Santee residents sat down at the table with city planners Thursday to share their vision of the future of how locals get around town, by car, bus, bicycle or on foot.
It was the first workshop designed to get public input for an update to the city's Circulation Element, a section of the General Plan that provides the framework for all aspects of transportation in the City. It addresses how local and regional traffic will circulate through Santee under both existing and future conditions, as well as the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users.
The update to the Circulation Element was presented as a quality of life issue. The city wants to know if you don't feel comfortable crossing a street or get caught in a traffic backup everyday (let the city know in this online survey). The city wanted to hear how residents would create an ideal transit system for 2035.
About seven people attended and participated in visioning and mapping exercises where they marked up maps with problem areas and issues for planners to study.
Santee's Principal Traffic Engineer Minjie Mei said he wished more residents had shown up for the workshop, but was happy that more than 200 surveys about local transportation issues had been completed so far.
Here are some of the main issues discussed:
- Traffic at intersection of Mission Gorge Road and Cuyamaca Street
- Magnolia Avenue speeding
- Mast Boulevard speeding
- Gap in Mast Boulevard separating Lakeside and Santee
- Congestion on SR-52 during commutes
- The many driveways on Mission Gorge, especially between Olive Lane and Cuyamaca- a driving and pedestrian hazard.
- Missing sidewalks near Pepper Drive School.
Mei said it would be about a year until the update is complete and the city council will have to approve it.
If you missed the workshop, you can share your opinion about Santee transportation in the city's online survey.