A Collaborative Multi-‐Jurisdictional Planning Eﬀort Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference February 3, 2012
Methods used to gain stakeholder input An overview of the planning process Development of a large and robust GIS database Use of mobile GIS technology Lessons learned during the project.
Inventory of Existing Trails, Generators, and Attractors User Groups (Who’s your target?) Needs Assessment Public Input (Citizen Demand) Level of Service Latent Demand Network Connectivity Opportunities Facility Typologies & Standards Network Design Route Segment Analysis Priorities and Cost Estimates
Develop a Collin County Regional Trails Master Plan that provides coordination and connectivity between cities within the County for future trail development.
Objectives Build upon the planning eﬀorts of member cities and other regional studies. Deﬁne high-‐priority corridors that connect two or more cities within or adjacent to Collin County to encourage corridor preservation and multi-‐jurisdictional implementation. Identify and address gaps and primary potential trail connections between cities in order to provide intercity linkages.
Objectives (continued) Ensure that every city and town in the County is connected to the Collin County Regional Trail System. Recommend design guidelines and facility hierarchy for the Regional Trail System. Provide a tool that gives guidance to Collin County for evaluating funding requests and coordinating trail projects with other capital projects.
Allen Lavon Princeton Anna Lowry Crossing Prosper Blue Ridge Lucas Richardson Carrollton McKinney Royse City Celina Melissa Sachse Dallas Murphy Saint Paul Fairview Nevada The Colony Farmersville Frisco New Hope Van Alstyne Garland Parker Weston Josephine Plano Wylie
Transportation Agencies TxDOT DART NTTA Utility Owners Oncor NTMWUD Other Regional Agencies US Army Corps of Engineers (water bodies) NCTCOG (coordination with adjacent areas)
Municipal Agencies Worksessions (day-‐long summits) Presentation Location-‐based breakout groups Hands-‐on map review Oﬀ-‐line (on-‐line) coordination Rounds of map distribution and review Tap into local knowledge Maintain accuracy as time progresses Non-‐Municipal Agencies Coordination worksession with all
Demographic and Growth Forecast Analysis Inventory of Key Destinations Review of Existing & Planned Trails Opportunities and Constraints Analysis
City Trail Systems, Trail Plans, and Published Trail Standards Existing Conditions 269 Miles of Existing/Programmed Trails in the County 727 Miles of Planned/Proposed Trails in the County
Identify Major Trail Corridors Analyze Intercity Connection Points Guidelines for Regional Trails Governmental Agency Input and Review Recommendations & Final Report Public and Elected Oﬃcial Review Distribution of Plan and Data to Cities
Existing/Programmed Planned/Proposed Total Hard Surface 228.4 656 884.4 Soft Surface 22.1 48.7 70.8 Equestrian 16.9 15.5 32.4 Mixed Surface 1.3 6.8 8.1 Collin County Proposed* n/a 163 163 Total 268.7 890 1,158.7 Existing/Programmed Planned/Proposed Total Major Trail Corridors** 76.7 431 507.7 *Major Trail Corridors that do not overlap any other existing or planned facility **For Major Trail Corridors, include the portion that follows the railroad west of the County Line through Frisco, The Colony, and Carrollton
2010* 2040 (782,341) (1,526,634) Hard Surface 3,425 1,726 Soft Surface 35,400 21,563 Equestrian 46,292 47,118 Mixed Surface 601,801 188,473 Total 2,912 1,318 *2010 United States Census Redistricting Data **NCTCOG 2040 Population Estimate
Number of points analyzed: 32 Mostly in southwest quadrant due to more challenging physical constraints
Multi-‐Use Trail Types Minimum Minimum Notes Tread Width Corridor Width Urbanized 12’ 20’ Concrete; width depending upon adjacent densities and Exclusive ROW in Higher (14’-‐16’ pref.) (32’ pref.) volume of use Density Areas Greenway 10’ 25’ Concrete or pervious pavement in ecologically sensitive areas Natural Areas in an Urban (12’ pref.) (32’ pref.) Environment Two-‐way Sidepath 10’ 18’ Concrete; includes shoulders and a 5’ buﬀer between path Along a Roadway (12’ pref.) (25’ pref.) and roadway Pioneer Trail 8’ 25’ Corridor preservation; natural surface or asphalt Rural Areas (10’ pref.) (32’ pref.) acceptable
Veriﬁed Corridor Locations Identiﬁcation of Grade-‐Separated Crossing Challenges ArcPAD and GPS-‐Enabled Camera
A project of this type is more about facilitation than planning. The accuracy of GIS is dependant on the accuracy of your data. Data created for diﬀerent reasons by diﬀerent organizations have diﬀering levels of accuracy. Larger municipalities with greater resources are often very willing to help smaller towns. A few hours spent with your neighbors can help you for years to come.