Study shows Crosscreek apartments will generate less traffic than previous plans

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 6:27 p.m. CDT; updated 3:40 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 4, 2012

COLUMBIA — A study predicts that the new apartment complex in the Crosscreek development area will generate less traffic than previous development plans.

Originally done in 2005, the Crosscreek traffic study was updated in 2007 to accommodate a different development plan. Now, with a student apartment complex proposed for the property, it has been updated again.

Residents of the Shepard Boulevard Neighborhood Association expressed concerns about traffic to Houston-based developer Asset Plus representative Mark Lindley and engineer Tim Crockett of Crockett Engineering at a recent meeting.

"Regardless of what the (original traffic) study says, you just can’t think about having a residence of 700 cars not having a different kind of impact than a commercial car dealership," Shepard neighborhood resident Dave Angle said at the March 7 meeting.

Asset Plus will include two luxury shuttles in the plan for the complex, Lindley said. At other schools where Asset Plus has built complexes, students take advantage of the buses.

"If you ... look at one of our properties during the middle of the day, cars are everywhere. Kids ride the bus," he said.

Some residents, however, were not convinced the shuttles would curtail traffic.

Each student in the complex will have a parking space allotted to him or her. Asset Plus plans for 1.14 parking spaces per bedroom in its complexes, Lindley said. The extra space is used for guest and staff parking.

The 2012 study

The latest study predicts the new apartment complex, which will be called The Domain, will produce a total of 196 trips during peak morning hours and 210 trips during peak evening hours.

The development will create fewer trips than previous development plans, Crockett said. Specifically, the 2012 update compares with the February 2007 study, which looked at potential trips from the Crosscreek development south of Stadium Boulevard.

It is not a detailed impact study, according to the document. Instead, it is a "trip generation assessment." Its purpose is to predict the number of trips on roads during peak hours.

There will not be a more in-depth study performed because the previous studies of the area are still valid with the new development, Crockett said.

Data on trip generation was collected by observing The Cottages, a 525-bed student apartment complex near Nifong Boulevard and Bearfield Road. Student apartments are a unique type of residence because most people who live in them travel the same way to and from school each day. That's why the Crosscreek study used The Cottages as an example.

The revised study also includes traffic estimates for a 16-pump gas station, originally part of the 2007 plan. Together with the apartments, the study predicts a total of 357 total trips in peak morning hours and 516 trips in peak evening hours. The study doesn't include trip estimates for a Holiday Inn that is proposed for a nearby lot. 

The latest update was prepared by Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier.

The 2007 studies

Studies were done in both February and August 2007. The February study included trip estimates for the following businesses south of Stadium Boulevard:

  • General office building
  • Business hotel
  • Hotel
  • Motel
  • Sit-down restaurant
  • Gas station with convenience market

Together, the trip estimates were 398 trips for peak morning and 516 for evening hours.

The August 2007 study included several areas of Crosscreek.

  • Gas station with convenience store
  • New car lot
  • Pharmacy with drive-thru window
  • Three fast-food restaurants with drive-thru windows
  • Shopping center
  • Two drive-in banks
  • Sit-down restaurant

Together, the estimate for peak evening hours was 1,766 trips. There is no table for peak morning hours.

The August 2007 report also showed estimates for a health club located south of Grindstone Creek. The trip estimate for the development was 243 trips at peak evening hours.

The 2005 study

The original 2005 traffic impact study was prepared for Stadium 63 Properties. At the time, the area was known as Creekwood Center. This is the most in-depth study of the area.

The study plans traffic for Crosscreek all the way until the year 2025. Trabue, Hansen and Hinshaw Inc. observed traffic patterns in the Crosscreek area and projected conditions for the next 20 years. This study included trip estimates for:

  • Supermarket
  • Shopping center
  • Two sit-down restaurants
  • Fast-food restaurant with drive-thru window
  • Gas station with convenience market

In total, the study estimated these businesses would create 807 trips at peak morning hours and 1,350 during peak evening hours.

Trip generation estimates for each study were determined from data for various land uses outlined by the Institute of Traffic Engineers.

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