Streets That Work

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Streets That Work is an official policy in the city of Charlottesville to direct public and private investment that can make the city's street network safer for pedestrians and bicycles. The policy seeks to to integrate land use and transportation policy to support an urban core while limiting impacts to the city's less dense neighborhoods. [1]

Background

Charlottesville City Council adopted a renewed "complete streets" policy on February 3, 2014 and set aside $50,000 for a consultant. [2] [3]

The Toole Design Group was hired in 2014 to do the work. Their scope of work can be read here.

City Council adopted the policy on September 6, 2016.

After adoption in 2016, it was expected the city would embark on an audit of its zoning code in a process now known as Regulatory Framework Review. Whether or not that happened should be investigated. However, that Code Audit process did not happen soon afterwards as expected and planned.

Critiques

Anti-speeding activist Paul Reynolds critiqued the initiative at a March 2016 open house, citing his speed-tracking technology which captured many people speeding even after traffic-calming measures were put in place on Locust Avenue. [1]

Timeline


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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Web. Final open house held for Streets that Work initiative, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 24, 2016, retrieved January 1, 2017.
  2. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, June 21, 2004.
  3. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, February 4, 2014.
  4. Web. Council adopts new ‘complete streets’ policy, allocates $50K for consultants, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 8, 2014
  5. Web. Charlottesville kicks off 4-day street design workshop, Brian Wheeler, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 27, 2014, retrieved June 13, 2022.
  6. Web. Planning firm finishes workshop, gives input on Charlottesville’s streets, Rueben Jones, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 31, 2014, retrieved June 13, 2022.
  7. Web. Council wants more public input on streets review, delays on whether to hire consultant, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, November 4, 2014, retrieved June 13, 2022.
  8. Web. Will Charlottesville build ‘streets that work’?, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, Septmber 20, 2015, retrieved June 13, 2022.
  9. Web. Council adopts Streets That Work policy; zoning review underway, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 7, 2016, retrieved January 11, 2017.
  10. Web. Council Update - Streets That Work Priority List, Brennen Duncan, Staff Report, City of Charlottesville, October 16, 2017, retrieved November 8, 2019.