City of Crystal Lake, IL
McHenry County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Crystal Lake as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Comprehensive Plan — See Ch. 26.
[Adopted 8-17-2004 by Ord. No. 5829 (Art. III, Ch. III, Section G, of the 1993 Code); amended in its entirety 5-17-2016 by Ord. No. 7223]
The City of Crystal Lake requires the periodic use of private traffic engineering consultants to provide independent, unbiased evaluations of developments where traffic studies are required or deemed necessary by the City Engineer.
A. 
The Engineering Services Division shall determine if a traffic study is necessary or specific traffic issues need to be evaluated as part of the development review process, as outlined in Chapter 650, Unified Development Ordinance.
B. 
The Engineering Services Division shall review the proposed development and, based upon a suitable site plan, shall develop a scope of services or request a scope of services from one of the approved traffic engineering firms.
C. 
The developer/owner shall be given the choice to select the private traffic consulting firm to be retained by the City that will complete the traffic study using one of the following two selection procedures:
(1) 
The developer/owner can opt to select one of the six approved traffic engineering firms to complete the traffic study/analysis, pursuant to the process outlined in Subsection D below.
(2) 
The developer/owner can opt to select one of the six approved traffic engineering firms to complete the traffic study/analysis using the request for proposal (RFP) process outlined in Subsection E below.
D. 
In order to expedite the traffic review procedure, the developer/owner shall have the option of selecting an approved traffic consultant to complete the traffic study/analysis, exclusive of the RFP process. The City shall furnish the developer/owner with a list of six approved traffic consultants having been selected pursuant to the selection process in § 575-3.
(1) 
The developer/owner shall select one of the six approved traffic consultants, and notify the City in writing of the selection. Upon receipt of the developer's/owner's selection, the Engineering Services Division shall request a scope of services from the selected consultant and request a quote from the consultant, to include a "not to exceed" amount, for review and approval.
(2) 
The developer/owner shall execute a task order, in a form provided by the City Engineer, that acknowledges and agrees that the services provided by the consultant are for the benefit of the developer/owner. The developer/owner shall, pursuant to § 241-34 of this Code, be responsible for payment to the City of all fees, actual costs or actual expenses related to the City retaining a traffic consultant pursuant to this section.
(3) 
Upon compliance with Subsection D(2), the City shall enter into a contract with the selected consultant. A completed and finally approved copy of the consultant's report shall be furnished to the developer/owner.
E. 
At the request of the developer/owner, the traffic study/analysis can be completed using the request for proposal (RFP) process.
(1) 
The Engineering Division shall send a request for proposals to a list of six traffic engineering consultants.
(2) 
All tendered proposals shall be furnished to the developer/owner, who will have the right to select the proposal/consultant of its choice.
(3) 
The developer/owner shall execute a task order, in a form provided by the City Engineer, that acknowledges and agrees that the services provided by the consultant are for the benefit of the developer/owner. The developer/owner shall, pursuant to § 241-34 of this Code, be responsible for payment to the City of all fees, actual costs or actual expenses related to the City retaining a traffic consultant pursuant to this section.
(4) 
Upon compliance with Subsection E(3), the City shall enter into a contract with the selected consultant. A completed and finally approved copy of the consultant's report shall be furnished to the developer/owner.
A. 
The selection of traffic engineering consultants shall be the duty of a committee comprised of the City Manager, Director of Community Development and the City Engineer, who shall be subject to confirmation and approval by the Mayor and City Council.
B. 
Statements of qualifications from interested consultants will be received by the committee and evaluated to obtain the most qualified field of candidates.
C. 
It is the policy of the City to place up to six qualified consultants on an active list that would be called upon to review traffic-related issues pertinent to development projects and provide proposals to the City for studying same.
D. 
The essential criteria used to select consultants would include, but may not be limited to:
(1) 
Traffic engineering experience.
(2) 
Qualifications of principals and staff engineers to supervise and perform the scope of intended services.
(3) 
Suitable, comparable results in previous studies performed with the City of Crystal Lake or other reliable references.
(4) 
Adequate available personnel to accomplish the scope of services in a timely manner.
(5) 
That the consultant does not perform engineering services to private developers/owners seeking approvals within the City of Crystal Lake.
E. 
The six consultants selected pursuant to this section shall be subject to removal from the list, at any time, by direction of the committee referred to in § 573-3A. If, in the opinion of the City selection committee, results are unsatisfactory on a second successive study or other negative quality issue, that firm may be dropped and replaced with the next most highly qualified firm.