PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING
Regional Planning Commission
Election of Officers
The meeting notes from the December 5th meeting were approved as written.
Approval of the Semi-annual Progress Report
The semi-annual progress report covering the period from
CDTC staff contacted project sponsors as directed by the
Planning Committee at the November 2007 meeting. Staff has received written
confirmation from the top ranked sponsors that they are willing to increase
their local share for their proposed linkage projects, which increases the
consultant budgets to realistic amounts.
Given the 2008-09 Linkage program budget, the top five study sponsors
will receive funding—Schaghticoke,
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
Programming Competitive Set-Asides
During the 2007-12 TIP update, CDTC set-aside
funds in four competitive regional set-asides—RG102—Alternative Fuel Retrofit,
RG103—Bicycle/Pedestrian Set-aside, RG104—Intersections, Queue Jumpers and
Roundabouts, and RG105—Safety Set-aside for Non-State Roads. Committee
members suggested at an earlier meeting that solicitation for the set-asides
occur simultaneously with the possible exception of diesel retrofits, so that
project sponsors will be able to pick and choose which set-aside pot (if any)
they would like to develop a proposal for. The merit of converting the local ITS
set-aside (RG39) to a project solicitation was discussed.
It was determined that projects
eligible for local ITS monies should probably come from a solicitation, rather
than a first come first served basis. Members
agreed that the entire set-aside dollars for all but the retrofit set-aside
would be available for programming via competitive solicitation.
Options for Competitive Safety Set-Asides
Lengthy discussions regarding the safety set-aside and
options for solicitation, evaluation and programming ensued. Basically, three options were put on the table. The options were described in the mailout
material, and briefly are: 1) program/solicit for the CDTC Planning area only
2) program/solicit for the Region 1 (eight counties) area or 3) program/solicit
using a procedure similar to the enhancement program. The discussions quickly boiled the decision
down to the first two options. Some
members voiced concern about the need and approach of option 2, stating that
option 2 subverts the MPO process and
justified. Process was also discussed. CDTC staff has been developing rigorous
evaluation criteria for the safety set-aside.
It was determined that CDTC staff should continue to develop evaluation
criteria that are sensitive to CDTC’s policies, and have a meeting with the
“larger” (8 county) group to determine if CDTC’s process could be adopted by
the larger region. The feasibility of
using CDTC’s evaluation criteria and solicitation process will be reported back
to the Planning Committee at the February meeting.
Diesel Retrofit Project Solicitation and Proposed Evaluation
The Alternate Fuel Retrofit draft solicitation was included in member’s packets. CDTC staff recommended a $500,000 solicitation for diesel retrofits (1/4 of the $2.0M set-aside) so that future solicitations can account for changing technologies and needs. CDTA expressed concern that RG102 is for non-CDTA fleets; and requested that their eligibility be considered if the solicitation does not generate $500,000 in proposed projects. Members approved the draft Diesel Retrofit Project Solicitation and Evaluation material.
Tentative Proposed Schedule for Competitive Set-Asides
Committee members approved the proposed schedule for the
three set-asides (RG102—Alternative Fuel
Retrofit, RG103—Bicycle/Pedestrian set-aside, and RG104—Intersections, Queue
Jumpers and Roundabouts).
DRAFT 2008-10 UNIFIED PLANNING
STATUS OF PLANNING
The A&F Committee conducted their year end review of
staffing and salaries.
The Fiscal Impact Study is complete; CDRPC is currently publicizing this document. CDRPC staff met with the Times Union and will be doing a piece on growth issues. Employment projections should be wrapped up shortly.
feasibility study for a CDTA garage in
NYSDOT distributed a summary of recent Bids and
Lettings. A trend is emerging showings
Bids coming in
at a price lower than the estimate.
NYSDOT has been appointed to the Governor’s Smart growth Cabinet. NYSDOT received a letter from Niskayuan and CDTC staff will be
invited to participate.
The Exit 23/24 improvement project has been pushed back to 2009.
The new town hall is now complete and occupied. There is a Linkage meeting scheduled at the new Town hall this evening.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at The February Planning Committee meeting will be held on February 6th.