Objectives

  • Encourage scale and pattern of development which is appropriate to a village environment and friendly to pedestrians and cyclists (BRP p.65).
  • Minimize street scale to facilitate pedestrian movement while providing adequate circulation and parking opportunities (BRP p.66).
  • Promote a sense of community and connectedness in new neighborhoods by minimizing street widths, providing comfortable pedestrian environments, and encouraging housing design to embrace the public street (BRP p. 67).

Measures

  1. Bicycles. Provide bicycle facilities (i.e. lanes, signs, & bike racks) on every street.
  2. Configuration. Refer to Sample Street Sections for possible complete street configurations. Depending on context and available right-of-way, combine elements from the following three categories:
    1. number of lanes;
    2. presence of parking (none, one side, two sides); and
    3. type of bike facility (in-street, parking-buffered lane, and tree-buffered lane).
  3. Lighting. Use pedestrian-scaled (≤15’) fixtures on all streets within walkable areas. Intersection-scaled (25’-40’) lighting may be used in addition to pedestrian-scaled lights as necessary on major thoroughfares. Refer to Lighting Guidelines for additional guidance.
  4. Parking. Avoid parking lots, garages, or service-bay openings facing regional corridors. Provide on-street parking within Town & Village Centers along both sides of the street. Locate parking lots and garages behind buildings and within the interior of blocks.
  5. Sidewalks. Locate sidewalks on both sides of the street. Design continuous sidewalks at least 10 feet wide on retail or mixed-use blocks and at least 5 feet wide on all other blocks. Include street furniture, trees, and lighting at appropriate intervals.
  6. Speed. Design Speed is the travel velocity which engineers use to configure streets for orderly traffic movement. Slower speeds encourage interactivity and safety. Use narrow curb-to-curb dimensions, street trees, architecture close to the street edge, on-street parking, relatively tight-turning radii, and other design features to reinforce posted speed limits.
    1. Design streets within Town & Village Centers at 25 miles-per-hour or less.
    2. On multi-way boulevards with medians, design outer access lanes for slower speeds. Design through-lanes for faster speeds, provided pedestrian crosswalks are installed at intervals less than 800 feet.
  7. Street Trees. Select noninvasive, drought-tolerant, durable, street trees. Install larger trees that will provide shade within 10 years. Use Monterey Bay native flora where feasible.