Complete Streets Guidance

NOTICE: On July 11th at 3:30 PM the Board of Highway Commissioners plans to take up the Final Draft for approval. The meeting will be in the Clerk’s Conference Room on the first floor of City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

In 2011, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 34 relating to a transportation policy that requires the consideration of all users. This policy requires that the needs of all transportation users, regardless of their age, ability, or preferred mode of transportation be considered, regardless of the project’s funding source in state and municipal transportation projects and project phases including but not limited to planning, design, construction, and maintenance.

This Complete Streets Guidance Document (to view maps correctly open this file with Adobe Acrobat reader) has been created to serve as a framework in considering Complete Streets principles in all new and applicable construction projects within the City. The document provides a standard systematic approach, which when used, assures compliance with Act 34. Specifically, it ensures that Complete Streets concepts are considered in a thorough and consistent manner for all projects undertaken within the City.

On June 1st, 2015 the Board of Aldermen approved a motion to “move the issue (a Complete Streets policy) to the Public Works Committee to work in collaboration with the Mayor, Commissioner of Public Works and City Engineer to develop a plan to implement the Complete Streets program for the City of Rutland”.

The process engaged many individuals and organizations in the community. On Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 between 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, the Department of Public Works held a public meeting at the Rutland Recreation Department’s Courcelle Building on North Street Extension to take public comments on the Draft Complete Streets guidance document. Nine area residents attended in addition to DPW staff. In addition to the comments received that evening, the Department invited written comments to be submitted through the end of June 2017. A summary of all the comments received with Department responses is available HERE.

The City of Rutland’s Complete Streets Guidance Document was created after reviewing and consulting many Complete Streets Documents adopted by Municipalities and Government Associations located throughout the United States. Complete Streets concepts and influences were obtained from:

  • Burlington Complete Streets Guidance, Burlington, VT, (1/2013)
  • Tacoma Mixed-Use Centers Complete Streets Design Guidelines, Tacoma, WA, (11/17/2009)
  • City of New Haven Complete Streets Design Manual, New Haven, CT, (3/2010)
  • Town of Basalt Complete Street Design, Basalt, CO, (10/2005)
  • City of Fort Lauderdale Complete Streets Manual, Fort Lauderdale, FLA
  • Maricopa Association of Governments Complete Streets Guide, Phoenix, AZ (2011)
  • San Francisco Better Streets Plan, San Francisco, CA (1/2011)
  • Louisville Complete Streets Manual, Louisville, KY, (10/2007)
  • Morristown NJ Complete Streets Policy, Morristown, NJ
  • Regional Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan, Adirondack/Glens Falls Transportation Council (7/2014)
  • City of Saratoga Springs Complete Streets Policy, Saratoga Springs, NY (5/2012)

Special acknowledgement is reserved for all the individuals that contributed to and created the documents above that were so    important to help shape this document. Special thanks also go to all the individuals working in various capacities that helped develop, shape and refine the Complete Streets Concept so widely acknowledged and accepted today.


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