City Council Meeting - FINAL

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Meeting Date: 09/15/2020  
From: Jeff Bauman, Traffic Engineer

Consideration and Adoption of Resolution No. 2020-13 and Ordinance No. 2020-10: A resolution of the Flagstaff City Council declaring as a public record that certain document filed with the City Clerk and entitled "Street Lighting and Traffic Signals, Signing, and Pavement Markings Code Amendments"; and an ordinance of the City Council of the City of Flagstaff amending the Flagstaff City Code, Title 13, Engineering Design Standards and Specifications for new infrastructure, by adopting by reference that certain document entitled "Street Lighting and Traffic Signals, Signing, and Pavement Markings Code Amendments"; providing for penalties, repeal of conflicting ordinances, severability, and establishing an effective date
1) Adopt Resolution No. 2020-13
2) Read Ordinance No. 2020-10 by title only for the final time
3) City Clerk reads Ordinance No. 2020-10 by title only (if approved above)
4) Adopt Ordinance No. 2020-10
Executive Summary:
The Street Lighting Engineering Standards updates are a result of the conclusion of the Street Lighting to Enhance Dark Skies (SLEDS) project. SLEDS primary objective was to find a solution to Flagstaff’s current street lighting replacement need while balancing dark skies, safety and maintenance/cost effectiveness objectives.
The SLEDS Project is now complete after several years of discussions between the City and the local observatories (USNOFS and Lowell Observatory) and the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition that started in May 2012. At that time, the City found itself in a lighting predicament as Low Pressure Sodium (LPS), the preferred lighting source since 1989, was becoming increasingly more expensive to purchase, quality replacement parts were becoming more difficult to acquire and the City was experiencing structural failures of the pole/mast arm connection due to the size and weight of the LPS fixture, especially in wind prone areas. These street lighting standards will update the city standard to a mix of Amber LED fixtures based on area and roadway type.

This set of Engineering Standard revisions for Street Lighting is a direct result of the SLEDS project team recommendations that were presented to the City Council in August 2019 and August 2020.
The updated Traffic Signal, Signing, Marking and Fiber Optic standards are a result of many years of technological advancements in traffic signal equipment specifications, updated ADA guidelines for Rights of Way and the City’s development of a fiber optic system master plan necessitating the need for fiber optic system development standards.
Financial Impact:
No direct impact through adoption of these Engineering Standards.
Policy Impact:
Adopting this Ordinance will amend the Flagstaff City Code - Engineering Standards, to change the City's roadway street lighting policy and standards from primarily Low Pressure Sodium to primarily Narrow Band Amber Light Emitting Diode (LED).  The Traffic Signal, Signing, Striping and Fiber Optic updates will modernize the existing standards to require the latest in accessible design in line with the Access Board's most recent Guidelines for Accessible Rights of Way, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers Guidelines for traffic signal equipment.
Connection to PBB Key Community Priorities/Objectives & Regional Plan:
City Council Goal:
Transportation and other Public Infrastructure – Deliver quality community assets and continue to advocate and implement a highly performing multi-modal transportation system.

Regional Plan:
Goal T.2. Improve transportation safety and efficiency for all modes.
Policy T.2.1. Design infrastructure to provide safe and efficient movement of vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.
Policy T.2.2. Consider new technologies in new and retrofitted transportation infrastructure.
Policy T.2.3. Provide safety programs and infrastructure to protect the most vulnerable travelers, including the young, elderly, mobility impaired, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Goal T.3. Provide transportation infrastructure that is conducive to conservation, preservation, and development goals to avoid, minimize, or mitigate impacts on the natural and built environment.
Policy T.3.6. Seek to minimize the noise, vibration, dust, and light impacts of transportation projects on nearby land uses.
Goal T.4. Promote transportation infrastructure and services that enhance the quality of life of the communities within the region.
Goal T.5. Increase the availability and use of pedestrian infrastructure, including FUTS, as a critical element of a safe and livable community.
Policy T.5.2. Improve pedestrian visibility and safety and raise awareness of the benefits of walking
Goal T.6. Provide for bicycling as a safe and efficient means of transportation and recreation.
Policy E&C.5.1. Evaluate the impacts of the retention of dark skies regarding lighting infrastructure and regulatory changes, land use decisions or changes, and proposed transportation developments within the region.
Policy E&C.5.2. Encourage and incentivize voluntary reduction of “exempt” lighting that degrades night sky visibility, and work to prevent light trespass whenever possible in both public and private areas.
Goal LU.19. Develop a manageable evolution of the main corridors into contextual place makers.
Policy LU.19.4. Balance automobile use, parking, bicycle access, while prioritizing pedestrian safety along all corridors.

Team Flagstaff Strategic Plan:
Strategic Priority #3 – Foster a resilient and economically prosperous city and Strategic Priority #4 – Work in Partnership to enhance a safe and livable community

Priority Based Budgeting Key Community Priorities:
Safe & Healthy Community, Sustainable and Innovative Infrastructure, Livable Community and Environmental Stewardship
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
No decisions have been made regarding engineering standards updates; however the SLEDS project has been presented to City Council multiple times over the past five years, most recently in August 2020.
Summary of Street Lighting Standards
Summary of Signing Marking FO Standards
Proposed Standard Details
Engineering Standards Presentation
Res. 2020-13
Proposed Street Lighting Standards
Proposed Signing Marking FO Standards
Ord. 2020-10


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