Agenda Item # 2

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

03/11/2014

Agenda Report # 83


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Complete Streets

INITIATED BY: Planning Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested of a “Complete Streets” Policy as recommended by the Georgia Department of Transportation Complete Streets Design Guidelines, Chapter 9, stating guiding principles and practices so transportation improvements are planned, designed and constructed to encourage walking, bicycling and transit use while promoting safe operations for all users.

Background: All across the United States, citizens are asking their planners and engineers to build roads that are safer, more accessible, and easier for everyone to safely access. In the process, they are creating better communities for people to live, play, work, and shop. Currently over 610 jurisdictions nation-wide now have Complete Streets Policies. This includes 30 states, 51 Regional Planning Organizations, 48 counties and 482 municipalities (in 48 different states).

Analysis: Complete Streets refers to the concept that a street is a transportation facility that should support all users, whether traveling by personal automobile, on a bicycle, in a wheelchair, by transit or on foot. Adoption of this concept calls for consideration during the planning phase of all new construction and reconstruction projects. Because the entire design life of the project must be considered, it warrants that current design should not preclude future accommodations for alternative forms of transportation (those besides cars). Adopting this policy would not make it automatic that every roadway be required to meet this criteria. Designing a Complete Street project also requires weighing the costs and benefits of incorporating accommodations for alternative transportation users in the actual design of the roadway.

Financial Considerations: As future road projects are developed under this policy, needs for Complete Streets roadway enhancements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: None at this time.

Legal Considerations: None at this time.

Recommendations/ Actions: Adopt the resolution in support of establishing a Complete Streets policy.

A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A “COMPLETE STREETS” POLICY AS RECOMMENDED BY THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COMPLETE STREETS DESIGN GUIDELINES, CHAPTER 9, STATING GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES SO TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS ARE PLANNED, DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED TO ENCOURAGE WALKING, BICYCLING AND TRANSIT USE WHILE PROMOTING SAFE OPERATIONS FOR ALL USERS.

WHEREAS, the City Council of the Columbus Consolidated Government proposes this Resolution relating to the Georgia Department of Transportation's Complete Streets Design Guidelines, Chapter 9, attached hereto, stating guiding principles and practices so that transportation improvements are planned, designed and constructed to encourage walking, bicycling and transit use while promoting safe operations for all users; and,

WHEREAS, the full integration of all modes of travel in the design of streets and roadways is intended to reduce traffic congestion, improve mobility, and provide more reliable commute times; and,

WHEREAS, this action will implement policies and procedures related to the construction, reconstruction or modification of transportation facilities to support the creation of Complete Streets, wherever it is practical to do so, while recognizing that all streets are different and in each case, user needs must be balanced; and,

WHEREAS, the Columbus Consolidated Government has the opportunity to create and improve transportation facilities for all users by implementing Complete Streets principles and standards into appropriate Columbus Consolidated Government right-of-way projects.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

1. The Columbus Consolidated Government shall plan for, design and construct all new public transportation improvement projects to provide appropriate accommodation for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and persons of all abilities, while promoting safe operation for all users, by adopting the Georgia Department of Transportation's Complete Streets Design Policy for this purpose.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of March 2014, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _________ members of said Council.

Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor McDaniel voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.

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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor