Blueprint for a Resolution to the Arana Gulch Controversy
By Michael Lewis and Jean Brocklebank
15 October 2011
In this blueprint, we go forward toward a resolution of the conflict created by the Arana Gulch controversy. Science, data and the laws of the land, as well as our heartfelt desires, will inform all decisions.
Keeping minds open to creative solutions to problems and conflicts helps to end contentiousness and allows us to move forward, carefully as well as swiftly.
This blueprint is divided into three parts: Goals, Recommendations, and a potential Timeline for implementation.
*** As recommended by Coastal Commission staff in a January 11, 2000 letter from Charles Lester to Ted Lopez, Transportation Planner, Santa Cruz City Public Works Dept.
November 2011 -- City withdraws current application and resubmits its application (without Broadway-Brommer)
December 2011 -- City wins approval of its AGMP (minus Broadway-Brommer) from Coastal Commission
Jan - March 2012 -- City, County and S.C Port District form a team to study a reconfiguration of the harbor culverts to initiate restoration and recovery of Arana Creek's tidal reach, which also addresses sedimentation into the upper harbor that requires dredging.
Spring - Fall 2013 -- City initiates the Murray Street Seismic Retrofit project that includes widened bike lanes and a widened pedestrian sidewalk.
Spring - Fall 2013 -- The County initiates a Brommer Street Extension bike lane and pedestrian safety project design that also solves the current drainage sedimentation pollution into Arana Creek.
2011 - 2015 -- Rail Corridor segments in planning and design for bicycle and pedestrian paths, especially from 7th Avenue to Seabright
2015 -- City submits application to Coastal Commission for a Broadway-Brommer east-west connection through the Arana Gulch greenbelt, if it chooses to pursue the project