Chapter 12.03
COMPLETE STREETS POLICY

Sections:

12.03.010    Purpose.

12.03.020    Definitions.

12.03.030    Complete streets infrastructure.

12.03.040    Implementation of complete streets principles.

12.03.050    Goal to foster partnerships.

12.03.060    Best practice criteria.

12.03.070    Exceptions.

12.03.010 Purpose.

The city of West Richland shall, to the maximum extent practicable, scope, plan, design, construct, operate and maintain appropriate facilities for the safe accommodation of pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation users, motorists, emergency responders, freight and users of all ages and abilities in all new construction, retrofit, or reconstruction projects. Through ongoing operations and maintenance, the city of West Richland shall identify cost-effective opportunities to include complete street practices. [Ord. 15-16 § 1, 2016].

12.03.020 Definitions.

“Complete street” means a road that is designed to be safe and accessible for motorists, bicyclists, transit vehicles and users, freight, emergency services 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 routinely considered during the planning, designing, constructing, and operation and maintenance of all roadways.

“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; paved shoulders; street trees and landscaping; planting strips; curbs; accessible curb ramps; bulb outs; crosswalks; refuge islands; pedestrian and traffic signals, including countdown and accessible signals; signage; street furniture; bicycle parking facilities; traffic calming devices such as rotary circles and surface treatments such as paving blocks, textured asphalt, and concrete; narrow vehicle lanes; and raised medians. [Ord. 15-16 § 1, 2016].

12.03.030 Complete streets infrastructure.

West Richland shall incorporate complete streets infrastructure into existing public streets to create a comprehensive, integrated, connected transportation network that balances access, mobility, health, economy, and safety needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, motorists, emergency responders, freight and users of all ages and abilities as feasible and appropriate. [Ord. 15-16 § 1, 2016].

12.03.040 Implementation of complete streets principles.

West Richland shall incorporate complete streets principles into the transportation element of the city’s comprehensive plan, ADA transition plan, public works design standards, parks and recreation master plan, and other plans, manuals, rules, regulations, and programs as feasible and appropriate. [Ord. 15-16 § 1, 2016].

12.03.050 Goal to foster partnerships.

West Richland’s goal is to foster partnerships with all Washington State transportation funding agencies including the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the Federal Highway Administration, Benton County, Richland School District, Port of Kennewick, citizens, businesses, interest groups, neighborhoods, and any funding agency to implement West Richland’s complete streets policy. [Ord. 15-16 § 1, 2016].

12.03.060 Best practice criteria.

The public works director or his/her 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 Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) guidelines and standards, while reflecting the context and character of the surrounding built and natural environment and enhancing the appearance of such. [Ord. 15-16 § 1, 2016].

12.03.070 Exceptions.

Complete streets infrastructure for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and/or people of all ages and abilities are not required to be provided in new construction, retrofit or reconstruction of projects when:

A. A documented absence of current or future need exists, as identified in city plans and future travel demand models; or

B. Nonmotorized uses are prohibited by law; or

C. Routine maintenance and repair of the transportation network is performed that does not change the roadway geometry or operations; or

D. The cost would be disproportionate to the total project cost; or

E. The city engineer issues a documented exception concluding that application of complete streets principles is unnecessary or inappropriate because it would be contrary to public safety; or

F. Where there are significant adverse environmental impacts to streams, wetlands, steep slopes, or other critical areas; or

G. Where the establishment would be contrary to the transportation element of the comprehensive plan; or

H. Where their inclusion in a small, isolated project would create a very short section of improvements with problematic transitions on either end or that are in an isolated area unlikely to be followed by similar improvements at either end, resulting in little progress on implementing complete streets networks. [Ord. 15-16 § 1, 2016].