In the Fall, the City of Bonita Springs contracted with Toole Design Group to create a vision for the Bonita Beach Rd. corridor and its major north/south intersections. Two public meetings and two open houses were held in January to learn what challenges and opportunities were, develop “starter ideas”, and get feedback on the starter ideas. The Toole Design team is back in town for their final working sessions. During this time, they will build on the previous work and feedback to develop their recommendations, which they will present at a public meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25th, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. Prior to that, the consultants are available for informal open house on Tues. Feb 23th, any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at City Hall Please pop in if you want to see the drawings in progress or have any questions or additional input.
The City of Bonita Springs will continue to take public comments, questions and concerns throughout the process. Your input is important and the City encourages your participation.
The Toole Design project team is led by Ian Lockwood, a recognized national leader in sustainable transportation policy and urban design. The first series of public workshops were held Jan. 26th-28th. Click here to see Toole Design's excellent PowerPoint presentation about the BBR visioning project, which was presented at the Jan. 28th workshop,
|PP presentation at Jan. 28th workshop|
The goal of the project is to develop "an imaginative and unique vision for Bonita Beach Road" (east of I-75 and west to Hickory Blvd.) and all its major north/south intersections. The proposed vision is to follow the city's Complete Streets policy and use a context-sensitive approach, "using the latest and best management practices that connect land use and transportation needs for all users, including connectivity to adjacent streets, while remaining flexible to the unique circumstances of different streets. This vision and subsequent design of the Bonita Beach Road corridor would act as the foundation for a comprehensive, connected and well-maintained multi-modal network....It is envisioned that these efforts would lead to a revitalization of commercial development, office development and residential development of varying intensities and densities." (Source: RFP scope of work)
Note that Bonita Beach Rd. is a Lee County road and FDOT controls the US41/Bonita Beach Rd. interchange, so both parties will be involved in this project and will be critical to implementation of the project's outcome.
BikeWalkLee is excited to see Bonita Springs moving forward with the Bonita Beach Rd. visioning study that the City Council set in motion a year ago. This project, along with several other initiatives, including the major downtown redevelopment project now underway, are bringing complete streets and livable communities to life in SWFL.
Report by Darla Letourneau
Toole Design's PowerPoint presentation at the Jan. 28th workshop
Related BikeWalkLee Blogs:
- August 5, 2015: Bonita Springs City Council selects consultant team for Bonita Beach Rd. visioning study