City Council Tackles Transportation, Treehouses Oct. 16

La Cañada Flintridge officials want to hear residents’ opinions about bike lanes, hiking trails and other transportation options in the area.
Officials are asking residents to fill out a survey or attend a City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, about Measure M funding.
“Whatever people want to do, we want them to participate,” said Division Manager Ann Wilson in a phone interview. “We want them to comment.”
The meeting, with the Measure M funding on the agenda, is scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall.
Measure M is a voter-approved half-cent sales tax that will fund multi-year programs for transportation projects in the Arroyo Verdugo area, according to the survey website found at tinyurl.com/AVCJPASurvey or lcf.ca.gov/home/public-notices.
The survey will provide the Arroyo Verdugo Communities Joint Powers Authority AVCJPA with feedback on potential projects to fund in the first five years, according to the website.
The authority includes LCF, South Pasadena, Pasadena, Glendale and other areas.
It has approximately $24.1 million to spend on projects in the area for five years, according to a city of La Cañada Flintridge news release. LCF will receive about $1 million over the next five years because the money is split in a per capita manner by jurisdiction, according to the release.

Some potential transit projects listed at the earlier meeting:
One 210 Freeway sound-wall segment or funds to go toward sound-wall design and construction.
A Town Center shuttle stop including a stop sign and bus shelter.
A Foothill Boulevard bikeway and pedestrian greenbelt project.

Among other things, the survey asks residents which communities they visit, what their commuting habits are and what transportation issues are most important to them.
Wilson said the projects discussed at the September meeting were part of a brainstorming session with everyone involved.
“It wasn’t these were the only ones,” Wilson said of the projects selected by staff. “The point is to start talking. We did that to have people give us input.”
Other funding ideas — via survey or other means — must be submitted to the City Council by Monday, Oct. 15, the day before the meeting, Wilson said.
“The final consideration will be by the governing board,” Wilson said.
For questions, email Wilson at awilson@lcf.ca.gov
Also scheduled at the meeting is an item on treehouses. The City Council decided Oct. 2 to include additional language from Los Angeles County building codes in a proposed city ordinance about constructing treehouses, but postponed further action because it wanted to allow the public to consider the new language.
That wording, according to Susan Koleda, director of community development, is that treehouses can’t exceed 64 square feet and measure more than eight feet from floor to roof. Additionally, the ceiling height can’t exceed 6 feet, she said.
There was no public comment on the issue earlier this month.

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