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CNU 20 - Realizing Streets for Everyone, and Getting Someone Else to Pay for Them

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Published on May 29, 2012

States and local jurisdictions are using Complete Streets policies and principles to enable walkable communities. The result is a paradigm shift in the way jurisdictions approach transportation planning, requiring an integrated land use/transportation approach that is often characterized by the charrette process, ensuring that the public street realm is designed holistically in context with overall placemaking. Many jurisdictions are turning to mechanisms such as Form Based Codes to insure that Complete Streets principles are integrated into planning for small and large areas.

This session will discuss non-traditional funding such as public-private partnerships and other techniques to implement Complete Streets, including developing competitive projects for programs such as TIGER and Sustainable Community Challenge Grants.

It is imperative that practitioners understand the implications of new legislation and policies in order to position ourselves to take advantage of the new requirements for projects and funding. This session will seek to provide an understanding of the role of Complete Streets/Thoroughfares in achieving balanced, walkable environments and how to implement Complete Streets from a regulatory standpoint, as well as how emerging design guidelines such as Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach can be used to create walkable networks within the context of thoroughfare planning. The sessions will present examples from around the country where the principles of Complete Streets have been implemented, ranging from retrofits (both reconstruction and simple pavement reallocations) to new, integrated designs and discuss techniques of how local municipalities are securing funding, collaborating with affected residents and business owners, and ultimately implementing a Complete Street/Thoroughfare.

This session will also discuss how Federal, state, and local agencies are responding to the upcoming legislative and funding changes, and how initiatives such as Complete Streets Acts and Form Based Codes give agencies and jurisdictions an advantage under the Federal funding criteria. The session will present upcoming Federal funding programs available to implement Complete Streets and Thoroughfares and provide an update for ongoing efforts to update transportation design guidelines to more adequately mesh with smart growth and the upcoming Surface Transportation Act Reauthorization. The role of the roadbulding lobby and their negative, and positive, influence on modal mix will also be discussed.

Kim Briesemeister, CRA Director, Redevelopment Manager, City of West Palm Beach CRA
Adam Kerr, Transportation Engineer, Kimley-Horn and Associates
Frederick Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc
G. Wade Walker, Director of Transportation Planning, Fuss & O'Neill
Matt Ward, CEO, Sustainable Strategies DC

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