All four options the committee considered
eliminated the left turn from Lago Drive onto the
Parkway. Three of the four options had a left-turn
lane for entering Lago Drive from the Parkway that
could only be used by residents.
The changes at the gate are needed
to accommodate growth in the community and to allow
stricter scrutiny of visitor traffic by Security,
according to CSD General Manager Ed Crouse.
The North Gate wasn’t the only
traffic-related matter on the RMA agenda. The board
discussed the traffic study produced as part of the
county planning process for a proposed development
of 238 homes on the North.
The study, which was released last
month, was reviewed for the board by transportation
engineer Ken Anderson of the firm K D Anderson.
The study (see summary here)
measures the impact of the proposed Residences of
Murieta Hills development on traffic within the community
and outside the community, on Highway 16.
According to the study, traffic on
Jackson Road is currently within standards for a two-lane
road but it will exceed standards at various intersections
with the 238 additional homes, Anderson explained.
“I don’t think that’s a tremendous
surprise to anyone,” he commented.
Director Paul Gumbinger pointed out
that the dramatic change would come to pass with only
about 238 homes, just a portion of the 1,100 homes
planned for the North, and it doesn’t include
the impact of 700 more homes to be built on the South
and the 200 homes recently proposed for the commercial
site across Highway 16 from Murieta North.
“The limiter on development
could be traffic. … As I see it, we as a board
and we as a community need to comment on this traffic
study to the county, indicating that we want these
fee extractions from the developers assigned into
a special account to come back to do the improvements
where they’re required,” Gumbinger said.
“We need the county in here
to show us how they aggregate these projects,”
said Director Mike Burnett. “This is only a
piece of the puzzle.”
Anderson said the board needed “to
inquire what the (traffic mitigation) fee will be.
… I think you should express your wishes”
to the county.
In fact, many of the directors’
questions and concerns seemed to require answers from
county planning and transportation officials.
One of the main concerns is the county’s
plans for widening Highway 16, although Anderson pointed
out there are other funding sources besides the county
for a state highway.
Caltrans has plans to widen the highway
from South Watt Avenue to Excelsior Road in the next
five to seven years, but no closer than that to Rancho
Murieta, a Caltrans spokesman told RanchoMurieta.com
Other matters discussed at the RMA
The Communications Committee is increasing
its meetings to two a month, on the second and fourth
Mondays at 7 a.m. at the RMA Building. This is the
third RMA committee to go to a 7 a.m. start time.
Maintenance and Finance also begin at 7.
Mike Burnett, the committee chair,
said the meeting on the second Monday of the month
will be a general meeting while the fourth Monday’s
meeting will be focused on specific topics.
The next meeting is this coming Monday
and it will deal with budget matters affecting the
broadband cable operation. With 300 subscribers, the
service is ahead of projections and hitting capacity
during peak usage, according to RMA General Manager
Greg Vorster. The committee will evaluate options
for expanding capacity.
The board approved the expenditure
of $5,000 to hire a consultant to draft the first
phase of a technology master plan aimed at providing
better broadband and cable TV services to the community.
The consultant will also help the
board develop a framework for putting a contract for
managing the broadband system out for bid. Last year,
the contract was awarded to the Murieta Group without
a bidding process. RMA efforts to develop a request
for proposals have failed, Director Elliot Sevier
The board approved the hire of a cable
TV technician, a position that’s in the 2003
The Sheriff’s Department will
be allowed to install its own 30-foot pole and antenna
at the RMA’s antenna site on Stonehouse Road.
The set-up offers Rancho Murieta and the surrounding
area more 911 and emergency services coverage at no
cost to the RMA, said General Manager Greg Vorster.
Norton of Troop 633, who is working on his Eagle Scout
badge, received permission from the board to conduct
a book drive in the North to benefit the Elk Grove
Library. Bags for book donations will be distributed
to residents on Feb. 8 and picked up on Feb.15.