Chapter 12.06


12.06.010    Purpose.

12.06.020    Exceptions.

12.06.030    Complete streets infrastructure.

12.06.040    Goals to foster partnerships.

12.06.050    Best practice criteria.

12.06.060    Performance standards.

12.06.010 Purpose.

The city of Richland shall, to the maximum extent practical, scope, plan, design, construct, operate and maintain appropriate facilities for the safe accommodation of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, motorists, emergency responders, freight and users of all ages and abilities in all new construction, retrofit or reconstruction projects. Cost-effective opportunities to include complete streets practices shall be identified and implemented by the city as part of the standard operations and maintenance of city streets. [Ord. 33-17 § 1].

12.06.020 Exceptions.

Facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and people of all abilities are not required to be provided when, in the judgment of the public works director, any of the following apply:

A. A documented absence of current or future need 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. [Ord. 33-17 § 1].

12.06.030 Complete streets infrastructure.

The city shall incorporate complete streets infrastructure into existing public streets, as feasible and recommended by professional engineer design professionals, to create a comprehensive, integrated, connected transportation network that balances access, mobility, health and safety needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, motorists, emergency responders, freight and users of all ages and abilities.

“Complete streets infrastructure” means design features that contribute to a safe, convenient, or comfortable travel experience for users, including but not limited to features such as: sidewalks; shared-use paths; bicycle lanes; automobile lanes of appropriate width; 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; public transportation stops and facilities in coordination with Ben Franklin Transit; traffic calming devices; and raised medians. [Ord. 33-17 § 1].

12.06.040 Goals to foster partnerships.

It is a goal of the city of Richland to foster partnerships with all Washington State transportation funding agencies including the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Benton County, Benton Franklin Council of Governments, Richland School District, Kennewick School District, citizens, businesses, interest groups, neighborhoods, and any funding agency to implement this complete streets chapter. [Ord. 33-17 § 1].

12.06.050 Best practice criteria.

The public works director 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), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Complete Streets Coalition, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements while reflecting the context and character of the surrounding built and natural environments. [Ord. 33-17 § 1].

12.06.060 Performance standards.

The city of Richland shall adopt performance standards with measurable benchmarks to evaluate the complete streets policy’s success and opportunities for improvement. Performance standards may include miles of bicycle facilities or sidewalks, public participation, and number of exemptions from this policy that have been approved. [Ord. 33-17 § 1].