County Public Works staff and the office of District 2 Supervisor Candace Andersen will host a community forum on Feb. 26 to receive input on future roadway improvements. Officials will introduce and discuss the Alamo Area of Benefit (AOB) update process and resident expectations.
An AOB is a traffic mitigation fee program designed to improve the capacity and safety of the road network within an area. Money collected from developers within an AOB is used to fund road improvement projects that mitigate traffic impacts generated by new development projects. There is currently just over $2 million in fees Alamo could use.
"We do a regular update of the AOB to see if there is a project that would benefit Alamo or if we should give those funds elsewhere," Andersen said, adding that the AOB was last updated in 1998.
The AOB came under fire for supposedly planning to widen Danville Boulevard to four lanes. While Andersen stressed that there is no plan to do so, the 1998 AOB names the "ultimate configuration," a plan that would widen the intersection of Stone Valley Road and Danville Boulevard. Without an update, the county would revert to the old AOB or lose funding.
"There was a public cry for some time to remove AOB projects. Unless we come up with an alternate project, we're required to return funds to developers because we're not using funds collected," Andersen said.
The AOB update process could take between six months and a year, though the Feb. 26 meeting will serve primarily as an overview of how AOBs work and when residents will be able to give feedback. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Swain House in Hap Magee Park.
"I am hopeful that funds we do have available can be used to benefit Alamo residents. Through community input we can develop a community project that can help with traffic mitigation and safety," Andersen said.