Chapter 12.32


12.32.010    Purpose.

12.32.020    Complete streets definition.

12.32.030    Implementation of complete streets principles.

12.32.040    Freight considerations.

12.32.050    Extraordinary circumstances.

12.32.060    Funding for complete streets.

12.32.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to help achieve the goals and objectives of the transportation, land use and parks and recreation elements of the city of Deer Park comprehensive plan. This chapter provides for the implementation of complete streets guiding principles. (Ord. 915 § 1, 2012)

12.32.020 Complete streets definition.

A “complete street” is a road that is designed to be safe for drivers; bicyclists; school buses; transit vehicles and users; and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. The complete streets concept focuses not just on individual roads but on changing the decision-making process so that all users are routinely considered during the planning, designing, building and operating of all roadways. (Ord. 915 § 1, 2012)

12.32.030 Implementation of complete streets principles.

The city of Deer Park will incorporate complete streets principles into the city’s comprehensive plan, public works standards, parks and recreation master plan, traffic circulation plan and other plans, manuals, rules, regulations and programs as appropriate. (Ord. 915 § 1, 2012)

12.32.040 Freight considerations.

Because freight is important to the basic economy of the city and has unique right-of-way needs to support that role, freight will be the major priority on streets classified as major truck streets. Complete street improvements that are consistent with freight mobility but also support other modes may be considered on these streets. (Ord. 915 § 1, 2012)

12.32.050 Extraordinary circumstances.

Except in unusual or extraordinary circumstances, complete streets principles may not apply to the following:

A. Repairs made pursuant to pavement opening and restoration allowed by approval of the director of community services.

B. Ordinary maintenance activities designed to keep assets in serviceable condition (e.g., mowing, cleaning, sweeping, spot repair and surface treatments such as chip seal, or interim measures on detour or haul routes).

C. Where the director of community services issues a documented exception concluding that application of complete street principles is unnecessary or inappropriate because it would be contrary to public safety. (Ord. 915 § 1, 2012)

12.32.060 Funding for complete streets.

Complete streets may be achieved through single projects or incrementally through a series of smaller improvements or maintenance activities over time. It is the city’s intent that all sources of transportation funding be drawn upon to implement complete streets. The city believes that maximum financial flexibility is important to implement complete streets principles. (Ord. 915 § 1, 2012)