Agenda Item 5
March 2, 2010
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Glenn Orlin, Deputy Council Staff Director
Expedited Bill 3-10, Streets and roads
Councilmember Berliner dissenting): enact with amendments.
Expedited Bill 3-10, Streets and roads - Sidewalks
Public hearing requirement,
sponsored by Council President Floreen, Council member Leventhal, Councilmember Berliner,
and Council Vice President Ervin, was introduced on January 19, 2010. Councilmember
Berliner later withdrew his sponsorship. A public hearing was held on February 9 and a
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee worksession was held on
Bill 3-10 would waive the required public hearing under certain circumstances before
certain sidewalks or shared use paths are approved. Its purpose is to expedite the administrative
approval process to allow quicker construction of sidewalks and hiker-biker paths that are
noncontroversial, have substantial community support, would be placed entirely in the public
right-of-way, and don't require a detailed engineering design.
Infrastructure, Energy, and Environment Committee considered this issue on December 7 and
assigned Council staff to draft this bill.
Councilmember Ervin originally asked the Committee to explore means to expedite the
decision-making process regarding sidewalks built under the Annual Sidewalk Program. She
noted concerns raised by residents about how long this process has taken, and she encouraged
expediting the process in order to deliver these sidewalks more quickly.