Published on April 18th, 2015 | by The Kitsap Scene0
Kingston Complete Streets public forum set for May 6
Kingston Complete Streets, a planning study conducted by Kitsap County Public Works, presents a public forum during the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council public meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Paul T. Nichol North Kitsap Fire Station, 26642 Miller Bay Road, Kingston.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and join in a discussion with county staff, consultants, local business owners and residents about issues of concern and ideas for advancing development that benefits the community, according to a press release from Kitsap County.
The public works department will also review its Transportation Improvement Program at the meeting and provide information on how to submit project proposals, and how projects are evaluated, selected and prioritized.
Kingston Complete Streets is a part of a national movement to promote accessibility for all users that a growing number of communities in the Puget Sound region and throughout Washington, especially those located along state highways, use as a tool to develop policies and ordinances related to transportation facilities including roads and sidewalks. The Kingston Complete Streets plan encompasses the Kingston Urban Village Center from the ferry terminal to Lindvog Road and from Third Street to the Village Green off West Kingston Road.
The scope of the project includes streetscape planning, design and maintenance that enables safe, convenient travel and access for users of all ages and abilities, regardless of their mode of transportation – from buses to bikes and ferries to wheel chairs. The final plan will include a report identifying specific projects prioritized for development and implementation.
The emphasis for the Kingston study is to identify appropriate solutions within the public right-of-way with a focus on potential redevelopment or new development of streets and sidewalks; evaluation of parking demand and available facilities; conceptual design of a pedestrian mall and streetscape improvements; consideration of a potential transfer of development rights; opportunities for stormwater improvements; and modeling operational designs for the realignment of State Route 104.
MacLeod Record, a planning and landscape architecture firm, was contracted to complete the study and consultants there are working with county transportation planners and a small advisory group of local business and property owners. This is the first public meeting for the group to present its findings thus far. A second public meeting will be held late next fall. The Complete Streets model is part of a statewide program administered through the Puget Sound Regional Council recognized by the National Compete Streets Coalition. PSRC awarded Kitsap County a grant to conduct the study.
For more information on the Kingston Complete Streets study, contact Public Works Transportation Planner Greg Cioc at 360-337-5777. To review the Six-Year Kitsap County Transportation Improvement Program and for more information on proposing local projects, go to www.kitsapgov.com/pw/sixyear_