Reducing traffic impacts

Traffic is a significant consideration when designing a new neighborhood. Under the Growth Management Act, a property owner is required to mitigate the impact of traffic generated by new development.

Traffic impacts of the proposed 35-unit development were studied and are outlined in a comprehensive Traffic Impact Analysis report available here. Traffic and parking impacts were evaluated at four adjacent intersections and along Soundview and Harborview Drives. Improvements were then identified that accommodate current and future traffic patterns while considering site specific impact, future downtown growth and City road standards.

To mitigate the impact of vehicles arriving and leaving the property, the One Harbor Point plan spreads out access points on Harborview and Soundview similar to those found in a single-family neighborhood. One Harbor Point’s interior drive is entered and exited from from Harborview Drive. The driveway on Soundview (Soundview and Judson) is exit-only to minimize traffic impact.

Road improvements include reconfiguring the Soundview/Harborview intersection and creating a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Soundview and Judson to enhance safety and traffic flow for drivers and pedestrians. On Harborview, a turn-around will be created at the eastern end of One Harbor Point’s frontage so traffic need not continue to the dead end of the street to turn around.

Mitigations also include right-of-way improvements along Soundview and Harborview.  Plans call for the addition of on-street public parking, wider sidewalks, and new street/sidewalk lighting. With improvements along Harborview, some existing public parking stalls will be replaced with new public parking along Soundview. The net effect is no loss of public parking.

Ample, self-contained parking

One Harbor Point will include ample on-site parking both for residents and their guests. Plans call for 67 spaces in garages or carports and 55 uncovered spaces for a total of 122 on-site parking spaces for residents and guests.