Chapter 11.60


11.60.010    Purpose.

11.60.020    Planning, design, and construction.

11.60.030    Exceptions.

11.60.040    Severability.

11.60.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish policy and procedures for the planning, design, and construction of town streets, sidewalks, and public places. These policies and procedures are meant to facilitate and encourage a physically active community by allowing people of all ages and abilities to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives by walking, bicycling, exercising and using public transit as part of everyday living. [Ord. 1166 § 1, 2018.]

11.60.020 Planning, design, and construction.

The town of La Conner will plan for, design, and construct all new street, sidewalk, and public place projects to provide appropriate accommodation for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and persons of all ages and abilities. Complete street practices will be incorporated into city plans, rules, regulations and programs as appropriate. [Ord. 1166 § 1, 2018.]

11.60.030 Exceptions.

(1) Exceptions to this policy may be determined by the town’s public works director under the following circumstances:

(a) Where the establishment of such facilities would be contrary to public health and safety;

(b) Where there is no identified need (as established in town plans and future travel demand models);

(c) For ordinary maintenance activities designed to keep assets in serviceable condition (including, but not limited to, cleaning, sweeping, spot repair and surface treatments such as preservation paving);

(2) The town council may determine that street reconstruction projects and maintenance paving projects may exclude elements of this policy when the accommodation of a specific use is expected to:

(a) Require more space than is physically available;

(b) Be located where both current and future demand is deemed to be absent;

(c) Drastically increase project costs, and equivalent alternatives exist within reasonable proximity;

(d) Have adverse impacts on environmental resources such as streams, wetlands, floodplains, or on historic structures or sites above and beyond the impacts of currently existing infrastructure;

(e) Where the cost would be disproportionate to the current or probable future need or uses. [Ord. 1166 § 1, 2018.]

11.60.040 Severability.

If any section, sentence, clause or phrase of this chapter should be held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of any other section, sentence, clause or phrase of this chapter. [Ord. 1166 § 1, 2018.]