Kalamazoo Complete Streets: News & Updates
Kalamazoo Complete Streets: News & Updates
Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study’s (KATS) Complete Streets Policy:
This morning the KATS Complete Streets Policy (as further amended from the floor) was adopted - almost unanimously - with only one "no" vote and no abstentions. This paves the way for continued development of an MPO-wide long term comprehensive transportation plan, which will include a non-motorized plan for the entire KATS MPO.
There will be many opportunities for public input on these plans. Official updates will be posted on the KATS website at www.katsmpo.org.
transportation professionals will evaluate Stadium Drive and
Michigan Avenue between Western Michigan University and the
Kalamazoo River. This vital transportation corridor connects WMU, Kalamazoo College, downtown, and adjacent neighborhoods.
Using a placemaking-based approach, the study team will gather public input, evaluate alternatives, and present a feasible vision of potential future changes to the roadway to accommodate all users and drive economic development. Improvements could include traffic calming, pedestrian safety, bikeways, mobility, connectivity, parking, and streetscape.
Meeting dates to gather input from YOU, the public, will be held:
Tuesday September 30, Wednesday October 1 and Friday October 3 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.
Go HERE to read the MDOT flyer with times and full details of the charrette.
After receiving public comments, questions, and concerns, the draft of the KATS Complete Streets Policy has been revised. There will be an opportunity for comments on the revised policy at the KATS Policy Committee meeting at 9:00 am on August 27th at Kalamazoo Metro Transit, 530 North Rose Street. You can see the latest version HERE
KATS is preparing its next long term transportation plan for the Kalamazoo Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The process will include numerous opportunities for citizen input. Anticipated release is sometime in the spring of 2015. You can read the notes of the meeting HERE
The Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study's (KATS) Complete Streets policy is currently being revised based on comments received by the end of July. The revised policy will be posted this week. A vote to adopt it will be held at the KATS Policy meeting September 24th.
This policy does not mean we will see sidewalks or protected bike lanes on every rural road in the county. However, future road project planning in dense urban settings will address the need of pedestrians, bicyclists, disabled persons and people that use public transit. A transportation system that is safe, accessible and convenient for all users will:
• Grow our local economy,
• Attract new businesses,
• Improve our health
We invite individuals, businesses, churches and community groups, to join with the Complete Streets Coalition and let KATS know of your support for a comprehensive Complete Streets policy.
There will be an opportunity for comments on the revised policy at the KATS Policy Committee meeting at 9:00 am on August 27th at Kalamazoo Metro Transit, 530 North Rose Street.
Purpose:“Drop-In” and learn what is going on around the Edison Neighborhood and in the southeast area of downtown Kalamazoo. Topics will include Placemaking, Sustainable Communities, and Land Use and Transportation.
Facilitated by Community Planning and Development Department and LSL Planning, will kick-off on Tuesday, August 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with working group sessions during the day on August 6. It will include an opportunity to discuss transportation and connectivity concepts and reflect on prior planning efforts in light of exciting new projects in the area.
The Land Bankwill host the meeting and working group sessions at Edison Place, located at 1350 Portage Street, which is directly north of Howard’s Party Store. Parking is available behind the building and across Portage Street in the lot for the new Community Promise Federal Credit Union. If you plan on attending the Edison Neighborhood National Night Out event on Tuesday evening, feel free to come across Portage Street to Edison Place immediately afterwards for our public kick-off at 6:30.