Monday, December 12, 2011

Lee County's Complete Streets Implementation 2011 Report to be presented at Jan. 9th BoCC workshop

The Complete Streets Resolution (09-11-13) adopted by the Lee Board of County Commissioners on November 10, 2009, included a requirement for an annual report on the implementation status. The 2011 report, the second annual report, is now available (click here), and will be presented to the Commissioners at their January 9th, 2012 Management and Planning workshop, starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers. It can also be viewed live on Channel 97 or on the County's website.

The report outlines the current progress and future action items recommended to proceed towards full implementation of complete streets. The report includes a modified transportation planning and budgeting process, which is the key building block for successful complete streets implementation. This new, sustainable approach to planning requires interdepartmental collaboration, transparency, policy revisions, and prioritization of projects. The report also includes a summary of items to be addressed in the upcoming Lee Plan, Land Development Code, and Administrative Code changes, which are part of the 2035 New Horizons/Comp Plan amendments process currently underway.

As BikeWalkLee stated in announcing Lee County's Complete Streets Team as its "Complete Streets Champion of the Year for 2011", the county is at the beginning of the change process, not the end, so much work lies ahead, but real progress is being made. Kudos to the Complete Streets Interdepartmental Performance Team!

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