Bronwyn’s Council Preview, September 19, 2017: Complete Streets Workshop

At tonight's meeting, the council will meet with the consulting firm helping the city devise a complete streets multi-modal transportation plan

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The Ames City Council meeting starts at 6 p.m. The agenda includes:

Item 1: Discussion with consultant regarding complete streets plan

A complete streets plan has been in the works for several years and at a recent council meeting we awarded a contract to Toole Design Group of Madison, Wisconsin, to help us craft it. At this workshop, we’ll be brought up to speed on what a complete streets policy is and isn’t. For example, a complete streets policy doesn’t mean prescribing a bike lane on every street; rather, it is a process that should help in the creation of complete networks for all types of users while minimizing the impact on the predominate mode of transportation (cars). There will be a public session to solicit input on the policy in October and another in the spring to get feedback on the plan, which we hope to have completed by August 2018.

Item 2: Planning Division work plan

This second agenda item may look routine, but don’t be fooled… the priorities of the Planning Division can have a long-lasting impact on the development of Ames. The council will look at prior established priorities (Lincoln Way Corridor Study, 321 State affordable housing, east industrial infrastructure, etc.) as well as up and coming topics to be addressed by Planning (rental occupancy, for example). Staff believe they can add a project or two to this year’s work plan, but the council will have to carefully determine which take priority, as we can’t do everything we’d like to all at once.


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Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen is an at-large member of the Ames City Council. She is also a manager at Wheatsfield Cooperative and the co-owner of Cycles Recycling.