Chapter 12.02
COMPLETE STREETS POLICY

Sections:

12.02.010    Vision.

12.02.020    Policy.

12.02.030    Projects.

12.02.040    Exceptions.

12.02.050    Intergovernmental cooperation.

12.02.060    Design criteria.

12.02.070    Community context.

12.02.080    Network.

12.02.090    Performance measures.

12.02.100    Implementation.

12.02.010 Vision.

Promoting pedestrian, bicycle, and public transportation travel reduces negative environmental impacts, promotes healthy living, advances the well-being of travelers, supports the goal of compact development, and meets the needs of the diverse populations that comprise our communities. The vision of the city of Sumner (city) is of a community in which all residents and visitors, regardless of their age, ability, or financial resources, can safely and efficiently use the public right-of-way to meet their transportation needs regardless of their preferred mode of travel. (Ord. 2578 § 1 (part), 2016)

12.02.020 Policy.

The city will plan for, design, construct, operate, and maintain an appropriate and integrated transportation system that will meet the needs of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, wheelchair users, transit vehicles and riders, freight haulers, emergency responders, and residents of all ages and abilities.

Transportation facilities that support the concept of complete streets include, but are not limited to, pavement markings and signs, street and sidewalk lighting, sidewalk and pedestrian safety improvements, Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI compliance, transit accommodations, bicycle accommodations including appropriate signage and markings, and as appropriate streetscapes that appeal to and promote pedestrian use.

The system’s design will be consistent with and supportive of local neighborhoods, recognizing that transportation needs vary and must be balanced in a flexible, safe, and cost effective manner. (Ord. 2578 § 1 (part), 2016)

12.02.030 Projects.

Those involved in the planning and design of projects within the public right-of-way will give consideration to all users and modes of travel from the start of planning and design work. Transportation improvements shall be viewed as opportunities to create safer, more accessible streets for all users. This shall apply to new construction, reconstruction, and rehabilitation. (Ord. 2578 § 1 (part), 2016)

12.02.040 Exceptions.

Exceptions to this policy shall be determined by the public works director, city administrator, or mayor under the circumstances listed below:

A. Street projects may exclude those elements of this policy that would require the accommodation of street uses prohibited by law;

B. Ordinary maintenance activities such as mowing, snowplowing, sweeping, spot repair, joint or crack sealing, or pothole filling do not require that elements of this policy be applied beyond the scope of that maintenance activity;

C. Ordinary maintenance paving projects should include evaluating the condition of existing facilities supporting alternate transportation modes as well as modifying existing pavement markings and signage that supports such alternative modes as appropriate;

D. Street reconstruction projects and maintenance paving projects which involve widening pavement may exclude elements of this policy when the accommodation of a specific use is expected to:

1. Require more space than is physically available; or

2. Be located where both current and future demand is proven absent; or

3. Drastically increase project costs and equivalent alternatives exist within close proximity; or

4. 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; or

5. The cost would be disproportionate to the current need or probable future use.

E. Street projects may exclude the development of sidewalks in areas falling outside those identified as appropriate for sidewalks on the basis of an adopted sidewalk policy. (Ord. 2578 § 1 (part), 2016)

12.02.050 Intergovernmental cooperation.

The city will cooperate with other transportation agencies including the Washington State Department of Transportation and Pierce County to ensure the principles and practices of complete streets are embedded within their planning, design, construction, and maintenance activities. The city will specifically cooperate to ensure the transportation network flows seamlessly between jurisdictions in accordance with local and regional road, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian plans. (Ord. 2578 § 1 (part), 2016)

12.02.060 Design criteria.

The city, through its public works and community development departments, shall maintain design criteria, standards and guidelines based upon recognized best practices in street design, construction and operation as identified in the current City of Sumner Development Specifications and Standard Details. To the greatest extent possible, the city shall adopt the same standards with particular emphasis on pedestrian and bicycle markings and wayfinding signage (as permitted through city of Sumner Municipal Code). Resources to be referenced in developing these standards shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, the latest editions of: American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, Washington State Department of Transportation Design Manual, and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. (Ord. 2578 § 1 (part), 2016)

12.02.070 Community context.

Implementation of this policy shall take into account the goal of enhancing the context and character of the surrounding built and natural environments. (Ord. 2578 § 1 (part), 2016)

12.02.080 Network.

Appropriate attention should be given to projects which enhance the overall transportation system and its connectivity for access to parks or recreation areas, schools, shopping/commercial areas, public transportation, employment centers, existing pedestrian or bicycle networks, or regional bicycle pedestrian plans prepared by other associated groups such as Pierce County. (Ord. 2578 § 1 (part), 2016)

12.02.090 Performance measures.

The public works director and/or designees shall report to the planning commission and city council on an annual basis on the transportation projects undertaken within the prior year and planned within the coming six-year period and the extent to which each of these projects has met the objectives of this policy. (Ord. 2578 § 1 (part), 2016)

12.02.100 Implementation.

This policy will be primarily implemented through developing bike and pedestrian network plans on a regional basis within the city and in conjunction with Pierce County’s regional plans. These plans shall specify the type and location of improvements and shall be implemented as funding becomes available. Special emphasis shall be placed on those elements of these plans that can be accomplished with little or no additional expense, such as providing bike lanes where existing pavement is adequate or where road shoulders are sufficient to allow for safe bicycle use. (Ord. 2578 § 1 (part), 2016)