11.0 Complete Streets

History

In July of 2009, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Board of Transportation adopted a “Complete Streets Policy.” The definition of this policy is as follows:

“Complete Streets is North Carolina’s approach to independent, multi-modal transportation networks that safely accommodates access and travel for all users.” Past NCDOT policies have primarily focused on accommodating motorized vehicles with very limited support or consideration for other modes of travel.

Furthermore: “This policy sets forth the protocol for the development of transportation networks that encourage non-vehicular travel without compromising the safety, efficiency, or function of the facility. The purpose of this policy is to guide existing decision-making and design processes to ensure that all users are routinely considered during the planning, design, construction, funding and operation of North Carolina’s transportation network.

Policy Details

This policy requires that NCDOT’s planners and designers will consider and incorporate multi-modal alternatives in the design and improvement of all appropriate transportation projects within a growth area of a town or city unless exceptional circumstances exist.” Finally, “Notwithstanding the exceptions stated… all transportation facilities within a growth area of a town or city funded by or through NCDOT, and planned, designed, or constructed on state maintained facilities, must adhere to this policy.”

The Complete Streets Policy is included in Appendix 3 of this plan.

A working group was formed by the Board of Transportation to oversee the preparation of detailed rules and guidelines to guide existing and future NCDOT design and decision making processes.

Fast Facts

Fast Facts, Road Miles in Huntersville’s Town Limits:

  • 172 miles - Town-owned streets
  • 134 miles - State-owned streets
  • See map CD-3 (in the Commercial Development Section)

The Town of Huntersville has long embraced the concept of complete streets. The Town’s development regulations promote streets that accommodate all users, especially emphasizing the pedestrian realm. In addition, the Zoning Ordinance tailors the relationships of buildings to the street based on the building type.

Town departments collaborate on the review of developments to ensure that proper street design is chosen and that buildings are situated in a compatible fashion. Additional efforts are underway to refine this decision-making process.