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May 24, 2013

Complete Streets ordinance back with changes



An additional exception freeing the city from the Compete Streets Policy occurring where the municipality determines that the cost of accommodation is disproportionate to the need or probable use made this ordinance version.

“If it’s not cost-effective, we can back out from having to do it at that point in time,” Chambers said Wednesday.

The Complete Streets Policy first read of the new draft will occur during Tuesday’s regular meeting. Chambers informed Council he would request to rescind the second read.

City Manager Barry Jarrett cited a concern about the Greene Street extension project already scheduled as part of Streetscape Phase 3. As long as city engineer Mark Patrick is aware of the ordinance provisions, Jarrett supported the move toward adoption.

“I’m going to have to make sure that Mark [Patrick] has these provisions included. If not, I’m going to recommend that we don’t pass this thing because we can’t stop that project at this point,” Jarrett said. “That project is scheduled to start in June. The funding is in place. We’ve had all kinds of delays. It’s going to have to go.”

Greene Street will eventually serve as a Central City Park and Oconee River Greenway connector. Embracing the transportation policy could encourage college students and citizens to utilize other ways to transverse the city.

“Hopefully over time, we can get more students to try and bring bicycles to get around as opposed to bringing their car downtown and taking up a parking spot,” the councilman said.

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