Transportation Action Plan
A Green Community uses and encourages modes of travel other than the automobile. Streets and circulation patterns encourage pedestrian movement. Click here for Transportation Action Plan Indicators and Linkages [PDF, 11pp, 250k, about pdf]
Goals and Objectives
Provide an efficient transportation system to maximize accessibility and the movement of people and goods.
Increase opportunities for pedestrian and bicycling facilities.
- Design, develop, and improve the transportation system as a comprehensive network.
- Enable residents and employees to minimize vehicular miles traveled, as well as total travel time, in order to minimize air pollution and to conserve fuel.
- Stage the development of the transportation system to complement the overall development of the area.
- Encourage mixed uses to allow integration of residential, employment and commercial centers.
- Locate employment areas where adequate access exists or will exist for employees and for goods movement.
- Embrace the concept of transit oriented development.
- Use buffers between transportation facilities and incompatible adjacent land uses.
- Separate truck traffic from incompatible uses.
- Encourage a mass transit system which provides both an alternative to the automobile and desirable levels of service to its users.
- Integrate pedestrian and bicycle trails into development plans.
Recommendations and Guidelines for Action Plans
- Make recommendations to implement the concepts and achieve the goals and objectives for circulation and transportation.
- Encourage transit oriented development with the appropriate mix of land uses and density to support public transportation usage.
- Make mass transit improvements to improve utilization of facilities.
- Provide park and ride lots to allow for transfer to transit facilities or for carpooling opportunities.
- Coordinate staggered hours for businesses and schools to relieve traffic congestion.
- Require the development of pedestrian and bicycle trails to provide economical, non- congesting, and non-polluting means of travel.
- Propose a transportation system intended to provide service for the future population, employment and through traffic expected in the community.
- Acquire and/or protect rights-of-way to provide for the future extension or expansion of planned transportation facilities at reasonable costs, with minimum property displacement.
- Design transportation facilities to minimize their physical impact on the environment while providing the best possible opportunity for development of suitable sites.
- Locate and design intersections to facilitate safe vehicular and pedestrian access to employment sites, shopping facilities, multi-family developments, and other large traffic generators.
- Streets provided in connection with employment areas should avoid conflicting movement of cars with trucks. Industrial area access roads should be provided to and from major highways.
- Separate new development from visual intrusion by the use of reverse frontage, minimum setbacks, landscaping and fencing.
- Preserve and provide landscaped open space between structures and the highway.
- Reduce street width in mixed use and open space communities to reduce travel speeds, provide less impervious surface and be more aesthetically pleasing.
- Provide for sidewalks along community streets.
- Design parking lots that do not detract from the aesthetics and function of the land use.