Complete Streets policies direct planners and engineers to regularly design and operate the right-of-way to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode. Passing a policy produces a comprehensive vision for a transportation network that integrates the needs of all people traveling by foot, bicycle, transit or automobile into a city or town’s transportation project plans and practices.
If your municipality is interested in passing a Complete Streets policy, Orange County Planning has created a comprehensive model municipal-level policy to simplify the drafting process. Contact OCTC Staff at OCTC@orangecountygov.com for more information.
For more information about the key policy elements and policy grading scale by Smart Growth America visit: https://smartgrowthamerica.org/resources/elements-complete-streets-policy/
By reviewing and revising existing standards to support design flexibility, departments of transportation and public works can advance their community’s Complete Streets vision and support more cost-effective ways to achieve transportation goals. In recognition of various contexts, public input, and the needs of users, a balanced approach that follows appropriate design standards should be considered. This approach should aim to provide a comparable level of safety for all users and complement the projects physical setting while preserving scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources.