accommodate multi-modal facilities, and where feasible, retrofit existing facilities to improve the balance for the users of the roadway.
M-1.02. Transportation Infrastructure. Traffic control devices and transportation infrastructure operate to serve the needs of all roadway users, including motorists, public transit, pedestrians and cyclists.
M-1.03. Level of Service. When the City determines there is a suitable tool available, we will measure and evaluate roadway performance from a multi-modal, Complete Streets perspective.
M-1.04. Development project impacts. We require development projects to analyze potential off-site traffic impacts and related environmental impacts through the CEQA process and to mitigate adverse impacts to less-than-significant levels.
M-1.05. Intersection Improvements. We evaluate impacts of intersection improvements on all modes of travel, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.
M-1.06. Driveway Access Points. We require the number of driveway access points onto arterial roadways to be minimized and located to ensure the smooth and safe flow of vehicles and bicycles.
M-1.07. Transportation Monitoring. We regularly monitor the transportation system and the travel needs and behavior of residents and visitors to help guide transportation decisions.
M-1.08. Transportation Mode Choice. We actively work to reduce automobile use based on locally collected data and on goals set through a collaborative process involving City staff, residents and other stakeholders.
M-1.09. Regional Coordination. We participate in the planning of regional transportation improvements, such as interchange improvements along I-5, the extension of the SR-241, and other major freeway and arterial improvements.
M-1.10. Innovative Design. We will consider use of innovative traffic design features, such as, but not limited to Intelligent Transportation System improvements, intersection roundabouts, midblock and corner bulbouts, and road diets where such changes can improve right-of-way safety, multi-modal service and appearance and where they are compatible with surrounding land uses.
M-1.11. Transportation Infrastructure Design. In designing transportation facilities such as bridges, retaining and sound walls and related transportation facilities, the City applies the Design Guidelines to maintain high quality design, compatible with community aesthetics. Side slopes and earthen berms adjacent to roadways shall be natural in appearance to minimize visual impacts along designated scenic corridors.
M-1.12. Design Integration. City will ensure that development projects and subdivisions are designed and/or retrofitted to incorporate, and be efficiently served by, public transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
M-1.13. Neighborhood-Serving Uses. Consistent with the Land Use Element, we encourage roadway designs that are compatible with neighborhood-serving commercial uses, schools, churches, parks and recreational areas near residential neighborhoods, for convenience.
M-1.14. Residential Quality. Protect the quality of residential areas by achieving quiet and by managing traffic routing, volumes and speeds on residential neighborhood streets.
M-1.15. Transportation Technological Advancement. We solicit ideas from private industry and public agencies for the development and implementation of innovative transportation technologies.
M-1.16. Alternative Paving Treatments. We support the use of alternate paving materials for public streets, highways, rail beds and other transportation corridors where they can help achieve other General Plan goals, such as noise reduction, beautification, and improved fuel efficiency.
M-1.17. Streetscapes and Major Roadways. In the acquisition, design, construction or significant modification of major roadways (highways / regional routes and arterial streets), the City will promote the creation and maintenance of “streetscapes” and linear scenic parkways or corridors that promote the City’s visual quality and character, enhance adjacent uses, and integrate roadways with surrounding districts. To accomplish this, the City will:
  1. Update and implement the Master Landscape Plan for Scenic Corridors;

  2. Encourage the creation and maintenance of median planters and widened parkway plantings;

  3. Retain healthy, mature trees in the public right-of-way, where feasible;

  4. Emphasize the planting and maintaining California Native tree species of sufficient height, spread, form and horticultural characteristics to create the desired streetscape canopy, shade, buffering from adjacent uses, and other desired streetscape characteristics.

  5. Encourage the use of water-conserving landscaping, street furniture, decorative lighting and paving, arcaded walkways, public art, and other pedestrian-oriented features to enhance the streetscape appearance, comfort and safety.

  6. Encourage and where possible, require undergrounding or stealthing of overhead utility lines, cellular facilities and related structures.

  7. When possible, consolidate signs in the public right-of-way to reduce sign clutter, improve sight distance, maintain or improve safe access and reduce costs.

  8. Design and locate street lighting with shielding or “cutoffs” to prevent glare, avoid excess lighting and preserve dark night time skies.
M-1.18. Traffic Calming. We design the circulation system serving new developments, and retrofit existing streets, where feasible, to control traffic speeds and maintain safety in all residential neighborhoods, in accordance with the City’s Street Design Standards and Traffic Calming Manual.
M-1.19. Street Redesign. We seek opportunities to redesign streets so that they are compatible with the surrounding neighborhood context and the Community’s vision of the future, and only consider street widening or intersection expansions after considering multi-modal alternative improvements to non-automotive facilities.
M-1.20. Regional Transportation Demand Management (TDM). We support regional efforts by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), OCTA, and other agencies to maintain and expand regional programs designed to reduce commuting by single driver automobiles.
M-1.21. TDM Financial Incentives. We encourage businesses to offer financial incentives to their employees, including subsidized transit, carpool/vanpool programs, bike-to-work programs, parking cash-out programs, or a combination of incentives.
M-1.22. Telecommuting. We support the use of private “tele-work” centers, satellite offices, or other forms of virtual work environments.
M-1.23. TDM in Development Review. We encourage on-site features in all new non-residential developments that support Transportation Demand Management (TDM). Potential features may include preferred rideshare parking, car sharing vehicles, on-site food service and exercise facilities.
M-1.24. Regional Access to Avenida Pico. We limit vehicular traffic volumes on Avenida Pico from adjacent developments such as Rancho Mission Viejo to those levels associated with the County entitlements in effect in 2013. Any additional costs associated with improving Avenida Pico based on revisions to these entitlements will be the responsibility of the developer.
M-1.25. Major and Minor Scenic Corridors. We require the following roadways be maintained and preserved as major or minor scenic corridors with key entry points as shown in Figure M-2:
  1. Avenida Vista Hermosa

  2. Avenida La Pata

  3. Avenida Pico

  4. El Camino Real/Pacific Coast Highway

  5. Ola Vista

  6. El Camino Real

  7. Camino De Los Mares

  8. Camino Vera Cruz

  9. Camino Del Rio

  10. Calle del Cerro

  11. Avenida Vista Montana

  12. Avenida Talega
M-1.27. Scenic Corridor Enhancement and Designation. Enhance existing scenic corridors and identify opportunities for the designation of new corridors.
M-1.28. Urban and Recreation Corridor designations. We seek to create and distinguish different roadway characteristics for Urban and Recreation corridors throughout the City. Distinctions between urban and recreation corridors will establish a scenic hierarchy and an overall visual framework for the City.
M-1.29. New Scenic Corridors or Highways. Expand or designate new scenic highways where protection of community resources warrants their preservation and/or protection.
M-1.30. Protection of Scenic Corridors. We ensure that development is sited and designed to protect scenic corridors and open space/landscape areas by blending man-made and man-introduced features with the natural environment.
M-1.31. Building Heights and Setbacks. We review the heights and setbacks of all structures to ensure the preservation of visual corridors and the maintenance of an open, scenic quality within each corridor.
M-1.32. Compatible Landscaping. We require development to provide landscaping themes that are compatible with and reinforce the visual character of adjacent, designated scenic corridors.
M-1.33. Signs. We require the review of the size, height, numbers, and type of on-premise signs to minimize their impact to scenic corridors.
M-1.34. Billboards Prohibited. We prohibit the construction of billboards within designated scenic corridors.
M-1.35. Design and Maintenance. We require the proper design, installation and maintenance of scenic highways and scenic corridor elements, and strictly enforce the responsibilities for the maintenance of landscaping and roadway surfaces to be fulfilled by Associations, Districts, private owners and/or public agencies.



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