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Clearwater Complete Streets News and Updates

Topic: Complete Streets Implementation Plan Update to City Council

Date: Monday, April 1

Place: Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., Clearwater

Meeting Time: 9 a.m.

An update on the progress of the Complete Streets Implementation Plan, Complete Streets for Clearwater, will be presented to the City Council at their staff work session this Monday, April 1. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and will be streamed online at myclearwater.com/government/council-meeting-streaming-videos.

Streets typically contain the largest area of public lands in a city and Complete Streets support ensuring that streets meet the needs of all people as a vital part of creating a vibrant, livable and attractive city. Please watch the meeting to learn more about how the city of Clearwater plans to put this vision into practice.

If you have additional questions, contact Ric Hartman, the city's senior transportation planner, at richard.hartman@myclearwater.com or (727) 562-4539.

Clearwater Complete Streets

In 2017, the city was awarded a Complete Streets grant from Forward Pinellas for the Drew Street Complete Streets Concept Design. This project, Complete Drew Street, was approved in September 2018. The city further demonstrated its commitment to improving all streets in the city by starting work directing staff to create a Complete Streets plan for the entire city in February 2018, which is anticipated to be finished in Spring 2019. 

What are Complete Streets?

 Streets are a vital part of livable, attractive communities. Everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, race or ethnicity, ought to have safe, comfortable and convenient access to community destinations and public places -- whether walking, driving, bicycling or taking public transportation. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) supports Complete Streets, adopting a statewide Complete Streets Policy and Implementation Plan, and integrating Complete Streets techniques into the 2018 FDOT Design Manual.

Complete Streets Implementation Plan -- Make Clearwater's Streets Safer and Friendlier for All People

The Citywide Complete Streets Implementation Plan will create an actionable plan to encourage all types of mobility. It will also support prioritization of transportation improvements in conjunction with redevelopment efforts. The Plan will include preparing a Complete Streets policy for the city, creating a process for prioritizing future Complete Streets projects and developing an implementation plan. The objectives of this plan are to:

* Build stakeholders’ consensus (internally and externally) on the elements of Complete Streets

* Develop a framework to prioritize projects and the delivery process

* Adopt Complete Streets design guidelines for the city of Clearwater

* Adopt an implementation action plan and guiding principles for citywide action

* Adopt a Complete Streets Policy for the city of Clearwater

The city of Clearwater held two public workshops in October about the plan. At the workshops, Planning and Development Department staff heard from the public on how to improve mobility on city streets and intersections for all users.  

How Can You Help?

Complete Streets improvements should be designed to be sensitive to community context and people’s needs. Design and convenience should acknowledge how existing businesses, residents and other users interact with the street and seek to support or improve upon it. This is where you can help. 

The city will be gathering information and ideas from people who rely on our streets and transportation systems to live, work, and play through public outreach and sharing typical Complete Streets improvements and techniques to include in the Citywide Complete Streets Implementation Plan. There will be community workshops, online surveys, Advisory Committee meetings and public hearings, so check back on this website and the city events calendar for the most recent information.

The most recent was the Citywide Complete Streets Advisory Committee, December 4, at 2:30 p.m. at the Clearwater East Community Library, 2465 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33765. The next meeting will be in January 2019. Check back on this website for updated meeting information.

                          

                         

News Coverage

  • ABC Action News covered the Citywide Complete Streets efforts. View the news story here.
  • Spectrum Bay News 9 traffic reporter Chuck Henson covered the Citywide Complete Streets Implementation Plan. View the news story here.
  • Bay News 9 covered the plans for Drew Street. Watch the Bay News 9 coverage here.
  • ABC Action News covered the Complete Drew Street project and the city council work session. Watch the ABC Action News coverage here.

Complete Drew Street

The city of Clearwater received funding assistance through the Forward Pinellas Complete Streets Program to develop a Complete Streets Concept Plan for Drew Street from North Osceola Avenue to US Highway 19. At the September 6 regular meeting, the city council approved the preferred Complete Streets scenarios for the Drew Street project area. The next steps are to create engineered designs that implement the concepts. To view the approved plan, which includes scenarios for the different segments, click here.

To convey some of the personal experiences and concerns from Drew Street residents, schools and businesses owners, a short video was also presented at the July 30 city council work session. Click here to view the video.

For Additional Information about the Complete Streets Projects and Programs

Contact Richard Hartman, senior transportation planner for the city of Clearwater's Planning and Development Department, at richard.hartman@myclearwater.com or (727) 562-4539.