Alameda North Neighborhood Protection Plan

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Alameda North Neighborhood Protection Program

September 7, 2016

The City of Burbank has released the proposed Final Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed update to the Alameda North Neighborhood Protection Plan (NPP) including the proposed permanent closure of Cordova, Avon, Lima, and California Streets at Alameda Avenue.  The final update is similar to the Draft NPP Update released on July 22, 2016 (below), but includes all written public comments received during the public comment period, responses to any comments that requested additional analysis or raised questions about the analysis, a proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration, and a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program.  The City Council will consider this material at a Public Hearing on September 13, 2016 at 6PM in City Council Chambers.  The public will have an additional opportunity to provide verbal comments in person during the hearing.

The proposed Final Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration, including public comments received, can be downloaded below

July 22, 2016:  Draft Alameda North NPP Update and Traffic Study Released for Public Comment

AlamedaNorthNPPMap

The City of Burbank has released a draft update to the Alameda North Neighborhood Protection Plan including the proposed permanent closure of Cordova, Avon, Lima, and California Streets at Alameda Avenue.  The update includes a traffic study that provides more information on the proposed plan, including:

  • Assessing conditions of the current neighborhood protection plan
  • Discussing the traffic observations and circulation effects resulting from the temporary closures, including before-vs-after effects
  • Identifying mitigations to traffic impacts caused by the closures
  • Proposing additional neighborhood protection plan elements to be included in the NPP

The conclusion of the study identifies a draft list of neighborhood protection improvements for the Alameda North NPP that could be implemented with the permanent closure of the four streets.  It also identifies alternatives to full closures.

This plan update is subject to the California Environmental Quality Act and the City has determined that there is no substantial evidence the plan will have a significant effect on the environment, and a Mitigated Negative Declaration is proposed.  A 30-day public comment period will begin on July 23, 2016 and will end on August 22, 2016. Interested residents and property owners are encouraged to review the environmental document and traffic study for the proposed plan update, and provide input.  At the conclusion of the public comment period, staff will compile the comments received and make a recommendation to the City Council on the draft plan.  All comments received during the public comment period will be considered by the City Council prior to any decision on the project.

How do I participate or find out more information?

1.  View the documents online below (click the links below to access the documents):

Documents are also available for veiwing at the Community Development Dept. office at 150 N. Third Street, Monday through Friday from 8 AM to Noon & 1 to 5 PM.

2.  Call the project planner, David Kriske, at 818-238-5250.

3.  Send an email to dkriske@burbankca.gov.

     or written comments to:

     Transportation Division, Attn: David Kriske, 150 N. Third St., Burbank CA 91502.

 4.  Attend a public meeting:

  • Attend the Traffic Commission (link to agenda) meeting on Thursday  July 28, 2016 at 4PM in the City Council Chambers in City Hall at 275 E. Olive Ave. in Burbank
  •  —Attend a Community Meeting on August 3, 2016 at 6PM in the Community Services Bldg. Community Room at 150 N. Third Street in Burbank

The Burbank City Council will make a decision on the proposed project at a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 6PM at the City Council Chambers in City Hall at 275 E. Olive Ave. in Burbank.

Postcard notices about the Alameda North NPP will be mailed on Friday July 22, 2016 to let residents and property owners in the NPP area know about the updated plan and public comment period, and a notice will be published in the Burbank Leader.  A second notice will be mailed 10 business days before the City Council public hearing.

Older News 

On March 17, 2015, the Burbank City Council directed staff to leave in place the temporary closure of Cordova, Avon, Lima, and California Streets while asking City staff to provide additional information on the effects the closures have on surrounding streets.  This followed a six-week trial closure of the four streets (beginning in January 2015) where before-and-after traffic count data was collected throughout the neighborhood. 

With the approval of the Talaria Project, the Burbank City Council directed staff to work with the neighborhood to review the Alameda North Neighborhood Protection Program and study implementation of cul-de-sacs on four streets intersecting Alameda Avenue near the project.  A neighborhood working group has been formed to help review the plan and implement additional neighborhood protection measures.  The working group is meeting with City staff regularly.  Links to meeting agendas and handouts can be found below:

 

About the Alameda North NPP  

In 2003, the City Council directed staff to create a Neighborhood Protection Program (NPP) for the area north of Alameda and Olive and south of Oak, between Hollywood Way and Buena Vista. The Council was concerned about existing parking problems and cut-through traffic experienced by the residents. For about 1½ years, the City held meetings with the neighborhood to come up with a plan to alleviate some of the problems. Ultimately, a survey was sent to neighbors to vote on the measures they did and did not want implemented, and a recommendation for the first phase of improvements was proposed. In May 2005, City Council approved implementing the first phase of this plan. Most measures were implemented before the end of the year in 2005.

original Neighborhood Protection Plan

staff report describing Neighborhood Protection Plan  (with exhibits)

The Council asked staff to follow up with the neighbors after the first phase had been implemented and prior to beginning a second phase. One of the Council's main concerns was that some of the improvements proposed would also affect neighbors north of Oak Street and therefore Council asked staff to include these neighbors in subsequent discussions. Another concern was how certain improvements would affect streets differently and therefore any second phase would have to look carefully at the whole neighborhood.

On February 7, 2007 the City of Burbank conducted a community meeting to discuss traffic and parking problems in the Alameda North portion of the Media District. The purpose of the February 7 meeting is to find out how the first phase is working, what problems still exist, and to discuss options for a second phase. This will be an informational meeting for residents who were not involved during the first NPP sessions, and will also be an opportunity to gather more information from the residents to focus options for a second phase.

With the approval of the Talaria Project in October 2014, the Burbank City Council directed staff to work with the neighborhood to review the Alameda North Neighborhood Protection Program and study implementation of cul-de-sacs on four streets intersecting Alameda Avenue near the project.  A neighborhood working group has been formed to help review the plan and implement additional neighborhood protection measures.

Ultimately, a community recommendation will be made to the City Council on which measures to implement as part of the second phase.

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