The Planning and Zoning Commission heard from John Hall about a vision to make the streets of our city friendly not just to cars, but also to pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation. Hall is the co-chair of the Complete Streets committee, which produced a report that will be presented to Common Council, likely at its June meeting.
The 56 page report includes extensive background, carefully documented, on the benefits of providing for alternative modes of transportation. These benefits include increased property values, safety, and health, and an improved sense of community. There are 3 pages specific to Middletown, as well as reports on committee visits to Northampton and South Windsor.
The most important contribution of the Complete Streets committee is a map entitled, "Complete Streets Master Plan Priorities." This map identifies streets in our city that should receive priorities for improvement.
In order for the Complete Streets goals to guide municipal decisions, the Commission would need to draft language to add to the Plan of Conservation and Development. This would require a public hearing.
For now, the Commission voted to endorse the report to The Council, as a non-binding, general statement of philosophy.