By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
The switch has been flipped to set the gears of redevelopment in motion for Stanton. At Tuesday night’s meeting the city council adopted the Livable Beach Boulevard Mobility Plan.
This plan is the outline for future redevelopment, improvement and implementation of projects along Beach Boulevard over the course of many years and will not be funded primarily from the city’s general fund, but most likely through grants.
The plan details the improvement of sidewalks, driveways, plazas, crosswalks, medians, bike lanes, street lamps, beautification, bus transit issues, parking, signage and city gateways. That’s just a start; what was mentioned as the top of the list in the meeting.
“We’ve been working on this plan for over a year,” said Omar Dhadabhoy, community development director.
The plan does not call for immediate action on any of the items, but has the suggestions and problems detailed on need and price.
The course of the plan started with community forums where residences discussed their concerns and wants with a development planner. From there, they voted in a design charrette, where residents were presented with images of city redevelopment that they voted on.
The consensus was that there needs to be more pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and crosswalks, jaywalking needs to be addressed, more park-like plazas and more beautification are needed.
“They want more trees,” said Diane Bathgate, design group project manager for RRM, the consulting group for the project.
Beach Boulevard serves anywhere from 60,000 to 70,000 vehicles per day, according to the Orange County Transit Authority.
Although there are many bicycle users, there are no bike trails on the road and bike users tend to avoid it because it is considered unfriendly to cyclists.
“You know, over the years, I have received a lot of these books [plan outlines],” said David Shawver, council member, “And over the years, they have all ended up on my bookshelf. I say that we don’t let that happen with this one . . . I would like to recommend that after the holidays that we begin study session, and start to work on it. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get rolling on it.”
Shawver suggested that the city council take advantage of the lowest cost items listed, such as crosswalk improvements and then try to look at a realistic time frame to begin.