Chapter 12.02


12.02.010    Purpose.

12.02.020    Definitions.

12.02.030    Exceptions.

12.02.040    Complete streets infrastructure.

12.02.050    Goals to foster partnerships.

12.02.060    Best practice criteria.

12.02.070    Implementation of complete streets principles.

12.02.010 Purpose.

The city of Connell shall, to the maximum extent practical, scope, plan, design, construct, operate and maintain appropriate facilities for the safe accommodation of pedestrians, bicyclists, future transit users, motorists, emergency responders, freight and users of all ages and abilities in all new construction, retrofit or reconstruction projects. Complete streets will increase physical activity among people of all ages and abilities which in turn could reduce chronic disease, obesity and air pollution. Through ongoing operations and maintenance priorities, community engagement and evaluation, the city of Connell shall identify cost-effective opportunities to include complete streets practices. (Ord. 988 § 1 (part), 2018).

12.02.020 Definitions.

“Complete street” means a road that is designed to be accessible for drivers, bicyclists, transit vehicles and riders, freight, emergency service providers and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. The complete street policy focuses not just on changing individual roads, but on changing the decision-making process so that all users are considered during the planning, designing, building and operation of all roadways.

“Complete streets infrastructure” means design features that contribute to a safe, convenient and comfortable travel experience for users, including but not limited to features such as: sidewalks; shared use paths; bicycle lanes; automobile lanes; paved shoulders; street trees and landscaping; planting strips; curbs; accessible curb ramps; bulb outs; crosswalks; refuge islands; pedestrian and traffic signals; signage; street furniture; bicycle parking facilities; traffic calming devices such as rotary circles, traffic bumps and surface treatments such as paving blocks, textured asphalt and concrete, narrow vehicle lanes and raised medians.

“Street” means any public right-of-way including arterials, connectors, alleys, ways, lanes and roadways by any other definition, as well as bridges, tunnels and any other portions of the transportation network that is open for use by the general traveling public.

“Street project” means the construction, reconstruction, retrofit, maintenance, alteration or repair of any street, and includes the planning, design, approval and implementation processes.

“Users” means individuals that use streets, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicle drivers, public transportation riders and drivers and emergency vehicles. (Ord. 988 § 1 (part), 2018).

12.02.030 Exceptions.

Facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and/or all people of all abilities are not required to be provided when:

(a)    A documented absence of current or future needs exists;

(b)    Nonmotorized uses are prohibited by law;

(c)    Routine maintenance of the transportation network is performed that does not change the roadway geometry or operations, such as mowing, sweeping and spot repair;

(d)    The cost would be disproportionate to the current need or probable future uses;

(e)    The mayor or council issues a documented exception concluding that application of complete streets principles is unnecessary or inappropriate. (Ord. 988 § 1 (part), 2018).

12.02.040 Complete streets infrastructure.

As feasible, the city of Connell shall incorporate “complete streets infrastructure” into existing public streets to create a comprehensive, integrated, connected transportation network for Connell that balances access, mobility, health and safety needs for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, motorists, emergency responders, freight and users of all ages and abilities, ensuring a fully connected, integrated network that provides transportation options. (Ord. 988 § 1 (part), 2018).

12.02.050 Goals to foster partnerships.

It is a goal of the city of Connell to foster partnerships with all Washington State transportation funding agencies including the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the Federal Highway Administration, Transportation Improvement Board, Connell School District, citizens, businesses, interest groups, neighborhoods and any funding agency to implement the complete streets ordinance. (Ord. 988 § 1 (part), 2018).

12.02.060 Best practice criteria.

The city of Connell city council or designee shall modify, develop and adopt policies, design criteria. Standards and guidelines based upon recognized best practices in street design, construction and operations including but not limited to the latest editions of American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) while reflecting the context and character of the surrounding built and natural environments and enhance the appearance of such. (Ord. 988 § 1 (part), 2018).

12.02.070 Implementation of complete streets principles.

The city of Connell will incorporate complete streets principles into the city’s comprehensive plan, public works standards, other plans, manuals, rules, regulations and programs as feasible and appropriate. (Ord. 988 § 1 (part), 2018).