Marshall rezoning plan goes back for surgery

By From page A1 | September 04, 2013

A rezoning request for an employee parking lot at Marshall Medical Center was sent back for doctoring at the Placerville City Council meeting on Aug. 27.

The request involved a General Plan Amendment and rezoning for three out of  four sub areas: Sub area 1 with 22 parcels proposed for rezoning from Medium Density Residential to Business and Professional land use is the Marshall Medical Center Campus between Rowland Street and Goyan Avenue; Sub area 2 is the Western Slope Health Center Parcel and Sub area 3, a proposed employee parking lot on Washington Street, is part of a parcel west of the Washington Street center line. The easterly part of the parcel would retain the current zoning of Medium Density Residential land use. Sub area 4, the Carla Kingsley Trust parcel, is scheduled for water line improvements only with no rezoning requested.

The request has been through the Placerville Planning Commission and came before the Placerville City Council on Aug. 13 with the commission’s recommendations for approval. With two council members, Mayor Wendy Thomas and Trisha Wilkins, recusing themselves for conflict of interest, and Council Member Carol Patton on vacation, the request was postponed until the Aug. 27 meeting.

A proposed employee parking lot on Washington Street with 51 spaces and the speed and congestion of traffic at Cedar Ravine and Washington Street and at Cedar Ravine and Pacific Street were the sticking points at the Aug. 27 meeting.

“I can’t tell how many parking spaces you already have or why you need more from these documents,” said Patton. “Usually, a site plan review includes how many parking spaces you have, how many you need and what you are asking for. None of that information is in this report. I don’t see a need for an additional parking lot when you have 11 employee parking lots now.”

Project engineer Seth Nesbitt identified Marshall as having 558 employee parking places currently, with the new lot bringing the total to 609. The new lot was reported to replace two illegal parking lots currently served by the Marshall employee shuttle service.

Council Member Patty Borelli said, “I can’t vote on this until I definitely know what the plan for it is.” Borelli also expressed surprise that city staff was planning to wait three months after the parking lot construction was completed to analyze traffic patterns and congestion at the intersections of Cedar Ravine and Washington and Pacific Streets. “Why are we waiting? Cedar Ravine and Pacific Street are a mess now.”

Residents Carla Kinglsey and Chuck Bishop spoke to the need to slow traffic coming down Cedar Ravine into Placerville before turning onto Washington Street. “Please keep looking at putting a stop sign there because the downhill traffic needs one,” said Kinglsey.

“They need to stop on Cedar Ravine before going onto Washington,” said Bishop. “You can’t even see 200 feet and those cars are speeding down Cedar Ravine.”

City Engineer Nate Stong said the traffic analysis for Cedar Ravine and Pacific Street is tied to the Clay Street Realignment Project and, currently the intersection of Cedar Ravine and Washington Street does not meet the criterion for an analysis. “We would have to wait until school is out and we want to look at both intersections at the same time,” he said.

Vice Mayor Carl Hagen agreed that information was lacking in part of the site plan review and proposed tabling further discussion until a parking analysis and a minor traffic analysis could be completed. By a 3-0 vote, Thomas being recused and Wilkins absent, the request for rezoning was rescheduled to be heard at the Nov. 26 Placerville City Council meeting to give time for the parking and traffic analysis to be completed.

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

Wendy Schultz

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