Thursday, January 07, 2016

Complete Streets Language Part of Winter 2016 Growth Management Project Amendments

The Winter 2016 Package of Growth Management Project Amendments includes Section 12, which pertains to Complete Streets. It was approved by City Council on December 14th, 2015. 

Below is the text from that document:

The text of the City’s Growth Management Plan is hereby amended to add objectives and policies in the Transportation element of the Growth Management Plan, and shall read as follows: 
  1. Throughout the planning period, the City shall utilize a Complete Streets approach to transportation infrastructure improvements.    
  2. The City recognizes the definition of Complete Streets as rights of way that are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, freight, motorists and transit. 
  3. The City recognizes that Complete Streets policies consider people of all ages and abilities, including children, teenagers, adults, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. 
  4. The City recognizes that not all streets have the same purpose or function or hierarchy of streets in terms of movement and capacity. For example, the primary purpose of arterial roadways is different from that of local roadways in terms of the type of primary user served. 
  5. Complete Streets policies shall apply to all roadway segments in the Major Thoroughfare Plan located in Appendix C and the City’s Land Development Code. For roads that are not currently classified in the Major Thoroughfare Plan, the City of Orlando will reserve the right to require the implementation of the Complete Streets policies. 
  6. The City shall establish a Complete Streets design guidebook and corridor prioritization plan to implement these policies. 
  7. The City shall support the goal of Complete Streets by analyzing the land uses adjacent to the proposed roadway project to account for the primary users served.
  8. Throughout the planning period, the City shall apply Complete Streets policies to the City’s street network.
  9. All new construction and reconstruction of roadways (except limited access highways) located within the City of Orlando will be planned, designed, constructed, and maintained to benefit all users, with consideration given to land use context, right-of-way availability and costs. 
  10. The Public Works and Economic Development Departments will utilize a multi-disciplinary approach that combines best engineering practices with best planning practices in order to provide the community with the best roadway possible.
  11. The City of Orlando will continue to consider all elements of the right-of-way and utilize all applicable Complete Streets policies as part of Public Works repaving and resurfacing projects. 
  12. The City of Orlando will thoroughly evaluate the construction costs for each type of facility proposed within the right-of-way in order to maximize the benefit to the community. 
  13. The City of Orlando will work to ensure the gradual implementation of Complete Streets policies on existing streets, and incorporate these policies into projects included in the Transportation Capital Improvements Program (see Figure CI- 14). 
  14. Streets designed and/or constructed by a developer, whether public or private, shall be developed consistent with Complete Streets policies. 
  15. The City shall request that Complete Streets policies are incorporated into projects funded by outside agencies such as FDOT and Orange County.
  16. Throughout the planning period, the City shall incorporate qualitative improvements to Complete Streets projects to promote the use of alternate modes and enhance the economic viability of the area.
  17. Roadway design through commercial corridors and main street districts shall be enhanced to accommodate comfortable and safe pedestrian and bicycle travel; transit ridership is heavily encouraged. 
  18. Street trees, landscaping and amenities that provide shade and promote aesthetically pleasing and comfortable environments for walking and cycling shall be incorporated into Complete Streets projects. 
  19. Public Art integrated into the streetscape will be considered to help identify unique areas of the City of Orlando including designated Main Street, sports and entertainment districts, and the central business districts.
  20. Throughout the planning period, the City shall apply Complete Streets policies to construct safe and convenient bicycle facilities to accommodate cyclists of all ages and abilities.
  21. Bicycle facilities shall be recognized as a viable transportation option and shall be treated equally in the design of Complete Streets corridors. 
  22. Bicycle facilities within Complete Streets corridors shall be planned and designed to safely accommodate cyclists of all ages and abilities.
  23. No Complete Streets corridor shall be completely void of a bicycle facility.
  24. The model hierarchy of bicycle facilities within Complete Streets corridors shall be as follows: Off-Street Path/Protected Cycle way, Buffered Bike Lane, Bicycle Lane, Sharrow (shared lane marking). 
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