Chapter 18.184


18.184.010    Pedestrian access and circulation.

18.184.010 Pedestrian access and circulation.

(1) Purpose and Intent. This section implements the pedestrian access and connectivity policies of Crook County transportation system plan and is intended to ensure development provides for safe, reasonably direct, and convenient pedestrian access and circulation.

(2) Applicability. The provisions of this chapter apply to:

(a) Suburban residential subdivisions, subject to Chapter 18.48 or 18.52 CCC;

(b) Destination resorts, subject to Chapter 18.116 CCC; and

(c) Planned unit developments, subject to Chapter 17.28 CCC.

(3) Standards. Developments shall conform to all of the following standards for pedestrian access and circulation:

(a) Continuous Walkway System. A pedestrian walkway system shall extend throughout the development site and connect to adjacent existing or planned sidewalks, if any, and to all future phases of the development, as applicable.

(b) Safe, Direct, and Convenient. Walkways within developments shall provide safe, reasonably direct, and convenient connections between primary building entrances and all adjacent parking areas, recreational areas, playgrounds, transit stops, and public rights-of-way conforming to the following standards:

(i) The walkway is reasonably direct. A walkway is reasonably direct when it follows a route that does not deviate unnecessarily from a straight line or it does not involve a significant amount of out-of-direction travel.

(ii) The walkway is designed primarily for pedestrian safety and convenience, meaning it is reasonably free from hazards and provides a reasonably smooth and consistent surface and direct route of travel between destinations. The county roadmaster may require landscape buffering between walkways and adjacent parking lots or driveways to mitigate safety concerns.

(iii) The walkway network connects to all primary building entrances consistent with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

(c) Vehicle/Walkway Separation. Except as required for crosswalks, per subsection (3)(d) of this section, where a walkway abuts a driveway or street it shall be raised six inches and curbed along the edge of the driveway or street. Alternatively, the county roadmaster may approve a walkway abutting a driveway at the same grade as the driveway if the walkway is physically separated from all vehicle-maneuvering areas. An example of such separation is a row of bollards (designed for use in parking areas) with adequate minimum spacing between them to prevent vehicles from entering the walkway.

(d) Crosswalks. Where a walkway crosses a parking area or driveway (“crosswalk”), it shall be clearly marked with contrasting paving materials (e.g., pavers, light-color concrete inlay between asphalt, or similar contrasting material) or painted crosswalk striping. The crosswalk may be part of a speed table to improve driver-visibility of pedestrians.

(e) Walkway Width and Surface. Walkways shall be constructed of concrete, asphalt, brick or masonry pavers, or other durable surface, as approved by the county roadmaster, and not less than five feet wide. Multi-use paths (i.e., designed for shared use by bicyclists and pedestrians) shall be concrete or asphalt and shall conform to county transportation standards. (Ord. 303 § 1 (Exh. C), 2017)