Meeting Minutes

October 4, 2006




Geoff Bornemann, City of Saratoga Springs

Judy Breselor, City of Troy

Steve Feeney, Schenectady County

Rocky Ferraro, Capital District Regional Planning Commission

Michael Franchini, Albany County (Chairman)

Fred Howard, Rensselaer County

Steve Iachetta, Albany County Airport Authority

Phil Pearson, Town of Colonie

Marybeth Pettit, City of Rensselaer

John Poorman, Capital District Transportation Committee (Secretary)

Dave Rettig, NYSDOT Region 1

Dede Rudolph, City of Albany

Phil Serafino, New York State Thruway Authority

Michael Valentine, Saratoga County

Kristina Younger, Capital District Transportation Authority




Sandra Misiewicz, Capital District Transportation Committee

Mike Morelli, Town of Bethlehem

Glenn Posca, Capital District Transportation Committee

Jason Purvis, Capital District Transportation Committee

Deb Stacey, Capital District Transportation Committee

Steve Szanto, Luther Forest Technology Campus

Mike Welti, Chazen Companies






Chairman Franchini opened the meeting at approximately 9:35 am.  He welcomed members and guests who introduced themselves.  There were no requests from visitors to speak to the committee.





Jason Purvis summarized the background of the joint town/village study.  Mike Welti of the Chazen Companies then presented an overview of the study and its products.  One of the two main products of this study is a set of design guidelines for development in the corridor. The guidelines will help to ensure that over time new construction and redevelopment activities improve the aesthetic and functional qualities of the built environment. The guidelines provide examples of how to

address the reuse of existing buildings as well as new construction in the Village Center, how to improve the design of small commercial establishments outside of the Village Center, and how to take advantage of special circumstance such as

community gateways or challenging conditions such as industrial sites.


The second product is a series of transportation recommendations, broadly defined to include vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation improvements.

These recommendations are focused on safety and community character, and they emphasize techniques such as access management and traffic calming. Roadway capacity is not an important issue in the corridor now and is not expected to be in

the foreseeable future; therefore, potential capacity improvements did not receive much attention in this study. The transportation recommendations also explore opportunities to improve connections between the Village Center and other

commercial nodes and residential neighborhoods, the Saratoga National Historical Park, the Hudson River, and other origins and destinations throughout the community.


The resulting plan is intended to: encourage nodes of mixed-use development, promote workforce and senior housing and preserve the natural landscape; create design standards that require attractive gateways to new developments and enhance the appearance of existing developments; and improve traffic safety, enhance access management, and improve non-vehicular circulation.


Adoption by the town is expected shortly.




Action Items




Approval of the August 23, 2006 Meeting Minutes


The minutes of the August 23, 2006 meeting were approved as written.





SA216, Church Street Reconstruction


John Poorman reviewed the history of the project.  It had been added in the 2005-10 TIP update under the belief that it would be eligible for NHS funding.  This is not the case.  Members discussed the options of switching to STP funds; removing the project until STP funds are available; or deferring action until the funding situation in the TIP update is better known.  Geoff Bornemann reported that the City of Saratoga Springs is eager to initiate the project development phase and that hospital expansion plans are dependent on the project.


A fourth option was raised:  modifying the NHS network to include Church Street.  Members agreed to address the issue at the November meeting after staff reviews the new option.



Discussion Items





2007-12 TIP Update Status


Mr. Poorman reported on the status of the refinement of “order of magnitude” budget issues to help members confirm plans for project solicitation.  Glenn Posca walked members through a set of tables and project changes produced from current NYSDOT Region 1 data.  Action on the project data is not proposed at this time; some details may change.  Understanding what is in the NYSDOT data is important to gauge the scale of funding issues in the TIP update.


After discussion, members agreed to not solicit specific projects at this time.  They also encouraged the staff and Region 1 staff to work on a non-state system safety set-aside (to operate similarly to the Spot Improvement Program) for consideration for the TIP. 


CMAQ Program Status


Mr. Poorman reviewed the previously-distributed summary of Congestion Mitigation / Air Quality (CMAQ) program information.  Members agreed to discuss program-level options for CMAQ programming in November, reporting any recommendations to the Policy Board in December and seeking public comment on options and/or recommendations at that time.  Any project solicitation would follow, either during the TIP update or subsequently.


Bids and Lettings


Dave Rettig stated that there were no bids and lettings to report.





CDTC Staff


Mr. Poorman noted that initial scoping is underway for the Patroon Island Bridge study; that the Freight Symposium is set for October 5; that Spot and Linkage evaluations will be on the November agenda; and that he will be traveling to speak at UCLA on transportation planning and climate change.


Capital District Regional Planning Commission


Rocky Ferraro reported on continuing work on the fiscal impact study with SUNYA, CDTC and CEG.  He also reported on current efforts to update employment projections.


Capital District Transportation Authority


Kristina Younger noted a new radio campaign and new website design.  She reported that CDTA has completed a full system retrofit of bike racks.  The new executive director should be named by the end of the month.


New York State Department of Transportation


Mr. Rettig reported that the Exit 12 project is ahead of schedule; that the Department is waiting for Army Corps approvals to award the Slingerlands Bypass project; that cable replacement on the Northway Twin Bridges will start soon; and that a positive public hearing was held on the Round Lake Bypass.


New York State Thruway Authority


Phil Serafino noted that there was nothing significant to report.


Albany County Airport Authority


Steve Iachetta reported on the groundbreaking for the Eclipse Service Center; drainage, ramp and terminal work; and the runway and approach project.




The next Planning Committee meeting was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on November 1, 2006.  There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 12:05 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,





John P. Poorman