June 29, 2016
The City of Omaha has been working hard to move toward implementation of the Complete Streets Policy adopted by the City Council in September of last year. The project team has enlisted Toole Design Group (TDG) to assist in the development of a Complete Streets Design Guide as required by the policy. TDG has extensive experience working with other cities on similar projects (e.g., Boston and Saint Paul) and recently completed the Regional Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan for the Metropolitan Area Planning Authority (MAPA). We are pleased to have TDG on our team. Their contract is currently being negotiated and is expected to go to the City Council for approval in late July.
The Complete Streets Design Guide will build on past street design efforts, consolidating existing guidelines in one document and rectifying inconsistencies in the standards where appropriate. It will define street typologies that are responsive to adjacent land uses and local contexts; craft roadway and intersection designs that support all modes of transportation; and develop an implementation and maintenance plan to ensure the successful incorporation of Complete Streets elements into the City’s future projects. The implementation plan will include mechanisms for public engagement to guide the construction and reconstruction of city streets. The process of developing the Complete Streets Design Guide will take about one year, consistent with the implementation schedule that was drafted with the Complete Streets Policy.
As the process of creating the Design Guide moves forward, the project team will reach out to key stakeholders for input. A first Stakeholder Committee meeting will be scheduled for later this summer. We will also hold public open houses to receive input from the greater community.
Keep an eye out for notifications of upcoming meetings. We hope to see you there!
Read the Complete Streets Policy .
Read the MAPA Regional Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan .