Complete Streets Advisory Committee
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Draft Work Plan
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The Complete Streets Advisory Committee (previously the Complete Streets Working Group) was initially formed in 2013 to review preservation projects for the potential incorporation of complete streets improvements. The Advisory Committee includes staff from entities represented on CDTC’s Planning Committee including NYSDOT, CDTA, CDRPC, two cities, one county, and two towns. The Committee’s work is facilitated by CDTC staff.
A Purpose and Planned Outcomes statement was developed by the Complete Streets Advisory Committee and reads:
Purpose: The Complete Streets Advisory Committee’s purpose is to assist in identifying opportunities and mechanisms to assist roadway improvement project implementers and municipalities, in partnership with roadway owners, in integrating complete streets elements into a variety of project types as listed below.
The group will research, learn and then share learned information with the Planning Committee and Policy Board, as appropriate, on complete streets tools and techniques that should be integrated into projects across a range of project types. Initial emphasis will be on low cost techniques and partnerships to assist CDTC, NYSDOT, the four counties and municipalities to meet stated goals for improved transportation safety, a multimodal transportation system serving all users, and sustainability goals. Fostering improved communication between project planners and designers to achieve integration is a major goal.
Applicability: There are three broad categories of projects:
- Preservation First/Maintenance and Operations projects (Includes projects currently on the adopted/draft TIP and those to be selected through upcoming preservation set aside project solicitations)
- Existing TIP infrastructure projects (Includes projects currently on the adopted/draft TIP which are considered “beyond preservation” )
- Land development/redevelopment initiated improvements
- Revised TIP Project Justification Package/Solicitation Materials and Project Selection process that includes questions and evaluation criteria to incentivize incorporation of complete streets elements into “preservation first”/maintenance and operations type projects.
- Identification of complete streets elements that can be integrated into various categories of project types (i.e. repaving/restriping projects, signal timing improvements, etc.) with an emphasis on low cost or shared cost elements.
- A list identifying “beyond preservation” projects on the TIP currently in the pipeline where there’s a window of opportunity to identify and implement complete streets elements.
- Institutionalization of a process between NYSDOT, CDTC and municipalities to foster enhanced communication and to provide an ongoing mechanism to provide meaningful input that will be utilized in the design process to integrate complete streets elements into projects. Determination of the points in the project development/design process representing windows of opportunity for this input. Identification of the most effective means of communication and input such as a regularly set meeting schedule (bi-monthly?) or based on NYSDOT’s project development/design schedule.
- Improve communication and coordination between NYSDOT and municipalities to ensure a unified approach and complete streets oriented outcomes as a result of development site plan review and approvals. In these fiscally challenging times, one key avenue for integration of complete streets elements into the capital region’s roadways and realization of a multi modal transportation system that serves the capital region’s communities is incremental improvements related to newly developed or redeveloped sites along major roadways. Incremental improvements are typically required as part of mitigation of development impacts to these roadways. To achieve this there needs to be more consistency among the region’s municipalities in requiring private sector participation in appropriate development mitigation as well as consistent support from and ongoing coordination with NYSDOT, CDTA, other agency and municipal partners.
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