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Presentation to Redwood Falls City Council, 7 June 2011

Presentation to Redwood Falls City Council, 7 June 2011

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  • 1. Active Living in Action
    Tools for Making the Active Choice the Easy Choice
    Photo: Redwood Gazette 2010
  • 2. The Active Living Intervention
    • One of CJRR’s tasks for the MN State Health Improvement Program (SHIP)
    • 3. Connect communities with RDC planners
    • 4. Review existing community planning documents
    • 5. Tool for Stakeholders to meet with decision makers to discuss mutual goals for the future in non-motorized transportation and recreation.
  • Our Communities
    • City of Jackson
    • 6. City Comprehensive Plan (1997)
    • 7. City Zoning Ordinances (codified)
    • 8. Jackson Co All Hazard Mitigation Plan (2008)
    • 9. Jackson Co Comprehensive Plan (2010)
    • 10. City of Redwood Falls
    • 11. City Comprehensive Plan (1995)
    • 12. City Zoning Ordinance (codified)
    • 13. Redwood Co All Hazard Mitigation Plan (2005, update in progress)
    • 14. Redwood Co Comprehensive Plan (2007)
  • Land Use
    http://designforhealth.net/http://www.activelivingbydesign.org
    • Accessibility = Active Living
    • 15. Walking & Biking easier in traditional grid
    • 16. Short blocks
    • 17. Sidewalks & alleys
    • 18. >4.0 dwelling units/acre
    • 19. Eyes on the street
    • 20. Give people choices for livable communities
  • How do we transform this…
  • 21. …. into this?
  • 22. Land Use
    • Traditional downtown = Active Living
    • 23. Variety of destinations downtown encourages Activity
    • 24. On-street parking, sidewalks, pedestrian amenities
  • Land Use
    http://www.lincolninst.edu/
    • Alternatives to Sprawl
    • 25. “Leap Frog” and strip commercial development make walking/biking difficult
  • Land Use
    • Alternatives to Sprawl
    • 26. Compact development improves accessibility, preserves farmland, protects the environment
    • 27. e.g. Linking water/sewer infrastructure to new dev.
    R. Arendt, Rural By Design
  • 28. Transportation
    • Accessibility ≠ Bigger, Wider, Faster
    • 29. Accessibility = Choices for walking, biking, transit AND driving
    http://www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/
    www.bikepedimages.org | Dan Burden
  • 30. Transportation
    • Complete Streets encourage Active Living
    • 31. “Complete Streets means that our streets are planned to be safe and accessible for pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists, and drivers—all users, regardless of age or ability.”
    • 32. NOT “all modes on all roads”
    • 33. Design for 8 and 80—communities for a lifetime
    • 34. MnDOT state-wide policy (2010)
    • 35. Local policies in Pipestone, Albert Lea
    • 36. Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition resources http://www.mncompletestreets.org/
  • Transportation
    • Minnesota Complete Streets Coalitionhttp://www.mncompletestreets.org/
    • 37. National Complete Streets Coalitionhttp://www.mncompletestreets.org/
  • Transportation
    • Corridors of Activity
    • 38. store-fronts close to street, destination usesbalance on-street parking with bike lanes
    • 39. Transit-Oriented Design
    • 40. short blocks, destination transit service
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/completestreets/
  • 41. Transportation
    • Pedestrian Amenities
    • 42. Benches, bike racks, kiosks, human-scale lighting, planters, drinking fountains, street trees
  • Transportation
    Example: Pedestrian Info Kiosk to Strengthen Walking connections in Downtown Buffalo, MN
    Peter Bruce created and implemented an outdoor, illuminated, electronic kiosk project for City of Buffalo as a strategy for improving walking connections in this small city on the edge of the Minneapolis metro area. Community Enhancement/ Pedestrian Studies managed the kiosk vendor selection, structural design to meet project objectives, and design to ensure visibility to drivers and pedestrians.
    The kiosk was sited on a key retail corner in downtown. Kiosk features include a retail directory and map, event calendar which can be updated with the push of a button at city hall, and the 5-day weather forecast. Changeable community images are printed on backlit side panels. The illuminated color panels on the kiosk are designed to act as beacons to foot traffic and be visible from one block away in each direction.
    http://pedestrianstudies.com
  • 43. Transportation
    • Traffic Calming
    • 44. curb extensions, brick/cobblestone street surface, narrower traffic lanes, traffic circles
    Before
    After
    MnDOT: TH 13 and Scott County Rd 2
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/completestreets/
  • 45. Transportation
    • Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
    • 46. SRTS is a sustained effort by parents, schools, community leaders and government to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.
    Education
    Encouragement
    Enforcement
    Engineering
    Evaluation
  • 47. Parks, Recreation & Open Space
    • Protecting Natural Environment good for public health and safety
    • 48. Conservation of natural areas & floodplains
    • 49. “Green” is good for nature and economy
  • Parks, Recreation & Open Space
    • Provide both Active & Passive Recreation
    • 50. Parks & Trails w/in 400m of new development
    • 51. Greenways
    • 52. Tree plans
    • 53. Summer/after school/public rec programming
  • Economic Development
    • Amenities for Active Living are attractive to New Economy workforce
    • 54. Affordable housing for all life stages
    • 55. Local food options
    • 56. Community Policing Through Environmental Design
    • 57. Redevelopment plans should also remediate potential environmental issues
    • 58. E.g. lead paint abatement, abandoned tanks
    MPCA
    MDA
  • 59. Local Water Management
    • County-level local water management important to environmental protection
    • 60. Clean water & sewage treatment
    • 61. Wellhead protection
    • 62. Soil erosion
    • 63. Public education
    Redwood Soil & Water Conservation District
  • 64. Resources
    • Active Living By Design: http://www.activelivingbydesign.org/
    • 65. Design for Health: http://www.designforhealth.net
    • 66. MDH Physical Activity page for Communities: http://www.health.state.mn.us/cdrr/physicalactivity/communities/communities.html
    • 67. MnDOT Complete Streets: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/completestreets/index.html
    • 68. MnDOT Safe Routes to School Program: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/saferoutes/
    • 69. National Safe Routes to School Partnership website: http://www.saferoutespartnership.org
    • 70. Rural Health Research Center at University of Minnesota http://www.sph.umn.edu/hpm/rhrc/
    • 71. Rural Health Research Center at University of Southern Maine: http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/ihp/ruralheal/
    • 72. Southwest Regional Development Commission: http://www.swrdc.orgJohn C. Shepard, AICP; Development Planner 507-836-1633