Foster City is taking a holistic approach when it comes to studying how traffic would be affected by various new development and redevelopment projects.

Rather than have individual developers do traffic studies for each project, the city has gotten them to work together on one study. That study should be completed by early August at a price tag of $127,000, city Planning Manager Leslie Carmichael said.

"We will be looking at options for (road improvements) as well as scaling back projects," Carmichael said.

One possible improvement could be a modification to the westbound Highway 92 onramp at Chess Drive but that would need Caltrans approval, she said. It is not yet clear which projects might be scaled back.

The city is managing the traffic study work and has hired the firm Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants, but the developers are footing the bill, Carmichael said. The comprehensive traffic study will be incorporated into the environmental impact report for each project for the Planning Commission and City Council to review, she added.

Developers said Foster City's approach makes sense.

"It is an excellent idea, in my opinion. Foster City is very smart about how they handle their planning process," said John Igoe, senior vice president of the Sares Regis Group of Northern California.


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San Mateo-based Sares Regis Groupis working on the 11-acre Parkview Plaza project near City Hall and a redevelopment project that would replace 190,000 square feet of office space with up to 800,000 square feet of office space between Chess Drive and Highway 92, east of Foster City Boulevard.

The Parkview Plaza development is slated to have about 30,000 square feet of retail development, a public plaza, senior living facilities and affordable housing. Another 4 acres of the site are earmarked for a charter high school.

The Sares Regis Group is also heading the Pilgrim-Triton redevelopment project, a nearly 21-acre development near Pilgrim and Triton drives that would add 730 multifamily units to the area. It would also redevelop 289,000 square feet of industrial, commercial and office space into 296,000 square feet of commercial and office space and have a 1-acre park. A traffic study for that project has already been completed.

Biotech Gilead Sciences Inc., at 333 Lakeside Drive, is also contributing to the comprehensive study because of its plans to expand its 630,000-square-foot campus to 1.2 million square feet, Carmichael said.

Mark Abramson can be reached at mabramson@dailynewsgroup.com.