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1 Connecting Communities Planning Grant & Planning Tools Curtis Baker, Planning Administrator Krista Beniston, Planning Coordinator October 12, Facebook.com/ amatsplanning

2 Connecting Communities Initiative Initiative to integrate land use and transportation planning Aid AMATS in targeting investment Promote transit, bicycle and pedestrian uses in the region Recommendations & strategies for implementation

3 Why is it important? Disconnect between transportation and land use planning Area lacks direction for bike and sidewalk investments that complement highways Low-density development is straining infrastructure and community services Improve collaboration between agencies

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7 A number of our local communities dont have planning capacity Help deter haphazard development in high growth areas & re-envision areas in decline Small investment to help leverage other funds Opportunity for collaboration Transportation improvements as a means to strengthen neighborhoods, promote economic development & increase accessibility Planning Grant - Purpose Connecting Communities

8 Planning Grant – What is it? Connecting Communities Partnership between AMATS & local communities Provides funding for developing plans that integrate land use and transportation – Increase transportation choices – Enhance economic competitiveness – Support existing communities Two $50,000 grants annually Next round: Fall 2012

9 Planning Tools Bike Plan Pedestrian Plan Transit Plan Fright Plan Safety (Traffic Crash Report) Congestion (Congestion Management Plan) Preservation (Highway Preservation Needs)

10 Bike Plan

11 Bike User Map & Switching-Gears

12 Pedestrian Plan

13 Transit Plan

14 Freight Plan

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16 Congestion 2012 Congestion Management Process (CMP)

17 Planning Grant Process Connecting Communities Partnership with AMATS AMATS hires a consultant selected by the community and AMATS $100,000 available for two $50,000 grants 100% funding (no local match required) Goals – Increase transportation choices – Enhance economic competitiveness – Support existing communities

18 Planning Grant Process Connecting Communities Eligibility – Promote multi-modal transportation options – Must be consistent with Connecting Communities – Does not include preliminary engineering, ROW, construction or environmental documentation Scoring – Description of area & issues – Purpose of study & expected outcomes – How it addresses Connecting Communities – Public involvement component – Implementation strategy

19 Downtown Akron Connectivity Study Cit of Akron/METRO RTA Improve connectivity, accessibility and mobility between the districts in Downtown Akron Emphasis on non-auto modes of transportation

20 Streetscape Walkability Downtown Akron Connectivity Study

21 Crossroad District Plan Village of Richfield 550 acres, bound by I-271 & I-77 Pro-actively plan for future development along prime land with good interstate development Encourage existing and new development focuses on multi-modal transportation, community character & economic development

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23 Stakeholder Meetings Crossroad District Plan

24 Comprehensive Land Use & Transportation Plan Village of Boston Heights Completion of Rt 8 project creates a prime area for development Currently the village have very few tools to control development Develop a plan to connect areas of the village & promote balanced growth

25 Safe Alternatives: Less Traffic City of Ravenna High traffic corridor connecting 3 communities – 2 high crash locations – Worn foot/bike paths Major investments happening in the area Identify safe alternate modes & increase connections to capitalize on existing & fututure assets

26 Planning Grant Schedule – Notice of Funding Availability: November 1, 2012 – Application: November 30, 2012 – Applications Due: January 15, 2013 – Award Announcement: March 2013 Application Tips – Use planning tools & focus on land use & transportation connection – Discuss project/ideas with AMATS

27 Resources – Connecting Communities Report – amatsplanning.org – switching-gears.org Staff Contacts – Curtis Baker, Planning Administrator – Krista Beniston, Planning Coordinator – Facebook.com/ amatsplanning


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