Connected Communities Complete Streets Coalition
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011This meeting was for informational purposes and to get updates on some regional and statewide projects:
: Rise Rasch (MDOT) and Andy Knott (Watershed Center) gave a brief summary of theSuttons Bay M-22 project to be built in 2013. The project will include ancillary trail, water qualityimprovements, center-raised medians for more convenient pedestrian crossings and accommodation forpeople on bicycle both on street and on a trail. Keys to its success expressed were shared vision andplanning, and good champions keeping project on task.For more information on the project visit the Village of Suttons Bay websitehttp://www.leelanau.cc/suttonsbayvill.aspor view the plans Front Street plans athttp://www.scribd.com/doc/75123757/SB-Front-Street-Corridor-Final-Plan
: Kim Pontius (Grand Vision Core) provided an update on how the Elmwood Marinaproject is taking a systems approach and looking at the 1.3 mile corridor as vital piece to making this areaa destination as opposed to a place to simply drive through. In addition to marina improvements, theproject is looking to calm motorized traffic, provide complete access for all modes, including better accessfrom the TART Trail to businesses and the waterfront.
: Bob Carstens (Acme) briefed the group on the Meijer project along M-72 that is moving forwardand includes multi-modal planning within the Village center. Future planning will be required to link thewider area to the development for people traveling by means other than motor vehicles.
Michigan’s Complete Streets Advisory Council
: Megan Olds (Grand Traverse Regional LandConservancy) who was appointed to the State’s Complete Streets Advisory Council, gave an overview oftheir task. The Advisory Council is tasked with creating and recommending policy to the State'sTransportation Committee who in turn informs MDOT on statewide policies, including Complete Streets.The diverse committee (Megan represents the environmental wing) has drafted a vision statement andwill spend 2012 drafting policies.More information, including a schedule of meetings, is at http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9623_31969_57564---,00.html (The next meeting is January 25
in Lansing, car-pooling can happen.)The vision statement for the council was passed in November. It reads:Complete Streets Advisory Council Vision
A transportation network that is accessible, interconnected, and multimodal and thatsafely and efficiently moves goods and people of all ages and abilities
A process that empowers partnerships to plan, fund, design, construct, maintain andoperate complete streets that respect context and community values
Outcomes that will improve economic prosperity, equity, and environmental quality