California Department of Transportation
 

Community Planning

 

Community Planning encourages the integration of transportation and land use planning with community values through programs, policies, and projects that help create more livable communities. Community Planning encourages development that mixes land uses, increases land use density, provides travel choices, and promotes public participation and the building of partnerships. Community Planning helps create communities that have a neighborhood feeling or a "sense of place." Other common names for Community Plannig include smart growth, sustainable development, walkable communities, neo-tranditional design, new urbanism, traditional town planning, and livable communities.

One of the primary goals of the Division of Planning and Local Assistance is to fully integrate community planning principles and practices into all of its functions and products. The latest example is the Complete Streets Implementation Plan.

Complete Streets is a street that provides for the safe, comfortable, and convenient travel via automobile, foot, bicycle, transit, and for travelers of all ages and abilities.

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DRAFT District 3 Complete Streets Implementation Plan
  • The goal of the Complete Streets Implementation Plan is to identify a vision and framework for improvements on the State Highway System for complete streets. It will also identify where on the State Highway System is part of a complete street network that promotes several modes, like bicycling and walking.

  • Caltrans is identifying areas on the state highway where complete streets would be appropriate. We are also collecting existing and planned complete street plans and recommendations from our local and regional transportation partners to develop complete streets on state highways. We are developing this plan as a result of AB 1358, the California Complete Streets Act of 2008. This law requires a city or county to identify in their general plan how they will accommodate the circulation of all users of the roadway, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, children, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and users of public transportation. Caltrans encourages local governments to be ready for future funding opportunities under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Caltrans welcome your input. For more information, contact the District Complete Streets Representative.
  • Please click on the link below to access the fact sheet about this plan.

     

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DRAFT District 3 Complete Streets Inventory
  • The District 3 Complete Streets Inventory is a districtwide database of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure on the State Highway System, and the characteristics of the highway facilities they lie upon. Please click on the links below to access an introductory Powerpoint presentation, and the database itself.

     

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  • The overall goal of the Market Street/SR 20 & 45 Complete Streets project was to assess the feasibility of Complete Streets improvements along Market Street by engaging the community in a discussion about potential design improvements that would have the following outcomes:

    • Improve the overall safety and usability of the Market Street/SR 20 & 45 corridor for pedestrians;
    • Enhance connectivity along the corridor for all modes of travel;
    • Calm automobile traffic along the corridor; and
    • Preserve and enhance Colusa's small town character and identity.
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  • The overall goal of the Grant Avenue/State Route 128/Russell Boulevard Complete Street project was to engage the community in a discussion about potential design improvements that would have the following outcomes:

    • Improve the overall safety and usability of the Grant Avenue/SR 128 corridor for pedestrians and bicyclists;
    • Reduce the number of travel lanes where possible;
    • Enhance connectivity along the corridor for all modes;
    • Calm automobile traffic along the corridor;
    • Preserve and enhance Winters' small town character and identity; and
    • Develop one community-supported conceptual plan for the corridor.