New transportation plan okayed
Tuesday night, the City Council okayed a sweeping update to the transportation element of the city’s general plan, sharply curtailing opportunities to widen roads for more cars and introducing Alameda’s first-ever pedestrian plan.
In approving the transportation plan, the council agreed to halt road widening for new development projects without a change in the general plan (a big deal). Unless developers can come up with ways to mitigate the traffic their projects would cause, they could be denied. Or the council could okay it anyway, regardless of the traffic impact.
One opponent of the plan, David Kirwin, said it would make it harder for people to drive their cars here. But Jon Spangler, a former member of the Transportation Commission – which drafted the plan – said it would make it easier for pedestrians, cyclists and transit commuters to get around the Island.
This is the first update to the city’s transportation plan since 1991.